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Big Ideas (Audio)

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Higher Education
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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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70 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

70 Ratings
Average Ratings
59
5
3
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.
Cover image of Big Ideas (Audio)

Big Ideas (Audio)

Updated 9 days ago

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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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Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, on The Three New Commandments.
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Rank #2: Christopher Hitchens on The Ten Commandments

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Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, delivers a lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum entitled The Three New Commandments in conjunction with the exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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Rank #3: Susan Sontag on modern literacy - 2002

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Rank #5: 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.
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Rank #6: Wade Davis

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Rank #7: Dr. Norman Doidge on neuroplasticity

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Rank #8: Gabor Maté on The Human Face of Addictive Behavior

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Rank #9: 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.
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Rank #10: Nick Mount on T.S. Eliot

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English professor Nick Mount analyzes T.S. Eliot's modernist masterpiece, The Waste Land.
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Rank #11: 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.
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Rank #12: 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.
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Rank #13: 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
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Rank #14: 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
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Rank #15: Jordan Peterson on Music and the Patterns of the Mind and W.

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Jordan Peterson on Music and the Patterns of the Mind and World. Peterson, a University of Toronto professor of psychology, discusses the way in which music is perceived by humans. He compares the way we respond to visual arts, particularly the paintings of Picasso, to our perceptions of music in an effort to show how our brains respond differently to varied art forms.
Dec 29 2012
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Rank #16: Steven Pinker on his book The Blank Slate

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Harvard University Psychology professor, Steven Pinker delivers a lecture on the modern denial of human nature with a specific focus on his 2003 book The Blank Slate.
Jul 18 2009
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Rank #17: Nick Mount on It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken

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Big Ideas presents University of Toronto English professor, Nick Mount, on the graphic novel It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken by Seth.
Mar 12 2011
53 mins
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Rank #18: 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
55 mins
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Rank #19: Seth Lloyd on Quantum Life

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Big Ideas presents Seth Lloyd of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology on Quantum Life, how organisms have evolved to make use of quantum effects.
Feb 12 2011
56 mins
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Rank #20: Robert Adams on The Elegance of the Hedgehog

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Big Ideas presents author and book reviewer Robert Adams as he discusses the novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.
Feb 26 2011
1 hour 15 mins
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