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CBC Radio's Tapestry is a weekly exploration of spirituality, religion and the search for meaning, hosted by Mary Hynes.
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What should parents know?

54:43 | May 3rd

Parents today are facing more pressure and scrutiny than ever before. But Ann Douglas wants to celebrate the fact that parents don't have to be perfect, rather than spread the narrative that parenting is an exercise in misery. Erica Lenti's traditio...Show More
Love In The Lab

54:42 | Apr 26th

Researcher Arthur Aron has some surprising ideas on how to make love work. One romance tip? Increase your likelihood of falling in love by having someone threaten you with electric shock. It may sound absurd, but the science indicates that love is ne...Show More
Around the dinner table: struggles and rewards in family life

54:43 | Apr 12th

Carrah Quigley was 19 when she learned her father was a school shooter. Quigley explains how her father's story changed the way she understands violent crimes and the people who commit them. UBC sociologist Sinikka Elliott was curious about the cur...Show More
Spirituality and survival

54:43 | Apr 5th

Twenty-five years ago this month, the Rwandan genocide began. Genocide survivor Eloge Butera was dealing with deep psychological trauma when he came to Canada several years after the atrocities. Not long after arriving in Winnipeg, Butera encounter...Show More
No easy answers

54:42 | Mar 29th

Philosopher Lee McIntyre says more than ever, society needs its thinkers to engage in public discourse; and writer T. Wise struggles with how to honour his parents, now that it's too late to give them grandkids.
This writer used his stories about Canada's wilderness to belong. Here's why he stopped telling them.

20:16 | Mar 22nd

That stereotype that black people don't do the great outdoors ? Phillip Dwight Morgan blows it out of the water. He's an experienced rock climber, canoeist and camper with an endless list of back-country adventure stories. His status as a "real Canad...Show More
Black millennials contend with the broken promises of the American dream, says writer

31:38 | Mar 22nd

Author Reniqua Allen says once segregation ended as official US policy, black Americans started believing they too could benefit from the promise of economic freedom and upward mobility white Americans took for granted. Decades later, she says, the f...Show More
The American dream and Canada's great outdoors: how these national ideals leave out people of colour

54:45 | Mar 22nd

Author Reniqua Allen says once segregation ended as official US policy, black Americans started believing they too could benefit from the promise of economic freedom and upward mobility white Americans took for granted. Decades later, she says, the f...Show More
Ink and Identity

54:43 | Mar 15th

Tattoos and the very human desire to leave your mark - on yourself. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, director of Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos and Angry Inuk, explains why deciding to get traditional Inuit face tattoos was emotionally fraught ...Show More
When hope is 'punk' and grudges are forgiveness

54:43 | Mar 8th

Author Alexandra Rowland sparked a movement when she coined the term 'hopepunk.' She explains why, in literature, hope and stark realism are a powerful combination that can help readers grapple with the contemporary world. Forgive and remember, rat...Show More
Yes, and...

54:43 | Mar 3rd

Improv comedy has been called scarier than death... but for Yitzi Gal who suffered from crushing social anxiety, and Allyssa Harmon, a teen on the autism spectrum, it's been a lifeline.
Why so many of us are hustling past exhaustion

54:43 | Feb 22nd

Millennials seem to be hitting walls of exhaustion and anxiety in droves. Precarity, debt, and social media are helping drive the problem. But what else about the times we live in are causing so much burnout? Mary speaks with Anne Helen Petersen, the...Show More
The tyranny of beauty standards, and the men who fight them

54:43 | Feb 15th

In a society that values thinness, writer Anshuman Iddamsetty said the anger fat people recieve is as much about his rejection of social norms and expectations, as it is about being fat. Adam Smith, a writer and podcaster, decided to perform naked n...Show More
The loneliness of women's emotional labour and what we can do about it

54:43 | Feb 8th

Author Gemma Hartley spent years managing her household. All that extra work - the emotional labour needed to keep her husband and three kids comfortable - was going unacknowledged and undervalued ... till she hit her breaking point. Writer Stephen M...Show More
A better way to be angry: advice from philosopher Martha Nussbaum

54:43 | Feb 1st

This week on Tapestry, Mary Hynes speaks with world-renowned philosopher Martha Nussbaum about anger - how it's used and abused, what it's for, and how human beings might learn to 'do' anger with a little more skill. Nussbaum's book on the subject is...Show More
Episode: Connecting across divides

54:23 | Jan 25th

Rabbi David Rosen has worked in some very heated conflict zones - Ireland during "The Troubles", apartheid South Africa, and present-day Israel. Tahil Sharma draws on his dual faith background to build relationships across political and religious div...Show More
How we gather

