2013

 

Frank Faulk's Tarot Deck / Worshipping at the Altar of Vodka and Cocaine

Frank Faulk loves his tarot cards. But he's on the fence: are they an ingenious tool for self-discovery? Or just a fortune-tellers' trick?  Either way,...

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The Shortest Day, The Longest Night

The idea of 'the longest night,' which we've just come through, has inspired storytellers for centuries. Today on the programme, we look at the winter...

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Do You Hear What We Hear?

This week Tapestry reconsiders the Christmas carol in three different ways.  There's the mysterious back-story of a beloved tune; a professional singer on what many consider the...

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Being Alone: Views from a Mormon Feminist & Poet Nikki Giovanni

On this episode, we explore different ways of being alone, in all its glory and its pain. Stephanie Lauritzen is a Mormon and a feminist....

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It Goes Both Ways: When God Talks Back

Many years ago, the anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann set out to understand how god becomes real for some people.  Professor Luhrmann was fascinated by religious believers...

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The Tattooed Pastor / The Rabbi who Swore at God

Mary Magdalene means a lot to Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber -- so much so that she got a sleeve tattoo of the saint.  Pastor Nadia...

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Paul Bloom / Candy Chang

Artist Candy Chang saw an abandoned building as an opportunity to use a very public space to ask a very private question: What do...

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What is the World Made of?

On this week's show, we delve into fire, earth, and water. Michael Winter starts us off with a story about fire. One minute, the Newfoundland author was...

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Muhammad: From Orphan to Prophet

On this episode, we sketch out the life of the prophet Muhammad: how he rose up the ranks in the desert caravans; his marriage to...

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Reza Aslan on Jesus the Revolutionary

You may have seen the infamous appearance Reza Aslan made on Fox News when the interviewer challenged him about why a Muslim would write a...

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Prayers: The Small but Mighty

For Hindus, Buddhists and other eastern faiths, it's the single-syllabled Om.  For Jews, it's the six words of the Shema. This week we look at...

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Canoeing with Lois Wilson / Imam Abdullah Antepli / Bes

Three canoes. Four tents. Five nights in the back country. And six women of a certain age. The group's fearless leader is Lois Wilson, former...

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Letting It Go: Miriam Katin / Gretta Vosper

The British doctor Havelock Ellis had a theory:   "All the art of living," the doctor said, "lies in a fine mingling of letting go -...

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The Muslims are Coming / The Novel Cure

It's probably fair to say the comedy circuit hasn't seen too many stand-up tours like this one. A group of Muslim comics goes on the...

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Crazy busy!

There must have been busier moments than this in human history. Inventing the wheel, building entire civilizations - can't have been all that easy. So why...

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The Atheist and the Bonobo / You are Stardust

It's called the moral argument, and it's one of the oldest reasons for believing in god. But renowned biologist Frans de Waal says: "not so...

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Who is the Holy Ghost? / How to Find Fulfilling Work

The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. The first two are easy to understand. But the Holy Ghost? What's his gig? It turns out...

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Spiritual Envy; Finding Home

What happens when you want to believe but no longer can? Where do you find comfort in an impersonal universe? Michael Krasny joins Mary to...

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Revelation: The Most Psychedelic Book in the Bible

For a very long time, The Book of Revelation has fueled Christian fears of a judgement day literally full of fire and brimstone. Some believe...

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Rev. Richard Coles, Pop Star to Priest

Ever met a priest whose CV includes a number one hit song?  The Reverend Richard Coles is a prolific and hilarious Twitterer, and a...

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Wisdom of the Ages with Lou Marinoff

If you're wondering about the meaning of life, Lou Marinoff has a prescription for you.  He is a practitioner of "philosophical counselling", helping people through difficult...

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Checking the Box Marked "None"

There was a time, not so long ago, when Canada's census form didn't even offer "no religion" as an option. The category simply didn't exist....

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Artificial Intelligence: The Answer to Cosmic Loneliness

What have you confessed to your smart phone lately? Our guest says as we move away from religion, we move towards technology.  Are we developing...

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Coping: Part 2

We've all had times where we're just trying to get by. We throw up our hands and think, just get me to the end of...

