Ideas from CBC Radio (Highlights)
Gabrielle Scrimshaw on liberating the past and embracing the future
February 16th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Gabrielle Scrimshaw delivers the third annual Vancouver Island University Indigenous Lecture on the challenges Indigenous youth face, what reconciliation looks like, and how people can engage on that journey.
Whose Lives Matter?
February 15th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Why does the colour of someone's skin seems to trigger prejudice? Why do black people get carded by the police more often than white? Why does Black history seem marginalized in the story of our country? The Black Lives Matter movement demands serious answers from our society to all of these questions about race, culture and prejudice.This episode features Janaya Khan, d'bi Young and Sandra Hudson in a panel discussion from the Stratford Festival Forum.
Decoding the resistance to climate change: Are we doomed? (Encore September 14, 2017)
February 9th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Global warming is "fake news", or a "Chinese hoax". So says a richly funded conservative movement that's become a world-wide campaign. In her book, "The Merchants of Doubt", Harvard historian of science Naomi Oreskes traces how this propaganda war started and how to fight it. Part 2 of a series on the resistance to climate change science.
Imagining the singularity: What happens when computers transcend us?
February 8th, 2018, 05:51 AM
As computers and Artificial Intelligence grow in power and capability, it seems ever more likely that we're approaching "the Singularity": the point where machine intelligence exceeds human intelligence. Could this be the dawn of a technological paradise? Or it could trigger humanity's doom? What kind of an intelligence will this be — benign or terrifying — a guru, a god or a monster? And is the idea of uploading the human mind the promise of immortality or just another dream of religious transcendence?
Why is there so much poverty in a rich country like Canada?
February 7th, 2018, 05:51 AM
With so much wealth in the world, why is there so much poverty? In the end, we're all better off when everyone has a chicken in the pot. Poverty slows the development of all societies, and it seems obvious that we should try to eradicate it, but it seems like an intractable problem. How can we put poverty behind us, and what does our attitude towards poverty and social mobility tell us about who we are? A discussion from the Stratford Festival.
Platform capitalism, digital technology and the future of work (Part 2, Encore Sept 20, 2018)
February 6th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Digital platforms have been well received by customers, but for workers, they often have a dark side. And they present a major challenge for governments who are grappling with how to regulate them. Part 2 of a 3-part series.
Are We F--ked? Decoding the resistance to climate change (Encore September 7, 2017)
February 2nd, 2018, 05:51 AM
The evidence is everywhere: forests retreating, glaciers melting, sea levels rising. Droughts, floods, wildfires and storms have increased five-fold over the past 50 years. And we’re only just beginning to feel the strain of climate change. It's estimated that rising sea levels will threaten 30 million people in Bangladesh alone. Miami could disappear within a generation. Despite all of these dire events and projections, the attacks continue — on climate scientists. Part 1 of a 2-part series. This episode features Clive Hamilton.
Physicist Neil Turok explains the ultimate simplicity of everything
February 1st, 2018, 05:51 AM
Some physicists now claim that we may have reached the end of what physics can discover about the origins and structure of the universe. Neil Turok is definitely not one of them. The director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics believes that the universe "invites" us to figure it out, by giving us clues about its composition. And when we follow its clues, we discover that it's ultimately quite simple.
Artificial intelligence, robots and the future of work (Encore September 13, 2017)
January 31st, 2018, 05:51 AM
AI and robots seem to be everywhere, handling more and more work, freeing humans up -- to do what? Contributor Jill Eisen takes a wide-angle lens to the digital revolution happening in our working lives. What will happen when robots and algorithms surpass what our brains can do? Part 1 of a 3-part series.
Writer Heather O'Neill finds wisdom in her father's eccentric life advice
January 31st, 2018, 05:51 AM
Acclaimed writer Heather O'Neill's father was a janitor, but listed his occupation as professor of philosophy, and he offered a series of unusual rules for life as she grew up in Montreal. In her Henry Kreisel Lecture at the Canadian Literature Centre in Edmonton, and in conversation, she talks about unexpected muses and mentors, being a 'problem' reader, and how some idiosyncratic lessons prepared her to cross the class divide.
Andrew Feinstein exposes "the shadow world" of global arms
January 29th, 2018, 05:51 AM
In a UBC Wall Exchange talk from Vancouver, former South African politician and current U.K. corruption researcher Andrew Feinstein argues that the arms trade does not make us more secure. In fact, he contends that it fuels conflict, undermines economic progress and democracy, and — with its unintended consequences — endangers citizens everywhere.
When Scotland saved the world
January 25th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Approximately 250 years ago, the windswept and unwelcoming capital of a Edinburgh became a beacon of intelligence for the entire world. Paul Kennedy walks up and down 'The Royal Mile', and through the planned streets and elegant squares of Edinburgh's 'New Town', in search of places once occupied or visited by the likes of Adam Smith, David Hume, James Boswell and Robert Burns.
