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 Generation Porn

Thirty years ago, a peek at a Playboy or Hustler centrefold was a rite of passage for teenage boys. Today children as young as ten are viewing hardcore pornography on smart phones. The ramifications for young men and women are both complex and disturbing. Hassan Ghedi Santur explores the long-term consequences of this burgeoning exposure to pornography.
  • 2013
  • 00:53:59
  • 18+
  • Added on: 02/14/2014

Ideas Human Rights and Today's Aboriginal Children and Youth

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is British Columbia's Representative for Children and Youth. She believes the welfare of aboriginal children is a human rights issue. In the 2013 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture, Turpel-Lafond makes the case there's been little progress on the human rights of First Nation's children in today's Canada. The 2013 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture is presented in collaboration with ...
  • 2013
  • 00:54:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

Ideas Is Race a Fiction?

The scientific consensus is that we're all a soup of DNA, and that race is indeed a fiction. But where does that leave us? This round-table discussion – on the heels of Lawrence Hill's CBC Massey Lectures about blood – focuses on race, culture and the knotty problem about how we choose to identify ourselves. Lawrence Hill, Priscila Uppal, Hayden ...
  • 2013
  • 00:53:58
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/30/2014

Ideas It Feels Like We're On the Cusp: First Nations and the Future of Canadian Citizenship

Part history lesson, part memoir, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations takes to the stage to share stories of the people he represents and his own past. In his lecture titled It Feels Like We're On the Cusp, National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo sets out why he believes First Nations peoples are on the cusp of change. The ...
  • 2013
  • 00:53:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

Ideas Massey Lectures 2013: Belonging (Part 3 of 5)

The third of five parts in the 2013 Massey Lectures, Blood: The Stuff of Life. Celebrated author Lawrence Hill explores the scientific and social history of blood, and the ways that it unites and divides us today. The ties we create with each other are just as significant as the ties we share with family, by dint of blood. Are blood ...
  • 2013
  • 00:53:58
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/30/2014

Ideas Massey Lectures 2013: Blood Counts (Part 1 of 5)

The first of five lectures in the 2013 Massey Lectures series, Blood: The Stuff of Life, by celebrated author Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes). Who am I? Who are you? How are we tied? How our own notions of blood have evolved over thousands of years, and some ideas about how our own blood can betray us.
  • 2013
  • 00:53:58
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/30/2014

Ideas Massey Lectures 2013: Power and Spectacle (Part 4 of 5)

Part four in the five-part Massey Lectures series from 2013, Blood: The Stuff of Life. Celebrated author Lawrence Hill explores the scientific and social history of blood, and the ways that it unites and divides us today. Violence and power need blood. When we want to hurt people or entertain ourselves at their expense, we lust for blood. How blood enters ...
  • 2013
  • 00:53:58
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/03/2014

Ideas Massey Lectures 2013: Secrets in Our Blood (Part 5 of 5)

The last of five parts in the 2013 Massey Lectures, Blood: The Stuff of Life. Celebrated author Lawrence Hill explores the scientific and social history of blood, and the ways that it unites and divides us today. Our blood contains many secrets: an identity we have chosen to hide, crimes we have committed, children we have engendered, people to whom we ...
  • 2013
  • 00:53:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/30/2014

Ideas Massey Lectures 2013: Truth and Honour (Part 2 of 5)

The second lecture in the 2013 Massey Lectures series, Blood: The Stuff of Life, by celebrated author Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes). We associate blood with notions of truth and honour in at least two ways: first, how we go about removing it from human bodies, and once it's out, what we use it for; then, what happens when we ...
  • 2013
  • 00:53:58
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/30/2014

Ideas Stuffed (Part 1 of 2)

For most of the 20th century, North American food consumption was relatively stable, but the 1980s marked the beginning of a dramatic shift. We're eating, on average, 200 calories per day more than we did just thirty years ago. We're eating larger portions and we're eating more often. What happened to bring about this sudden change? In this two-part series Jill ...
  • 2013
  • 00:54:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/29/2014