Ideas

Ideas is eclectic in form and content. This celebrated CBC Radio show covers social issues, culture and the arts, geopolitics, history, biography, science and technology, and the humanities. Most of its programs are documentaries in which thoughts are gathered, contexts explored, and connections made.

Ideas also plays host to The Massey Lectures. Sponsored by CBC Radio in cooperation with Massey College at the University of Toronto and Anansi Press, this annual lecture series is perhaps the most important public lecture series in Canada.

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Episodes

Ideas Aboriginals and New Canadians: The Missing Conversation

The words "We are a Metis nation" open John Ralston Saul's recent book, A Fair Country. In the 2009 UBC-Laurier Institution Multiculturalism Lecture, he argues that aboriginal values have fundamentally shaped the character of Canadian society.
  • 2009
  • 00:54:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

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 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 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 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 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 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