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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 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.

    Food Security: Root Causes and Pathways to Change

    Food Security: Root Causes and Pathways to Change

    The cost of food is rising, and more Canadians are having difficulty knowing if they can afford their next meal. IDEAS hears from four leading experts in the field of food insecurity to explore the root causes and how our food systems can evolve to support us all. *This episode originally aired on Nov. 29, 2023.

    • 54 min
    How philosophy plays a vital role in Canada's biggest ethical debates

    How philosophy plays a vital role in Canada's biggest ethical debates

    Arthur Schafer taught ethics to medical students in 1972. His 50-year career put the philosopher at the heart of major ethical debates like MAID. Schafer discusses the role of philosophers in addressing the increasingly complex ethical dilemmas confronting individuals and society as a whole.

    • 54 min
    Historian uses Canadian prize money to buy drones for Ukraine

    Historian uses Canadian prize money to buy drones for Ukraine

    For Timothy Garton Ash, Europe is an idea—and an ideal—worth celebrating and preserving, even against all the forces acting against it right now. The historian, who won the 2024 Lionel Gelber Prize, is using his prize money to buy drones for Ukraine in the war against Russia.

    • 54 min
    The Passion of Émile Nelligan: Canada's Saddest Poet

    The Passion of Émile Nelligan: Canada's Saddest Poet

    Broken violins, cruel love and absent fathers... At the end of the 19th century, Émile Nelligan wrote hundreds of tragic, passionate, sonnets and rondels on these subjects and more. And yet, most English-speaking Canadians seem never to have heard of the Quebec poet. *This episode originally aired on Jan. 9, 2024.

    • 54 min
    The Lives of Women, Readers and Alice Munro

    The Lives of Women, Readers and Alice Munro

    On a cold, autumn night a group of women gather for their regular book club. Over snacks, wine and tea, they discuss Alice Munro's work, and how her stories illuminate some of the deepest issues in their own lives. Munro died on Monday at the age of 92.

    • 54 min
    What role can solidarity play when confronting political and social issues?

    What role can solidarity play when confronting political and social issues?

    In a time of rapidly changing politics and never-ending crises, what role can solidarity play in confronting political and social problems to create stronger bonds among people? A group of thinkers, writers, and artists tell IDEAS how solidarity is shaping politics and culture.

    • 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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