**Ideas airs on WBEZ Monday through Thursday nights at 11pm and Friday nights at midnight**
Due to rights restrictions, you can find audio only at the Ideas website http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/
THIS WEEK ON WBEZ:
Monday, January 26 & Tuesday, January 27
THE 2014 BBC REITH LECTURES - THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE
Surgeon, professor and author Atul Gawande dissects a field defined by what he calls "the messy intersection of science and human fallibility." In hour one, Why Do Doctors Fail? about imperfection in medicine, and The Century of the System about the dominance of treatment systems. In hour two, The Problem of Hubris about the limits of what professionals can do, and The Idea of Well-being, about shifting focus from medical survival to general well-being.
Wednesday, January 28
THE TROUBLE WITH TOLERANCE, Part 1
We rant, we debate, and we're full of opinions: Is Canada too tolerant for its own good? Should we tolerate intolerant people? What are the limits to tolerance? In this three-part IDEAS Classic from 2007, philosopher Michael Blake, mediator Genevieve Chornenki, film-maker Sunny Yi and IDEAS Producer Sara Wolch, tackle the nature and meaning of tolerance in our diverse and seemingly tolerant society. Part 2 airs Wednesday, February 4; Part 3 airs Wednesday, February 11.
Thursday, January 29
DEATH BECOMES US, Part 2
Death is called the greatest of equalizers -- the greatest of mysteries. At one time we tended to our dead with home funerals and mourning rituals. But, over the last century death has been outsourced to mortuary professionals. Multinational chains are buying up mom-and-pop operations, offering package deals on funerals. Now, however, the corporatization of death is being challenged. Death midwives are returning care of the dead to families, helping us face death by arranging intimate home funerals. In Part 2 of Death Becomes Us, IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell explores these diverging trends. Part 3 airs Thursday, February 5.
Friday, January 30
THE ART AND ARTIFICE OF THE APOLOGY
Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologizes to residential school survivors. Bill Clinton says he's sorry for sexual transgressions. Whether apologies come from the political elite or your next door neighbour, we are awash in a sea of "I'm sorry". Josh Bloch examines when an apology is effective and whose interests it serves.
LAST WEEK ON WBEZ:
Monday, January 19
TAPPING IN TO MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
When IDEAS spoke with Harry Belafonte for the documentary To Heal a Sick Nation , we realized that the great singer and activist had much more to say about Dr. King, America and the way institutions of power operate. On the occasion of MLK Day, we present his full conversation with Paul Kennedy.
Tuesday, January 20
WACHTEL ON THE ARTS - Leon Fleisher
Eleanor Wachtel talks to celebrated San Fransico-born musician Leon Fleisher. At the peak of his career, a mysterious affliction left him unable to play the piano with his right hand. The dark period that followed eventually took him in new directions, including conducting, teaching, and exploring the left-hand repertoire. At the age of 86, he's still performing. Leon Fleisher talks to Eleanor about his inspiring personal journey and lifelong passion for music.
Wednesday, January 21
PREEMPTED BY AMERICA ABROAD
Thursday, January 22
DEATH BECOMES US, Part 1
Death is called the greatest of equalizers -- the greatest of mysteries. We used to tend to our dead with home funerals and mourning rituals. Over the last century we pushed death further from our collective mind by outsourcing our dead to mortuary professionals. But our thinking about death may be changing. In recent years, Death Cafes have emerged -- places where citizens can explore their fears and concerns about any aspect of death. In Part 1 of Death Becomes Us, IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell explores this growing trend. Part 2 airs Thursday, January 29; Part 3 airs Thursday, February 5.
Friday, January 23
THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS
The concluding episode of IDEAS' observation of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 takes us 'down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico', for the Battle of New Orleans. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy learns how the final battle of that war actually took place several weeks after the war was officially over.