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Ideas is a program about contemporary thought. It explores social issues, culture and the arts, geopolitics, history, biography, science and technology, and the humanities.

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THIS WEEK

Monday, June 14
SEEING RED, Part 1
They are misfits. Witches. Children. Just a few of the labels used to portray menstruating women over time. The Bible has described the bleeding woman as undergoing “customary impurity”. In the Middle Ages, it was thought that women menstruated to release “sexual overflow”. Their counterparts in the Victorian era were told that a period would deplete their body’s precious resources. Twentieth century feminists worked hard to reclaim menstruation as a vital and positive part of womanhood. IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell explores menstruation from a cultural and historical perspective. Part 2 airs Monday, June 21.

Tuesday, June 15
WACHTEL ON THE ARTS
A monthly IDEAS feature with CBC Radio’s celebrated arts journalist Eleanor Wachtel. Each month, she takes an in-depth look at what’s new, exciting and important in film, opera, the visual arts, theatre, dance and architecture.

Wednesday, June 16
THE ORIGINS OF THE MODERN PUBLIC, Part 12
Publicity was once the exclusive property of men of rank. They alone, by virtue of their stations, could make things public. During the eighteenth century it became meaningful to talk about “public opinion” as something formed outside the state. Today anyone with a Twitter account can make a public. In this series IDEAS producer David Cayley examines how publics were formed in Europe, between 1500 and 1700, and how these early publics grew into the concept of “the public” that we hold today. Part 13 airs on Wednesday, June 23.

Thursday, June 17
THE MUNK DEBATES
"Be it resolved, I would rather get sick in the U.S. than in Canada." Arguing for the benefits of the Canadian healthcare system are former Democratic National Committee Chairman and presidential candidate Howard Dean, and Dr. Robert Bell, President and CEO of the University Health Network, Canada's largest research hospital. Speaking in favour of the U.S. system is Dr. William Frist, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and nationally recognized heart and transplant surgeon, and Dr. David Gratzer, a licensed physician in the U.S. and Canada, and author of the Donner Prize award-winning book, Code Blue: Reviving Canada's Health Care System. For more information visit the Munk Debates website.

Friday, June 18
IN PRAISE OF PLAGIARISM CD
Plagiarsm is a dirty word. Cut and paste someone's work, and you're a thief. But charges of plagiarism get murky when it comes to artistic creation. Is “appropriation” - borrowing or higher cribbing - really stealing? Either we need a new word to talk about literary and artistic creativity, or we need more
plagiarism. Kim Kierans explores the issue.

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