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.
Frank Lloyd Wright, the New York Years
Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright decried New York as a carcass, parasite and "incongruous mantrap of monstrous dimensions." Yet the city offered him refuge as his personal life was in shambles. Architect Anthony Alofsin and others guide us through Wright's New York years and the important role the city played in his legacy.
Common Good | Declaration for the Independence of the Mind
In 1919, Romain Rolland wrote the Declaration of the Independence of the Mind as a call to intellectuals to rise above division, censorship and nationalism of their day. Nahlah Ayed speaks to Canadian and international thinkers to consider the role of the intellectual today, and to rewrite the declaration for our own post-truth moment. *This episode is part of our series, The Common Good.
The Dandy Rebel
Over the last two centuries, the figure of the Dandy has been a provocateur, someone who pushes against the boundaries of culture, masculinity and politics. From Beau Brummell to Oscar Wilde to contemporary Black activists, IDEAS contributor Pedro Mendes tracks the subversive role the Dandy plays in challenging the status quo.
Love on Drugs
As the science of love comes into greater focus, researchers are beginning to explore potential drug treatments for everything from heartbreak to PTSD in relationships. But for traditionalists, romantic love is ineffable, even spiritual — and certainly not to be tampered with by doctors. IDEAS teases out the complicated relationship between chemicals and romance — and ask how drugs could reshape the future of love.
Common Good | The World Turned Upside Down, Part Two
Perhaps no question is more important than this one: what is the common good? What can we agree on that benefits us all? IDEAS looks to the English Civil Wars from the 17th century when great questions of the common good were rediscovered, argued, and fought over changing England — and the world — forever. *This episode is part of our series, The Common Good.
The Rise of the Glorified Spinster
Throughout history, single women have been vilified, ostracized and shamed. And while there are more single-person households in Canada than ever before, that lingering stigma still follows the single woman. CBC producer Alison Cook explores the social history of these ‘deviant’ women in her documentary, The Rise of the Glorified Spinster. *Originally aired on May 21, 2020.