Ideas from CBC Radio (Highlights)
Children of the Fatherland: The Rise of the Extreme Right in France, Part 1
April 20th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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, 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.
Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death (Encore Oct 4, 2016)
April 12th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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, 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.
Ireland 1916: how 800 years of British rule led to violent rebellion
April 3rd, 2017, 01:03 PM
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, 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.
A Peasant vs The Inquisition: Cheese, Worms and the Birth of Micro-history
March 20th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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, 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 Immigrants: The rise of the extreme right in the Netherlands, Part 2
March 13th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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, 01:03 PM
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, 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.
How Existentialist and Conservative Philosophers Think About Freedom
March 5th, 2017, 01:03 PM
On this month's edition of The Enright Files, conversations about, and with, existentialist and conservative philosophers.
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.
Downloading Decision: Could machines make better decisions for us?
February 22nd, 2017, 01:03 PM
Humans like to let others make decisions for them. But what happens when those decisions are made by machines or artificial intelligence? Can we trust them to make the right choices?
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.
Surviving Post-Capitalism: Coping, hoping, doping & shopping
February 8th, 2017, 01:03 PM
In conversation with Paul Kennedy about his book How Will Capitalism End?, Wolfgang Streeck makes the unnerving case that capitalism is now at a point where it cannot survive itself.
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.
After Guantanamo
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.
Darkwave - Underwater languages at the brink of extinction (Encore Sept 28, 2016)
January 25th, 2017, 01:03 PM
Whales are threatened by us. Their language eroding through noise and climate change. Carrie Haber explores how marine scientists around the world are thinking about our evolutionary courtship with these magnificent mammals in the sea.