217 episodes

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 • 248 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.

    The Hinge Years: 1919 | Dividing the Spoils

    The Hinge Years: 1919 | Dividing the Spoils

    After the First World War, the Western powers create new borders and carve out spheres of influence, leaders from the Global South fight for self-determination, and the League of Nations and the Communist International are formed. In this series, IDEAS explores five years in the 20th century that have shaped our world today. *This episode originally aired on Jan. 22, 2024.

    • 54 min
    How philosophy plays a vital role in Canada's biggest ethical debates

    How philosophy plays a vital role in Canada's biggest ethical debates

    Arthur Schafer taught ethics to medical students in 1972. His 50-year career put the philosopher at the heart of major ethical debates like MAID. Schafer discusses the role of philosophers in addressing the increasingly complex ethical dilemmas confronting individuals and society as a whole. *This episode originally aired on May 16, 2024.

    • 54 min
    The ordinary-extraordinary dimensions of Black life: Christina Sharpe

    The ordinary-extraordinary dimensions of Black life: Christina Sharpe

    Christina Sharpe's award-winning book, Ordinary Notes, explores the complexity of Black life — blending memoir, history, cultural and political critique. She argues that the experience of Black people is misunderstood — but can be contested, and healed, by Black creativity, and community.

    • 54 min
    Turn the Other Cheek: the radical case for nonviolent resistance

    Turn the Other Cheek: the radical case for nonviolent resistance

    The Sermon on the Mount is one of the greatest gifts of scripture to humanity; just ask Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Leo Tolstoy. But who's making any use of it today? In a time when an eye for an eye still seems to hold sway, IDEAS producer Sean Foley explores the logic of Christian non-violence, beginning with Jesus' counsel to 'turn the other cheek.' *This episode won a Wilbur Award for excellence in communicating spiritual themes. It originally aired on Oct. 14, 2022.

    • 54 min
    Astra Taylor's CBC Massey Lectures | #1: Cura’s Gift

    Astra Taylor's CBC Massey Lectures | #1: Cura’s Gift

    Insecurity has become a "defining feature of our time," says CBC Massey lecturer Astra Taylor. The Winnipeg-born writer and filmmaker explores how rising inequality, declining mental health, the climate crisis, and the threat of authoritarianism originate from a social order built on insecurity. In her first lecture, she explores the existential insecurity we can’t escape — and the manufactured insecurity imposed on us from above.

    • 1 hr
    Poet Ross Gay on the necessity of joy and delight

    Poet Ross Gay on the necessity of joy and delight

    For award-winning poet and bestselling author Ross Gay, joy and delight aren’t frivolous or a privilege. He argues they’re absolutely essential to a meaningful life — especially in the face of grief, sadness and suffering. 

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
248 Ratings

248 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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