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IDEAS schedule for March
Highlights include: the link between imagining extinction and acting to avert it (March 3); a philosophical look at the meaning of travel (March 12); a three-part series examining the history of Black people represented in Hollywood films (March 17-19); and a rebroadcast of Rob Deibert's 2020 CBC Massey Lectures, Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society (March 22 - 29).
IDEAS schedule for February
Highlights include: BBC correspondent Larry Madowo shares his experience as a Black Kenyan-born man reporting on a contentious U.S. election (Feb 2); Roman Mars of 99% Invisible on the hidden stories behind architecture and design (Feb 9); a two-part series looking at the history of policing and the use of surveillance on citizens (Feb 8 & 26); and former Bank of Canada Mark Carney on how we have come to elevate financial value over human value (Feb 22-24).
IDEAS schedule for January
Highlights include: a three-part series profiling C.L.R. James, author of The Black Jacobins (Jan 7, 14, 19); examining our historically complicated relationship with deserts (Jan 15); the story of Black hair and the Black female experience (Jan 28); and from our archives, a documentary that explores the complex history, culture, and mythology of rice (Jan 29).
IDEAS schedule for December
Highlights include: Ursula Franklin’s 1989 Massey Lectures examining the impact of technology on how we live and work; a three-part series on the legacy of musician Frank Zappa; a profile of the legendary jazz drummer and composer Jerry Granelli (Dec. 21); and a dramatic journey through the philosophy of Christmas (Dec 23).
IDEAS schedule for November
Highlights include: an investigation into the evolutionary history of laughter (Nov 4); tech expert Ron Deibert delivers the 2020 CBC Massey Lectures entitled Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society (Nov 9 - Nov 16): why metaphors matter when it comes to climate change (Nov 20); exploring the science, psychology, history, and culture of cute (Nov 23); and a deep dive into the fault lines of ‘Botox nation' (Nov 30).
IDEAS schedule for October 2020
Highlights: a critique of Buddhist exceptionalism (Oct 2); reclaiming nature as a moral guidepost (Oct 8); the legacy of the October Crisis Manifesto (Oct 13); the surprising history of chickens (Oct 19); and exploring pop culture's zombie obsession (Oct 23).
IDEAS schedule for September 2020
Highlights: IDEAS launches a series on the common good, asking one basic question: what do we owe each other? (Sept 7); Stratford panellists explore the identity of 'me' and the community of 'us’ and look toward building a better future (Sept 15); lessons on crime and punishment from the resilience of incarcerated women (Sept 25) and how a place called Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Alberta is deeply connected to Indigenous history and practice (Sept 30).
IDEAS schedule for August 2020
Highlights: the saxophone's forgotten spiritual roots (Aug 3); how the 2008 financial crisis led to political populism (Aug 7); how the global elite’s efforts to 'change the world' became part of the problem (Aug 10); exploring the social history of spinsters (Aug 26) and John Milton's Satan as a political rebel (Aug 31).
IDEAS schedule for July 2020
Highlights: exploring Leonardo Da Vinci's sex life (July 3); recovering "the lost art of scripture" with Karen Armstrong (July 6); Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein breaking diplomatic rules (July 9 & 10); whether the peace walls in Ireland are helping or hindering community reconciliation? (July 23); and author Kamal Al-Solaylee on what it means to be brown in today's world (July 28).
It's spring! Where's the IDEAS schedule?
We know many of you have been asking for the programming schedule to see what's coming up this month on IDEAS. As everything is in flux right now, it’s not possible to fix our schedule in place. But here are some upcoming episodes we're working on.
Olympic athlete's dreams on hold
Olympic hopeful Alysha Newman tells London Morning how she's keeping busy instead of maintaining her usual competition schedule.
IDEAS schedule for March 2020
Highlights include: the saxophone's path toward transcendence (Mar. 3); what psychiatrists still don't know about mental illness (Mar. 4); the joy of mediocrity (Mar. 12); how John Milton's Satan in Paradise Lost has resonated with people at moments of rebellion throughout history (Mar. 13); and the evolution of Charles Darwin (Mar. 16).
IDEAS schedule for February 2020
Highlights include: how a 1920s fashion trend became a moral panic in Canada (Feb. 4); revealing why three powerful words — "I love you" — can be both enriching and manipulative (Feb. 14); how the saxophone has been associated with spirituality and comedy (Feb. 19); and Nahlah Ayed visits the Hungarian border as part of our series, Walking the Border: Walls That Divide Us.
IDEAS schedule for January 2020
Highlights include: a former Catholic sister Karen Armstrong on recovering "the lost art of scripture." (Jan. 6); a two-part series on the social history of chairs (Jan. 9-10); a look at what can we learn from Darwin at this stage of civilization (Jan. 24); and making the case for a civic media manifesto (Jan. 23).
IDEAS schedule for December 2019
Highlights include: philosophical anthropologist Lorraine Daston on reclaiming nature as a moral guidepost (Dec. 5); a rare feature interview with former UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (Dec 12-13); examining prison abolition — has prison outlived its purpose? (Dec 18); the spirituality of the saxophone (Dec. 19); and author Stephen Law takes us through the philosophical quagmire of the holidays (Dec. 23).
IDEAS schedule for November 2019
Highlights include: award-winning author Kamal Al-Solaylee on what it means to be brown in the world today (Nov 6); Boomer-bashing: Is it fair to blame a generation? (Nov 8); Sally Armstrong's CBC Massey Lectures: Power Shift: The Longest Revolution (Nov 11-15): and how climate change is threatening the complex ecosystems of deserts (Nov 22).
IDEAS schedule for October 2019
Highlights include: how the power of Broadway musicals can propel social change (Oct 5); Canadian author Astra Taylor searches for the meaning of democracy — challenging if it truly can exist (Oct 14); and Harvard historian of science Anne Harrington discusses the ongoing hunt for a biological basis to mental illness (Oct 28).
Ideas for September 2019
Highlights include: exploring 150 years of jeans — the most popular and possibly the most polluting garment in the world. (Sept. 13); author Ronald Wright on the state of civilization in 2019 (Sept. 19); and an examination of the unsettling relationship between facts and truth (Sept 25).
LRT is 377 days late and counting. Now what?
Here are five takeaways from this week's disappointing, if not shocking, news about the further delay of Ottawa's Confederation Line.
Ideas for August 2019
Highlights include: the power of Gwich'in storytelling (Aug. 8); a look back on Paul Kennedy's 1983 biographical series on Emma Goldman (Aug. 16) and lessons learned from the environmental success story of Sudbury (Aug. 28).
Ideas for July 2019
Highlights include: Canadian artist Kent Monkman on "Decolonizing Art History" (July 5); writer Michael Pollan on the therapeutic use of pscyhedelic drugs (July 11) and global thinker Yuval Harari on "Hacking Humanity" (July 15).
Two more months of traffic pain until CN finishes rail bridge replacement
The closure of Quinpool Road from the Armdale Roundabout to Connaught Avenue has put tremendous pressure on Chebucto Road and shortened the tempers of commuters.
How to stick to a smart sleep schedule for baby — while on a group getaway!
Tips from a sleep expert on having fun and a well-rested little one too.
Ideas for June 2019
Highlights this month include: An entire week of programming celebrating Paul Kennedy's contribution to IDEAS as host and contributor. From June 24 to June 28, Paul reflects on the stories he's told on IDEAS over the past four decades.
OCDSB aims for 'status quo' despite provincial education cuts
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board staff recommendations for the 2019-20 budget aim to maintain the "status quo" through provincial budget cuts.