Ursula Johnson: A new rock star in the art world
January 24th, 2018, 05:51 AM
There's a lot of buzz around the 2017 Sobey Art Award winner Ursula Johnson — a brilliant, dynamic, articulate and delightful Mi'kmaq artist from Eskasoni First Nation, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Her art is stunning and thought-provoking. She is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work includes sculpture, printmaking, performance and non-traditional basket weaving.
Wade Davis: Light at the edge of the world
January 23rd, 2018, 05:51 AM
Wade Davis thinks we need to pay more attention to the values, the voices, and the concerns of Indigenous peoples. We have a lot to learn by listening more carefully. Wade Davis in a discussion with Paul Kennedy, with excerpts from a lecture at the Ontario Heritage Trust.
Travels through Trump's America one year later
January 19th, 2018, 05:51 AM
It’s been one year since Donald Trump’s inauguration. His official swearing-in compelled many Americans reflect on what America actually is now, politically, socially and culturally. Contributor David Zane Mairowitz is originally from America, and has been living in Europe for over fifty years. He returned to the U.S. in the spring of 2017 to travel through six southern states, where he recorded his encounters with everyday people at restaurants, churches -- and gun shows. His aim: to gain insight into an America he’s now struggling to comprehend.
Canada's original promise: Still waiting to be realized (Encore June 30, 2017)
January 17th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Indigenous education advocate Roberta Jamieson believes Canada is at a make-or-break moment where it has a chance to recast its historically troubled relationship with First Nations for the next 150 years.
Making art that matters: The 2017 Sobey Art Awards
January 17th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Artists are, in many ways, our cultural seers. At the core of great art is the grappling with profound issues and ideas facing society. Paul Kennedy talks to the the finalists of the prestigious 2017 Sobey Art Award — this country’s preeminent contemporary art award, which is judged by Canadian and international curators.
First Nation, Second Nation: A discussion about the state of Indigenous people in Canada today
January 16th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Canadians like to pretend that Indigenous peoples have some special place, that they shape our society in some significant way, but history -- as well as contemporary actions and attitudes -- might suggest otherwise. In a country where just about all of us are immigrants, Indigenous people are creating new structures and rediscovering old values. A discussion from the Stratford Festival featuring Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Jarrett Martineau and Alexandria Wilson.
Decoding pre-historic art with Jean Clottes
January 14th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Neil Sandell introduces us to the French archaeologist Jean Clottes, a man who's devoted his lifetime trying to decipher the rich, enigmatic world of cave art.
What happens when we stop asking questions: Why India must be secular (Encore June 28, 2017)
January 11th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Political scientist Neera Chandhoke makes a heartfelt argument for a secular India. Against the growing tide of Hindu nationalism and India's history of inter-religious strife, she draws on Western and Indian thinkers to make the case for diversity.
Fighting at the table: Conflict as successful integration (Encore June 29, 2017)
January 11th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Sociologist Aladin El-Mafalaani sees anti-immigrant cries to build walls, and hate-fuelled politics counter-intuitively: a sign that integration is working. Conflict, he argues, is the necessary consequence of new arrivals at a metaphoric dinner table.
Canada's original promise: Still waiting to be realize (Encore June 30, 2017)
January 11th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Mohawk education advocate Roberta Jamieson believes Canada is at a make-or-break historical moment where it has a chance to recast its historically toxic relationship with First Nations for the next 150 years.
Eyes on the back of our head: Recovering a multicultural South Africa (Encore June 26, 2017)
January 8th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Msimang Sisonke pulls down the old binarism of black vs white to make way for a truly multicultural South Africa, one that welcomes other African migrants as it embraces its own racially diverse past.
The New Tribe of Israel: The immigrant underclass (Encore June 27, 2017)
January 8th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Anthrolopogist Galia Sabar has devoted her professional life to what she calls the new tribe of Israel: Jewish-African and non-Jewish labour migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.
Changing the Idea of Hockey
January 4th, 2018, 05:51 AM
Game Change, the book written by NHL legend, Ken Dryden, is on one level about the increasing number of concussions hockey players have. But it's also about changing the way decision-makers make decisions.
First Nations in the first person: Telling stories & changing lives
January 3rd, 2018, 05:51 AM
Three Indigenous people, Sandra Henry, Theodore Fontaine, and Brielle Beardy Linklater tell their personal stories about struggle and resilience.
The Enright Files on suffering, sorrow and the search for meaning
January 2nd, 2018, 05:51 AM
This month's edition of The Enright Files explores how the works of Viktor Frankl, Anton Chekhov and Joan Didion wrestle meaning and solace from tragedy, horror and suffering.
Words About War
December 28th, 2017, 05:51 AM
BBC foreign correspondent Lyse Doucet presents a lecture about war journalism, and responds to questions from Paul Kennedy, in front of a live audience at the National War Museum in Ottawa.
