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Paul Kennedy

Why Ideas Matter

Date Recorded: Oct 16th, 2007
Recorded At: UBC Okanagan Distinguished Speakers Series , Kelowna, BC
Recorded By: Tom Bradshaw
Duration: 59:20  

Topic Background

From the visual ideas put forward by Leonardo Da Vinci, musical thoughts created by Beethoven. and the pornography of Machiavelli, Paul Kennedy discusses the importance of ideas in the fields of Philosophy, Art and Politics, through the lens of his work as documentarian and radio producer.

This talk was recorded by Tom Bradshaw with help from Cam Baughen at CiRO community radio, at the UBC Okanagan’s Distinguished Speakers’ Series. Thanks also to Bud Mortenson for facilitating the recordings.

Speaker Biography

Paul Kennedy is a veteran broadcaster and award-winning documentarist. Since 1999, he has hosted CBC Radio’s Ideas and is well known to CBC Radio listeners as a regular replacement host on other such flagship programs as Morningside, Stereo Morning and Arts National.

He has produced and presented close to 200 documentaries for Ideas over the past 26 years, covering topics he playfully describes as “all over the intellectual map.”

Paul has a BA from Queen’s University, and a master’s degree in literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He’s done post-graduate work at the University of Toronto where he studied with Marshall McLuhan. As well as hosting Ideas, Paul continues his documentary work and provides regular profiles of important contemporary thinkers.

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