Ideas in the Afternoon for March 2019
Monday, March 4
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING...CLIMATE CHANGE
Young couples face a complicated decision at a time when the dire consequences of climate change are becoming clearer, is it ethical to bring a child into the world? Science journalist Britt Wray talks with parents, prospective parents, ethicists, scientists, and children on this thorny question.
Monday, March 11
DIGNITY DOWN THE TOILET: Public Bathrooms as a human right
Public bathrooms are something we all need, yet they are a public amenity few of us talk about openly and that cities often get wrong. How should governments and businesses provide for this most basic bodily need and what does it mean for citizens when they have no place to go? Contributor Lezlie Lowe flushes out the answers on a road trip, with many bathroom breaks, across North America.
Monday, March 18
GUARDIANS VS. GARDENERS: THE WOLVES OF ISLE ROYALE
The question of how much humans should 'tinker' with nature gets at the heart of our relationship with the natural world. Contributor Brad Bedalt travels to isolated Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, where a controversial decision has been made to relocate wolves from the mainland to help sustain the island's dwindling pack. The world's leading wolf researchers and environmental thinkers debate that decision and our idea of wilderness.
Monday, March 25
THE JEZEBEL PROBLEM: What 'bossy' women should know about language
PhD graduate Laura Hare taught herself Biblical Hebrew so she could analyze male and female speech patterns in the original text of the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament). She found the women characters consistently using language that shows deference to men. Some of these signs of deference exist in women's speech today in North American English. The only female biblical character who fully speaks 'like a man' also became an archetype of evil — Queen Jezebel. Ideas from the Trenches producers Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic find out what Laura Hare's discoveries mean for the present day.