IDEAS in the Afternoon for May 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. (David Horemans/CBC/Radio-Canada)

* Please note this schedule is subject to change.

Monday, May 2

Dogs are lauded as 'man's best friend.' But PhD student Molly Labenski argues that, in America, the real picture is of a lopsided, dysfunctional, and altogether toxic 'friendship' between the human and canine species. To make us see it clearly, Labenski points to a revealing source of cultural attitudes — the use of fictional dogs by authors of 20th-century literature. Drawing on 'animal standpoint theory,' Labenski argues that American and Canadian cultures have always failed to understand the dogs' point of view sufficiently, and by extension, our species' ability to create a just world for animals in general depends on doing a much better job. *This episode is part of our series Ideas from the Trenches. It first aired on April 5, 2021.

Monday, May 9

Five hundred years ago, when Martin Luther translated the New Testament so that ordinary Germans could understand it, he sparked a theological, social and political revolution that we're still living in. But who exactly was he? A life-risking fighter for freedom of conscience? Many still see him that way. But when peasants revolted against the princes they were suffering under, he sided with the princes. And his infamous antisemitism was embraced by the Nazis. So who exactly was Martin Luther? *This episode originally aired on April 14, 2022.

Monday, May 16

They've remained a minority among humans since the dawn of our species, coping with systems and tools arranged for right-handers, and sometimes thriving as a result of their difference. Left-handed writer Mark Dance consults experts on the history — and latest mysteries — of the 'sinister 10 per cent', and seeks answers to the question of what makes a left-hander special. *This episode originally aired on May 2, 2022.

Monday, May 23

Shame is a powerful, shape-shifting feeling. It can be used as a tool to point out ethical wrongs, and demand justice. It can also be weaponized against individuals, and enforce dubious societal conventions. Culturally and politically, opponents frequently use shame to decry each other. 

There's been closer attention to the complexities of shame recently, including in How to Do Things with Emotions, a new book by Owen Flanagan. The professor of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience argues that our angry Western culture could use a little more shame, and points to societies that "do" shame in a more mature and positive way. *This episode originally aired on April 21, 2022.

Monday, May 30

An ambitious orchestra from Nazareth comprised of half Palestinian and half Jewish musicians has a mission — to bridge the divide and serve as a model of peace building. The Galilee Chamber Orchestra is the performance wing of a music education organization called Polyphony. In musical terms, 'polyphony' is a musical texture that combines two or more tones or melodic lines. But what can music do to truly advance peace and understanding? IDEAS host Nahlah Ayed explores this question with Polyphony's co-founder Nabeel Abboud Ashkar, followed by a panel discussion. *This episode originally aired on May 3, 2021.


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