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IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. No topic is off-limits. In the age of clickbait and superficial headlines, it's for people who like to think.
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54:36 | May 4th, 2018

The unfulfilled promise of the internet has been a long-term concern of Digital Media and Global Affairs expert Dr. Taylor Owen, who delivers the 2017 Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism. He argues the reality of the internet is now largely one of cont...Show More
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54:42 | Nov 19th, 2018

Christopher Hedges believes that America may well be in its last act. Addiction, income disparity and hollowed-out towns and cities are becoming the norm, he argues, while the political and financial sectors increasingly merge with each other to the ...Show More
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54:09 | Sep 3rd

For 70 years, a book by American academic Joseph Campbell called The Hero With A Thousand Faces has shaped western storytelling, from comics to novels to videogames to movies -- including Star Wars, which was directly inspired by it. In particular, t...Show More

54:24 | Apr 23rd

From the inventive journalism of "Serial", to the sexual horror of "The Keepers", to the chatty storytelling of "White Wine True Crime", we appear to be obsessed by tales of murder and mayhem. It's a darkly popular form of entertainment in this era o...Show More

55:03 | Mar 14th

Lawyers and doctors have a code of ethics. Teachers have them. Even journalists have them. So why not the tech sector, the people who create and design our very modes of communication? Coders and designers make products that allow to us communicate w...Show More
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54:39 | Feb 21st, 2018

We 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. And exactly what money is has evolved enorm...Show More

54:09 | Nov 5th

Sigmund Freud had many radical ideas about our inner life and how mental illness or trauma might be treated. Perhaps his most radical idea was that the patient should be listened to. This episode features a panel discussion at the Stratford Festival ...Show More

54:09 | Oct 23rd

Edward Said's seminal book, Orientalism (1978), proposed one of the most influential and enduring analyses of the relationship between the West and the Middle East. In many ways, his ideas seem uncontroversial, perhaps even obvious today. But four de...Show More

54:08 | Oct 16th

Canadian-American filmmaker and writer Astra Taylor admits that for most of her life the term "democracy" held little appeal. But when she took on the what-is-democracy question, her inquiry turned into a belief that while it may not fully exist, dem...Show More

54:08 | Oct 1st

The 18th-century philosopher Adam Smith is often called “the father of economics" and sometimes “the father of capitalism.” In this documentary, IDEAS contributor Matthew Lazin-Ryder examines how Smith’s name has been used and abused to both defend a...Show More

54:09 | Sep 26th

There's been a lot of hand-wringing about the threat to liberal democracy from foreign agencies. But much less so about what's undermining democracy from within. American Philosophers Robert Talisse and Scott Aikin believe it is the simulated nature ...Show More

54:09 | Sep 17th

Jacob, the biblical patriarch, seems far from our time. But his all-night wrestling match with a strange being throws shadows across the ages, and exposes powerful elements of our own humanity. IDEAS producer Sean Foley explains how this ancient stor...Show More

54:09 | Sep 13th

Blue jeans evolved from being the uniform of cowboys to a symbol of rebellion, and are now the most popular — and possibly the most polluting — garment in the world. Ideas contributor and fashion expert Pedro Mendes explores the 150-year history of j...Show More

54:08 | Sep 4th

In an episode called Technical Salvation, Ideas host, Nahlah Ayed, talks with Princeton sociologist, Dr. Ruha Benjamin. Together, they explore her argument that technology reproduces the same kind of racial segregation we see in our physical world.

54:44 | Aug 6th

In this rare, personal interview, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison talks candidly about her life as an African-American writer with IDEAS producer Marilyn Powell in 2002.

54:44 | Aug 5th

In her 2018 CBC Massey Lectures series, titled All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, prize-winning journalist Tanya Talaga (author of Seven Fallen Feathers) explores the legacy of cultural genocide against Indigenous

54:38 | Jun 3rd

The Irish may just be the most literary of peoples. Only a few million people live in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, but that island has produced four winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Enright Files explores Irish writers ...Show More

54:39 | May 31st

What is our common ground -- and common benefit -- when everyone in society has their own strong set of opinions? How do leaders lead or represent us? This episode takes a philosophical look at the interaction between morality and the public good, wi...Show More

54:39 | May 30th

Highlights from the most recent edition of The Munk Debates. On one side, H. R. McMaster and Michael Pillsbury argue that free and open societies must push back against the policies of the Chinese Communist Party to preserve a rules-based internation...Show More

54:39 | May 29th

In his final appearance at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal -- after twenty years of hosting on-stage interviews and panel discussions that were later broadcast on IDEAS -- Paul Kennedy talks with American novelist Annie Proulx (The ...Show More

54:39 | May 27th

The term "coup d'état" usually applies to the violent takeover of a nation. But the phenomenon has occurred within American cities as well. In the decades after the Civil War, four American cities over four decades saw white civilians -- and official...Show More

54:42 | May 23rd

Fake news. Foreign meddling. Fraud. Deliberate deception: the list goes on. And we consume all of it, sometimes not knowing the source or what is truth. What can we do to confront the epidemic of disinformation? A recent panel discussion presented a...Show More

54:42 | May 22nd

Is atheism getting too big for its britches? And why is that a problem? Christian Smith is Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. In his new book "Atheist Overreach: What Atheism Can't Deliver", he argues that contemporary atheists a...Show More

54:42 | May 10th

Harvard historian James Kloppenberg traces the long and tortuous tradition of American liberal democracy. He argues that the United States has arrived at such a precarious place in its political evolution that the very conditions that make democracy ...Show More

54:42 | May 6th

Some of the crises facing contemporary Christianity are obvious, such as the ever-widening revelations of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clergy and the role of bishops in covering it up. Some are less obvious, such as the embrace of anti-immigr...Show More

54:44 | Apr 18th

Variously called 'Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery', 'Jesus and the Accused', and the 'Pericope Adulterae', this story, found in the Gospel of John, still throws off reflections and refractions today. Jesus' message is stark: "Let anyone among ...Show More

54:45 | Apr 16th

Young couples face a complicated decision at a time when the dire consequences of climate change are becoming clearer, is it ethical to bring a child into the world? Science journalist Britt Wray talks with parents, prospective parents, ethicists and...Show More

54:45 | Apr 12th

Freedom of the press is a Holy Grail in western societies, supposedly giving us the facts about what's happening in the world. But in an era of fake news, post-truth and a 24-hour news cycle, what are journalists to hang onto? A discussion with journ...Show More

54:45 | Apr 9th

Fanned by the Internet, the war over our right to say anything at all has created silos of intolerance. Fewer people are listening to differing points of view. And with less dialogue, nothing changes. But are there things that should not be said? A ...Show More

54:45 | Apr 8th

Faith and spiritual traditions have always shaped our ideas of right and wrong, both in the private and the public sphere. How do the values that come from faith shape secular society - and should they? And are social values necessarily secular? Jour...Show More