Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTWhales 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.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTCRISPR is a revolutionary new development in gene editing. It has the potential to eliminate genetically transmitted diseases. But it could also be used to wage biological warfare or for eugenics. A panel discussion hosted by McGill University.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTA walk through Jean Talon Market with philosopher Frédéric Bouchard. A fascinating discussion about mushrooms, unpasteurized goat cheese and honey bees, and how they can make you think about humankind's place in the universe in a whole different way.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTExperts on climate change gather for the fourth Muskoka Summit on the Environment and discuss options to offset rising global temperatures caused by the continued use of carbon-based fuels.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTDanish director Thomas Vinterberg talks to Eleanor Wachtel about growing up in a commune in Copenhagen, how it inspired him to become a filmmaker, and about his touching new film, The Commune.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTJean 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.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT… we young writers of Canada?" That's a question Margaret Atwood asked in a recent lecture presented at the Canadian Literature Centre. Highlights from Margaret Atwood’s talk and a conversation with Paul Kennedy.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTPaul Kennedy takes a trip back in time to the Ice Age with renowned Canadian archaeologist Genevieve von Petzinger.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTWe think we know what money is. We use it every day and our lives are unimaginable without it. But look more closely and you find that coins and dollar bills aren't "real". They're promises, symbols, ideas.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTIn the 1960s, young Soviet iconoclasts waged a musical battle against the banality of state-sanctioned culture. Simon Nakonechny looks at the phenomenon of Magnitizdat, and ponders its parallels to forms of cultural dissidence in Russia today
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTJean 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.
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTThe American Empire has been called everything from a "reluctant empire" to "a colossus with attention deficit disorder". A discussion with academic Chalmers Johnson and historian Alfred McCoy.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTMonarchies and Dictatorship. Coups and Colonialism. War and civil conflict. The road through 20th-century Iraq is littered with seismic upheavals like these. Mary O'Connell traces the untold story of someone who lived through it all.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTNicola Luksic marks the history of homework and what it would mean if it was banned all together.
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTConversations with and about great Canadian artists. Featured guests: actor/comedian Steve Martin on Lawren Harris, former Art Gallery of Ontario director and CEO Matthew Teitelbaum on Alex Colville, and Newfoundland painter Mary Pratt.
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAt the start of a brand new broadcast season, Paul Kennedy convenes an IDEAS Levee, to talk with producers and freelancers about shows that are scheduled for the days and weeks and months to come.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTCentral to the quest of understanding the universe is the role that the imagination plays. Physicists Dr. S. James Gates and Sonali Mohapatra discuss the vitality and centrality of the scientific imagination.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTPolitical cartoonists at Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference ponder the role and limits of satirical cartooning. Where do they, and society, draw the line?
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTThree experts in urban and environmental conservation discuss an ecological approach to the restoration and preservation of both wilderness and cityscapes.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTCentral to the quest of understanding the universe is the creation of images through simile and metaphor. Four prominent physicists join host Paul Kennedy in conversation about the vitality and centrality of the scientific imagination.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTWe like to believe we're moving steadily forward, progressing as a species, thanks to technology and human ingenuity. But at Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference, digital utopians and skeptics debate the benefits of our wired world.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTAnalysing stories is usually territory claimed by writers, critics, and university scholars. But recently, evolutionary psychologists have begun to look at the human propensity for storytelling from a scientific perspective.
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTTrauma is not a story about the past - it lives in the present. Left untreated, it has no expiration date, whether it's trauma arising from childhood abuse or PTSD suffered as an adult. Mary O'Connell the causes and consequences of trauma.
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTNeil Turok, 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.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTFor almost fifty years, Mel Hurtig was a prominent voice in any discussion about the country that he loved. Kathleen Flaherty traced Mel Hurtig's lifelong quest to shape a Canada that he passionately believed in.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTAnalysing stories is usually territory claimed by writers, critics, and university scholars. But recently, evolutionary psychologists have begun to look at the human propensity for storytelling from a scientific perspective.
