Ideas in the Afternoon for July 2019

Ideas in the Afternoon airs Mondays at 2:05 pm on CBC Radio One.

Ideas in the Afternoon airs Mondays at 2:05 pm on CBC Radio One.

Monday, July 1
'We're an oral culture': Saving an endangered language through Gwich'in storytelling
The Gwich'in language — like too many Indigenous languages in Canada — is seriously endangered. Paul Kennedy recently spent some time in Whitehorse, co-hosting a series of radio plays with people from Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, in Old Crow and with the Gwaandak Theatre Company in partnership with the Vuntut Gwitchin Government. Together they are attempting to preserve the language through a series bilingual radio plays.

Monday, July 8
Reclaiming Marxism in an age of meaningless work
The absurdities and humiliations of late capitalism — social atomization, the gig economy, brutalizing inequality — have given new life to Karl Marx. While known best for his economic theorizing, Marx has found new favour for his rigorous humanism. Those most vulnerable to the vagaries of capitalism are seeing in Marx a framework for understanding their own humanity.

Monday, July 15
Our planet's future: Are we doomed or is there hope?
Paul Kennedy looks back at his four decades with the program. This episode is inspired by the Muskoka Summit on the Environment, an event Paul has moderated since 2010. Paul invited three guests to join him onstage at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto to answer two basic questions about our collective future: are we doomed? And what inspires hope?

Monday, July 22
Animals under the law: What options are there for animals to 'lawyer up'?
Under the eyes of the law, animals that live in our homes or on a farm are 'property.' But there's a growing movement to grant some animals like chimpanzees, elephants and dolphins 'non-human persons' status. Harvard Law School doctoral candidate Jessica Eisen thinks the law could do even better than that.

Monday, July 29
How Portugal tackled its addiction epidemic to become a world model
Two decades ago, Portugal was in the grip of a nation-wide drug epidemic. The dire situation led the country's leaders to a radical solution: the decriminalization of all drugs and a health-care approach — rather than a criminal law approach — to deal with addiction. The experiment is now celebrated around the world as the "Portuguese Model." Contributor Megan Williams talks to the doctor who helped set up the system and to drug addicts still alive because of it.