The Rise of the Anti-Establishment: Where do we go from here?
April 19th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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, 01:03 PM
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, 01:03 PM
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.
Islamist Persistence: The Rise and Reality of Political Islam, Part 2
April 11th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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, 01:03 PM
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, 01:03 PM
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.
The Return of History: Your Questions
April 2nd, 2017, 01:03 PM
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, 01:03 PM
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, 01:03 PM
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.
Expletive Repeated: Why Swearing Matters
March 15th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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 Lives of Women, Readers and Alice Munro
March 7th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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.
Beyond the Huddled Masses
March 1st, 2017, 01:03 PM
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, 01:03 PM
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.
The Proper Role of Science: Peter Gluckman
February 21st, 2017, 01:03 PM
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
February 20th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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
February 20th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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)
February 20th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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
February 14th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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
February 13th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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.
The Challenge of Peace
February 7th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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
February 5th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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.
Ecology of Sound: Hildegard Westerkamp
February 1st, 2017, 01:03 PM
Paul Kennedy joins sound ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp on a sound-walk through Vancouver's downtown eastside, and explores how opening our ears to our surroundings can open our minds.
January 31st, 2017, 01:03 PM
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.
Media in the Age of Terrorism: Mohamed Fahmy
January 30th, 2017, 01:03 PM
For 438 days, journalist Mohamed Fahmy was locked away in an Egyptian jail, including solitary confinement in the brutal Scorpion wing of Cairo's Tora Prison. He reflects on the experience in the 2016 Dalton Camp Lecture.
The importance of being ethical with Dr. Janet Rossant
January 29th, 2017, 01:03 PM
Winner of the 2016 Friesen International Prize for Health Science Research, Dr. Janet Rossant argues that recent revolutions in genetic medicine demand comparable advances in our understanding of the underlying morality and ethics.
The Causes and Consequences of Brexit: Timothy Garton Ash
January 25th, 2017, 01:03 PM
Some have called it the unravelling of Europe, while others claim it may signal the end of liberalism. Brexit both surprised and confounded experts who never thought it would happen. Timothy Garton delivers the Donner Canadian Foundation Lecture.