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Big Ideas offers lectures on a variety of thought-provoking topics which range across politics, culture, economics, art history, science.... By nature of its lecture format, pacing and inquisitive approach, it is the antithesis of the prevailing sound-bite television norm. The simple, bold concept is a victory of substance over style. Big Ideas airs Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00 PM EST on TVO - Canada's largest educational broadcaster.

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Big Ideas offers lectures on a variety of thought-provoking topics which range across politics, culture, economics, art history, science.... By nature of its lecture format, pacing and inquisitive approach, it is the antithesis of the prevailing sound-bite television norm. The simple, bold concept is a victory of substance over style. Big Ideas airs Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00 PM EST on TVO - Canada's largest educational broadcaster.

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74 Ratings
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Informative

By AVNoble - Jun 28 2011
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Indispensable well produced show

Like Ted Talks...

By Searey Usly - Jun 14 2011
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but deeper and more thorough.

iTunes Ratings

74 Ratings
Average Ratings
61
6
4
3
0

Informative

By AVNoble - Jun 28 2011
Read more
Indispensable well produced show

Like Ted Talks...

By Searey Usly - Jun 14 2011
Read more
but deeper and more thorough.
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Big Ideas (Audio)

Latest release on Sep 07, 2013

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Big Ideas offers lectures on a variety of thought-provoking topics which range across politics, culture, economics, art history, science.... By nature of its lecture format, pacing and inquisitive approach, it is the antithesis of the prevailing sound-bite television norm. The simple, bold concept is a victory of substance over style. Big Ideas airs Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00 PM EST on TVO - Canada's largest educational broadcaster.

Rank #1: Christopher Hitchens on Freedom of Speech

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Christopher Hitchens voices his opinion on the subject of the Hart House Debating Club debate: Be it resolved: Freedom of speech includes the freedom to hate.

Jun 15 2013

21mins

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Rank #2: Susan Sontag on modern literacy - 2002

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Author Susan Sontag, speaking at the Living Literacies Conference (November 2002) at York University in Toronto, delivers a lecture on modern literacy.

Jun 25 2010

1hr 5mins

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Rank #3: Alain de Botton on Status Anxiety

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Alain de Botton discusses his book Status Anxiety which examines our fears over what others think about us and about how we are judged to be either a success or failure.

Jul 07 2012

39mins

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Rank #4: Nick Mount on Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot

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University of Toronto English professor Nick Mount discusses Samuel Beckett?s controversial play Waiting For Godot.

Dec 19 2009

48mins

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Rank #5: Camille Paglia on religion

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Describing herself as an atheist who defends religion, academic and author, Camille Paglia, argues that an understanding of world religions and their symbols is essential to fully understanding human civilization and our place in the universe.

Nov 07 2009

51mins

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Rank #6: Daniel Kahneman on The Machinery of the Mind

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Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, on The Machinery of the Mind. Kahneman is Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Mar 31 2012

47mins

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Rank #7: Noam Chomsky on the State-Corporate Complex

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Academic, author and political activist, Noam Chomsky, on the State-Corporate Complex: A Threat to Freedom and Survival. Chomsky's lecture was delivered at the Hart House Great Hall at the University of Toronto on April 7, 2011.

Oct 29 2011

55mins

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Rank #8: Camille Paglia on The Future of Education

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Educator and author, Camille Paglia, discusses The Future of Education at the 2010 Globe and Mail Open House Festival in Toronto. The event moderator is broadcaster, Valerie Pringle.

Jan 05 2011

33mins

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Rank #9: Jordan Peterson on Redemption and Psychology in Christianity

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University of Toronto Psychology Professor, Jordan Peterson, on Redemption and Psychology in Christianity. Dr. Peterson's lecture was the keynote address at the 2012 Meaning Conference held in Toronto.

Dec 15 2012

46mins

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Rank #10: Leonard Susskind on The World As Hologram

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Leonard Susskind of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics discusses the indestructability of information and the nature of black holes in a lecture entitled The World As Hologram.

Nov 05 2011

55mins

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Rank #11: Steven Pinker on Thinking About Our Society

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Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature, delivers a lecture entitled Thinking About Our Society: Why Violence Has Declined. Pinker (Psychology - Harvard University) explores the essence of human nature and what lies behind the statistically unmistakable reduction in violence over the past few centuries.

Feb 18 2012

40mins

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Rank #12: Hod Lipson on Programmable Matter: Shape of Things to Come

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Hod Lipson of Cornell University discusses the future of 3-D printing in his lecture entitled, Programmable Matter: The Shape of Things to Come

Nov 19 2011

53mins

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Rank #13: James Allard - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Frankenstein: Five Ways

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James Allard from the English Language and Literature department at Brock University in St. Catharines delivers his competition lecture entitled "Frankenstein: Five Ways".

Mar 07 2009

46mins

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Rank #14: Keith Devlin on Leonardo and Steve: How Fibonacci Beat Apple

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Keith Devlin, Executive Director of the H-STAR Institute at Stanford University, discusses Leonardo and Steve: How Fibonacci Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years

Dec 17 2011

55mins

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Rank #15: Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Islam

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Somali-born author Ayaan Hirsi Ali delivers the 2010 Donner Canadian Foundation Lecture. Her lecture is based on her book Nomad: From Islam to America, A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations.

