222 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 • 242 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.

    Healing the Land, Part One: After the Fire

    Healing the Land, Part One: After the Fire

    More than two years after a devastating fire, IDEAS visited St'át'imc territory around Lillooet, B.C. to learn how 21st-century wildfires are reshaping the landscape. This two-part series follows the work of the northern St'át'imc Nations, land guardians, and scientists from the Indigenous Ecology Lab at UBC as they seek to document the effects of wildfires and chart a new future.

    • 54 min
    How to Flourish in a Broken World

    How to Flourish in a Broken World

    The world is full of problems — our broken healthcare, out-of-reach housing, a democracy in shambles and a dying planet. Is it actually possible to fix this mess? IDEAS hears from people working to fix our most intractable problems at a time when it can feel easier to just give up. *This episode originally aired on Sept. 21, 2023.

    • 54 min
    Singing in Dark Times | Sandeep Banerjee

    Singing in Dark Times | Sandeep Banerjee

    "In the dark times, will there also be singing?" Bertolt Brecht once asked. World literature scholar Sandeep Banerjee explores the power of art in times of war — and how ghost stories can help us imagine another world. This talk kicks off a new public lecture series called IDEAS at Crow’s Theatre. 

    • 54 min
    Marriage and the Modern Woman

    Marriage and the Modern Woman

    Marriage is on the decline in Canada. And in heterosexual unions, it’s women who more often initiate divorce, and wait longer to remarry. Why is marriage not working for women?

    • 54 min
    From Page to Stage: Exploring sex and gender in Shakespeare's work

    From Page to Stage: Exploring sex and gender in Shakespeare's work

    In the thorny thickets of love and desire, how do Shakespeare’s characters talk to each other? And what’s changed in 400 years? From the Stratford Festival, IDEAS explores the challenges around issues of sex and gender in staging Shakespeare’s plays.

    • 54 min
    What’s Up with The Birds?

    What’s Up with The Birds?

    Fears of technological overreach, environmental decline, and the violent rise of the irrational: our 21st-century anxieties were anticipated in an unlikely 20th-century horror metaphor. “The Birds” – a haunting 1953 short story by Daphne duMaurier, and the truly bizarre 1963 Alfred Hitchcock movie that it inspired. *This episode originally aired on Sept. 6, 2023.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
242 Ratings

242 Ratings

1666!. ,

Great Show

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

cochineal.moon ,

Architecture of war and peace

Excellent story told thru the lens of many.

sidneyhart ,

Sidney Hart

We are stuffed to our gills with podcasts these days but IDEAS, which I guess is a radio show on Canada and is available everywhere else as a podcast, is one of the oldest and still one of the most thought provoking in its choice and treatment of subjects. Perhaps Canada doesn’t have much to show for itself in glorious civilization achievements but this modesty has been turned to its advantage because it can approach other cultures’ achievements with an open mind. I am particularly struck role played by the Palestinian-Canadian host Nahlah Ayed. She brings a Muslim sensibility and a Muslim bias to so many of the topics. I can think of no other country’s flagship radio station that has given so much prominence to Islamic culture and thought. I mean that as a compliment.

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