Ideas from CBC Radio (Highlights)
Does public broadcasting have a future?
May 25th, 2017, 08:36 AM
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
May 21st, 2017, 08:36 AM
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
The Myth of Victory
May 18th, 2017, 08:36 AM
How do we know when we've won? Some people argue that World War I was just the opening act for the World War II, and perhaps World War III is just around the corner. Stephen Toope, Janice Stein and Hugh Segal in conversation.
How Art Shapes History
May 17th, 2017, 08:36 AM
A panel discussion with architect Sir David Adjaye, visual artist Christi Belcourt, author Junot Díaz and filmmaker Paul Gross. Their focus: current global politics and how art shapes our understanding of place, history and progress.
Why Buffyworld still matters
May 16th, 2017, 08:36 AM
It's been 20 years since a midriff-baring California cheerleader leapt onto our television screens and became a riveting woman warrior. Buffy the Vampire Slayer remains the most-studied show in television history. A look at the legacy of "Buffyworld".
Decoding Death: The science and significance of near death experiences
May 16th, 2017, 08:36 AM
The nature of "near death experiences", or NDE's has historically been the territory of religion and philosophy. But now science has staked its claim in the discussion. Ashley Walters explores the science and the meaning of near death experiences.
The Self-Taught Philosopher: How a 900-year-old Arabic Tale Inspired the Enlightenment
May 15th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Naheed Mustafa tells the story of philosopher-physician Ibn Tufayl who wrote the first Arabic novel "Hayy ibn Yaqzan". It may be the most important story you've never heard.
Don't Shoot the Messenger: the value of whistleblowing
May 14th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Recorded at Ryerson University's Centre for Free Expression, Paul Kennedy hosts a panel on why whistleblowers are vital to the public interest...and how their exposure of wrongdoing can ultimately be helpful, even to their workplace.
The Munk Debates on the decline and fall of the liberal international order
May 8th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Is this the beginning of the end of the liberal international order? In a head-to-head Munk Debate, historian Niall Ferguson says Yes, the old order is collapsing, while commentator Fareed Zakaria argues No, there's life yet in liberal ideals.
Yesterday and Tomorrow: the rise of the extreme right in France, Part 3
May 4th, 2017, 08:36 AM
The loudest people supporting Marine Le Pen are the young. Unemployed and disaffected, they're rejecting the elites that have failed them. What that means, and what it will mean to be French in the future, is what this election is about.
Liberty Leading the People: the rise of the extreme right in France, Part 2
May 1st, 2017, 08:36 AM
As the French pick a new president, it's the extreme right and the Front National with their candidate Marine Le Pen, which might well lead the French out of Europe and shut the door to immigrants. Philip Coulter reports.
The Enright Files: Fifty years after the Six-Day War
April 30th, 2017, 08:36 AM
As the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War approaches, The Enright Falls revisits interviews about that war and the way it and the fallout from Israel’s other conflicts still weigh on the state of Israel today.
Chernobyl Remembered, Part 2
April 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
An encore presentation of Philip Coulter’s 2007 documentary, “The Zone of Absolute Exclusion” about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that occurred on April 26, 1986. Thirty-one years later, it remains the worst nuclear accident in history.
Chernobyl Remembered, Part 1
April 25th, 2017, 08:36 AM
An encore presentation of Philip Coulter’s 2007 documentary, “The Zone of Absolute Exclusion” about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that occurred on April 26, 1986. Thirty-one years later, it remains the worst nuclear accident in history.
The Motorcycle is Yourself: revisiting 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'
April 24th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance has been called the most widely read book of philosophy ever written. Forty years after its publication, Tim Wilson revisits an extraordinary interview he did with its author.
Children of the Fatherland: The Rise of the Extreme Right in France, Part 1
April 20th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Philip Coulter explores the rise of the right-wing Front National party as France gets ready to elect their next president.
The Rise of the Anti-Establishment: Where do we go from here?
April 19th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at University of California at Berkeley, details how understanding the circumstances that led to the election of Donald Trump can help shape a new democratic political sensibility
Globalized Anger: The Enlightenment's Unwanted Child
April 17th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Trumpism. Hindu nationalism. ISIS. People everywhere seem fed up with the status quo, and their anger and intolerance are finding political expression. Pankaj Mishra thinks the globalized anger is the legitimate offspring of the Enlightenment itself.
Bread: salvation or damnation?
April 13th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Bread is life. But for some, it represents a wrong turn in our species' evolution. Through conversation with bakers, religious leaders, historians and bread aficionados, producer Veronica Simmonds asks whether bread has led us to salvation or damnation.
Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death (Encore Oct 4, 2016)
April 12th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Dr. Robert Lanza provides a compelling argument for consciousness as the basis for the universe, rather than consciousness simply being its by-product.
Islamist Persistence: The Rise and Reality of Political Islam, Part 2
April 11th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Was Islam founded on political principles? Is the rise of Islamism, after the Arab Spring, a natural evolution in Muslim-dominated countries? Author Shadi Hamid, an American Muslim and self-described liberal, says the rise of Islamist parties is inevitabl
Vimy at 100: Myth vs. Reality
April 6th, 2017, 08:36 AM
It's been a century since Canada's bloody victory at Vimy Ridge during World War One. Historian Tim Cook, author of Vimy: The Battle and the Legend, peels back the layers of myth-making around Vimy to reveal its complex, at times contradictory, history.
Islamist Persistence: The Rise and Reality of Political Islam, Part 1
April 4th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Was Islam founded on political principles? Is the rise of Islamism, after the Arab Spring, a natural evolution in Muslim-dominated countries? Author Shadi Hamid, a self-described liberal American-Muslim, says the rise of Islamist parties is inevitable.
Ireland 1916: how 800 years of British rule led to violent rebellion
April 3rd, 2017, 08:36 AM
On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, the streets of Dublin were transformed into a war zone. This edition of The Enright Files revisits highlights of a two-hour special commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
The Return of History: Your Questions
April 2nd, 2017, 08:36 AM
The CBC Massey Lectures inspire a lot of provocative questions. In this episode, the best of audience and listener questions put to Jennifer Welsh about her 2016 CBC Massey Lectures: The Return of History.
Saving Syria: keeping war-torn culture alive
March 23rd, 2017, 08:36 AM
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
March 22nd, 2017, 08:36 AM
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
March 20th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Celebrated historian Carlo Ginzburg uncovers the past by telling the stories of the marginalized, the forgotten, and the suppressed.
Expletive Repeated: Why Swearing Matters
March 15th, 2017, 08:36 AM
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.
The Immigrants: The rise of the extreme right in the Netherlands, Part 2
March 13th, 2017, 08:36 AM
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
March 8th, 2017, 08:36 AM
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
March 7th, 2017, 08:36 AM
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
March 5th, 2017, 08:36 AM
On this month's edition of The Enright Files, conversations about, and with, existentialist and conservative philosophers.
Beyond the Huddled Masses
March 1st, 2017, 08:36 AM
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
February 26th, 2017, 08:36 AM
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.