CBC Massey Lectures

CBC Massey Lectures

Browse the renowned series that presents the ideas of some of the most important thinkers of our time.

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Laughing with the Trickster

More Lost Massey Lectures

This second anthology of early CBC Massey Lectures features the work of George Grant, Claude Levi-Strauss, Frank Underhill, and Barbara Ward.

Necessary Illusions

Noam Chomsky considers how a democratized media could give us more meaningful participation in social and political life.

Nostalgia for the Absolute

George Steiner considers the decline of formal religious systems and the consequent moral and emotional emptiness in Western culture.

On the Eve of the Millennium

In his 1994 CBC Massey Lectures, Conor Cruise O'Brien considers threats to the Enlightenment tradition from which modern society derives.

Out of the Sun

Two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and internationally bestselling author Esi Edugyan delivers an incisive analysis of the relationship between race and art.


In her 2008 CBC Massey Lectures, Margaret Atwood delivers a wide ranging, entertaining, and imaginative look at the topic of debt.

Power Shift

Bestselling author, journalist, and human rights activist Sally Armstrong argues that humankind requires the equal status of women and girls.

Prisons We Choose to Live Inside

Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing discusses personal freedom and responsibility in a world prone inherited structures of unquestioned belief.

Race Against Time

Humanitarian Stephen Lewis describes how the world is falling desperately short of UN goals for reducing poverty, inequality, and mortality rates.


Ronald J. Deibert exposes the disturbing influence and impact of the internet on politics, the economy, the environment, and humanity.

The Age of Insecurity

These days, everyone feels insecure. We are financially stressed and emotionally overwhelmed. The status quo isn’t working for anyone, even those who appear to have it all. What is going on?