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IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. No topic is off-limits. In the age of clickbait and superficial headlines, it's for people who like to think.

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IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. No topic is off-limits. In the age of clickbait and superficial headlines, it's for people who like to think.

    How elite do-gooders 'fixing' the world are part of the problem: Anand Giridharadas

    How elite do-gooders 'fixing' the world are part of the problem: Anand Giridharadas

    Should the world’s problems be solved by unelected elites? Surely these are decisions we all need to be part of. Anand Giridharadas argues if we don’t trust the institutions we have for fixing the world, then it's time to build better institutions — from the bottom up.

    • 54 min
    PT 2: Why journalist Emily Bell is calling for a civic media manifesto

    PT 2: Why journalist Emily Bell is calling for a civic media manifesto

    Emily Bell, director of the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, continues her exploration of a civic media manifesto. In a world dominated by corporate media takeovers and fake news, the acclaimed journalist says a civic media manifesto must be "ambitious, imaginative and radical."

    • 54 min
    Why journalist Emily Bell is calling for a civic media manifesto

    Why journalist Emily Bell is calling for a civic media manifesto

    With the free press under attack, a civic media manifesto is needed now more than ever, according to acclaimed scholar and journalist Emily Bell. She negotiates this critical crossroad for the media in her dynamic 2019 Dalton Camp Lecture —and in conversation with IDEAS producer Mary Lynk.

    • 54 min
    Myanmar, the Rohingya people & genocide: Inside the International Court of Justice

    Myanmar, the Rohingya people & genocide: Inside the International Court of Justice

    * WARNING: Content in this episode may be disturbing. Listener discretion is advised. * On Thursday, the International Court of Justice will announce whether it will proceed with allegations that Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. IDEAS shares some of the evidence presented in the courtroom during the December hearings — evidence collected by human rights observers and by a UN investigative commission.

    • 54 min
    The resistance of Black Canada: State surveillance and suppression

    The resistance of Black Canada: State surveillance and suppression

    Canada's history of suppressing Black activism is coming to light like never before, thanks to researchers like PhD student Wendell Adjetey. Wendell's historical research uncovers evidence of clandestine government surveillance in the 20th century, while also bringing to life overlooked parts of this history.

    • 54 min
    Machines that can think: real benefits, the Apocalypse, or 'dog-spaghetti'?

    Machines that can think: real benefits, the Apocalypse, or 'dog-spaghetti'?

    Stephen Hawking thought that artificial intelligence could spell the end of humanity. But Roger Melko of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics thinks that maybe, just maybe, we're on the cusp of a wonderfully transformative age.

    • 54 min

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Radiolab for Oldsters

I usually enjoy it, although it can bend a little far to the left and it comes across as too scripted by times.

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The Best

Cereberals unite. Provides an amazing wind down after a hectic day. Grown out of Canadian interest to take thinking to the next level. Voted most despised show by fans of Pop 100.2 FM. The choice is yours!

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