Ideas

IDEAS in the Afternoon for July 2022

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. (Ben Nelms/CBC)


* Please note this schedule is subject to change.


Monday, July 4

THE IDEA OF HOME: THE STRANGER AT THE DOOR
What do you owe to a stranger who arrives at your door? In ancient Greece, hospitality (or xenia) was seen as a sacred moral imperative. Someone who defied the obligations placed on both host and guest risked the wrath of the gods, or even outright war. Today, the word xenia has largely fallen out of use, but its opposite, xenophobia, has been a driving factor in contemporary politics for years. IDEAS explores ancient traditions of hospitality — from Haudenosaunee law, Islamic teachings, Greek tragedies and Biblical warnings — and whether true hospitality is possible in a world of nation-states and borders. *This episode originally aired on June 14, 2022.


Monday, July 11

THE IDEA OF HOME: THE HOSPITABLE HOSPITAL
You leave your house in a moment of crisis, seeking refuge. But instead of knocking on a stranger's door, you go to the front door of a hospital: an emergency room. IDEAS explores the notion of hospitality in hospitals — two words that share a root, but whose meanings often seem at odds with each other. This episode traces the historical roots of hospitals, the tension between hospitality and discipline that has defined hospitals throughout their history, and what it means to create a hospitable hospital in the 21st century. *This episode originally aired on June 15, 2022.


Monday, July 18 

THE IDEA OF HOME: THE ARCHITECTURE OF WAR AND PEACE
"Urbicide" — the intentional killing of a city — is a common and brutal strategy of war, from the levelling of Mariupol, Ukraine to the destruction of Syrian cities. Armies destroy apartment buildings, theatres and bridges to destroy residents' sense of home and belonging. But even in peacetime, urban planning can become part of a more subtle kind of war over who gets to call a city home. IDEAS explores how the "battle for home" shapes cities before, during, and after wartime. *This episode originally aired on June 16, 2022.


Monday, July 25

THE IDEA OF HOME: SONG OF HOME
In 2021, when the Taliban seized power again in Afghanistan, orchestras disbanded and musicians fled for their lives. But since the Soviet occupation decades earlier, Afghans have been fleeing the region, bringing their distinctive and storied musical tradition with notes hailing from the classical music of Iran and India. IDEAS takes a journey to Afghanistan with members of the Afghan diaspora, who find their way "home" through their music. We ask: how is the idea of home embedded in music? How have decades of conflict reshaped Afghan music? And how do you "compose" the latest tragedy in the story that is Afghanistan? *This episode originally aired on June 17, 2022.

   

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