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Dark tower of dreams: Inside the Walled City of Kowloon

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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The Enright Files on Vladimir Putin's Russia

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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The edge of musical thinking: Capturing the spirit of tango and vibrato

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

There's a purity to music. It takes us into its own world, far removed from frustrations and challenges of daily life. But hidden within those innocent-sounding musical flourishes, there often lies a history of passionate disagreement.

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Master of his own design: Becoming Frank Gehry

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Bread: Salvation or Damnation? (Encore April 14, 2017)

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Conversations with Frank Gehry: Rebel Architect

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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 1 of a 2-part series.

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Choose Life: The Lost Massey Lecture by George Wald

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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Gun Crazy: How fetishizing guns shuts down debate about them (Encore January 7, 2016)

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Columbine. Sandy Hook. Orlando. Now Las Vegas: the biggest mass shooting in the history of the United States. The stories seem to follow a pattern: shock, outrage, calls for gun control and rehearsed defences of the status quo, with very little changing.

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Undoing Forever: The implications of de-extinction (Encore June 19, 2014)

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

In labs around the world, scientists -- using the latest biotechnology -- are trying to bring extinct animals back to life. Britt Wray delves into the science, the ethics, and the implications of de-extinction for all animals, including us humans.

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Less work and more leisure: Utopian visions and the future of work

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

In Part 3 of her series on the future of work, Jill Eisen looks at the promise of technology — and how it can lead to a better world.

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Savign Syria: Keeping war-torn culture alive (Encore March 24, 2017)

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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

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Expletive Repeated: Why swearing matters (Encore March 16, 2017)

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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The Self-Taught Philosopher (Encore May 16, 2017)

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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.

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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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