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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.

    Neurodiversity and the Myth of Normal, Part 1

    Neurodiversity and the Myth of Normal, Part 1

    Brain variations which were once advantages are now seen as burdens and disorders that beg for remedies. In this two-part series, IDEAS traces the social and cultural response to brain variation and whether there's a way back to seeing them as advantages. *This episode originally aired on April 29, 2022.

    • 54 min
    The Old Stone Age in the Western Hemisphere

    The Old Stone Age in the Western Hemisphere

    The dominant story in archaeology has long been that humans came to North America around 12,000 years ago. But Indigenous archaeologist Paulette Steeves points to mounting evidence suggesting it was more like 130,000 years ago. *This episode originally aired on Jan. 13, 2022.

    • 54 min
    What Money Can't Buy: Michael Sandel

    What Money Can't Buy: Michael Sandel

    Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel fears that we’ve turned from a market economy into a market society, where just about everything is for sale. His book, What Money Can’t Buy, was a big success 10 years ago. He joins Astra Taylor and Michael Ignatieff to discuss why his book is even more relevant today.

    • 54 min
    Muhammad Iqbal: one of the greatest South Asian thinkers of the 20th century

    Muhammad Iqbal: one of the greatest South Asian thinkers of the 20th century

    Muhammad Iqbal was popularly known as the intellectual founder of Pakistan, but his greater fame is for his philosophical works in English and his poetry, both in Urdu and Persian. IDEAS looks at the life and work of one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century.

    • 54 min
    Geography of Hope: Wallace Stegner and the Disappearing West

    Geography of Hope: Wallace Stegner and the Disappearing West

    American writer Wallace Stegner fought hard to protect the land and resources in the Wild West. But he had crucial blind spots about the history of Indigenous people. IDEAS goes to Eastend, Saskatchewan in search of what Stegner's writings on conservation mean today, in a place where the grasslands are still under threat.

    • 54 min
    Transforming Justice, Part 2: Angela Davis, Fania Davis and Margaret Burnham

    Transforming Justice, Part 2: Angela Davis, Fania Davis and Margaret Burnham

    We continue our series with a rare glimpse into seven decades dedicated to rebuilding society. Three titans of the civil rights movement, Angela Davis, her sister Fania Davis and Margaret Burnham, come together to discuss transforming racial justice, as part of an event organized by the Restorative Lab at Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law and the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia.

    • 54 min

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