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Ideas is a program about contemporary thought. It explores social issues, culture and the arts, geopolitics, history, biography, science and technology, and the humanities.

Ideas is a program about contemporary thought. It explores social issues, culture and the arts, geopolitics, history, biography, science and technology, and the humanities.
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Toronto, ON

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Ideas is a program about contemporary thought. It explores social issues, culture and the arts, geopolitics, history, biography, science and technology, and the humanities.

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English

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Ideas CBC Radio P.O. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6 (416) 205-3700


Episodes

How jeans became one of the most polluting garments in the world

9/13/2019
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Blue jeans evolved from being the uniform of cowboys to a symbol of rebellion, and are now the most popular — and possibly the most polluting — garment in the world. Ideas contributor and fashion expert Pedro Mendes explores the 150-year history of jeans and the 'authenticity' they are supposed to represent.

Duration:00:54:09

'Hope is not what we need': UN Rapporteur urges governments to fight for human rights

9/12/2019
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Human rights lawyer Agnès Callamard investigated the murder of Jamal Khashoggi for the UN. Shocking as it was, the horrific killing speaks of our times — it's also the disturbing but fitting departure point for our discussion with her on human rights in the 21st century, and what the international community can do when they're violated.

Duration:00:54:08

Tom Thomson — 100 years from now

9/11/2019
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Tom Thomson's is one of the most mythologized Canadian painters of his time — and ours. Now, 102 years after his mysterious death, IDEAS contributor Sean Foley asks one central question: does the mortal and material fascination with Tom Thomson leave us with something enduring — something to carry us through the next century, and beyond?

Duration:00:54:08

Just don't say his name: the modern left on Karl Marx's place in politics

9/10/2019
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Intelligent minds have disagreed, vehemently, ever since Karl Marx wrote his ideas down in the mid-1800s. They disagree some more in this IDEAS episode about Marx and the modern political left, featuring Sheila Copps, Charlie Foran, and Rick Salutin.

Duration:00:54:08

Ireland's Brexit border: the 'most maligned place'

9/9/2019
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After 20 years of peace, the looming uncertainty of a hard Irish border has sparked fear and rancour in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The tension over the fate of the now invisible border splitting north and south has renewed sectarian tensions. IDEAS host Nahlah Ayed went there to hear what people are saying. ** This episode is part two in our series, Walking the Border: Walls That Divide Us.

Duration:00:54:08

5 top researchers granted the 2019 Killam Prize — considered 'Canada's Nobel' award

9/6/2019
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Meet the five top Canadian scholars who won the 2019 Killam Prize for reaching new heights in their disciplines. Lynne Viola exposes hidden stories of Stalin's Russia. Keith Hipel takes an engineer's approach to fixing the climate change debate. Yoshua Bengio is bringing us computers that learn and think. André Blais investigates what makes democratic elections work better. And Stephen Scherer is helping science read into the human genome.

Duration:00:54:07

Rethinking menopause: Authors argue dreaded life change has an upside

9/5/2019
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Is The Change always “women’s hell?” Is it possible that the negative way we think about menopause has an effect on how women actually experience menopause? Writer Darcey Steinke and historian Susan Mattern reframe an often-dreaded transition and reclaim the power of post-reproductive life.

Duration:00:54:08

How algorithms create a 'digital underclass'

9/4/2019
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In an episode called Technical Salvation, Ideas host, Nahlah Ayed, talks with Princeton sociologist, Dr. Ruha Benjamin. Together, they explore her argument that technology reproduces the same kind of racial segregation we see in our physical world.

Duration:00:54:08

Just one story: Joseph Campbell and 'The Hero’s Journey'

9/3/2019
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For 70 years, a book by American academic Joseph Campbell called The Hero With A Thousand Faces has shaped western storytelling, from comics to novels to videogames to movies -- including Star Wars, which was directly inspired by it. In particular, the book outlined the steps of a universal heroic narrative, something he called "The Hero’s Journey." But after seven decades of the book’s massive influence, is it now time to leave the hero’s journey behind? This documentary "Just One Story"...

Duration:00:54:09

The peace walls of Belfast: Do they still help keep the peace?

