About Ideas



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Nahlah Ayed is an award-winning veteran of foreign reporting: first, in the Middle East where she spent nearly a decade covering the region's many conflicts. And later, while based in London, she covered many of the major stories of our time: Russia's annexation of Crimea, Europe's refugee crisis, the Brexit vote and its fallout. 

Nahlah Ayed launches a new season as host of IDEAS on September 2, 2019. (CBC)
A former parliamentary reporter for The Canadian Press, Nahlah is a graduate of Carleton University's Master of Journalism program. She also holds a Master's degree in interdisciplinary studies (Philosophy, English and Science) and a Bachelor of Science in genetics from the University of Manitoba.

Among her many awards and distinctions are: a Prix Italia she won in 2011, for a team-produced multi-media project, "Exile Without End", about a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut.

In 2012, her book, A Thousand Farewells, was shortlisted for a Governor General's Award. 

In 2016, Nahlah Ayed and her team won "Story of the Year" at the UK Foreign Press Association Awards for their documentary on child labour in India.

In 2017, she won won a photojournalism award from the Canadian Association of Journalists for her story, The Rescuers.

She also holds three honorary doctorates from the University of Manitoba (2008), Concordia University (2016) and the University of Alberta (2018).

Nahlah Ayed was born and raised (mostly) in Winnipeg, Canada. 


IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. Anchored in a powerful legacy and expansive archive spanning over five decades, its topics are boundless. The nature of consciousness. The history of toilets. The roots and rise of authoritarianism. Near death experiences. No idea is off-limits.

Each episode cracks open a concept to see how it's played out over place and time — and uncovers why it still matters today. 

Launched in 1965 as "The Best Ideas You'll Hear Tonight" — and soon shortened to its present name — IDEAS features documentaries, illustrated interviews, and panel discussions which have earned it a raft of international and national awards and distinctions. It's also home to Canada's preeminent public lecture series, the CBC Massey Lectures, which showcase a Canadian thinker "to communicate the results of original study on important subjects of contemporary interest."

In the age of clickbait and superficial headlines, IDEAS is an oasis for people who like to think.