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.
Global War on Terror, Pt 1: Guantanamo and the Afterlives of Torture
The prison at Guantanamo Bay remains open. And while advocates including former detainees fight to close it down, the legacy of detention and torture live on. This is the first of a three-part series in which IDEAS producer, Naheed Mustafa, peers into the house the War on Terror built.
Cundill History Prize 2021: Marjoleine Kars
The Cundill History Prize is the most prestigious of its kind. Its award of $75,000USD goes this year to Marjoleine Kars for her book Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast. The author speaks with host Nahlah Ayed about uncovering a forgotten slave rebellion.
Much Ado About Nothing: Heidegger vs. Carnap and the Continental-Analytic Split
In 1929, a disagreement over the meaning of "nothing" exposed deep divisions in Western philosophy and erupted into a debate over whether philosophy is more art or science. Poet-philosopher Martin Heidegger's lecture about nothing excited students and divided colleagues. But the empiricist Rudolf Carnap thought all this talk of the meaning of nothing, amounted to nothing at all.
The Mystery of Louise Labé
Stakes are high for readers and scholars as the identity of a groundbreaking poet, Louise Labé, is debated in France and beyond. Sexy, wry, and bold, her poems cut across time. They also upend assumptions about how female desire was expressed in the past. *This episode originally aired on October 1, 2020.
Song of Zong!
Exactly 240 years ago today, a massacre began on the Zong slave ship. The tragedy inspired the Canadian poem Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip. She reflects on the mass murder, the bizarre court case, and the work of art still rising from its depths.
IDEAS listens to Stuff the British Stole
There’s often a very messy history behind tidy museum exhibits: war and empire, power and theft. Stuff the British Stole tells the vivid truth. From the Parthenon Marbles to Tipu’s Tiger, we introduce you to an entertaining history podcast.
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.
Thought provoking but uncritical
Giving voice to the dispossessed and disgruntled alike. Charming until they suggest seizing all property.