Roaming imagination: What the stories we tell about bears say about us
November 21st, 2017, 07:59 AM
Bears hold a powerful place in the human psyche. At the heart of our obsession are contradictions: a magnetism that draws us in and fear that pushes us away. Molly Segal explores the stories we share about bears, what they say about us and our future.
Making the Team with 2017 Friesen Prize winner Dr. Alan Bernstein
November 16th, 2017, 07:59 AM
2017 Friesen Prize winner Dr. Alan Bernstein talks with Paul Kennedy about his contributions to Canadian Medicine and advanced research. He continues to encourage and develop the spirit of teamwork that has characterized his entire career.
Confronting the 'perfect storm': How to feed the future
November 15th, 2017, 07:59 AM
We're facing what could be a devastating crisis—how to feed ourselves without destroying the ecosystems we depend on. In partnership with the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph we seek out creative solutions to a looming disaster.
Sex, Truth and Audio Tape, Part 2: What does consent really mean?
October 31st, 2017, 07:59 AM
The Harvey Weinstein story has unleashed a veritable tsunami of sexual assault and harassment claims. And there's a huge gender gap at work: overwhelmingly, men are the accused perpetrators; women, the victims. Part 2 of a 2-part series.
Master of his own design: Becoming Frank Gehry (Part 2)
October 24th, 2017, 07:59 AM
Canadian-born Frank Gehry has been called the greatest architect of our time. And yet he's still a rebel in his field. IDEAS producer Mary Lynk a rare chance to talk with him in California. Part 2 of a 2-part series.
Dark tower of dreams: Inside the Walled City of Kowloon
October 17th, 2017, 07:59 AM
The infamous "Walled City of Kowloon" was once the most populous spot on the planet. With 1.2 million people per square kilometre, it was a gigantic squatter's village. Paul Kennedy speaks with photographer Greg Girard, and urban designer Suenn Ho.
The Enright Files on Vladimir Putin's Russia
October 16th, 2017, 07:59 AM
In 1917, Russia's tsarist dynasty was overthrown and a Communist government took power. A century later, Russia is very much the state of Vladimir Putin, who rules as a strange hybrid of tsarism, Stalinism and post-Cold War turbocharged capitalism.
Bread: Salvation or Damnation? (Encore April 14, 2017)
October 12th, 2017, 07:59 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.
Choose Life: The Lost Massey Lecture by George Wald
October 3rd, 2017, 07:59 AM
In 1970, outspoken Harvard biologist George Wald became the first natural scientist to give the CBC Massey Lectures. Lewis Auerbach produced the 1970 Wald lectures. He tells the remarkable backstory of Wald and his Massey talks.
Expletive Repeated: Why swearing matters (Encore March 16, 2017)
September 24th, 2017, 07:59 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 Self-Taught Philosopher (Encore May 16, 2017)
September 24th, 2017, 07:59 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.
Decolonization: The Next 150 on Indigenous Lands
September 18th, 2017, 07:59 AM
Three Indigenous PhD students (Réal Carrière , Keri Cheechoo and Cherry Smiley) share their insights at a public forum hosted at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The theme: “The Next 150, on Indigenous Lands.”
Decoding the resistance to climate change: Are we doomed?
September 13th, 2017, 07:59 AM
Global warming is "Fake News", a "Chinese Hoax". So says a richly funded Conservative movement that's become a world-wide campaign. In her book, "The Merchants of Doubt", Naomi Oreskes traces how this propaganda war started and how to fight it.
Artificial intelligence, robots and the future of work, Part 1
September 12th, 2017, 07:59 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. Part 1 of 3.
Are We F--ked? Decoding the resistance to climate change
September 6th, 2017, 07:59 AM
The evidence is everywhere: forests retreating, glaciers melting, sea levels rising. And we're only just beginning to feel the strain of climate change. Despite all of these dire events and projections, the attacks continue — on climate scientists.
The art of crime fiction & what it says about human nature
September 4th, 2017, 07:59 AM
Murder mysteries are conventionally thought of as staples of beach and cottage reading – not particularly taxing on the intellect. But that belies the depth and variety of crime writing today, as well as its ubiquity in both pop and literary culture.
Generation Mars- Part Two
August 31st, 2017, 07:59 AM
If we could go to the moon, we could go anywhere, right?
Stephen Humphrey and a stellar crew of authors, astronauts and Mars scholars confront the hazards, risks and challenges of getting humans to Mars, and then of surviving and living on the Red Planet
The Orwell Tapes- Part Three
August 29th, 2017, 07:59 AM
His name was Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. Who was the man who gave us 'big brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink', whose name looms so large in this era of mass surveillance?
The Return of History- Your Questions
August 28th, 2017, 07:59 AM
The CBC Massey Lectures inspire a lot of provocative questions -- and thoughtful answers -- in each city on the tour. In this episode, you'll hear the best of those audience questions with a bonus: questions posed by our radio and online audiences.
The Challenge of Words
August 27th, 2017, 07:59 AM
The novel -- an art form that's centuries old -- still has the capacity to hold our attention from subway commute to library chair. But what is the future of literary writing in our hyperfast, overcaffeinated, 140-character, social-media-blasted world?
Generation Mars- Part One
August 24th, 2017, 07:59 AM
The day might well be approaching when humans set foot on Mars. We'll be driven by a desire to find life -- or what remains of it -- and to colonize the planet.