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTTruancy. Drug use. Failing grades. Academic failure has often been explained as a function of poverty, class, even poor nutrition. But now, childhood trauma is increasingly being seen as a major factor in academic under-achievement.
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTFor almost fifty years, Mel Hurtig was a prominent voice in any discussion about the country that he loved. Kathleen Flaherty traced Mel Hurtig's lifelong quest to shape a Canada that he passionately believed in.
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTCardio-vascular disease. Obesity. Alcoholism. Diabetes. These conditions may have one surprising factor in common: childhood trauma -- according to a massive study called "Adverse Childhood Experiences", or ACE. Mary O'Connell investigates.
Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTOur ideas about witches and witch hunts may come from a manuscript found in the University of Alberta Library. It's one of only four known copies. Written in the 1400s and now being re-translated from medieval French.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom passenger pigeons to woolly mammoths, Britt Wray delves into the science, the ethics, and the implications of de-extinction for all animals, including us humans.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTT.E. Lawrence -- Lawrence of Arabia -- was one of the most brilliant and enigmatic figures of the 20th Century. A groundbreaking archaeologist and cartographer, to say nothing of his legendary skills as a military tactician and leader in the First World W
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTTo commemorate the recent death, and to celebrate the remarkable life of Ursula Franklin, we turn to the IDEAS archives, and sample over forty years of appearances by the public intellectual who delivered the 1989 CBC Massey Lectures -- "The Real World of
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTBritish geneticist Sir Paul Maxime Nurse recently discovered some fascinating secrets about his own hereditary background, long after he made the discoveries that won him a Nobel Prize in 2001. On the occasion of being honoured with the 2015 Henry Frie
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTAfter centuries of negative human impact on our landscapes, some people are calling for rewilding: allowing landscapes to revert back to a natural state. Anik See takes a look at rewilding efforts in Canada and in the Netherlands.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTLorena 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.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTIt's been twenty-one years since the end of Apartheid. Goldstone reviews the successes and the failures of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission in his lecture.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTThe modern concept of human rights has profoundly changed our world: genocide, slavery, famine and the oppression of women are no longer acceptable. But what exactly have we achieved, and how do we move forward?
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTOne of nature's success stories, coyotes have expanded from the Great Plains to most of North America, even living happily in urban parks. IDEAS producer Dave Redel reflects on the science and mythology of the wily coyote.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTFalling in love. Over the moon. Love-struck. These tropes are embedded in both high and popular culture. PhD student Elissa Gurman finds that the crazy-woman-in-love narrative captured in 19th century novels ended in two ways: thankless marriage or death.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTMany of us love to sing, but we're not all good at it. Some of us can't even carry a tune and are told not to sing. Tim Falconer dives into neuroscience, psychology -- and music itself -- to find out why he's a bad singer.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTThe story about Edward Wilson, better known as the infamous religious cult leader Brother XII, a wayward 1920s Theosophist at the centre of one of the most bizarre interludes in Canadian history.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTHow does the inner science of ourselves intersect with the outer science of the universe? A Stratford Festival Forum on the theme of discovery with Janice Gross Stein, Dr. Joe MacInnis, and Jay Ingram.
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTCrows can reason, solve problems, and have long memories. They know more about us, and our habits, than we know about them. IDEAS producer Yvonne Gall explores the world of the urban crow and reveals how crows are a lot like us.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTTom Howell and Nicola Luksic meet Western University PhD graduate Marylynn Steckley. She spent six years in Haiti, learning about the effects of slavery, colonialism and racism, and finding inspiration in an emerging peasant movement.
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMTIn the Musée de Cluny hang six stunning and enigmatic medieval tapestries. Known collectively as "The Lady and the Unicorn", the tapestries feature a lion, a unicorn, and a beautiful young woman. Philip Coulter investigates a 600-year-old mystery.