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Vegan is the new kosher, rabbis worldwide declare

Rabbi David Rosen says Jewish dietary laws - kashrut - should encompass the harm caused by eating meat. Rabbi Rosen says that vegan is the new kosher.

Redefining kosher, and connecting with your haters

Rabbi David Rosen says Jewish dietary laws - kashrut - should encompass the harm caused by eating meat. Meanwhile a Jewish Inuk woman discusses how seal meat can be kosher.

Jewish Inuk woman argues seal meat can be kosher

Killaq Enuaraq-Strauss says it might be more challenging to be an observant Jew in the far north — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

Podcaster reaches out to people who hate him

Dylan Marron, host of the podcast Conversations with People Who Hate Me, gets in touch with the people who have left him hateful comments.

Playing Everything: A video game explores your place in the universe

David OReilly wanted to make a game all about perspective and so — partly inspired by philosopher Alan Watts — he made a video game where you can play as literally everything.

Philosophy and Tech

Need some guidance on how to manoeuvre online friendships? Philosophy professor Alexis Elder says Aristotle can help. And game designer David OReilly builds a world partly inspired by philosopher Alan Watts.

To friend or to unfriend: What would Aristotle do?

Need some guidance on how to manoeuvre online friendships? Philosophy professor Alexis Elder says Aristotle can help.

'I'm gonna do it without training': Student runs across Canada for clean water rights

In 2017, Hasan Syed ran from Vancouver to Ottawa to raise awareness about the water crisis facing many Indigenous communities after connecting to the issue on a personal — and spiritual — level.

Sportswriter Will Leitch reckons with race and privilege in raising sons.

Sports writer Will Leitch, founder of the sports news site Deadspin, reflects on what it means to raise his two white sons in 2018. As a father, how can he best teach them about sexism and racism?

Being the Change Part 2

Part Two of Tapestry's series on being the change you want to see - when it comes to race. Things will only get better when well-meaning people actually do something - people like Hasan Syed and Will Leitch.

Ijeoma Oluo urges us to have better conversations about race

Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want To Talk About Race, wants to change the conversation about racial oppression. She says that racism is about much more than overt acts of hate.

Being the Change Part 1

Ijeoma Oluo talks to host Mary Hynes about race — namely, how hard and needed those conversations are. Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race, discusses where these conversations go wrong.

How one interracial couple learned to talk about race

Andrea Chiu sometimes struggled to get her white wife to understand her perspective on race. Then they read Ijeoma Oluo’s best-selling book, So You Want To Talk About Race.
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How a Sandy Hook mother came to forgive the shooter

Alissa Parker tells the story of her struggle to forgive the man who killed her child, Emilie, in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Hope and Mercy in Chicago and Newtown

A Muslim community activist in Chicago and the parent of a child killed at Sandy Hook both search for hope and mercy in their own lives and in the lives of others.
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Muslim activist challenges perceptions of Chicago's 'notorious' south side

“Communities and people get dehumanized through a portrayal of being more ‘violent,'" says professor and community activist Rami Nashashibi.

'You're going to die': Two reactions to daily death reminders

Two Tapestry producers tried the WeCroak app, which reminds you about death five times per day. Here's what they learned about their relationship to death.

Finding meaning in death

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

Woman on deathbed confesses family secret she held for a lifetime

Most patients who share their secrets with Kerry Egan want them to stay secrets but one patient insisted that her secret be told.

Death Letter Project: 50 people share their thoughts about death

Photo-artist Tina FiveAsh says death wasn't talked about much when she was growing up, which only heightened her fear of it. This was her solution.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Marilynne Robinson's philosophy of a good life

Marilynne Robinson has spent most of her 74 years pondering the big questions in a life of reading and writing for which she has won the Pulitzer Prize and the Orange Prize. She 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.

Family crisis leads opera singer to make pact with God

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.

Insights into the good life and interfaith love

Marilynne Robinson has spent most of her 74 years pondering the big questions and says the secret to a meaningful life. And Meera Estrada, a Hindu woman who married a Catholic man says that interfaith marriage isn't for everyone.

Finding a happy medium: how to make an interfaith family work

Meera Estrada is a Hindu woman who married a Catholic man. They decided to try and find a way to stretch both religious traditions to create a blended family. In order for it to work, Estrada says you need to honestly ask yourself, “Do I really respect this other faith? Do I see it as equal to my own? Do I not just tolerate it? But do I accept it and am I willing to celebrate it?”

Arcade Fire's Will Butler creates a new kind of after-party

Will Butler's Disco Town Halls bring together activists, politicians and fans to discuss issues such as prison reform and health in Haiti.