Ideas from CBC Radio (Highlights)

Ideas from CBC Radio (Highlights)


Ideas is all about ideas \x96 programs that explore everything from culture and the arts to science and technology to social issues.


The Challenge of Peace  

We have the best communications in history, except for the kind that matters -- nations and states understanding each other. Jennifer Welsh, Paul Heinbecker, Peter Boehm, Arne Kislenko and Daniel Eayrs in conversation from the Stratford Festival.

Is that all there is? Exploring the meaning & future of science (Encore Nov 25, 2016)  

Science helps us understand ourselves and our own place in the cosmos. But how far does the math take us, and what do science and the humanities tell us when we look at the same questions from different points of view?

Undoing Linguicide: The legal right to the survival of Indigenous languages (Encore Apr 8, 2016)  

Lorena Fontaine is completing her PhD at the University of Manitoba and is battling to revive aboriginal languages. She argues that Canadian indigenous communities have a legal right to the survival of language.

World on Fire (Encore May 16, 2016)  

Adrienne Lamb explores the factors altering how we have to live with wildfire. New technology and new ways to think about fire and its behaviour could save lives.

The Dangerous Game: Gamergate and the "alt-right" (Encore Nov 30, 2016)  

As a teen and then in her 20s, Emma Vosen loved gaming. Now as a PhD candidate, she looks to gamer culture as a microcosm of how sexism is seeded and replicated within broader society.

All in the family: Understanding and healing childhood trauma  

Trauma is not a story about the past -- it lives in the present: in both the mind and body. Left untreated, it has no expiration date, whether it's trauma arising from childhood abuse or PTSD suffered as an adult.

How humankind is on the verge of transforming itself: Yuval  Harari (Encore Oct 11, 2016)  

In his book “Homo Deus”, Yuval Harari argues that humankind is on the verge of transforming itself: advances creating networked intelligences will surpass our own in speed, capability and impact. But where will this leave us?

The Post-Modern Chimpanzee's Guide to Parenting (Encore Oct 6, 2016)  

A look at the work of evolutionary anthropologist and University of Toronto PhD student Iulia Badescu who spent a year camped out in a Ugandan jungle to observe chimp parenting.

Tocqueville's America Revisited, Part 2 (Encore October 21, 2016)  

Nearly 200 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville travelled the United States trying to understand its strengths and weaknesses. Less than a month before Americans go to the polls, Paul Kennedy considers the ongoing relevance of Tocqueville's observations.

The Open Mind: Are 'unconscious' patients more conscious than we think? (Encore May 4, 2016)  

Philosophy PhD student Andrew Peterson is embedded with scientists at the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University and considers the ethical and moral questions emerging from this cutting edge research.

The shadow of charm city: Inside America's great racial divide (Encore Oct 24, 2016)  

In a bid to instill civic pride forty years ago, Baltimore was officially named "Charm City". Today, some call Baltimore a war zone -over 300 homicides per year amid 16,000 vacant homes. Mary O'Connell takes us inside America's great racial divide.

Cracking our moral code: How we decide what's right and wrong (Encore Dec 16, 2016)  

Producer John Chipman explores why some people stick to their moral codes more stringently than others, and delves into the latest neuroimaging research to find out what it can tell us about what guides our moral decisions.

Tocqueville's America Revisited, Part 1 (Encore October 14,2016)  

Nearly 200 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville travelled the United States trying to understand its strengths and weaknesses. Less than a month before Americans go to the polls, Paul Kennedy considers the ongoing relevance of Tocqueville's observations.

Return of the Michif Boy: Confronting Métis trauma (Encore March 23, 2017)  

By reconnecting with his birth mother PhD student Jesse Thistle came to understand the effects of intergenerational trauma. His award-winning research shines a light on the struggles and the resilience of Métis communities in northern Saskatchewan.

​Canada's original promise: Still waiting to be realize  

Mohawk education advocate Roberta Jamieson believes Canada is at a make-or-break historical moment where it has a chance to recast its historically toxic relationship with First Nations for the next 150 years.

Fighting at the table: Conflict as successful integration  

Sociologist Aladin El-Mafalaani sees anti-immigrant cries to build walls, and hate-fuelled politics counter-intuitively: a sign that integration is working. Conflict, he argues, is the necessary consequence of new arrivals at a metaphoric dinner table.

What happens when we stop asking questions: Why India must be secular  

Political scientist Neera Chandhoke makes a heartfelt argument for a secular India. Against the growing tide of Hindu nationalism and India's history of inter-religious strife, she draws on Western and Indian thinkers to make the case for diversity.

The New Tribe of Israel: The immigrant underclass  

Anthrolopogist Galia Sabar has devoted her professional life to what she calls the new tribe of Israel: Jewish-African and non-Jewish labour migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.

Eyes on the back of our head: Recovering a multicultural South Africa  

Msimang Sisonke pulls down the old binarism of black vs white to make way for a truly multicultural South Africa, one that welcomes other African migrants as it embraces its own racially diverse past.

Policing: Old cops, new expectations  

Counter-terrorism, fighting cybercrime, policing highly diverse societies: Can the police do it all? Should the police do it all? Do the police want to do it all? A panel discussion about what it means to police and be policed today.

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