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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.

Customer Reviews


Some episodes are fascinating lectures. Some are duds. Almost all of them start out with zero introduction, so you may well not even know who is speaking. I suggest subscribing, but know that some weeks it won't be worth your time.

A favorite

This program(me) is a terrific addition to my podcast menu and one of the three that I most look forward to new installments of. Another reviewer noted the lack of introductory info- the program begins where the lecture begins. I, for one, think that is a lot of fun especially because from one show to the next there is absolutely NO continuity in subject matter. The show might be described as an upper-level university-course grab-bag. Hilarious concept, and unlike other reviewers, I have not found any of the lectures dull in topic or mode of approach, nor have I found any of the arguments poorly reasoned. I am a big fan of randomness and of learned discourse. Jackpot!

some of these are outstanding

Some of these lectures are very interesting and the presentations compelling. They are just the sort of programs I hoped to discover when I bought my IPod, replete with ideas, writing and even humor that make travel enjoyable.