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Reading With a Grain of Salt, Part Three
Writer Barbara Nichol continues exploring shared assumptions about reading with original thinkers — writers, critics, scholars and journalists. This is the final part in a three-part series called Reading with a Grain of Salt. *This episode originally aired on June 26, 2020.
No Feeling Is Final: The Wisdom of Rainer Maria Rilke
In his letters and poetry, Austrian writer Rainer Maria Rilke urged readers to “love the questions” instead of searching for answers, and to “sing out” with pain solitude causes them. His writing seems tailor-made for our own era — a dark interval of uncertainty, solitude, and grief.
Around the World in 80 Plays: The Seagull
The playwright Anton Chekhov wrote to a friend that he was writing a play with "a great deal of conversation about literature, little actions, tons of love." The Seagull is not unlike our own lives, where there isn't a ready-made plot with a neat ending. This episode is the fourth collaboration between IDEAS and Soulpepper Theatre Company's audio drama series Around the World in 80 Plays.
Inside the Teenage Brain
Teenagers can be erratic and emotional. But recent science may just have the answer to why teenagers are the way they are — and it's not just about hormones. This new understanding is changing the way some societies see teens and it may just lead to changing the boundary between teenager and adult. *Originally broadcast on January 28, 2020.
Unsound: The Legacy of Alexander Graham Bell
You hear the name ‘Alexander Graham Bell,’ and you think ‘inventor of the telephone.’ But he devoted much of his life to the ‘education’ of deaf people. Bell’s fraught legacy with the deaf community is explored in Veronica Simmonds' documentary, Unsound: The legacy of Alexander Graham Bell.
Reading with a Grain of Salt, Part Two
Writer Barbara Nichol continues exploring shared assumptions about reading, readers and books with original thinkers — writers, critics, scholars and journalists. This is part two in a three-part series called Reading with a Grain of Salt. *This episode originally aired on June 19, 2020.
Hannah’s dad should have a listen to BBC Radio Four’s In Our Time.
Life changing, no joke!
I’ve been listening to Ideas for decades. It has literally changed my life, by introducing me to new authors, places, concepts and, ahem, ideas. It has made my life richer. It continues to do so. I love the variety and breadth of scope.
Should be called “idea”
This used to be a forum of all ideas, traditional, liberal, controversial, uncommon. Now it focuses only on one viewpoint- the post-modern religion.