New time, new host: IDEAS launches on Labour Day

IDEAS kicks off a new season on Labour Day, one hour earlier at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT). New host Nahlah Ayed heads to Belfast to find out if the so-called peace walls are helping or hindering reconciliation between Catholics and Protestants, Republican and Unionist. This documentary is the first in our series, Walking the Border: Walls That Divide Us.

IDEAS will now air at 8 p.m. on CBC Radio One, right after As It Happens

Nahlah Ayed is an award-winning veteran of foreign reporting. She holds a Master's degree in Journalism, a Master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (Philosophy, English and Science), a B.S. in genetics and three honorary doctorates. (CBC)

IDEAS starts a new season with a new host, Nahlah Ayed, at a new time — 8 p.m (8:30 NT).

The award-winning journalist and CBC foreign correspondent is a longtime listener to IDEAS.

"While I've investigated the why, how, what, when and where, I've had a burning ambition to go deeper," says Ayed.

"I am passionate about the opportunity to finally connect the disparate dots and to marshal all my energy to uncover the critical 'why."

In her first show as host, Ayed and IDEAS producer Philip Coulter take us to Northern Ireland — to examine so-called peace walls that were created in Belfast and other cities during The Troubles to keep two warring communities apart: Catholic and Protestant, Republican and Unionist.

A section of the peace wall dividing the Catholic Falls Road from the mostly Protestant and Loyalist Shankill Road, in Belfast. (Nahlah Ayed/CBC)

After more than  20 years of peace, many of the walls remain — along with old divisions. In the first episode of a five-part series on IDEAS called Walking the Border: The Walls That Divide Us, Ayed heads to Belfast to find out if the peace walls are helping or hindering community reconciliation.

Among the youth, who know nothing of The Troubles, there are many who want to break down the 'peace walls' and build a different future.

In Ayed's documentary, you'll meet Naomi Burns, Glenn Doherty, and Rebecca Coggles — students who have grown up in divided neighbourhoods in Belfast. They participate in programs run by Springboard Opportunities, a non-profit organization that focuses on creating peace and understanding between the different faith communities.

The organization helps Protestant and Catholic communities work to build bonds between them — as a united way forward.

Naomi Burns, Glenn Doherty, and Rebecca Coggles, work with other students to build peace between Protestant and Catholic communities. (Nahlah Ayed/CBC)

Radio for the mind

This fall, IDEAS takes a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history: the perils of denim, possibly the most polluting garment in the world; how menopause has been viewed throughout history; and the ongoing influence of Joseph Campbell's seminal book, Hero With a Thousand Faces; and, of course, the 2019 CBC Massey Lectures by Sally Armstrong.

As always, IDEAS will continue to feed the curious mind and inspire our listeners to think. Stay tuned.