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 Wachtel on the Arts: Agnieszka Holland

From her Oscar-nominated Holocaust films, Europa, Europa and In Darkness, to her most recent work about Soviet repression in Czechoslovakia, Agnieszka Holland focuses on the unconventional human stories that illuminate larger historical events. But that wasn’t always her plan. She was born in 1948, the year Stalinism took hold in Poland. Her mother was Catholic and her father Jewish — ...
  • 2013
  • 00:53:57
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/19/2014

Ideas Rights and Wrongs

What happens when rich countries like Canada claim that social and economic rights — like adequate housing and basic health care — are too expensive? Were we wrong to call them rights?
  • 2004
  • 00:54:25
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/19/2014

Ideas Stuffed (Part 2 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 ...
  • 2013
  • 00:53:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/11/2014

Ideas The Degrowth Paradigm

The degrowth movement is a relatively new contender in the economic and political debates that swirl around humanity's future. Degrowthers believe we need a more modest and sane alternative to the constant pressures of expansion that are destroying the ecological basis of our existence. Author and essayist Richard Swift explores the degrowth alternative, in theory and in practice.
  • 2013
  • 00:54:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/11/2014

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 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 The Fool's Dilemma

Bertrand Russell said, "the trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure, while the intelligent are full of doubt." Recent research in psychology suggests that our confidence often exceeds our competence. Our brains, researchers claim, take shortcuts and jump to conclusions that flatter us. Can we accurately assess what we know, or are we all subject to the ...
  • 2013
  • 00:53:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/14/2014

Ideas The Chosen (Part 2 of 2)

It is an idea that is ancient, and yet time has not dulled its vitality. It is an idea that echoes throughout history, and has inspired genocide — and selfless service to others. It is alive today in the rhetoric of American politicians trumpeting their country's "special role in the world." But it is also alive in the lives of ...
  • 2013
  • 00:54:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/14/2014

Ideas The Chosen (Part 1 of 2)

It is an idea that is ancient, and yet time has not dulled its vitality. It is an idea that echoes throughout history, and has inspired genocide — and selfless service to others. It is alive today in the rhetoric of American politicians trumpeting their country's "special role in the world." But it is also alive in the lives of ordinary ...
  • 2013
  • 00:53:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/14/2014

Ideas The Enright Files: Aboriginal Canadians and What Society Owes

In conversation with Judge Murray Sinclair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and six longtime observers of the situation facing Aboriginal Canadians, Michael Enright asks if Canada can ever get this situation right.
  • 2010
  • 00:54:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/14/2014