Big Ideas podcast

One of my favorite sources of ideas is TVO’s Big Ideas program. Centered in Toronto, Ontario, Big Ideas hosts and provides a number of lectures, debates, and presentations by professors, scholars, and other learned people on numerous topics related to science, philosophy, literature, politics, and more. From their site:

Big Ideas is a showcase of contemporary intellectual culture. It features lectures about subjects that shape our public debates, challenge our perceptions and contribute to our understanding of an increasingly complex world. Academics, authors and other luminaries deliver thought-provoking lectures on topics ranging across all the essential fields of human endeavor.

The easiest way to access the programs is in iTunes, either in audio format or video format. Subscribe (or just get a specific episode that sounds interesting) and listen while commuting, eating a meal, instead of TV, or waiting (we’re all always waiting, right?). Expand your mind and challenge your currently-held beliefs, and be thankful that there are still many who are passionate about educating others and spreading ideas!

Below are a few of my favorites. Keep in mind that these are usually 45-55 minutes in length, so dedicate some time to digesting the whole of the content. For those that know me and consider me a friend, I will guarantee you that these are worth your time.

Christopher W. diCarlo, winner of the 2008 Best Lecturer Competition, on The New Ethics: A Synthetic Approach to Understanding Good and Evil.

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Big Ideas: Jordan Peterson on The Necessity of Virtue

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Nick Mount on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot

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Mike and Tom Eat Snacks

[edit: MATES has since changed their broadcasting, so their Soundcloud page no longer has the entire archive of shows, hence my embed links below will not work. still, you can find those episodes here]

If you know me—like, really know me, you know that I unashamedly love both snacks and the act—nay, the ART—of snacking. There are many philosophical reasons for this behavior of mine, but there are also the practical reasons: it’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s necessary. A snack is a friend, a travel companion, and a snack. Eat them.

Thankfully, we have two veterans of the snack game to pick, eat, discuss, and rate the world’s catalog of snacks: Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh. If you need a break from your political podcasts, your grinding newscasts, your lesson-casts for things that you know are never going to stick, or your podcasts about podcasts (metacasts), then go to their iTunes page or their Soundcloud page for delectable bits of empirical importance.

While no snack is safe from their scrupulous advances, bear in mind that neither is any tangent; these two will spin off into anecdotes, whiplashing you handily with their wit whilst displaying a rapport that only two old friends have earned. They also fight a lot.

Here are a few select cuts from MATES:

Ep 19 – York Peppermint Pattie by Mike and Tom Eat Snacks

Ep 11 – Snickers by Mike and Tom Eat Snacks

Ep 3 – Slim Jims by Mike and Tom Eat Snacks