Ideas

Ideas at 50, Part 4

For 50 years, IDEAS has been delivering the best in contemporary thought for an hour, five times a week to the homes, cars and computers of listeners across the country and beyond. To help us celebrate this milestone anniversary, we invited those listeners to tell us about programs that have inspired them to make major life changes, altered their world-views or simply piqued their intellectual curiosity.

For 50 years, IDEAS has been delivering the best in contemporary thought for an hour, five times a week to the homes, cars and computers of listeners across the country and beyond. To help us celebrate this milestone anniversary, we invited those listeners to tell us about programs that have inspired them to make major life changes, altered their world-views or simply piqued their intellectual curiosity.  **This episode originally aired October 30, 2015.


In the first three programs of this series we heard from our you, listeners, about what touched you, moved you, gave you food for thought.  But in our final episode celebrating our 50 years, we hear from some of the writers and journalists who help us make IDEAS – the people who invent, research, write, produce and tell the stories you hear on the show. Like so many of you, they have a curiosity about what makes the world tick and a passion to share what they find.

IDEAS has a small core of committed producers. But the overall shape of the team that surrounds them changes constantly. Every season there are different contributors who come to us with an idea they want to explore and share. And with each new contributor, our producers search for the best way to help them tell their story.

 

Participants in the program: 
 

  • Barbara Nichol is a long-time IDEAS contributor. She is also a writer for Television and magazines, a poet and author of children/s books. The subjects of her programs range from Marcel Proust to geoducks.  
  • Bernie Lucht was the Executive Producer, and guiding force at IDEAS for more than half of its fifty years, from 1984 - 2012.
     
  • Sally Armstrong has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world; from Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan. Her eyewitness reports have earned her awards, including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards foundation. She speaks about her documentary, Remarkable Encounter.
     
  • David Cayley is a writer and broadcaster who devoted most of his career to making programs for IDEAS.  He considers himself a very lucky man. He talks about his program on Ivan Illich Part Moon, Part Travelling Salesman.
     
  • Nora Young has been a contributor to IDEAS and is now the creator and host of the CBC series Spark.  She was also the founding host of CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera.  She talks about 1989 CBC Massey Lectures by Ursula Franklin, The Real World of Technology.
     
  • Dr. Joe MacInnis is a physician, author, poet, underwater diver and aquanaut.  He has taken our listeners along with him on a number of his adventures both under and above the surface of the ocean.  He speaks about his IDEAS documentary, Shackleton's Grave.
     
  • Simon Nakonechny is a Montreal-based writer/broadcaster originally from Swift Current, Saskatchewan.  He is a regular freelance contributor to IDEAS and has listened to the show for as long as he can remember.
     

**Ideas at 50 was produced by Alison Moss

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