**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, October 20
INHOTIM: VISIONS IN PARADISE
Inhotim, Brazil, started as the vast estate and art collection of mining magnate Bernardo Paz. But what began as an oasis of beauty has become a laboratory for Paz's vision of a better society. Simon Nakonechny heads south to find out if one man's dream can become a region's salvation.
Tuesday, October 21
WACHTEL ON THE ARTS - Isabel Coixet
Isabel Coixet is one of the most adventurous and imaginative filmmakers at work today. Although Spanish -- or, rather, Catalan -- by birth, based in Barcelona, she has set and shot features in Tokyo, New York, the North Sea, and even the Arctic. Crossing borders and languages, her films are psychologically complex and often melancholic, dashed with humour. Since her breakthrough 2003 film My Life Without Me, Coixet has won wide recognition for her intimate storytelling and distinctive technique. Her latest movie, Learning to Drive, takes her in a new, lighter direction. Coixet talks to Eleanor about the ideas, experiences and lifelong passion for film that inspire her work.
Wednesday, October 22
BEHIND THE THRONE
The Empress Dowager Cixi was in effect the ruler of China for decades during the late-19th and early-20th centuries, pitting enemy against enemy from her position close to the throne. Edith Wilson, wife of Woodrow Wilson, was "accused" of being the first female President of the USA. Biographers Jung Chang and Kristie Millertalk about the machinations of women who work 'behind the throne'.
Thursday, October 23
ISLAM AND THE ENVIRONMENT
When Islam is featured in popular media, it's often in the context of conflict: extremism, radicalism, fundamentalism. But Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University, has a surprising perspective on his own faith: that's it's deeply predisposed towards environmental stewardship. In a public lecture and later interview with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy, Dr. Nasr explains why Islam may be well be seen as a 'green' religion
Friday, October 24
LOST INNOCENCE, Part 3 - Children of the Holocaust
On October 6, 1943, Heinrich Himmler, chief of the S.S. declared it would not be wise to exterminate the adult Jewish men and women, leaving their children to "grow up to become avengers". The decision had to be made to annihilate every Jewish child as well. Two young girls who survived recall the horror of the Holocaust.
LAST WEEK ON WBEZ:
Monday, October 13
AUROVILLE: THE ROAD TO UTOPIA
People have been dreaming about finding, or creating, Utopia for ages. Ashley Walters travels to India, to the community of Auroville, to see how its utopian ideals have been realized, and sometimes compromised, in this age-old quest.
Tuesday, October 14
ODE TO THE ORGAN
It's the world's largest, most complex - and powerful - musical instrument. The pipe organ lifts us out-of-the-ordinary and fills us with awe. From cathedrals to arenas, Eitan Cornfield pulls out all the stops to explain why organs still matter in our increasingly secular world.
Wednesday, October 15
THE VIXEN AND THE VIRGIN - Women, Espionage and Propaganda in WW1
Two independent women find themselves in front of firing squads during the First World War. Nurse Edith Cavell is heralded as a heroine and a saint. Exotic dancer and courtesan Mata Hari becomes a symbol of evil and the enemy within. The propaganda that followed their executions delineated clear rules of what patriotic women should and should not be. Producer Nicola Luksic learns these women have more in common than meets the eye.
Thursday, October 16
SCRUTINIZING ROGER SCRUTON
Philosopher Roger Scruton is widely considered one of Britain's leading conservative thinkers. In April 2014, a conference was held in his honour at McGill University, called Thinking the Sacred with Roger Scruton. There and elsewhere, he argues that we need a sense of the transcendent to make sense of our lives.
Friday, October 17
LOST INNOCENCE, Part 2 - War at a Distance
Almost every child has an indelible memory of where they were and what they were doing when the war broke out. Those who were children on the Canadian homefront tell of their fears and excitement. When fathers went away, mothers took charge, and kids threw their hearts into the war effort.