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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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    • Sociedade e cultura

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.

    'I love you': the most treasured (and misunderstood) expression of all time

    'I love you': the most treasured (and misunderstood) expression of all time

    I love you: those three magic words are the most powerful and misunderstood words in the English language, according to writer and contributor Marianne Apostilides. She draws from Shakespeare, Freud, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton and other greats to parse how "I love you" can be enriching, manipulative and even empty.

    • 54 min
    Here Comes Trouble: How to worry sensibly in the 21st Century

    Here Comes Trouble: How to worry sensibly in the 21st Century

    Three expert analysts, each from a different discipline, reveal their greatest fears for the near-ish future and make the case for how we must now prepare for it. From the threat of conflict between great powers, to the "war" for net-zero carbon emissions, to introducing a new global authority that can exercise authority over individual nations.

    • 54 min
    An Improbable Revolution: Hong Kong vs. China

    An Improbable Revolution: Hong Kong vs. China

    The protest movement in Hong Kong has evolved into three distinct revolutionary moments, according to sociologist Ching Kwan Lee. It has led to the reimagining of community, the re-evaluation of violence, and Hong Kong's emergence as a global city, able to leverage its financial role to stand against China's absolutist authority.

    • 54 min
    No mushy middle: Adam Gopnik defends liberalism in his LaFontaine-Baldwin lecture

    No mushy middle: Adam Gopnik defends liberalism in his LaFontaine-Baldwin lecture

    In his LaFontaine-Baldwin lecture and conversation with Nahlah Ayed, author and essayist Adam Gopnik argues liberalism is not the mushy middle ground between right and left. It’s a vital set of egalitarian beliefs and institutions with deep, global roots that The New Yorker writer says we all must defend.

    • 54 min
    Nostalgia for the Absolute: George Steiner's 1974 CBC Massey Lectures

    Nostalgia for the Absolute: George Steiner's 1974 CBC Massey Lectures

    The internationally renowned thinker and scholar, George Steiner, died this week, at the age of 90. In 1974, he delivered the CBC Massey Lectures, entitled Nostalgia for the Absolute, in which examined the alternative "mythologies" of Marxism, Freudian psychology, Lévi-Straussian anthropology, and — most tellingly for our own time — fads of irrationality.

    • 54 min
    A continent of stories: slaying the dragons of hate with words

    A continent of stories: slaying the dragons of hate with words

    Deborah Ahenkora has long believed there's a 'book famine' throughout Africa. The most acute shortage is in books written by Africans for Africans — especially children's books in which African children can see themselves reflected. So she decided to rewrite that history to ensure African stories are both told and read.

    • 54 min

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