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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.



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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry.
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Aug 24, 2013 TVO
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Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, on The Three New Commandments.
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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
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Jul 27, 2013 TVO
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Hazel Carby looks at the historic relationship between England and Jamaica, including the history of the slave trade in Bristol and the complex question of identity for those of mixed British and West Indian heritage.
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Jul 13, 2013 TVO
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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie.
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Jul 3, 2013 TVO
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Thomas Merritt, Canada Research Chair in Genomics and Bio-informatics at Laurentian University 19s department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, on the extent to which our genetic makeup is responsible for our talents and aptitudes.
Big Ideas (Video)
Jun 29, 2013 TVO
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The editor of Skeptic Magazine, Michael Shermer, delivers a lecture on his book Why People Believe Weird Things.
Big Ideas (Video)
Jun 22, 2013 TVO
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Michael Fullan of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education delivers a lecture entitled Schools in Need of Re-Education
Big Ideas (Video)
Jun 15, 2013 TVO
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Christopher Hitchens voices his opinion on the subject of the Hart House Debating Club debate: Be it resolved: Freedom of speech includes the freedom to hate.
Big Ideas (Video)
Jun 1, 2013 TVO
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Michael Ruse is professor of the philosophy of biology at Florida State University. In this lecture he addresses the question Is Darwinism Past its Sell-by Date?
Big Ideas (Video)
May 18, 2013 TVO
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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the 1964 novel Herzog by Saul Bellow.
Big Ideas (Video)
May 18, 2013 TVO
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Daniel Gottesman of the Perimeter Institute discusses quantum computing and the cryptographic protocols that use quantum physics, and that one day will protect all that which we would want to stay secret.
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The author of Struck by Lightning - and the statistician who crunched the numbers to reveal that a statistically improbable number of lottery retailers were winning major prizes in Ontario - Jeffrey Rosenthal guides us through the maze of numbers and percentages to show us to how calculate correct probabilities.
Big Ideas (Video)
Apr 27, 2013 TVO
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Simon Winchester on his book A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906.
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Apr 20, 2013 TVO
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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel No Great Mischief by Alastair MacLeod.
Big Ideas (Video)
Apr 20, 2013 TVO
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Janna Levin on her book Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, the story of two great mathematicians, Kurt Godel and Alan Turing. They were men who had the capacity to think about the most abstract of mathematical truths but had very limited abilities when it came to confronting the mundane aspects of life. Both committed suicide.
Big Ideas (Video)
Apr 13, 2013 TVO
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Kevin Dutton on his book The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.
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Apr 6, 2013 TVO
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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.
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Apr 6, 2013 TVO
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Nima Arkani-Hamed on the Large Hadron Collider and the Future of Fundamental Physics. Located on the Swiss-French border, the Large Hadron Collider is a circular tunnel 27 km in circumference. It will allow physicists to probe the constituent parts of the proton, looking for new forms of matter and insights into the formation of the universe.
Big Ideas (Video)
Mar 23, 2013 TVO
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Ecological footprint is an idea originated by William Rees, an environmental economist from the University of British Columbia. If you need a primer in environmental economics, this lecture is for you.
Big Ideas (Video)
Mar 23, 2013 TVO
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Salmon Akhtar on The Trauma of Geographical Dislocation, how immigration can affect a person's mental health.
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Mar 16, 2013 TVO
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Harvard University psychology professor, Steven Pinker, dicusses his book The Blank Slate.
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Marc Abrahams, editor of The Annals of Improbably Research and one of the organizers of the annual Ig-Nobel Prize ceremonies at Harvard University, discusses the work of scientists and academics that, "first makes you laugh, and then makes you think".
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Maude Barlow, National Chair of the citizens' advocacy organization The Council of Canadians, on Water: The Most Pressing Women's Issue of All.
Big Ideas (Video)
Feb 23, 2013 TVO
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Ken Cramer - Psychology, University of Windsor -on Alfred Adler: The Most Famous Personality Theorist You Likely Never Heard Of
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Feb 23, 2013 TVO
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Kwame McKenzie on Immigration Sickness. What psychological and social attributes help us predict who will be a good at being an immigrant?
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Feb 16, 2013 TVO
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University of Toronto English professor, Nick Mount, explores T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land.
Big Ideas (Video)
Feb 9, 2013 TVO
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University of Toronto Zoology researcher, Susannah Varmuza, discusses the evolving field of Epigenetics and what research into such things as mouse coat colour is telling scientists about the age-old "nature versus nurture" debate.
