Ideas in the Afternoon for October 2019
Ideas in the Afternoon airs Mondays at 2:05 pm on CBC Radio One.
Monday, October 7
THE PROBLEM WITH JEANS
Blue jeans evolved from being the uniform of cowboys to a symbol of rebellion, and are now the most popular — and possibly the most polluting — garment in the world. Ideas contributor and fashion expert Pedro Mendes explores the 150-year history of jeans and the 'authenticity' they are supposed to represent.
Monday, October 14
HOW TO ARGUE
There's been a lot of hand-wringing about the threat to liberal democracy from foreign agencies. But much less so about what's undermining democracy from within. American Philosophers Robert Talisse and Scott Aiken believe it is the simulated nature of political argument and disagreement that is eating away at democracy, creating democratic dysfunction—and even the physical separation between adversaries in the public space. Nahlah Ayed speaks to both about the dynamics of the problem, and how to imagine possible solutions.
Monday, October 21
THE BEAUTIFUL MATH OF MARYAM MIRZAKHANI
Maryam Mirzakhani was a woman of many firsts: she was the first woman to compete on the Iranian math Olympiad team; the first to score a perfect score; the first woman to win the "Nobel Prize" of mathematics, the Fields Medal. Like the mathematics she studied, Maryam Mirzakhani was complicated and complex. Her untimely death has led people to wonder what other astonishing things Maryam could have achieved and the legacy she leaves behind from the work she devoted her life to.
Monday, October 28
IDEAS IN THE TRENCHES: SYRIAN REFUGEE DADS
Adnan Al Mhamied is a PhD student, father of four, and also a refugee from Syria's collapse into war. He escaped his country as a wanted man after Assad's government targeted people like him — members of non-violent, pro-democracy movements. Now Adnan is at the McGill School of Social Work, gathering the stories of other 'refugee dads' in Montreal. With the insights that come from his own experience, Adnan's research exposes the 'silent suffering' of men as they try to lead their families across the cultural divides. Traditions and once-trusted instincts collide with a strange and different Canadian environment.
**This episode is part of our series, Ideas from the Trenches, featuring outstanding PhD students. It's presented by Nicola Luksic and Tom Howell.