In 2009, York Professor Seth Feldman in the Faculty of Fine Arts' Department of Film marked the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s transformational and contentious book, On the Origin of Species, by producing his 26th documentary for CBC Radio’s "Ideas".
Feldman is the director of York’s Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies. His series "The Evolution of Charles Darwin" was broadcast from November 11 to December 2, 2009. Each of the four episodes explored the life and ideas of the evolutionary – and revolutionary – scientist, both in his own time and now.
The episodes are available on CBC's "Ideas" Web site archive of past episodes. Each episode is approximately 55 minutes.
- The Prepared Mind: From Darwin’s Early Years To His Voyage Of Discovery On H.M.S. Beagle
- The Transmutationist: Darwin Thinks His Way From The Beagle To The Book
- Primates vs Primates: What On The Origin Of Species Said, And What Was Said About It
- The Enduring Legacy Of Charles Darwin: Why Science And Society Today Are Still Wrestling With Darwin’s Big Idea
The series' index page also contains useful bibliographic and online materials. For additional background, see YFile's interview with Feldman on his Darwin series for Ideas.
Posted by Elizabeth Monier-Williams, with files courtesy of YFile – York University’s daily e-bulletin.