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 Art We Live In

We love and hate them, but we can't escape them either — we're all obliged to live and work in buildings, and we all have strong feelings about how they look, how they function, and how they affect us. Witold Rybczynski plays architecture tour guide to explore some big questions: What makes buildings work (or not)? What were the architects ...
  • 2014
  • 00:53:58
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/05/2014

Ideas Desire Denied

A new kind of human rights struggle is now being waged - by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people all over the developing world. They're fighting gay-free zones in Ukraine, life in prison for homosexuals in Uganda, and "curative rape" for lesbians in South Africa. IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell explores how they're creating a new era of rainbow geopolitics.
  • 2014
  • 00:53:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/05/2014

Ideas Escaping the Holocaust

Millions of Jews died in the Holocaust, but very few from Denmark. Why? Historian and journalist Bo Lidegaard investigates how Danish people — and certain Nazis — helped Denmark's Jews flee to safety.
  • 2014
  • 00:53:58
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/05/2014

Ideas Ideas from the Trenches: The Living Dead

There are about 50,000 PhD candidates in Canada. Most of them toil away for years in relative obscurity. This is the debut of an occasional series which tries to turn their research into an hour of radio. In this inaugural episode, producers Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic follow the work of PhD student Myriam Nafte, who studies the circulation and ...
  • 2014
  • 00:53:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/14/2014

Ideas The Great Book of Knowledge (Part 1 of 2)

We used to need libraries to make the sum of human knowledge available to all. Today we have Wikipedia, where the sum of human knowledge can be shaped by all of us. But can we trust it? Philip Coulter suggests that the collective mind is perhaps the best mind we have.
  • 2014
  • 00:53:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/05/2014

Ideas The Great Book of Knowledge (Part 2 of 2)

We used to need libraries to make the sum of human knowledge available to all. Today we have Wikipedia, where the sum of human knowledge can be shaped by all of us. But can we trust it? Philip Coulter suggests that the collective mind is perhaps the best mind we have.
  • 2014
  • 00:53:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/05/2014

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