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 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 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 The Business of Race

"She cut off her nose to spite her race." That's what Dorothy Parker once quipped about Fanny Brice, the Jewish actress who had a nose job in 1923. Ninety years later, the racial targeting of the cosmetics industry is booming: eye-lid surgeries, chemical hair-straightening and skin-bleaching are just a few of the options advertised to people of colour. Ideas contributor ...
  • 2013
  • 00:53:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/30/2014

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 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

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 5: The Opportunity of all Time

Thanks to the incredible pace of technology and the Internet, things are moving faster than ever before. There are advantages to this, but also disadvantages. Instant access to information is transforming the way we work and learn, but the speed of our lives leads to short-term thinking and isolation. Neil Turok says that "we are analog beings living in a ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 3: What Banged?

How did Earth and all the planets and stars and galaxies form? How old is our universe? What "banged" at the moment of the big bang? We have a remarkably successful model of cosmology, but theorists are still asking these questions. We just don't know how the universe emerged from a cosmic singularity – the assumed starting point of the ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 4: The World In An Equation

Over the past century, physicists have compiled a neat, one-line equation that describes how the world works according to all known physics. By combining the contributions of scientists from all different backgrounds and cultures, this ambitious formula seeks to describe the universe's machinations on every scale, from the subatomic to the largest bodies at the edges of space. It's a ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 2: Our Imaginary Reality

Over the course of the 20th century, physicists discovered that the quantum world is qualitatively different than any classical world: nature's basic constituents just don't behave like anything anyone has ever seen in our everyday experience. In this lecture, Neil Turok takes us on a journey through the abstract, mathematical reasoning, built on experimental results, that allowed us to extend ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 1: Magic That Works

Everything we know depends on the knowledge of people who came before us.  In this lecture, Neil Turok explores our understanding of the universal laws of nature, from Pythagoras and the Greek mathematicians to the present day. Many of the fundamental things we once believed to be true – how electricity and magnetism behave, for example – have been turned ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

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