Ideas

IDEAS, hosted by Nahlah Ayed, is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. Anchored in a powerful legacy and expansive archive spanning over five decades, its topics are boundless. The nature of consciousness. The history of toilets. The roots and rise of authoritarianism. Near death experiences. No idea is off-limits. The show features documentaries, interviews and panel discussions which have earned it a raft of international and national awards and distinctions. It’s also home to Canada’s preeminent public lecture series, the CBC Massey Lectures. In the age of clickbait and superficial headlines, IDEAS is an oasis for people who like to think.

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Episodes

Ideas The Fat Wars (Part 2 of 2)

North Americans have been waging a war since the early 20th century, on two main fronts – health and fashion. "We have turned thinning into a new religion in this country," observed Roberta Seid, social historian and author of Never Too Thin: Why Women are at War with their Bodies. The second part of this two-part series traces the evolution of ...
  • 1997
  • 00:55:11
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/05/2018

Ideas The Fat Wars (Part 1 of 2)

In 1978, Susie Orbach wrote her ground-breaking book Fat is a Feminist Issue. She hoped that children growing up then might be free of the disabling body-image and eating problems that had so beset her generation. But despite the inroads of feminism, women's obsession with weight did not decrease over the next two decades, and men became preoccupied by body image ...
  • 1997
  • 00:55:49
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/05/2018

Ideas Massey Lectures 2009: The Wayfinders (Part 4 of 5)

Part 4 of the 2009 Massey Lectures series, The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, is an enlightening, awe-inspiring and cautionary look at vanishing cultures and languages from Wade Davis, one of the world’s most celebrated anthropologists.
  • 2009
  • 01:15:09
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/07/2014

Ideas Massey Lectures 2009: The Wayfinders (Part 5 of 5)

Part 5 of the 2009 Massey Lectures series, The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, is an enlightening, awe-inspiring and cautionary look at vanishing cultures and languages from Wade Davis, one of the world’s most celebrated anthropologists.
  • 2009
  • 01:16:14
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/07/2014

Ideas Massey Lectures 2009: The Wayfinders (Part 3 of 5)

Part 3 of the 2009 Massey Lectures series, The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, is an enlightening, awe-inspiring and cautionary look at vanishing cultures and languages from Wade Davis, one of the world’s most celebrated anthropologists.
  • 2009
  • 01:13:33
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/07/2014

Ideas Massey Lectures 2009: The Wayfinders (Part 2 of 5)

Part 2 of the 2009 Massey Lectures series, The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, is an enlightening, awe-inspiring and cautionary look at vanishing cultures and languages from Wade Davis, one of the world’s most celebrated anthropologists.
  • 2009
  • 01:15:54
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/07/2014

Ideas Massey Lectures 2009: The Wayfinders (Part 1 of 5)

Part 1 of the 2009 Massey Lectures series, The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, is an enlightening, awe-inspiring and cautionary look at vanishing cultures and languages from Wade Davis, one of the world’s most celebrated anthropologists.
  • 2009
  • 01:12:36
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/07/2014

Ideas Abraham's Diary (Part 2 of 2)

In 2007 Canadian Inuit representatives travelled to Europe to explain the seal hunt. They were not well understood. Another group of Labrador Inuit had gone to Europe more than a century earlier, in 1880. They were not well understood either. Displayed in the Berlin zoo, these eight "little eskimos" attracted viewers by the thousands. Chris Brookes tells the story of ...
  • 2009
  • 00:54:01
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/19/2014

Ideas Abraham's Diary (Part 1 of 2)

In 2007 Canadian Inuit representatives travelled to Europe to explain the seal hunt. They were not well understood. Another group of Labrador Inuit had gone to Europe more than a century earlier, in 1880. They were not well understood either. Displayed in the Berlin zoo, these eight "little eskimos" attracted viewers by the thousands. Chris Brookes tells the story of ...
  • 2009
  • 00:53:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/19/2014

Ideas The Revolution Will Be Extruded

There's a lot of buzz about 3D printing — guns! skin grafts! pizza in space! But as Regina computer scientist David Gerhard discovers, 3D printers, and the people who use them, are about to revolutionize the way we think about manufacturing, and how we get stuff.
  • 2013
  • 00:53:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/19/2014