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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 Black Star Square (Part 3 of 3)

Part 3 of 3. On March 6, 1957, the Gold Coast became Ghana, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to emerge from colonialism, and the first ripple in a great wave of independence that swept Africa. Ideas producer Dave Redel lived in Ghana, and on the 50th anniversary of independence he returns to see what has happened, and what it means for ...
  • 2007
  • 00:54:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/03/2014

Ideas Standing for Africa: The Ideas of Chinua Achebe

In 1958, the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe published one of the first African novels to become an international bestseller in English. His work tells the story of the colonial experience from the perspective of the colonized. He discusses his ideas with CBC producer Sheyfali Saujani.
  • 2000
  • 00:54:30
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/03/2014

Ideas Black Star Square (Part 2 of 3)

Part 2 of 3. On March 6, 1957, the Gold Coast became Ghana, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to emerge from colonialism, and the first ripple in a great wave of independence that swept Africa. Ideas producer Dave Redel lived in Ghana, and on the 50th anniversary of independence he returns to see what has happened, and what it means for ...
  • 2007
  • 00:54:28
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/03/2014