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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.

    Where Is Our Conscience? Patricia Churchland on the biological roots of morality

    Where Is Our Conscience? Patricia Churchland on the biological roots of morality

    How do we determine right from wrong? According to Patricia Churchland, the answer is through science and philosophy. The distinguished proponent of neurophilosophy explores how moral systems arise from the influences of nature and nurture in her book, Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition.

    • 54 min
    The Death of Leisure

    The Death of Leisure

    As soon as the inbox is cleared and the dishes are put away and the report is submitted and laundry is done, only then can we think about how to pursue the things we value. So how do we reconfigure our relationship to the time we have and open it up so we can pursue the good life?

    • 54 min
    Our fractured, fractious age in one sentence: Lucy Ellmann

    Our fractured, fractious age in one sentence: Lucy Ellmann

    Lucy Ellmann's Booker-nominated Ducks, Newburyport, captures our fractious, fractured age through the eyes of a likeable, pie-baking housewife in Ohio in an epic running one thousand pages long in one, single sentence.

    • 54 min
    Into the Wild: Anthropologist Wade Davis

    Into the Wild: Anthropologist Wade Davis

    Ancient wisdom in the modern world can save us from the dangers of climate change, argues Wade Davis. The Canadian anthropologist has spent a lifetime looking into what Indigenous peoples of the world can teach us. Now, 10 years after his 2009 Massey lectures called 'The Wayfinders,' he looks back on what has changed on our planet — for better and for worse.

    • 54 min
    True History in the Age of Fake News: The 2019 Cundill Panel

    True History in the Age of Fake News: The 2019 Cundill Panel

    Deepfakes. Political bias. Contested facts. How can historians possibly nail the truth in our polarized times? A panel of top historians — all of them Cundill History Prize finalists and winners — explain why the challenge is formidable, yet nothing new. Guests: Jill Lepore, Julia Lovell, Maya Jasanoff, Mary Fulbrook, and Faith Wallis.

    • 54 min
    'I love you': the most treasured (and misunderstood) expression of all time

    'I love you': the most treasured (and misunderstood) expression of all time

    I love you: those three magic words are the most powerful and misunderstood words in the English language, according to writer and contributor Marianne Apostilides. She draws from Shakespeare, Freud, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton and other greats to parse how "I love you" can be enriching, manipulative and even empty.

    • 54 min

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