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Paul and Ed's Excellent Adventure

World-famous environmental photographer Edward Burtynsky and IDEAS host Paul Kennedy both grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario. In fact, their childhood homes were less than 300 metres apart, and paperboy Paul delivered a daily dose of newspaper comic strips to eventual visual artist Ed. They return to their old home town and revisit their roots, including the site of the now-dismantled GM Plant # 1, where both of their fathers worked; and the new subdivision that's recently replaced Meadowvale School, where they both started kindergarten, so many decades ago.

Human Rights Under Attack: Gareth Peirce on The New Dark Age

For more than 40 years, Gareth Peirce has fought to expose miscarriages of justice and free the wrongfully accused. Based in London, she was instrumental in freeing members of the Guildford Four, who were falsely convicted of carrying out the IRA bombing of a British pub. More recently, she has been representing members of the new suspect community — Muslims falsely accused of being terrorists. Peirce warns eroding human rights under the guise of national security, is a profound attack on democracy.

The Sudbury Effect: Lessons from a regreened city

Forty years ago, nickel mines and smelters around one Northern Ontario city had created one of the most dramatic examples of environmental devastation in the history of this planet. These days, Sudbury boasts the cleanest air of any city in Ontario.

True Crime Bloodline

From the investigative journalism of "In the Dark" and "Murdered and Missing", to the lurid horror of "Dirty John", to the eccentric storytelling of "My Favourite Murder", we're a culture hungrily consuming tales of murder and the criminal mind. It's a darkly popular form of entertainment in this era of podcasts and streaming docu-series -- particularly for women. Yet True Crime narratives have been hugely popular for more than 400 years.
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Lonely Together: The plight of urban isolation

There have never been as many cities across the world as there are right now, nor with such high populations. Yet urban loneliness is a virtual pandemic, and one with huge social, medical and financial consequences. Why are cities the new capitals of isolation?

The Sudbury Effect: Lessons from a regreened city

They said it couldn't be done, but Sudbury did it! Forty years ago, nickel mines and smelters around a relatively small city in Northern Ontario had created one of the most dramatic examples of environmental devastation in the history of this planet. The adjacent landscape was completely dead and totally blackened. Nothing could grow, and people were dying. These days, Sudbury boasts the cleanest air of any city in Ontario. Lakes — and there are 330 substantial lakes within the city limits — have come back to life. The surrounding countryside is almost completely green!
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The Sudbury Effect: Lessons from a regreened city

They said it couldn't be done, but Sudbury did it! Forty years ago, nickel mines and smelters around a relatively small city in Northern Ontario had created one of the most dramatic examples of environmental devastation in the history of this planet. The adjacent landscape was completely dead and totally blackened. Nothing could grow, and people were dying. These days, Sudbury boasts the cleanest air of any city in Canada. Lakes - and there are 330 substantial lakes within the city limits - have come back to life. The surrounding countryside is almost completely green!

Messiah Revealed

Handel's Messiah is possibly the most famous and popular piece of classical music of all time. Yet it's full of secrets and surprises — it wasn't actually meant for Christmas and its words are largely drawn from the Old Testament, not the New. Ivars Taurins is the founding director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, and has conducted Messiah over 200 times. Robert Harris is a veteran CBC Radio producer. In nine movements, they reveal the hidden treasures of this celebrated piece.
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Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk describes what the 'Sudbury Story' implies for tackling climate change.

Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk is an assistant professor at Laurentian University's School of the Environment.

The First Stone: Jesus, the Accused and Us

Variously called 'Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery', 'Jesus and the Accused', and the 'Pericope Adulterae', this story, found in the Gospel of John, still throws off reflections and refractions today. Jesus' message is stark: "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." And the history of the text is unique. IDEAS producer Sean Foley asks: What happens in this story? Where did it come from? And what does it say to us about some of our deepest contemporary dilemmas?
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Scott Lewis tells us why the story of Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery is not about forgiveness...and why that's a good thing.

