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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.

    CBC Massey Lectures | # 2: Canada and the Art of Ghosts

    CBC Massey Lectures | # 2: Canada and the Art of Ghosts

    "The stories we tell about the dead act as clarifying narratives to explain what has shaped us, and what continues to make us who we are," argues Esi Edugyan in her second Massey Lecture. However, she asks: who is being forgotten and why? When some histories are forgotten, we all lose. Recovering our ghosts is a way of redressing the narrative.

    • 54 min
    CBC Massey Lectures | # 1: Europe and the Art of Seeing

    CBC Massey Lectures | # 1: Europe and the Art of Seeing

    Black subjects in European art are generally marginal figures, but even as such, they tell a rich tale about cultural assumptions. "To look at a portrait is to be forced to build a human life out of our own imaginations," says Massey lecturer Esi Edugyan. Art can both freeze a narrative and remove ambiguity, but it can also suggest layers of perhaps unintended meaning.

    • 54 min
    Landscape of Disgrace

    Landscape of Disgrace

    Ultranationalism requires an enemy. In Poland, that means sexual minorities. Municipalities across the country are passing anti-LGBT measures. But activists are fighting back, despite the legal odds and the physical violence.

    • 54 min
    Shakespeare's Richard III

    Shakespeare's Richard III

    In Richard III, Shakespeare shows us how easy it is to fall under the spell of a tyrant. IDEAS explores the parallels between Richard III and the Trump era, and the play’s eerily prescient lessons about complicity, conscience and speaking truth to power. *This episode originally aired on April 2, 2021.

    • 54 min
    Lloyd Percival: Canada's Sports Prophet, Part Two

    Lloyd Percival: Canada's Sports Prophet, Part Two

    Lloyd Percival was arguably Canada's most successful coach. He helped revolutionize the way hockey was played around the world but was rejected by the NHL establishment. This two-part series examines the life and legacy of Percival the man, the coach — and the legend he helped build around himself.

    • 54 min
    Lloyd Percival: Canada's Sports Prophet, Part One

    Lloyd Percival: Canada's Sports Prophet, Part One

    Lloyd Percival was arguably Canada's most successful coach. He helped revolutionize the way hockey was played around the world but was rejected by the NHL establishment. This two-part series examines the life and legacy of Percival the man, the coach — and the legend he helped build around himself.

    • 54 min

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