54:43 | Jan 18th

One in three Canadians do not belong to a faith community. But we all seek meaning and a sense of purpose. In this episode, we explore some of the unorthodox places where people find fulfilment.
How Michael Schur's The Good Place tackles moral philosophy with a healthy dose of optimism

54:24 | Jan 11th

Michael Schur has given a lot of thought to the meaning of life. He's the creator of NBC's The Good Place, a sitcom that is equal parts escapism and ethics lesson. Schur also co-created Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, two TV shows with an unmis...Show More
Finding Hope in the Climate Crisis

54:43 | Jan 4th

Novelist Margaret Atwood and ecological activist Vandana Shiva have been outspoken advocates for the environment for decades. They don't sugarcoat the enormity of the climate crisis humanity faces, but they do manage to find hope.

54:43 | Dec 27th, 2018

David Cain proposes a new tradition - "The Depth Year" - where you don't start anything new, but focus instead on what you've already begun. Martin Worthy shares memories about his life-long friend, writer and musician Paul Quarrington. And you'll he...Show More
Tapestry Holiday Special

01:44 | Dec 21st, 2018

Season greetings from the team at Tapestry
Why religion?

54:43 | Dec 14th, 2018

Religion scholar Elaine Pagels describes spiritual experiences she has had that defy explanation. Steven Newcomb explains why the Catholic Church needs to revoke a series of 15th century papal bulls. And Rignam Wangkhang brings you the art of kora, a...Show More
When no option is a good option

54:43 | Nov 30th, 2018

Lisa Tessman is a moral philosopher with an interesting argument. She says doing the right thing is sometimes impossible - and it's good to acknowledge that. And Tapestry producer Arman Aghbali talks to Sara King-Abadi about the 'imposter syndrome' t...Show More
The Goddess

54:43 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Can seeing God as a feminine figure change how you understand the divine? Carol P. Christ thinks so. Later, Rabbi Rayzel Raphael says in dark times, finding light means accepting - not skirting - those feelings of despair.
Lessons for caregivers

53:25 | Nov 16th, 2018

Author Mike Barnes talks about what it's like caring for his mother, who suffers from dementia. White Coat, Black Art host Dr. Brian Goldman explains why doctors have a skewed idea of caregivers - and what it might take to change that. And Rose Andre...Show More
Relationships with robots

54:43 | Nov 2nd, 2018

What's so human about comedy? And what's the point of having AI learn to mimic- and possibly even surpass - human efforts? Comedian and PhD Candidate in Humour Studies Christopher Molineux weighs in. And .. Fed up with dating, artist Fei Lui is mak...Show More
A case against forgiveness

54:43 | Oct 26th, 2018

Following a sexual abuse allegation, the burden is often on the women to forgive their abusers for any wrongdoing. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg and journalist Kaya Oakes say that it's time for the men to make amends before they start expecting any clemency...Show More
Why your approach to changing people's minds is all wrong

27:55 | Oct 19th, 2018

Eleanor Gordon-Smith, a Ph.D. student in philosophy at Princeton University, says if you think reason changes minds, you're wrong. Turns out everything that makes you human goes into how you make decisions - and how you can influence others.
How Indigenous elders made Regina home for a Rwandan refugee

23:51 | Oct 19th, 2018

In her documentary, Tina Pittaway tells the story of a young woman from Rwanda who came to Canada with high hopes. This refugee discovered Canada isn't exactly the place on the postcard.
Change of Mind

54:43 | Oct 19th, 2018

Eleanor Gordon-Smith, a philosophy Ph.D. student at Princeton University, explains why changing people's minds has less to do with reason and a lot to do with egos. And the story of how one woman's picture perfect image of Canada was shattered - only...Show More
Lightening the load

54:43 | Oct 12th, 2018

Omid Safi, Director of Duke University's Islamic Studies Center, says our concept of success needs an overhaul - and the teachings of Islamic mystics offers a new way forward. Lorenzo Lewis explains the idea behind an initiative to get black men talk...Show More
Ink and Identity

54:43 | Sep 28th, 2018

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, director of Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos and Angry Inuk, explains why deciding to get traditional Inuit face tattoos was emotionally fraught. Memphis Cadeau, co-owner of Grim City Tattoo Club in Hamilton, Ont...Show More
Should I stay or should I go?

54:43 | Sep 21st, 2018

Why one lifelong Catholic abandoned the church in the middle of mass - and is now grappling with where to turn to next. The other, a convert and a lesbian, says leaving 'wasn't even a question.'
Debunking cultural myths

44:58 | Sep 14th, 2018

How the world we imagine isn't quite how we know it to be. A talk with the Sikh Captain America and a look at the cooperative's role in world history.
How are you doing...really?

