Episodes

  Democracy's Greatest Hope?

July 16, 2014

Cities can save democracy. It sounds revolutionary, utopian even. But Benjamin Barber says cities offer the perfect breeding ground for the local connections and cooperation that can lead to great things. He tells Piya Chattopadhyay why the women and men that govern those cities - mayors - are democracy's greatest hope.

  Canada, Summer 1914

July 15, 2014

Canada was a nascent country, under the tutelage of the British Empire, when war befell the world in the summer of 1914. By the end of the Great War, Canada had emerged a new nation, both outside and inside our borders. Piya Chattopadhyay looks back at the Canada of a century ago with author and historian Charlotte Gray.

  The City Nobody Knows

July 14, 2014

It's been immortalized in song and film. The Big Apple. If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere. Over 8 million people call New York City home, and with those individuals come many stories. CUNY Professor William Helmreich walked the streets of that city, exploring those stories. He shares them with Piya Chattopadhyay.

  Bridging the Disconnect

July 11, 2014

Glittering glaciers, majestic mountains and illuminated icebergs. Depictions of the Canadian Arctic, a wilderness that many Canadians are disconnected from and unfamiliar with. Artist and filmmaker Cory Trépanier has a vision to change that. He tells Piya Chattopadhyay how art can bring us closer to this unique Canadian wilderness.

  Moments in Time

July 10, 2014

They are iconic images. Of nature. Of humanity. Of beauty. Of horror. For more than a century, 125 years in fact, National Geographic has been telling stories through its photographs. Reuel Golden sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to share some of those stories.

  Snapshots of Hidden Worlds

July 9, 2014

From the secretive world of the Geisha in Japan, to that of human trafficking, photographer Jodi Cobb's work has seen her traverse the globe. She's returned with documentation of many of the world's hidden cultures and practices. She joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss photography's role in capturing these traditions.

  Art: What is it Good For?

July 8, 2014

It can be beautiful. Emotionally evocative. Thoughtful. But, what is the point of art? What can we really find peering into a painting? Author and philosopher Alain de Botton has an answer to that question: he says art has incredible therapeutic potential. He tells Piya Chattopadhyay how to unlock that potential.

  (News)Feeding Our Addiction

July 7, 2014

We crave news. The headlines, the stories, the latest flashes of information. And it's everywhere, 24/7. But what is all of this news doing to our wellness? Author and philosopher Alain de Botton shares his ideas about what this steady stream of information is doing to our minds, and our lives.

  Uniting a Disparate Land

July 4, 2014

Author Simon Winchester was born, raised and began his career in the United Kingdom. He became an American citizen three years ago, and now calls the United States home. He sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss his adopted country - the America of today - through the prism of the America of yesterday.

  The Nation Builders

July 3, 2014

They are stories of achievement. Of exploration and innovation. And of the creation of one of the world's great nations. Author Simon Winchester sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to share the stories of the men who built the United States.