Ideas: Brilliant Thinkers Speak Their Minds

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"I never thought about it that way before." For forty years, CBC Radio's Ideas has challenged listeners with provocative contemporary thought. In IDEAS: Brilliant Thinkers Speak Their Minds, executive producer Bernie Lucht presents twenty selections from the program's rich archive.

IDEAS: Brilliant Thinkers Speak Their Minds is a symposium of prominent thinkers who have shaped the culture of our times. On topics including peace and conflict, ideology and the nation-state, and ...

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Overview

"I never thought about it that way before." For forty years, CBC Radio's Ideas has challenged listeners with provocative contemporary thought. In IDEAS: Brilliant Thinkers Speak Their Minds, executive producer Bernie Lucht presents twenty selections from the program's rich archive.

IDEAS: Brilliant Thinkers Speak Their Minds is a symposium of prominent thinkers who have shaped the culture of our times. On topics including peace and conflict, ideology and the nation-state, and secularism and religion, voices from the past and present resonate together. Tariq Ali and Roméo Dallaire share dedication to personal responsibility, Northrop Frye's views on the Bible complement Bernard Lewis's assessment of Islam after 9/11, and Noam Chomsky and Hannah Arendt's opinions on violence foreshadow James Orbinski's exposure of false humanitarianism.

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"Food for many moons of thought." — Globe and Mail

"This book is an excellent introduction to current ideas, reflecting the breadth and depth of contemporary thought." — Winnipeg Free Press

"The ultimate brain-trust reader . . . a collection you'll return to whenever your brain needs a workout." — Monday Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780864924391
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,420,765
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernie Lucht has been the executive producer of Ideas since 1984. He is also the executive producer of Tapestry, the Sunday afternoon program of religious and spiritual exploration. Born and raised in Montreal, he earned a BA from Concordia University in 1966. That same year, he joined the CBC as a producer for Radio-Canada International, and in 1969 went on to produce Cross-Country Checkup. That same year, Lucht left for West Africa to work as a CUSO volunteer teacher in rural Nigeria. He returned to Canada in 1971, starting work as a production assistant at Ideas, then rising to become the program's executive producer in 1984. Under his direction, Ideas has won many national and international awards.

Eugen Weber, a specialist in the history of France, is the author of a dozen books and the writer and narrator of a fifty-two-part PBS series, The Western Tradition. Until his retirement, he held the Chair of Modern European History at the University of California in Los Angeles.

In the late 1930s, George Woodcock (1912-1995) belonged to a radical group of writers in London, England, that included Aldous Huxley, Herbert Read, and George Orwell, and in their company, he became a poet, a pamphleteer, and a pacifist. Eventually, he became the most articulate spokesman for literary anarchism and a prolific writer of poetry, journalism, travel literature, and history. In 1949, he returned to Canada, where he had been born, and settled in Vancouver. There he wrote Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements and numerous books and articles about the role of the arts in a free society. One of Canada's most influential men of letters, he founded Canadian Literature in 1959 and edited it for nearly twenty years.

Paul Goodman, 1911-1972, described himself as an anarchist and a man of letters. He taught at universities and colleges including the University of Chicago, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College and the Experimental College of Black Mountain. A poet, novelist, and writer of non-fiction, he authored several books on education, city life, children's rights, politics, and the counterculture of the mid- and late-1960s, including People or Personnel, Compulsory Mis-Education, Communitas, and The Society I Live in Is Mine.

Northrop Frye (1912-1991) was one of Canada's most distinguished men of letters. His first book, Fearful Symmetry, published in 1947, transformed the study of the poet William Blake, and over the next forty years he transformed the study of literature itself. Among his most influential books are Anatomy of Criticism (1957), The Educated Imagination (1963), The Bush Garden (1971), and The Great Code (1982). Northrop Frye on Shakespeare (1986) won the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction. A professor at the University of Toronto, Frye gained an international reputation for his wide-reaching critical vision. He lectured at universities around the world and received many awards and honours, including thirty-six honorary degrees.

George Steiner was born in 1929 in Paris. After studying in France, the United States, and England, he became an editor at The Economist. He has taught at Princeton, Oxford, Harvard, the University of Geneva, and Cambridge University. Steiner has received honours and awards in the United States, France, Belgium, and England. Although he has written major works of fiction, translation, politics, and autobiography, he is best known in the field of comparative literature and literary criticism.

Ronald Wintrobe is professor of economics at the University of Western Ontario. His work is mostly about political and bureaucratic behaviour from an economic point of view, and he is the author of The Political Economy of Dictatorships.

John McKnight has questioned the definition of welfare. He believes that, beyond a certain intensity, the professionalization of care, counsel, and consolation turns citizens into clients, and paid services degrade and often destroy abilities which already exist within the community. He has worked with communities and neighbourhoods throughout Canada and the United States, as well as directing the program in community studies at Northwestern University in suburban Chicago.

University of Toronto professor Michael Bliss is one of Canada's best-known historians and the author of Right Honourable Men: The Descent of Canadian Politics from Macdonald to Mulroney.

William Kristol is an American neoconservative, political analyst, and commentator.

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