Big Ideas (Video)
Feb 2, 2013 TVO
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Jordan Peterson on Slaying the Dragon Within Us. Peterson, a University of Toronto professor of psychology, talks about fear of the unknown and fear of dealing with problems.
Big Ideas (Video)
Jan 26, 2013 TVO
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Clare Hasenkampf of the Biology Department at University of Toronto Scarborough presents her lecture Chromosomes Dividing: How It Is Done and Why It Matters.
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Jan 26, 2013 TVO
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Clare Hasenkampf from the Biology Department at University of Toronto Scarborough is profiled. Hasenkampf's plant biology research and her passion for New Orleans cooking are featured.
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Lieutenant General (retired) Andrew Leslie, the Former Chief of Transformation for the Canadian Armed Forces, discusses the lessons that can be learned from the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan. He explores how these lessons need to be applied to the Canadian Force's priorities in the face of future budget cuts.
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Jan 19, 2013 TVO
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Neurologist and best-selling author, Oliver Sacks, discusses his book Musicophilia. and the ways our brains interact with and understand music.
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Jan 12, 2013 TVO
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Focusing on the work of Galileo, Newton, Descartes and Einstein, Harvey Brown examines the evolution of thinking about the surprisingly difficult concepts of time and motion.
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Jan 12, 2013 TVO
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American author and political activist, Noam Chomsky, speking at a benefit for Canadian Dimension Magazine, delivers a talk entitled The Imperial Presidency. Recorded at University of Toronto on Nov 21/04.
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Science writer Philip Ball on his book Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything. Ball explores how the history of science was influenced by the cultural accetance or rejection of human curiosity.
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Philip Ball - Question and Answer session following the lecture based on his book, Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything
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Jordan Peterson on Music and the Patterns of the Mind and World. Peterson, a University of Toronto professor of psychology, discusses the way in which music is perceived by humans. He compares the way we respond to visual arts, particularly the paintings of Picasso, to our perceptions of music in an effort to show how our brains respond differently to varied art forms.
Big Ideas (Video)
Dec 29, 2012 TVO
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Samantha Nutt, Founder and Executive Director of War Child, is interviewed by Carol Off following her talk at the Grandest Challenge symposium.
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Dec 29, 2012 TVO
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Stephen Lewis of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, is interviewed by Gillian Findlay following his talk at the Grandest Challenge symposium.
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Dr. Jill Tarter, Director at the Centre for SETI Research, discusses the ongoing Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence and how new tools including the Allen Telescope Array and the Keplar Spacecraft are helping to make the search much more likely to succeed.
Big Ideas (Video)
Dec 22, 2012 TVO
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Stephen Lewis, social sciences scholar in residence at McMaster University, delivers a talk entitled, Climate Change; the New Big Thing.
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Rupinder Brar (Physics - University of Ontario Institute of Technology) is profiled, focusing on his interest in astronomy, his desire to be an astronaut and his political aspirations.
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Samantha Nutt, Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada, and author of the book Damned Nations speaks at The Grandest Challenge Symposium.
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Rupinder Brar lectures on the topic of Einstein's special relativity theory and it's explanation of time dilation and simultaneity. The lecture is entitled Relativity, Einstein, the Speed of Light and How to Stay Young.
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University of Toronto Psychology Professor, Jordan Peterson, on Redemption and Psychology in Christianity. Dr. Peterson's lecture was the keynote address at the 2012 Meaning Conference held in Toronto.
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Stephen Lewis of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, and author of Race Against Time speaks at The Grandest Challenge Symposium.
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Dec 8, 2012 TVO
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Julian Barbour, visiting professor at the University of Oxford and the author of The End of Time, addresses the question, Does Time Exist? Barbour explores the history of scientific thought on the concept of time and presents his own interpretations of what time is.
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Preeminent author, Margaret Atwood, delivers the 2008 Massey Lecture, "Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth".
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Dec 1, 2012 TVO
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Tyler Cowen discusses his book The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick and Will (Eventually) Feel Better. Andrew Coyne (National Post) presents a rebuttal and the pair discuss Cowen's thesis focusing on issues of productivity, innovation and government policy (moderated by Wendy Dobson).
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Nov 24, 2012 TVO
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In a lecture entitled "Fighting Poverty", Senator Hugh Segal explains why we need a new national approach to tackling poverty arguing that the costs and consequences of poverty are much larger than direct spending on social programs. Segal has been a long-time proponent of establishing a Guaranteed Annual Income. This lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.
