Big Ideas (TV series)

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Big Ideas is a Canadian television series produced and broadcast by TVOntario, on the air since 2001. The program showcases public intellectual culture.[1] It was conceived by Wodek Szemberg who continues to serve as producer of the program.[1] The show presents public lectures by acclaimed university educators and other distinguished guests. The show is intended for a general audience. The original host, Irshad Manji,[citation needed] was succeeded by Canadian actor/director/playwright Andrew Moodie on 2006-01-07.[1] In September 2011, Piya Chattopadhyay took over as host.[2]

Big Ideas airs on TVOntario on Saturday and Sunday at 5 PM, with repeat airings at 5:00 AM on Sunday and Monday morning.

In 2007, Big Ideas held its Best Lecturer competition for the second time. Dr. Michael Persinger, from Laurentian University, received the best-lecturer award.[1]

Podcasts of the current lectures are available through the Big Ideas website as well as from iTunes.

Big Ideas is also the name of an unrelated PBS series that originally aired in 2003,[3] as well as of a radio series on Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National.

The show will be terminated in spring 2013 as a result of budget cuts at TVO.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Big Ideas Main Page". TVOntario. Archived from the original on 3 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  2. ^ "TVO welcomes Piya Chattopadhyay". 
  3. ^ "Big Ideas". Educational Broadcasting Corporation. 2003-01-01. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  4. ^ "TVO cancels shows, cuts jobs to save $2M TVO cancels shows, cuts jobs to save $2M". CBC News. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 

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