Big Ideas (Audio)

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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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Title: Robert Adams on Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Robert Adams on Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

July 13th, 2013

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

Margaret Atwood: Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

December 7th, 2012

Preeminent author, Margaret Atwood, delivers the 2008 Massey Lecture, "Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth". Go to Episode

Samantha Nutt - interviewed by Carol Off

December 28th, 2012

Samantha Nutt, Founder and Executive Director of War Child, is interviewed by Carol Off following her talk at the Grandest Challenge symposium. Go to Episode

Adam Gopnik on Christian Writers and Liberal Readers

July 14th, 2012

Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, discusses W. H. Auden, William Emerson and Lewis Carroll in a lecture entitled, The Morning Star… Go to Episode