Scott Lewis is a Jesuit priest and professor of New Testament at Regis College at the University of Toronto.
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The First Stone: Jesus, the Accused and Us

Variously called 'Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery', 'Jesus and the Accused', and the 'Pericope Adulterae', this story, found in the Gospel of John, still throws off reflections and refractions today. Jesus' message is stark: "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." And the history of the text is unique. IDEAS producer Sean Foley asks: What happens in this story? Where did it come from? And what does it say to us about some of our deepest contemporary dilemmas?

Ideas for April 2019

Highlights this month include: "Stealing Home" (April 15) -- Paul Kennedy pays tribute to baseball great, Jackie Robinson. And "Sudbury Shows the Way" (April 22) -- Paul Kennedy reports from Sudbury, Ontario. The city boasts the cleanest air of any city in Canada. Forty years ago, the surrounding landscape was completely dead and totally black.

Avenging Empire: My time in the IRA

Bank robberies, building explosives and prison hunger strikes. These were just part of Kieran Conway's life in the Irish Republican Army. Decades later, he's a well-known criminal lawyer in Dublin. This episode from IDEAS, producer Mary O’Connell looks at Conway’s political transformation from British admirer to IRA fighter.

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.

Stealing Home: A tribute to Jackie Robinson

The National Baseball Hall of Fame quotes trailblazer Jackie Robinson: “a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Robinson’s life had a huge impact, especially when he broke down the colour barrier in Major League Baseball and American society. His rookie season still stands as one of the most politically profound events in the history of organized sport.
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Wrestling with the Stoics: Tips from a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu philosopher

Michael Tremblay holds a black belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and competes at world championships. He is also a PhD student in philosophy at Queen's University, who’s studying Stoicism. In fact, he hopes to become a Stoic ‘sage’ himself, and focuses his work on the 1st-century Greek philosopher, Epictetus, whom he sees as a kind of life coach.
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Hall of Famer Buck O'Neil remembers Jackie Robinson's impact off the field

Buck O'Neil played in the Negro Leagues with Jackie Robinson.
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Stealing Home: A tribute to Jackie Robinson

The National Baseball Hall of Fame quotes trailblazer Jackie Robinson: "a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." Robinson's life had a huge impact, especially when he broke down the colour barrier in Major League Baseball and American society. His rookie season still stands as one of the most politically profound events in the history of organized sport. Every April 15, every team in the major leagues celebrates Jackie Robinson Day, and 2019 is the centennial of his birth. We observe both events with this rebroadcast of Paul Kennedy's 1997 documentary.
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Linda McQuaig on how the power of the media can mean that not all points of view are represented.

Linda McQuaig is a journalist and author on politics and current affairs.

Five Freedoms: Freedom from Lies

Freedom of the press is a Holy Grail in western societies, supposedly giving us the facts about what's happening in the world. But in an era of fake news, post-truth and a 24-hour news cycle, what are journalists to hang onto? A discussion with journalists Susan Ormiston and Desmond Cole, and writer Linda McQuaig.
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Five Freedoms: Freedom from Lies

Freedom of the press is a Holy Grail in western societies, supposedly giving us the facts about what's happening in the world. But in an era of fake news, post-truth and a 24-hour news cycle, what are journalists to hang onto? A discussion with journalists Susan Ormiston Desmond Cole, and writer Linda McQuaig.

Five Freedoms: Freedom from Want

Poverty has always been a defining issue in the quest to build a better world. How do we go about making things more equitable, making sure that wealth is distributed to those in need and creating opportunity for the weak to become strong? Journalist Sally Armstrong, healthcare activist James Orbinski and former diplomat Paul Heinbecker discuss a thorny issue.
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Five Freedoms: Freedom from Want

Poverty has always been a defining issue in the quest to build a better world. How do we go about making things more equitable, making sure that wealth is distributed to those in need and creating opportunity for the weak to become strong? Journalist Sally Armstrong, healthcare activist James Orbinski and former diplomat Paul Heinbecker discuss a thorny issue.
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James Orbinski talks about the end of Western hegemony in global affairs.

James Orbinski is a healthcare activist and former Medecins sans Frontieres leader.