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Nov 17, 2012 TVO
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Jacalyn Duffin of the Department of Medicine at Queen's University on History of the Stethoscope and the Meaning of Life.
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Nov 17, 2012 TVO
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Louis A. Perez, Jr. of the Department of History at the University of North Carolina, speaks about Cuban culture and revolution.
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Nov 17, 2012 TVO
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Jacalyn Duffin from the Department of Medicine at Queen's University is profiled. She discusses her teaching style and how she ended up researching the history of medicine.
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Nov 10, 2012 TVO
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Douglas Thomas, author of A New Culture of Learning, delivers a lecture on the intersections of technology, culture and education. This lecture is part of Learning 2030, TVO's special series on the future of education and was recorded on October 28, 2012.
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Nov 3, 2012 TVO
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Doug Richards from the Physical Education & Health department at University of Toronto St. George is profiled. Richards' concussion research, his passion for photography and cycling are featured.
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Nov 3, 2012 TVO
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Dr. James Maskalyk, author of Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-Torn Village, speaks at The Grandest Challenge Symposium and is interviewed by moderator Carol Off.
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Taking it's name from the book The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-Saving Science from Lab to Village, this part of the symposium features the book's authors, Dr. Abdallah Daar and Dr. Peter Singer.
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Our second installment of The Grandest Challenge Symposium features James Orbinski, author of An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-First Century. Following Dr. Orbinski's lecture he is joined in conversation by moderator Gillian Findlay.
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Nov 3, 2012 TVO
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Doug Richards from the Physical Education & Health department at University of Toronto St. George on Stretching: The Truth. Richards discusses the science and the fiction of the benefits of stretching prior to exercise.
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Dr. Iain McGilchrist is a renowned psychiatrist and author. Drawing from his book, "The Master and his Emissary", McGilchrist explores how the divided brain is shaping modern civilization. His lecture was delivered at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, on March 7, 2012.
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Oct 20, 2012 TVO
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Don Kurtz, of the University of Central Lancashire, discusses asteroseismology in a lecture entitled Songs of the Stars: The Real Music of the Spheres. He explains how sound waves are helping to locate distant Earth-like planets, study solar storms and explain what happens in the core of stars.
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The author of "Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder", David Weinberger, delivers a lecture entitled "Knowledge at the End of the Information Age".
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Oct 13, 2012 TVO
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Rebecca MacKinnon, co-founder of Global Voices, discusses her book Consent of the Networked which examines issues of internet freedom and security. MacKinnon looks at Internet regulation in China, how Social Media affected the Arab Spring and the fight over SOPA.
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Oct 6, 2012 TVO
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Dr. Michael Persinger, (Laurentian University - Neuroscience) winner of the 2007 Best Lecturer Competition, on Psychotropic Drugs.
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Oct 6, 2012 TVO
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Renowned literary theorist, Northrop Frye, examines the pattern of U-shaped narratives in the bible that deal with loss, return, and deliverance.
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Oct 6, 2012 TVO
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Profile of Dr. Michael Persinger focussing on his research into brain stimulation to recreate drug experiences.
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Oct 6, 2012 TVO
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Professor Frye explains the origins of his course on The Bible and Literature and his approach to the Bible, namely exploring its narrative and imagery.
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Sep 29, 2012 TVO
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Following his lecture on Post-Economic Politics in Canada, National Post columnist Andrew Coyne fields questions from the audience. The event was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada (LRC).
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Sep 29, 2012 TVO
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Chris Turner discusses his book The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy. Citing German energy policy and business examples such as Walmart, Turner explains how sustainability makes excellent business sense.
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Sep 22, 2012 TVO
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Dr. Leon Kass, Chair of the President's Council on Bioethics, examines the ethical dilemmas surrounding stem cell research. Dr. Kass addresses the philosophical question: Why not immortality?
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Arthur Herman on his book "To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World".
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Sep 8, 2012 TVO
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Leroy Hood, of the Institute for Systems Biology, on Emerging Technologies and the Transformation from Reactive to Proactive Medicine.
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Liam Kennedy of the School of History at Queen's University (Belfast) delivers a lecture entitled, Cry Holocaust: The Great Irish Famine and the Jewish Holocaust.
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Aug 25, 2012 TVO
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Vaclav Smil of the Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Manitoba, discusses Energy Transitions in this lecture which was part of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI)Equinox Summit, hosted by the Perimeter Institute.