The Bugle and the Passing Bell
Episode 9 Turning the tide08/21/14
In the spring of 1918 a massive German push led Field Marshall Haig to order troops to fight to the last man. The attack was repulsed and soon the German army was retreating fast. Now, for the first time since the early days of the war, Canadian...
Episode 8 Highs and lows; Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele
At Vimy Ridge in April 1917 Canadian losses were enormous but Vimy was a victory and one of the high points of Canada's involvement in the war. Six months later, in the mud and slaughter of Passchendaele morale would be at an all time low.
Episode 7 The war in the air
At the start of WW1 planes were seen as irrelevant and were despised by the generals; "If I want to see where the enemy is" said Canada's Minister of Militia, "I'll climb a tree". It wouldn't be long before thousands of flimsy warplanes were in the...
Episode 6 Stalemate and slaughter; the battle of the Somme
The battle of the Somme was the most destructive single battle of the first world war. In the end, when it all bogged down into a stalemate, there was nothing much to show for it but the losses on both sides were enormous, a million casualties and a...
Episode 5 Siege warfare and Newfoundland's day of the dead
July 1st is a day of celebration in Canada but in Newfoundland it's a day to remember the dead of Beaumont Hamel, where on July 1st 1916 on the first day of the battle of the Somme a Newfoundland regiment was virtually wiped out.
Episode 4 A world of stealth
In WW1 there were very few quick advances or dashing cavalry charges; the machine gun and barbed wire slowed everything down and combat often became an eerie and deadly cat and mouse game fought in a maze of trenches.
Episode 3; "Baptism of fire"
In 1915 at Ypres when Canadian troops took their place in the trenches, they soon found themselves facing an unknown and terrifying new weapon - deadly chlorine gas that came rolling over no man's land into their trenches.
Episode 2 "The great adventure"
Canada's first volunteers had a rough journey to war; filthy troophips, four months of training in England in rainsoaked tents and ankle deep mud. By January 1915 they were in France in makeshift trenches and taking their first casualties.
Episode 1; "Canada answers the call"
Canada's volunteer soldiers describe why they signed up, how they were trained and how they felt as they boarded ships with their guns and horses to fight the army of the German Kaiser.
The Bugle And The Passing Bell - Trailer
"The Bugle And The Passing Bell" is a special series to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first world war.
Talkin' 'bout an ethical revolution: money, markets and movements of...
Talking money, morals and movements of change with rock-star philosophers Slavoj Zizek and Michael Sandel. Has the time come for an ethical revolution?
Jane Goodall on environmental ethics and the war to save rare species
Are all species priceless in and of themselves... or are some just not worth as much of our concern and conservation efforts than others? The iconic Jane Goodall talks environmental ethics. And later, there's no truce in the war to save rare species.
Taking orders... and lives: When do soldiers have the right to follow...
Robert Semrau on the day that ended his military career and sparked a national debate on soldiers ethics and the idea of mercy killing. And later, U.S. War resisters ask when soldiers have the right to follow their conscience.
Humans for harvest and organs for trade: The ethics of buying body parts
Today, exploring the lives of people who buy and sell kidneys, the argument for giving monetary incentives to donors, and dissecting medical tourism.
Innocent until proven guilty: Mapping killer DNA and protecting the...
Is peering into the genetic make-up of a mass killer like Sandy Hook school shooter Adam Lanza a useful idea? And later, should alleged rapists get anonymity until and only if convicted?
It's my body... can I die if I want to? Exploring end of life choices
In April, Susan Griffiths said goodbye to her family and ended her life in Switzerland with the help of an assisted suicide organization. Before she left, Susan spoke with us about how the thought of a slow and painful death became too much to bear.
Debating the value and risks of academic boycotts
Are academic boycotts a watershed moment for a cause, or an affront to academic freedom? Debating the value and risks of closing off an academic institution.
Stepping in: Weighing the risks of environmental intervention
As the climate changes, wildlife experts say we must weigh the risks of intervention against a species' survival. But what are the ethical implications of assisted migration? And should we save polar bears from starvation by feeding them ourselves?
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