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.


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.

Cree academic and novelist Tracey Lindberg on reconciliation before reconciliation (Encore Jan 28, 2017)  

Dr. Tracey Lindberg explores the importance of reconciliation with self, with community, and with Indigenous peoples in advance of reconciliation with Canada.

Go with the flow: Using nature to help fight climate change  

Our climate is changing and because of it, our oceans and rivers are rising. In the past, we used large, manmade infrastructure to keep the water at bay. But maybe instead of trying to fight off nature, we should start working with it instead.

Building Tension: Preserving the past and constructing the future  

Across Canada, our city cores are becoming indistinguishable jumbles of tall glass buildings - new and shiny always seems to beat heritage or repurposing. Four prominent architects discuss ways to tear down the edifices of modern planning and design.

Policing, Part 1: To serve or protect?  

Relations between the public and the police are strained today: from charges of police violence, abuse and racial bias to calls for transparency and greater police accountability. A panel discussion about what it means to police and be policed today.

Distant Future Warnings  

Radioactive waste and toxic mining byproducts will remain deadly for thousands of years – maybe forever. Deep in the arsenic-contaminated underground at Giant Mine near Yellowknife, contributor Garth Mullins wonders how we can warn the distant future.

Newfoundland Jam: Shakespeare's "As You Like It" on the 'Rock'  

What happens when you set Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in Newfoundland -- as they did at the Stratford Festival last year -- with the appropriate accents and a kitchen party?

Lady and Lord Macbeth on trial: guilty or bewitched?  

Shakespeare's play tells us all about how Lord and Lady Macbeth plotted the killing of their king, Duncan. They killed him, that's for sure, but was it murder? You and I might say, guilty but a lawyer might say — not so fast: they were bewitched!

Orchids: A Love Story  

Suggestive, romantic, sexy orchids! It turns out they're even sexier in their own world. Wily, deceptive, manipulating: get ready to travel between history and science, how we humans think about orchids and who they really are in nature among themselves.

Pushing the Frontiers of Knowledge: The 2017 Killam Prize  

Once a year, the Canada Council Killam Prize is bestowed on five of Canada's top academics in five different fields. Paul Kennedy interviews this year's winners and finds out what inspires them to break new ground.

Fail Better: What baseball can teach us about failure and community  

Writers seem to be more attracted to baseball than to any other sport, but philosopher Mark Kingwell recently published the first book-length philosophical consideration of what has long been called America's national pastime.

The Challenge of Words: What's to become of serious writing in the digital age?  

The novel -- an art form that's centuries old -- still has the capacity to hold our attention from subway commute to library chair. But we tell ourselves we're in a different era now. What's to become of serious writing in our hyperfast, overcaffeinated,

Subversive thoughts for an infantile age: Susan Neiman (Encore Oct 28, 2015)  

In her book Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age, Paul Kennedy talks with philosopher Susan Neiman, who believes that "Having created societies that our young want to grow up into, we idealize the stages of youth."

Nine Minutes That Changed The World  

In 1876, the poet Stephane Mallarme published a poem entitled The Afternoon of a Faun. He doubted anyone could set it to music successfully. But composer Claude Debussy did exactly that. A look at the magic of Debussy's imagining.

After Guantanamo: Dennis Edney on defending Omar Khadr  

From the Stratford Festival, Dennis Edney, Omar Khadr’s lawyer, talks with Paul Kennedy about a life-changing experience that contains a challenge for us all.

Bringing up furbaby: The evolution from family pet to pet family  

There are now more pets than children in North American homes, and lavish dog beds and catnip mice are taking the place of bassinets and rattles. Kelley Jo Burke explores what we're really saying about who we are when we start bringing up 'furbabies

History Derailed: Understanding the Messy Middle East  

American journalist Robert F. Worth joins Paul Kennedy in conversation about his book, A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS. Worth is this year's winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize.

Writing in Worried Times: GG Award winners share their anxieties (Encore Dec 13, 2016)  

They may be successful writers, but that doesn't mean the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award winners are immune from worry about the world around us. Authors share some brand new work on that theme.

Does public broadcasting have a future?  

A panel discussion on the challenges faced by public broadcaster with James Harding from the BBC; Jennifer McGuire from the CBC and Michael Oreskes from NPR. Simon Houpt moderates the conversation.

Yes and No: The problem of bad referendums  

Leah Trueblood is a PhD student at Oxford University. She warns that ill-conceived referendums are actually dangerous for democracies. The latest episode in our series Ideas from the Trenches

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