Sailing Alone Around the World (Encore April 8, 2013)
December 25th, 2017, 05:51 AM
Fewer than 200 people have sailed alone around the world and two of them are also Canadian. Philip Coulter explores this greatest challenge sailors set for themselves — possibly the greatest of all human challenges.
The Idea of Insomnia
December 21st, 2017, 05:51 AM
PhD student Katie Hunt ties together lines of Romantic era poetry with scientific research on sleep... to reveal how our concept of insomnia evolved, and how the poems still have power to open our minds.
Return to North: The Soundscapes of Glenn Gould
December 20th, 2017, 05:51 AM
Glenn Gould's landmark documentary, The Idea of North, first aired on IDEAS fifty years ago. Mark Laurie adopts Gould's contrapuntal technique to explore the landscape of Gould's life — and his ideas about music and radio.
Shakespeare in the funny papers
December 19th, 2017, 05:51 AM
What if Shakespeare's characters escaped from the play that they're in and went off on a grand adventure of their own, freed from the chains of their creators imagination? A Stratford Festival panel discussion with Mya Gosling and Conor McCreery.
Playdoh's Republic: Children as natural philosophers
December 18th, 2017, 05:51 AM
Why were we born? Is life just a dream? What makes something wrong or right? Children really want to know why the world is the way it is. They're open, curious and inquisitive — they're natural philosophers.
Journalism in the age of fake news
December 17th, 2017, 05:51 AM
In panel discussions at the Banff Centre, part of The Democracy Project, journalists ponder reporting in an age where political leaders attack them to discredit their work.
Dr. Taylor Owen on how internet monopolies threaten democracy (The 2017 Dalton Camp Lecture)
December 14th, 2017, 05:51 AM
Dr. Taylor Owen delivers the 2017 Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism. He argues the reality of the internet is now largely one of control, by four platform companies -- Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple and their impact on democracy is deeply troubling.
How to Save an Island: Film-makers and fishers in Fogo
December 13th, 2017, 05:51 AM
Fifty years ago the residents of Fogo Island were ordered to abandon their homes and resettle elsewhere in Newfoundland. At the end of what is now called The Fogo Process, they voted to stay put, form a cooperative, and take over the fish plant.
Borges' Buenos Aires: The Imaginary City, Part 2
December 12th, 2017, 05:51 AM
The Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges was profoundly shaped by the city he grew up in — Buenos Aires. Philip Coulter goes on a walking tour of Borges' Buenos Aires in the company of the celebrated writer Alberto Manguel.
Conservative with age: Why your political stripes change over time
December 10th, 2017, 05:51 AM
Many of us become more conservative as the years pass. Producer Peter Mitton explores why this tendency exists, and what it says about the way we acquire our political beliefs.
The enduring power of Albert Camus' L'Étranger
December 7th, 2017, 05:51 AM
It's been 75 years since Albert Camus published L'Étranger and it continues to be the most translated book from French into English. Danny Braun explores the enduring appeal of L'Étranger — both to the intellect and to the heart.
Award-winning authors on balancing chaos and control
December 6th, 2017, 05:51 AM
A parent's fear. A child coping. The final stops of life. Winners of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Awards write on the theme of "chaos and control", and talk about where their imaginations travelled in the process.
Precarious Work: David Weil on the disappearing company job
December 5th, 2017, 05:51 AM
For most of the 20th century, everyone, from the janitor on up to the CEO, was employed by the company. But now large corporations are outsourcing work to small companies. A lecture and interview with scholar and former Obama appointee David Weil.
Borges' Buenos Aires: The Imaginary City, Part 1
December 5th, 2017, 05:51 AM
The Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges was profoundly shaped by the city he grew up in — Buenos Aires. Philip Coulter goes on a walking tour of Borges' Buenos Aires in the company of the celebrated writer Alberto Manguel.
The Enright Files on changing the way we think about the natural world
December 3rd, 2017, 05:51 AM
Michael Enright speaks to three people who are changing the way we think about our relationship with the natural world, from one-on-one relationships with animals to the massive, unwieldy issue of our impact on a geological scale.
Making a better world with a culture of 'citizen eaters'
November 30th, 2017, 05:51 AM
Michael S. Carolan author of No One Eats Alone: Food as a Social Enterprise in conversation with Paul Kennedy about how we can use the power of food to build a healthier food system and a healthier society.
How Martin Luther invented the modern world
November 28th, 2017, 05:51 AM
It has been 500 years since Martin Luther supposedly nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. A look at Martin Luther's legacy, and why he still evokes impassioned debate today.
Why democracy depends on how we talk to each other: Michael Sandel
November 27th, 2017, 05:51 AM
Does Democracy Have a Future? Moral and Political Argument in the Age of Trump. Harvard University political philosopher Michael Sandel delivers the 2017 LaFontaine-Baldwin lecture.
The hidden power of food: Finding value in what we eat
November 22nd, 2017, 05:51 AM
In Canada we waste about a third of the food we produce. Yet four million Canadians experience food insecurity. In partnership with the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, a look at the food systems and sustainability.