Ideas from CBC Radio (Highlights)
All in the family: Understanding and healing childhood trauma
July 20th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Trauma is not a story about the past -- it lives in the present: in both the mind and body. Left untreated, it has no expiration date, whether it's trauma arising from childhood abuse or PTSD suffered as an adult.
How humankind is on the verge of transforming itself: Yuval Harari (Encore Oct 11, 2016)
July 19th, 2017, 06:35 PM
In his book “Homo Deus”, Yuval Harari argues that humankind is on the verge of transforming itself: advances creating networked intelligences will surpass our own in speed, capability and impact. But where will this leave us?
The Post-Modern Chimpanzee's Guide to Parenting (Encore Oct 6, 2016)
July 16th, 2017, 06:35 PM
A look at the work of evolutionary anthropologist and University of Toronto PhD student Iulia Badescu who spent a year camped out in a Ugandan jungle to observe chimp parenting.
Tocqueville's America Revisited, Part 2 (Encore October 21, 2016)
July 11th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Nearly 200 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville travelled the United States trying to understand its strengths and weaknesses. Less than a month before Americans go to the polls, Paul Kennedy considers the ongoing relevance of Tocqueville's observations.
The Open Mind: Are 'unconscious' patients more conscious than we think? (Encore May 4, 2016)
July 11th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Philosophy PhD student Andrew Peterson is embedded with scientists at the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University and considers the ethical and moral questions emerging from this cutting edge research.
The shadow of charm city: Inside America's great racial divide (Encore Oct 24, 2016)
July 11th, 2017, 06:35 PM
In a bid to instill civic pride forty years ago, Baltimore was officially named "Charm City". Today, some call Baltimore a war zone -over 300 homicides per year amid 16,000 vacant homes. Mary O'Connell takes us inside America's great racial divide.
Cracking our moral code: How we decide what's right and wrong (Encore Dec 16, 2016)
July 11th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Producer John Chipman explores why some people stick to their moral codes more stringently than others, and delves into the latest neuroimaging research to find out what it can tell us about what guides our moral decisions.
Tocqueville's America Revisited, Part 1 (Encore October 14,2016)
July 11th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Nearly 200 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville travelled the United States trying to understand its strengths and weaknesses. Less than a month before Americans go to the polls, Paul Kennedy considers the ongoing relevance of Tocqueville's observations.
Return of the Michif Boy: Confronting Métis trauma (Encore March 23, 2017)
July 11th, 2017, 06:35 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.
​Canada's original promise: Still waiting to be realize
June 29th, 2017, 06:35 PM
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.
Fighting at the table: Conflict as successful integration
June 28th, 2017, 06:35 PM
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.
What happens when we stop asking questions: Why India must be secular
June 27th, 2017, 06:35 PM
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.
The New Tribe of Israel: The immigrant underclass
June 26th, 2017, 06:35 PM
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.
Eyes on the back of our head: Recovering a multicultural South Africa
June 25th, 2017, 06:35 PM
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.
Policing: Old cops, new expectations
June 21st, 2017, 06:35 PM
Counter-terrorism, fighting cybercrime, policing highly diverse societies: Can the police do it all? Should the police do it all? Do the police want to do it all? A panel discussion about what it means to police and be policed today.
Cree academic and novelist Tracey Lindberg on reconciliation before reconciliation (Encore Jan 28, 2017)
June 21st, 2017, 06:35 PM
Dr. Tracey Lindberg explores the importance of reconciliation with self, with community, and with Indigenous peoples in advance of reconciliation with Canada.
Go with the flow: Using nature to help fight climate change
June 19th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Our climate is changing and because of it, our oceans and rivers are rising. In the past, we used large, manmade infrastructure to keep the water at bay. But maybe instead of trying to fight off nature, we should start working with it instead.
Building Tension: Preserving the past and constructing the future
June 18th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Across Canada, our city cores are becoming indistinguishable jumbles of tall glass buildings - new and shiny always seems to beat heritage or repurposing. Four prominent architects discuss ways to tear down the edifices of modern planning and design.
Policing, Part 1: To serve or protect?
June 14th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Relations between the public and the police are strained today: from charges of police violence, abuse and racial bias to calls for transparency and greater police accountability. A panel discussion about what it means to police and be policed today.
Distant Future Warnings
June 13th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Radioactive waste and toxic mining byproducts will remain deadly for thousands of years – maybe forever. Deep in the arsenic-contaminated underground at Giant Mine near Yellowknife, contributor Garth Mullins wonders how we can warn the distant future.
Newfoundland Jam: Shakespeare's "As You Like It" on the 'Rock'
June 12th, 2017, 06:35 PM
What happens when you set Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in Newfoundland -- as they did at the Stratford Festival last year -- with the appropriate accents and a kitchen party?
Lady and Lord Macbeth on trial: guilty or bewitched?
June 11th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Shakespeare's play tells us all about how Lord and Lady Macbeth plotted the killing of their king, Duncan. They killed him, that's for sure, but was it murder? You and I might say, guilty but a lawyer might say — not so fast: they were bewitched!
Orchids: A Love Story
June 8th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Suggestive, romantic, sexy orchids! It turns out they're even sexier in their own world. Wily, deceptive, manipulating: get ready to travel between history and science, how we humans think about orchids and who they really are in nature among themselves.
Pushing the Frontiers of Knowledge: The 2017 Killam Prize
June 7th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Once a year, the Canada Council Killam Prize is bestowed on five of Canada's top academics in five different fields. Paul Kennedy interviews this year's winners and finds out what inspires them to break new ground.
Fail Better: What baseball can teach us about failure and community
June 6th, 2017, 06:35 PM
Writers seem to be more attracted to baseball than to any other sport, but philosopher Mark Kingwell recently published the first book-length philosophical consideration of what has long been called America's national pastime.
The Challenge of Words: What's to become of serious writing in the digital age?
June 5th, 2017, 06:35 PM
The novel -- an art form that's centuries old -- still has the capacity to hold our attention from subway commute to library chair. But we tell ourselves we're in a different era now. What's to become of serious writing in our hyperfast, overcaffeinated,
Subversive thoughts for an infantile age: Susan Neiman (Encore Oct 28, 2015)
June 4th, 2017, 06:35 PM
In her book Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age, Paul Kennedy talks with philosopher Susan Neiman, who believes that "Having created societies that our young want to grow up into, we idealize the stages of youth."
Nine Minutes That Changed The World
May 30th, 2017, 06:35 PM
In 1876, the poet Stephane Mallarme published a poem entitled The Afternoon of a Faun. He doubted anyone could set it to music successfully. But composer Claude Debussy did exactly that. A look at the magic of Debussy's imagining.
After Guantanamo: Dennis Edney on defending Omar Khadr
May 30th, 2017, 06:35 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.
Bringing up furbaby: The evolution from family pet to pet family
May 29th, 2017, 06:35 PM
There are now more pets than children in North American homes, and lavish dog beds and catnip mice are taking the place of bassinets and rattles. Kelley Jo Burke explores what we're really saying about who we are when we start bringing up 'furbabies
Writing in Worried Times: GG Award winners share their anxieties (Encore Dec 13, 2016)
May 28th, 2017, 06:35 PM
They may be successful writers, but that doesn't mean the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award winners are immune from worry about the world around us. Authors share some brand new work on that theme.
History Derailed: Understanding the Messy Middle East
May 28th, 2017, 06:35 PM
American journalist Robert F. Worth joins Paul Kennedy in conversation about his book, A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS. Worth is this year's winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize.
Does public broadcasting have a future?
May 25th, 2017, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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, 06:35 PM
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.