9/2/2019
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More than 20 years after the Good Friday peace agreement was signed, the so-called peace walls remain in Northern Ireland. Host Nahlah Ayed heads to Belfast to find out if the walls are helping or hindering community reconciliation between Catholic and Protestant, Republican and Unionist. This is the first episode in our series, Walking the Border: Walls That Divide Us.

Duration:00:54:08

The Audience Talks Back: The 2018 CBC Massey Lectures by Tanya Talaga

8/27/2019
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On the CBC Massey Lectures tour, each lecture concluded in an audience discussion with Tanya Talaga ⁠— most of which was never broadcast. This episode includes a conversation with IDEAS' Greg Kelly and Tanya Talaga speaking about her experience delivering the Massey Lectures, responding to listener questions, plus the best audience discussions from the tour.

Duration:00:54:09

Lecture 5: 'We Are Not Going Anywhere' by Tanya Talaga (2018 CBC Massey Lectures)

8/26/2019
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Prize-winning journalist Tanya Talaga (author of Seven Fallen Feathers) explores the legacy of cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples — in Canada and elsewhere — in her 2018 CBC Massey Lectures, All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward. This lecture is titled, We Are Not Going Anywhere. Indigenous peoples have been subjected to genocide in many places: Canada, Australia, Brazil, even the Arctic Circle. But Talaga points out that First Peoples have a history of resistance.

Duration:00:54:09

Lecture 4: 'I Breathe for Them' by Tanya Talaga (2018 CBC Massey Lectures)

8/19/2019
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In her 2018 CBC Massey Lectures series, titled All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, prize-winning journalist Tanya Talaga (author of Seven Fallen Feathers) explores the legacy of cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples. In this lecture, Talaga examines the systemic issues in health care and how intergenerational trauma from colonization is fuelling the crisis of Indigenous youth suicide.

Duration:00:54:08

Internal Hard Drive: What's lost when we forget to remember (Encore Sept. 6, 2018)

8/14/2019
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We rely on our handy smartphones to remember everything from phone numbers to our friend's birthdays. Those sleek devices serve as a type of 'external hard drive' for our memory. Contributor Jess Shane explores what happens when the art of memorization is lost.

Duration:00:55:02

Lecture 3: The Third Space by Tanya Talaga (2018 CBC Massey Lectures)

8/12/2019
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Prize-winning journalist Tanya Talaga (author of Seven Fallen Feathers) explores the legacy of cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples — in Canada and elsewhere — in her 2018 CBC Massey Lectures, All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward.

Duration:00:54:08

Rare interview with Toni Morrison on the importance of reading and writing

8/6/2019
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In this personal 2002 interview, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison talks candidly about her life as an African-American writer with IDEAS producer Marilyn Powell.

Duration:00:54:43

Lecture 2: "Big Brother's Hunger" by Tanya Talaga (2018 CBC Massey Lectures)

8/5/2019
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In her 2018 CBC Massey Lectures series, titled All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, prize-winning journalist Tanya Talaga (author of Seven Fallen Feathers) explores the legacy of cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples.

Duration:00:54:44

Five Freedoms: Freedom from Lies (Encore April 12, 2019)

7/30/2019
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Freedom of the press is a Holy Grail in Western societies, supposedly giving us the facts about what's happening in the world. But in an era of fake news, post-truth and a 24-hour news cycle, what are journalists to hang onto? A discussion with journalists Susan Ormiston Desmond Cole, and writer Linda McQuaig.

Duration:00:54:44

Lecture 1: "We Were Always Here" by Tanya Talaga (2018 CBC Massey Lectures)

7/29/2019
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In her 2018 CBC Massey Lectures series, titled All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, prize-winning journalist Tanya Talaga (author of Seven Fallen Feathers) explores the legacy of cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples.

Duration:00:54:44

Five Freedoms: Freedom from Want (Encore April 11, 2019)

7/23/2019
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Poverty has always been a defining issue in the quest to build a better world. How do we go about making things more equitable, making sure that wealth is distributed to those in need and creating opportunity for the weak to become strong? Journalist Sally Armstrong, healthcare activist James Orbinski and former diplomat Paul Heinbecker discuss a thorny issue.

Duration:00:54:44