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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.

    Our fractured, fractious age in one sentence: Lucy Ellmann

    Our fractured, fractious age in one sentence: Lucy Ellmann

    Lucy Ellmann's Booker-nominated Ducks, Newburyport, captures our fractious, fractured age through the eyes of a likeable, pie-baking housewife in Ohio in an epic running one thousand pages long in one, single sentence.

    • 54 min
    Into the Wild: Anthropologist Wade Davis

    Into the Wild: Anthropologist Wade Davis

    Ancient wisdom in the modern world can save us from the dangers of climate change, argues Wade Davis. The Canadian anthropologist has spent a lifetime looking into what Indigenous peoples of the world can teach us. Now, 10 years after his 2009 Massey lectures called 'The Wayfinders,' he looks back on what has changed on our planet — for better and for worse.

    • 54 min
    True History in the Age of Fake News: The 2019 Cundill Panel

    True History in the Age of Fake News: The 2019 Cundill Panel

    Deepfakes. Political bias. Contested facts. How can historians possibly nail the truth in our polarized times? A panel of top historians — all of them Cundill History Prize finalists and winners — explain why the challenge is formidable, yet nothing new. Guests: Jill Lepore, Julia Lovell, Maya Jasanoff, Mary Fulbrook, and Faith Wallis.

    • 54 min
    '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

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