Legendary Canadian broadcaster, Lister Sinclair, died this morning in Toronto at the age of 85. Though he was a man of many talents, particularly playwriting, he is best known for hosting CBC Radio’s documentary program, Ideas, for 16 years. Ideas was an enlightening and mind-expanding adventure he took listeners on every weeknight. I say “was” because since his retirement in 1999 the show has become a mere shadow of its former self, re-emphasizing what a treasure this man was. I grew up on Lister Sinclair and still long for his deeply intelligent and deeply human approach to the arts, sciences, cultures, and issues that enrich and occupy humanity.
For the next three nights, Ideas will be re-broadcasting a three-hour tribute to Lister Sinclair that was orginally aired last November. (If you’re not fortunate enough to live in Canada you can listen online.) I echo the title of this tribute: Thank you, Mr. Sinclair.