"I want to die learning"—Lister Sinclair, Rest in Peace

Lister Sinclair 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.


4 comments on “"I want to die learning"—Lister Sinclair, Rest in Peace

  1. turtlebella says:

    Yes, not being Canadian or in Canada I didn't know about Sinclair. Will listen on-line to the tribute and perhaps they have some of the old broadcasts on-line? So I can see what I've been missing all this time.

  2. Sylvia says:

    Unfortunately the CBC is very stingy with its clips (probably because the government is very stingy with their funding). You can't even buy downloads, which seems like a lost opportunity to me. Probably listening to the tribute is your best chance of hearing Sinclair.

  3. Wil Cone says:

    Ideas sounds/sounded like an interesting show. I'm tempted to give it a listen, even with your less-than-glowing review.

  4. tony says:

    I'm sure dying is one of the greatest learning experiences we can ever look forward to. Unlike Woody Allen, I hope I'm all there when it happens.

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