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The Future of Work, Part 2: The highs and lows of digital platforms

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Decolonization: The Next 150 on Indigenous Lands

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.”

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Decoding the resistance to climate change: Are we doomed?

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Artificial intelligence, robots and the future of work, Part 1

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Autonomy: The unexpected implications of self-driving vehicles

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

We're racing down the highway to autonomous cars, whether it takes 10, 20 or 30 years. But what happens to our economy, the shape of our cities, and even our century-old car-centric culture once the vehicles arrive?

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The Politics of the Professoriat: Political diversity on campus

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Universities are supposed to be dedicated to the exchange of ideas. But according to social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, campuses now skew so far to the left that they’ve become “political monocultures” .

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Are We F--ked? Decoding the resistance to climate change

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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The art of crime fiction & what it says about human nature

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Generation Mars- Part Two

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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

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How opening our ears can open our minds: Hildegard Westerkamp

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

"To be in the present as a listener is a revolutionary act. We absolutely need it, to be grounded in that way." Soundscape composer Hildegard Westerkamp hears the world differently than most people.

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The Orwell Tapes- Part Three

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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?

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The Return of History- Your Questions

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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The Challenge of Words

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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?

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Generation Mars- Part One

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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The Orwell Tapes- Part Two

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

"Asleep or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed — no escape, 'Big Brother is watching you.'" George Orwell, 1984 Who was the man who gave us 'big brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink'?

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Rear View Mirror

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Has the future ever looked like the past? Sailing in the 21st century, perhaps we are in uncharted waters. A discussion from the Stratford Festival, featuring historian Margaret MacMillan, former politician Bob Rae and journalist Karin Wells.

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The Marriage of True Minds, Part Two

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Can marriage be a source of inspiration, creativity, mutual influence, and intellectual support? From Abelard and Heloise, to Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, a picture emerges of married men and women who inspire one another in life and love.

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The Orwell Tapes - Part One

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

His name was Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. Who was the man who gave us 'big brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink'? Steve Wadhams delves into recordings he made with the people who knew Orwell from his earliest days to his final moments.

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The Challenge of Peace

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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, Arne Kislenko and Daniel Eayrs in conversation from the Stratford Festival.

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Is that all there is? Exploring the meaning & future of science (Encore Nov 25, 2016)

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Science helps us understand ourselves and our own place in the cosmos. But how far does the math take us, and what do science and the humanities tell us when we look at the same questions from different points of view?

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Undoing Linguicide: The legal right to the survival of Indigenous languages (Encore Apr 8, 2016)

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Lorena Fontaine is completing her PhD at the University of Manitoba and is battling to revive aboriginal languages. She argues that Canadian indigenous communities have a legal right to the survival of language.

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World on Fire (Encore May 16, 2016)

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Adrienne Lamb explores the factors altering how we have to live with wildfire. New technology and new ways to think about fire and its behaviour could save lives.

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The Dangerous Game: Gamergate and the "alt-right" (Encore Nov 30, 2016)

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

As a teen and then in her 20s, Emma Vosen loved gaming. Now as a PhD candidate, she looks to gamer culture as a microcosm of how sexism is seeded and replicated within broader society.

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All in the family: Understanding and healing childhood trauma

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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How humankind is on the verge of transforming itself: Yuval Harari (Encore Oct 11, 2016)

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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?

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The Post-Modern Chimpanzee's Guide to Parenting (Encore Oct 6, 2016)

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Tocqueville's America Revisited, Part 2 (Encore October 21, 2016)

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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The Open Mind: Are 'unconscious' patients more conscious than we think? (Encore May 4, 2016)

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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The shadow of charm city: Inside America's great racial divide (Encore Oct 24, 2016)

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Cracking our moral code: How we decide what's right and wrong (Encore Dec 16, 2016)

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Tocqueville's America Revisited, Part 1 (Encore October 14,2016)

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Return of the Michif Boy: Confronting Métis trauma (Encore March 23, 2017)

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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​Canada's original promise: Still waiting to be realize

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Fighting at the table: Conflict as successful integration

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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What happens when we stop asking questions: Why India must be secular

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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The New Tribe of Israel: The immigrant underclass

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Eyes on the back of our head: Recovering a multicultural South Africa

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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