Big Ideas (TV series)

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Big Ideas was a Canadian television series produced and broadcast by TVOntario, on the air since 2001. The program showcases public intellectual culture.[1] It was conceived and produced by Wodek Szemberg.[1] The show presented public lectures by acclaimed university educators and other distinguished guests. The original host, Irshad Manji,[2] was succeeded by Canadian actor/director/playwright Andrew Moodie on January 7, 2006.[1] In September 2011, Piya Chattopadhyay took over as host.[3]

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

Podcasts of the 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,[4] as well as of a radio series on Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National.

The show ended in spring 2013 as a result of budget cuts at TVO.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Big Ideas Main Page". TVOntario. Archived from the original on 3 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-01.
  2. ^ Manji's biography Archived 2015-11-10 at the Wayback Machine at Soapbox Inc.
  3. ^ "TVO welcomes Piya Chattopadhyay". Archived from the original on 2014-05-02. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  4. ^ "Big Ideas". Educational Broadcasting Corporation. 2003-01-01. Retrieved 2008-04-01.
  5. ^ "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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