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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 246 Ratings

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.

    Author Robert Macfarlane on the relationship between landscape and the human heart

    Author Robert Macfarlane on the relationship between landscape and the human heart

    Robert Macfarlane says his writing is about the relationship between landscape and the human heart. His books share his encounters with treacherous mountain passages, mammoth glaciers flowing perceptibly into the sea, and harrowing descents into fissures inside the Earth. *This episode originally aired on Oct. 25, 2023.

    • 54 min
    (Land) Back to the Future | Riley Yesno 

    (Land) Back to the Future | Riley Yesno 

    Can Indigenous people dream a better future into being? Anishinaabe scholar Riley Yesno explores Indigenous futurism and the connection between dreams and new realities, inspired by playwright Cliff Cardinal’s Huff. This episode is part of our ongoing series of talks, each inspired by a theme in a play at Toronto’s Crow’s Theatre.

    • 54 min
    Walking Among the Ancients: The Rare Wabanaki-Acadian Old-Growth Forest

    Walking Among the Ancients: The Rare Wabanaki-Acadian Old-Growth Forest

    The World Wildlife Fund lists the Wabanaki-Acadian old-growth forest as endangered — with only one percent remaining. The Wabanaki-Acadian forest stretches from parts of the Maritimes and Southern Quebec down into New England states. IDEAS explores the beauty and complexity of this ancient forest.

    • 54 min
    BBC Reith Lectures: Artificial Democracy

    BBC Reith Lectures: Artificial Democracy

    IDEAS presents the first of the BBC Reith Lectures delivered by Ben Ansell. The Oxford professor and author of Why Politics Fails examines the threats facing modern democracy, how artificial intelligence can distort its integrity, and how politicians can invest in a democratic future.

    • 54 min
    Bring Back Grumpy George: The Forgotten Message of George Grant

    Bring Back Grumpy George: The Forgotten Message of George Grant

    Canadian philosopher George Grant was known for his pessimism, and is best known for his book Lament for a Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism. PhD student Bryan Heystee makes the case to revive Grantian philosophy and make it work for the 21st century. *This episode originally aired on Dec. 6, 2023.

    • 54 min
    A Walk of Remembrance: Honouring Canadian soldiers who helped liberate the Netherlands

    A Walk of Remembrance: Honouring Canadian soldiers who helped liberate the Netherlands

    In a powerful act of remembrance, a group of Canadians participated in a pilgrimage to the Netherlands to commemorate their fathers, grandfathers and uncles who helped to liberate the country from the Nazis. Producer Alisa Seigel shares their journey. *This episode originally aired on May 1, 2023.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
246 Ratings

246 Ratings

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Papyrus

Thank you for the Irene Vallejo interview! The book is wonderful and it’s great to see someone in North America interview her! Brava!

1666!. ,

Great Show

Always enjoy topics presented and great interview partners are picked. I’ve learned a lot from various episodes. Listening from Germany.

B_squared ,

Where are the ideas?

There is a unique amount of discouragement and helplessness in these episodes; it might be expected that ideas worth investigating ought to at least occasionally exhilarate, surprise, liberate, or point to joy and mirth in some form or another. Solemnity and worrying and being troubled are not the same as taking something seriously, and raising one’s voice is surely not curiosity. Rarely has anyone ever answered a question with a question on this show, which would indicate a form of engagement resembling a solution-oriented process and therefore approaching an idea. I am not trying to be merely pedantic and obtuse to get the point across here: this kind of discourse is toxic and fueling much of what it purports to address with mild concern.

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