40:32 | Sep 7th, 2018

We live in challenging times. From climate change to mass shootings, it's easy to feel despair. Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and a leading figure in the campaign to end the death penalty, is feeling it herself. And if you are too,...Show More
Your own hands

54:58 | Aug 31st, 2018

What happens when we get out of our heads and into our hands?
Three unlikely places to find transformation

54:58 | Aug 24th, 2018

One man's journey from pastor to salesman. How jam changed three people's lives. The sweet solidarity of a night of interfaith comedy and Margaret Atwood on The Handmaid's Tale, thirty-three years later. In this episode, we're opening the Tapestry va...Show More
Fatherhood in diaspora

49:52 | Aug 17th, 2018

Guest host Yassin 'Narcy' Alsalman explores what it means to be a father when you're far from home and all that you hold dear. Yassin speaks to his father about his traumatic youth in a turbulent Iraq, and also talks to filmmakers Jihan "Jiji" Kikhi...Show More
Narcy in the Dot: Kardinall Offishal

32:36 | Aug 10th, 2018

"The music industry, just being honest, - is gonna sound crazy, maybe not - it's fundamentally the exact opposite of how I choose to live my life. And it's so super difficult to exist in a place where the values, the morals, the people, the practice...Show More
Narcy in the Dot: Noah '40' Shebib and Suzanna Shebib

1:06:43 | Aug 10th, 2018

"You know, the city is going through a lot and there's lots happening in the world right now, and I think it's a pretty confusing place. So I feel a responsibility to like, push forward narratives I think are positive and helpful. And especially to t...Show More
The redemptive power of hip-hop

52:54 | Aug 10th, 2018

Guest host Yassin Alsalman, a.k.a. Narcy, explores how hip hop can change lives and nourish the soul. Feature conversations with Toronto hip-hop legend Kardinal Offishall, Witch Prophet and OVO music producer Noah '40' Shebib and his sister Suzanna S...Show More
Narcy in the Dot: Witch Prophet

26:31 | Aug 10th, 2018

"Does nobody know that there's actually so many female rappers, and so many queer female rappers in Toronto?" - Witch Prophet
Sin, spiritual experiences and survival

54:58 | Aug 3rd, 2018

This week, Tapestry is revisiting four stories about sin, spiritual experiences and survival with guest host Christa Couture.
Rethinking disability

54:58 | Jul 27th, 2018

"I've accepted my disability, but lately I've wondered: could I also celebrate it?" Guest host Christa Couture explores loving her differences on the summer edition of Tapestry.
Better ways to live with grief

54:58 | Jul 20th, 2018

Grief isn't something you can "get over" - but guest host Christa Couture wonders if it's something we can live with.
Facing change whether you want to or not

54:58 | Jul 13th, 2018

How a haircut lead to a religious epiphany. Tips for taming your inner-critic. Laughing in the face of terminal illness and honouring a daughter's dying wish. Tapestry is revisiting some of our favourite stories about adapting to change.
A Case for Anger

54:57 | Jul 6th, 2018

Finding ways to channel our anger and put it to good use. To strike a balance between anger and apathy; rage and reason.
The Longing for Belonging

54:43 | Jun 29th, 2018

Who am I? Where do I belong? Why can't I be just me? "Culture, nationality, gender, are all boxes we've been asked to tick at some point or another. But what happens if none of the categories fit?" -Samira Mohyeddin?
Soulful Self-Expression

54:43 | Jun 22nd, 2018

How self-expression nourishes the soul and a new exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum in New York examines how Catholic clothing can be chic.
Spiritual healing, Beyoncé-style

54:36 | Jun 15th, 2018

Reverend Yolanda Norton, a Christian minister and an unapologetic Beyoncé fan, organized a "Beyoncé Mass" in San Francisco, a service that drew close to 1000 people. Persephone Pearl runs a unique annual event : "Remembrance Day for Lost Species", a...Show More
Sounds of Silence

54:44 | Jun 1st, 2018

Quaker worship is rooted in silence. There’s no minister to guide the service. Instead, they meet in small groups and sink into an hour-long silence which Paul Parker says “can be the most gripping 60 minutes of the week.” And Pearce Carefoote is an ...Show More
Redefining kosher, and connecting with your haters

54:43 | May 18th, 2018

Rabbi David Rosen argues that vegan should be the new kosher for Jews worldwide. And a Jewish-Inuk woman Killaq Enuaraq-Strauss finds similarities between her two cultures. Podcaster Dylan Marron talks to people who hate him to try to find common gro...Show More
Philosophy and Tech

