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Tapestry from CBC Radio

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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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54:10 | Aug 30th

Whether it’s the weekend or a holiday, the way you approach time off can say a lot about the balance of work and life in your world.

54:43 | Jun 21st

There's plenty of advice out there on how to accomplish more and more each day. But author Jenny Odell says that kind of busyness tends to be reactionary and detracts from our ability to think clearly and focus on ourselves. Instead, she argues if yo...Show More
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54:43 | Jun 14th

Author Irshad Manji argues adversarial behaviour towards people you disagree with holds back social progress. “When you are willing to hear, you in turn are more likely to be heard. And that is the simple, iron-clad law of human psychology.” How d...Show More

50:19 | Jun 7th

"We are the creatures that are able to think about who we are and (so) we are the intellect of the universe as we know it." Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist, an agnostic, and one of the most eloquent people you'll ever hear on the inherent...Show More

54:43 | May 31st

This week on Tapestry: homes, housing, and wealth. The self-made myth: Forbes magazine declared Kylie Jenner as the first self-made billionaire ... and the internet blew up. How could Kylie Jenner, scion of the Kardashian clan, really be considered ...Show More

54:41 | May 24th

Politics and religion in Game of Thrones: Game of Thrones wraps as a secular fantasy epic that questions and subverts the genre's typically dominant theological narratives, argues Robert Joustra, a Canadian political scientist. And, Algorithms and t...Show More

54:43 | May 17th

When it comes to climate change, New York magazine deputy editor David Wallace-Wells, says we are far into panic territory. He tells Tapesty's Mary Hynes why he believes that, despite what should be dread-inducing data, so many of us continue to live...Show More

54:42 | May 10th

Jean Vanier, the Canadian who created the L'Arche network of communities for intellectually disabled people, has died. Tapestry revisits a 2005 interview in which Jean Vanier told Mary Hynes about the genesis of his beliefs, the founding of L'Arche a...Show More

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

01:44 | Dec 21st, 2018

Season greetings from the team at Tapestry

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

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

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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.'
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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.
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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
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54:58 | Aug 31st, 2018

What happens when we get out of our heads and into our hands?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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54:58 | Aug 3rd, 2018

This week, Tapestry is revisiting four stories about sin, spiritual experiences and survival with guest host Christa Couture.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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54:43 | Apr 13th, 2018

This time on Tapestry, looking for meaning in death through an app, letters, and a woman's deathbed confession.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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'
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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.
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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.
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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.