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.


Saving Syria: keeping war-torn culture alive  

Destruction and displacement -- that's the story of Syria today. Paul Kennedy talks with three Syrians who believe in other Syrias, with stories about love, and laughter, and smell of jasmine and tarragon.

Return of the Michif Boy: Confronting Métis trauma  

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.

A Peasant vs The Inquisition: Cheese, Worms and the Birth of Micro-history  

Celebrated historian Carlo Ginzburg uncovers the past by telling the stories of the marginalized, the forgotten, and the suppressed.

Expletive Repeated: Why Swearing Matters  

Profanity was once considered rude and crude -- a linguistic last resort. Not so these days. Younger generations use swearing as everyday slang, and academics study it as an ever-evolving form of creative and cultural expression.

Immigrant: The rise of the extreme right in the Netherlands, Part 2  

An immigrant story with a happy ending, but it's not a track most new immigrants might be able to follow -- the Dutch are struggling with a rise of right-wing, anti-immigrant sentiment on the eve of national elections.

The Night Watch: The Rise of the Extreme Right in The Netherlands, Part 1  

Approaching this year's national elections, the Netherlands -- like many countries -- is experiencing an explosion of right-wing populism, fuelled by the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Geert Wilders. And the nation is torn.

The Lives of Women, Readers and Alice Munro  

On a cold, autumn night a group of women gather for their regular book club. Over snacks, wine and tea, they discuss Alice Munro's work, and how her stories illuminate some of the deepest issues in their own lives.

How Existentialist and Conservative Philosophers Think About Freedom  

On this month's edition of The Enright Files, conversations about, and with, existentialist and conservative philosophers.

Beyond the Huddled Masses  

Where we come from, and how we got here from there, shapes who we are. From the 2016 Stratford Festival, three fighters for human rights share their experiences.

Ideas from the Trenches - Refuge  

PhD students Kiran Banerjee and Craig Damian Smith propose a radical re-thinking of the institutions that shape how nations respond to the voices of refugees.

Downloading Decision: Could machines make better decisions for us?  

Humans like to let others make decisions for them. But what happens when those decisions are made by machines or artificial intelligence? Can we trust them to make the right choices?

The Proper Role of Science: Peter Gluckman  

The Harper government muzzled scientists. Donald Trump's administration is now doing the same. But a better relationship between science and government is possible. Highlights from a talk by Sir Peter Gluckman.

From Tolerance to Tyranny  

Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in relative harmony in medieval Spain. Then the Spanish Inquisition came along with its use of terror and racism, turning a pluralistic society into a police state

Wachtel On The Arts - Phyllis Lambert  

Eleanor Wachtel speaks to Canadian architectural activist, Phyllis Lambert, in celebration of her exceptional career on her 90th birthday.

The Rabbit and the Giraffe, Part 1 (Encore September 12, 2016)  

Jean Vanier, who founded the L'Arche movement in 1963 for people with profound disabilities, quickly learned that "normal" people have much to learn about being human by watching those we perceive as weak. Jean Vanier in conversation with Philip Coulter.

The Marriage of True Minds, Part 2  

Can marriage be a source of inspiration, creativity, mutual influence, and intellectual support? A look at the relationships of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir; and Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz.

The Marriage of True Minds, Part 1  

Can marriage be a source of inspiration, creativity, mutual influence, and intellectual support? A look at the relationships of Abelard and Heloise; Percy Bysse Shelley and Mary Wollestonecraft Shelley; and Georges Sand and Frederic Chopin.

Surviving Post-Capitalism: Coping, hoping, doping & shopping  

In conversation with Paul Kennedy about his book How Will Capitalism End?, Wolfgang Streeck makes the unnerving case that capitalism is now at a point where it cannot survive itself.

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 and Arne Kislenko in conversation from the Stratford Festival.

The Enright Files on humanizing Canada's penal system  

a hard look at Canada's penal system, exploring ideas about how prisons can keep society safe in the long run. Michael Enright speaks with some remarkable people who serve prisoners, and society, in special ways.

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