54:43 | May 11th, 2018

Need some guidance on how to manoeuvre online friendships? Philosophy professor Alexis Elder says Aristotle's theories on friendship and how to live a good life are surprisingly relevant in today's worlds - virtual or not. "Everything" video game:...Show More
Conversations about Race Part 2

54:43 | May 4th, 2018

Sports writer Will Leitch reflects on what it means to raise his two white sons - as a father, how can he best teach them about sexism and racism? Despite never having run before, Hasan Syed ran from Vancouver to Ottawa - to raise awareness about th...Show More
Conversations about Race - Part 1

54:43 | Apr 27th, 2018

Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race, wants to change the conversation about racial oppression. “We need to look at what racial oppression actually is. It is not a collection of people who don’t like people of colour, and in fact i...Show More
Finding meaning in death

54:43 | Apr 13th, 2018

This time on Tapestry, looking for meaning in death through an app, letters, and a woman's deathbed confession.
Family crisis leads opera singer Isabel Bayrakdarian to make pact with God

54:43 | Apr 6th, 2018

Isabel Bayrakdarian's album Mother of Light was conceived as she prayed for her mother's life. She bargained with God: if you take care of my mom, I'll sing about Your mom. The result is a collection of Armenian hymns and chants in praise of Mary.
EPISODE: Insights into interfaith love and the good life

54:43 | Mar 29th, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson says the secret to a meaningful life -- and the answer to the question posed in her new collection of essays, "What Are We Doing Here?" - is simpler than you might think. And Meera Estrada, a Hindu wo...Show More
Juno nominees on the power of music

52:40 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Guest host, Laurel Sprengelmeyer (a.k.a musician Little Scream) speaks to some of this year's Juno nominees about the power of music to bring a feeling of transcendence, connection, and meaning. She speaks Will Butler from Arcade Fire, soprano Isabe...Show More
Connecting with your roots - for better and for worse

54:43 | Mar 16th, 2018

Donisha Prendergast, granddaughter of the world's most famous Rastafarian, Bob Marley, explains why marijuana is considered a sacrament in her religion. And guest host Ali Hassan looks at how DNA testing has brought families together - for better or ...Show More
Drugs and Peace

54:43 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Geoff Turner, host of CBC Radio's On Drugs, gives a special report on the intersection of religion and opioid addiction in Utah, the heart of Mormon country. Philosopher Tim Crane says his fellow atheists are too quick to dismiss religious believers....Show More
Not doing religion by the book

54:43 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck, an Anglican priest who is also a practising Druid, talks about he blends Christianity with paganism. And Anjali Kumar says she spent years 'stalking God', as she puts it, and her quest took her to some pretty wild places.
Lacrosse: The Creator's Game

54:43 | Feb 16th, 2018

For many Indigenous nations throughout North America, lacrosse is referred to as the Creator's Game and is known for its power to heal people and communities. In this episode, historian Allan Downey talks about the way lacrosse has been used for both...Show More
The Ethics of Doping

54:43 | Feb 9th, 2018

Can an athlete who’s doping ever really win? Bio-ethics expert Thomas Murray weighs in. And a new app that uses NASA planetary data to chart your daily horoscope
Self-Reno Projects

54:43 | Jan 26th, 2018

Netflix therapy, a.k.a. binge-watching your way to better mental health. Suggestions for a successful Depth Year. And Alexa Carson's Buy Nothing Wedding.

54:43 | Jan 19th, 2018

Transform your life by ditching the new and going deeper during a "Depth Year". And eight years after his passing, we bring you a special recording of Paul Quarrington performing his short story, "The Conversion.
Sacred Space 2: The Power of the Land

54:43 | Jan 12th, 2018

The movement to bring back the bison to the Blood Reserve in Alberta; and a deeper look our relationship with the Canadian landscape, via a new book called 'The Good Lands'
Sacred Space 1: Architecture and Region

54:43 | Jan 5th, 2018

What makes a space sacred? David Pereyra explains the architecture of a church and Paul Bramadat considers how the place where you physically live may influence how you worship.
Living your best life

54:43 | Dec 29th, 2017

Don't worry, no new year's resolutions here. Instead we offer you a sampling of collected wisdom from our guests as a kind of companion on the road as you stroll into the year ahead.
How recording an album behind bars helped prisoners give back

54:43 | Dec 15th, 2017

Every week, inmates at a Kingston, Ontario penitentiary converted the prison chapel into a recording studio. Under the guidance of veteran musician Hugh Christopher Brown, they recorded an album, raised money for charity and redefined themselves.