Sep 25 2010

28mins

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Rank #16: Robert K. Logan on The Origin and Evolution of Language

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University of Toronto Physics professor Robert K. Logan on The Origin and Evolution of Language and the Emergence of Concepts

Jul 16 2011

24mins

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Rank #17: Dr. Norman Doidge on neuroplasticity

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Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and best-selling author, Dr. Norman Doidge, on his book, The Brain that Changes Itself, an examination of the most important breakthrough in neuroscience: the discovery of neuroplasticity. His lecture was delivered at the University of Toronto on March 29th, 2008.

Apr 30 2012

55mins

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Rank #18: Paul Stevens - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Milton's Satan

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Paul Stevens from the English department at the University of Toronto St. George delivers his competition lecture entitled "Milton's Satan".

Mar 14 2009

44mins

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Rank #19: Noam Chomsky on Academic Freedom

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Noam Chomsky is one of America's leading scholars and intellectuals. He is a professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His lecture on Academic Freedom and the Corporatization of Universities was delivered at the University of Toronto Scarborough on April 6, 2011.

May 21 2011

55mins

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Rank #20: Nick Mount on T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land

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University of Toronto English professor, Nick Mount, explores T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land.

Feb 16 2013

48mins

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Robert Adams on the novel Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry.

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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry.

Sep 07 2013

1hr 29mins

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Christopher Hitchens on The Three New Commandments

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Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, on The Three New Commandments.

Aug 24 2013

55mins

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Robert Adams on the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Aug 10 2013

1hr 29mins

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Hazel Carby on Belonging to Britain

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Hazel Carby looks at the historic relationship between England and Jamaica, including the history of the slave trade in Bristol and the complex question of identity for those of mixed British and West Indian heritage.

Jul 27 2013

53mins

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Robert Adams on Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie.

Jul 13 2013

1hr 23mins

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Thomas Merritt audio podcast

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Thomas Merritt, Canada Research Chair in Genomics and Bio-informatics at Laurentian University 19s department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, on the extent to which our genetic makeup is responsible for our talents and aptitudes.

Jul 03 2013

44mins

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Michael Shermer on Why People Believe Weird Things.

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The editor of Skeptic Magazine, Michael Shermer, delivers a lecture on his book Why People Believe Weird Things.

Jun 29 2013

54mins

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Michael Fullan on Schools in Need of Re-Education

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Michael Fullan of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education delivers a lecture entitled Schools in Need of Re-Education

Jun 22 2013

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Christopher Hitchens on Freedom of Speech

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Christopher Hitchens voices his opinion on the subject of the Hart House Debating Club debate: Be it resolved: Freedom of speech includes the freedom to hate.

Jun 15 2013

21mins

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Michael Ruse on Is Darwinism Past its Sell-by Date?

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Michael Ruse is professor of the philosophy of biology at Florida State University. In this lecture he addresses the question Is Darwinism Past its Sell-by Date?

Jun 01 2013

49mins

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Robert Adams on the novel Herzog by Saul Bellow.

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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the 1964 novel Herzog by Saul Bellow.

May 18 2013

1hr 26mins

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Simon Winchester on A Crack in the Edge of the World

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Simon Winchester on his book A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906.

Apr 27 2013

55mins

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Robert Adams on the novel No Great Mischief

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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel No Great Mischief by Alastair MacLeod.

Apr 20 2013

1hr 28mins

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Philosopher Slavoj Zizek on ,Until the End of the World"

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Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek delivers his contribution to the Nuit Blanche symposium inspired by Wim Wenders film, Until the End of the World.

Apr 13 2013

1hr 4mins

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Robert Adams on the novel The Corrections

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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.

Apr 06 2013

1hr 22mins

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Jordan Peterson on Slaying the Dragon Within Us

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Jordan Peterson on Slaying the Dragon Within Us. Peterson, a University of Toronto professor of psychology, talks about fear of the unknown and fear of dealing with problems.

Mar 23 2013

56mins

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Salmon Akhtar on The Trauma of Geographical Dislocation

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Salmon Akhtar on The Trauma of Geographical Dislocation, how immigration can affect a person's mental health.

Mar 23 2013

52mins

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Steven Pinker on The Blank Slate

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Harvard University psychology professor, Steven Pinker, dicusses his book The Blank Slate.

Mar 16 2013

59mins

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Marc Abrahams, editor of The Annals of Improbably Research

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Marc Abrahams, editor of The Annals of Improbably Research and one of the organizers of the annual Ig-Nobel Prize ceremonies at Harvard University, discusses the work of scientists and academics that, "first makes you laugh, and then makes you think".

Mar 09 2013

34mins

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Maude Barlow on Water: The Most Pressing Women's Issue

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Maude Barlow, National Chair of the citizens' advocacy organization The Council of Canadians, on Water: The Most Pressing Women's Issue of All.

Mar 02 2013

50mins

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iTunes Ratings

74 Ratings
Average Ratings
61
6
4
3
0

Informative

By AVNoble - Jun 28 2011
Read more
Indispensable well produced show

Like Ted Talks...

By Searey Usly - Jun 14 2011
Read more
but deeper and more thorough.