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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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    • 4.0 • 23 Ratings

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.

    The "Reconciliation" Generation: Indigenous Youth and the Future for Indigenous People

    The "Reconciliation" Generation: Indigenous Youth and the Future for Indigenous People

    Indigenous activist Riley Yesno addresses the hopes, disappointments, accomplishments and misuses of ‘reconciliation’ in post-TRC Canada. The Anishnaabe scholar says Indigenous youth who came of age at this time are "meant to be responsible for seeing it through to its next stage."

    • 54 min
    The history of bombing civilians — and why it’s still a military tactic

    The history of bombing civilians — and why it’s still a military tactic

    The bombing of civilians has been called one of the "great scandals" of modern warfare. So why, despite nearly a century of drafting laws and signing conventions protecting the sanctity of human life, does bombing civilians remain a widespread military tactic?  

    • 54 min
    Humboldt's Ghost, Pt 2: The meaning of education

    Humboldt's Ghost, Pt 2: The meaning of education

    IDEAS continues to explore Wilhelm von Humboldt’s public education system with guests, including acclaimed author Gabor Maté, who is a former English teacher. Is this 200-year-old system equipped to meet the challenging demands of the 21st century? And does it still reflect Humboldt’s ideals, especially at the university level? *This is part two of a two-part series.

    • 54 min
    Humboldt's Ghost, Pt 1: Origins of our 200 year-old public education system

    Humboldt's Ghost, Pt 1: Origins of our 200 year-old public education system

    Two hundred years ago, Wilhelm von Humboldt created the public education system as we know it today. At the heart of his philosophy of education was the concept of Bildung — reaching one's inner potential. Yet over the years, as his public education system was adopted, Bildung may well have been the critical piece left out. *This is part one of a two-part series.

    • 54 min
    The 2000 CBC Massey Lectures: The Rights Revolution by Michael Ignatieff

    The 2000 CBC Massey Lectures: The Rights Revolution by Michael Ignatieff

    In his 2000 Massey Lectures on The Rights Revolution, Michael Ignatieff confronted the conflicted rise of human rights language in Canadian and global politics. "Has the rights revolution brought us closer together as a nation, or driven us further apart?" he asks in his final Massey lecture. We revisit this talk, as part of our series marking the 60th anniversary of Massey College.

    • 54 min
    Massey at 60: Michael Ignatieff on how human rights language has shaped Canadian politics

    Massey at 60: Michael Ignatieff on how human rights language has shaped Canadian politics

    Twenty-four years ago, Massey lecturer Michael Ignatieff delivered five talks that explored the powerful rise of the language of 'rights' in Canada and other industrialized nations. Michael Ignatieff speaks with former IDEAS host Paul Kennedy to reflect on his talks — and how the rights revolution continues to shape politics today, often in unexpected ways. *This episode is part of an ongoing series of episodes marking the 60th anniversary of Massey College, a partner in the Massey Lectures.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Miguelito iz Glasgowa ,

Brilliant

I am continually amazed at the quality, depth and topic selection of this podcast. They are well researched, organised and narrated not to mention entertaining and insightful. Bravo!

Beffudled ,

Who Are You

Dear Ideas,
I have listened to this podcast twice and on both occasions I found that the language (vocabulary, grammar, syntax) used by the five panelists made their ideas incomprehensible.
I am an English speaking listener living in France and reasonably well versed in LGBT, trans etc and associated gender issues, but I was non the wiser after these five had had their say.
I am an avid listener to the Podcast so keep up the good work.

Gordon
L’Occitanie
France

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