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.
Music on Mars
If you thought space was silent, think again. Thanks to NASA's latest Mars rover, anyone can hear the sound of the Martian wind. IDEAS tunes in to the sounds of space and the people working to make music from the beauty of the cosmos in this award-winning documentary by Matthew Lazin-Ryder. *This episode originally aired on May 17, 2021.
Exposing the Truth: Journalism's Role in Reconciliation
Award-winning investigative journalist Connie Walker delivered the seventh annual Indigenous Speakers Series Lecture at Vancouver Island University called Exposing the Truth: Journalism's Role in Reconciliation. She shares her observations and experiences, both professional and personal, on the evolution of journalistic coverage of Indigenous stories. *This episode originally aired January 7, 2022.
The New World Disorder | The Rise of the Strongman
Democracy is shrivelling and illiberalism is on the rise. We've been watching this unfold for more than three decades but the sense of urgency has, perhaps, never been so great. IDEAS hears from people on the frontline of the fight against rising authoritarianism — how they understand the struggle and what they're doing to survive it. *This episode is part of our series, The New World Disorder.
The New World Disorder | The End of America
The U.S. is at a turning point and experts say the country hasn't been this divided since the Civil War. Some are predicting the end of American democracy, while others claim the potential for political violence looms. IDEAS contributor Melissa Gismondi explores where the country might be headed and what — if anything — can save it. *This episode is part of our series, The New World Disorder.
The New World Disorder | The Nature of Nationalism
Today’s nationalist leaders employ an exclusionary nationalism that can stoke fear, insularity, and hate. Yet political scientists Maya Tudor and Harris Mylonas argue it's important to understand nationalism as a powerful ideology that can be harnessed for national and global good. *This episode is part of our series, The New World Disorder.
The New World Disorder | The Future of Democracy
What hope does democracy have when geopolitical instability is mounting, and public discourse is drowning in a sea of misinformation and disinformation? There is hope — according to two former Massey Lecturers Ron Deibert and Jennifer Welsh. *This episode is part of our series, The New World Disorder.
Ode to Failure
This was a thoughtful and interesting episode. The idea that identity and achievement should be separate is profound even if it sounds simple. I would quibble though that we (Americans, at least) should get off the success/failure see-saw. What about « the timid souls » anyway, and what really is success? In America it’s hard to see the case for it being other than money, credentials, and expensive possessions. The woman with the failed start-up reminded me, by complete contrast, with Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos fame whose moral failings are on trial. The former woman is a moral success. I have spent my life feeling that I failed at most things I tried, that I have too few presentable achievements. But I turned 70 and realize it hardly matters; in spite of whatever is lacking I do have an identity built on books, travel, questions, curiosities, and relationships. It’s not bad for a life.
There are so many thought provoking episodes! I feel like I’ve come across an intellectual gold mine. Thank you to the CBC for creating such a great podcast. They are really doing the public an important service by providing such fascinating and nuanced conversations in a time of knee jerk reactions and hot takes.
Most intelligent, thought-provoking show out there
I’ve been a huge fan of Ideas for years and I’m thrilled that it’s now available as a podcast. It’s consistently the most intelligent and thought-provoking show on the radio.