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Coping: Part 1

We all experience misfortune, cracks in our lives, our relationships, our psyches. But perhaps it's how we respond that reveals who we are. On this...

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My Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc talked to heavenly voices, helped crown a king and saved France, all before she turned 21. Actually, she didn't turn 21 because...

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Ashes

In a quiet but significant way, human ashes have affected us from ancient history to modern day life. People in all cultures face this question:...

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Those Shameful Victorians; Teaching Compassion at the Dinner Table; Ottawa's First Muslim Cemetery

When it came to shame, few knew more about it than the Victorians. In this episode, we take you back more than one hundred years...

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The World's Most Famous Amnesiac and Jesus the Homeless

What if you could only live the present? With no past to remember and no future to dream of, Henry Molaison lived in the moment...

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Baby Guru and Jewish Atheists

This week, two terrific documentaries: first, the story of a man who was looking for someone to help him understand why he felt disconnected. He...

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Depression at the Pulpit; Why I Light a Candle for Syria; Jim Holt's Existential Detective Story

We'll meet a pastor who suffered a breakdown and asked his psychiatrist to stand at the pulpit and tell his congregation what was happening to...

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Why the King James Bible is a Hit; A celebration of William Blake

Renaissance scholar Gordon Campbell says the King James Bible remains popular because it was the first bible designed to be read out loud. Also on...

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Gerald Shea on discovering his partial deafness; When All Saints shut its doors

We meet a man who went decades without realizing he was partially deaf. Gerald Shea spent years transcribing what he heard, trying to make sense out of...

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A Love Supreme: God in the Music of John Coltrane

This week on Tapestry, we explore the music and spirituality of the jazz great, John Coltrane. To some jazz fans, he was the high priest...

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Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?

Jeanette Winterson is an acclaimed British writer. In the house where she grew up, there were only six books and one of them was the...

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The Exit Ramp

On this week's show, the elusive exit ramp. One guest tries to escape a soul-crushing line of work - he is a minister who has lost...

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The Faces of Eve

Eve represents the first woman on earth in Christian and Judaic traditions. In Islam she's known as Hawwa. To many, she's the thoughtless vixen who...

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The Importance of Being Sexual

What if the classic sensual tome The Arabian Nights: Tales from aThousand and One Nights had been written by a scientist? A scientistwith specialties in...

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How Do You Want to Live?

Anthony Lawlor is an architect who has made it his job to find the sacred in the ordinary. He and Mary talk about how the...

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Spring Cleaning in God's House

There was a phrase ringing out in a lot of churches over the holiday weekend, as Christians think about the message of hope and rebirth...

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I'm Right, You're Wrong

This week on Tapestry, why dialing down self-righteousness is so important - and so hard. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt explains why arguments about politics and religion...

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When in Rome

Habemus Papam! -- We have a pope!With those words, Pope Francis became the new leader of the Catholic Church. Then in the heart of Rome,...

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High Anxiety

On the show today: High Anxiety. The ruminations, the worry, the fretting, the unshakable conviction that the worst is about to happen If this doesn't...

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Lamenting the Road not Taken

It's only human to assess one's life and ponder what might have been.  Everyone from John Lennon to Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront has tried...

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Keeping the Doubt

This week Mary looks at how doubt and skepticism can be essential ingredients to faith. We hear from Rabbi Rami Shapiro - a rabbi who says he...

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What is the World Made of?

All through the ages, the question has been asked by everyone from the toddler to the philosopher:  What is the world made of?  What is...

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Spiritual but not religious...and totally self-obsessed.

David Webster argues that modern spirituality is not only unhelpful, it can make you stupid, selfish and unhappy. This week on Tapestry, the author and...

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Crossing the Line

As a journalist, Kevin Cox covered it all, including tragedies like the Westray mining disaster and the Swissair crash near Peggy's Cove. But he often...

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Lessons For Living

What can the old teach the young about living a good life? This week on Tapestry, we hear wisdom from the elders on everything from...

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It Goes Both Ways: When God Talks Back

Many years ago, the anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann set out to understand how god becomes real for some people.  Professor Luhrmann was fascinated by religious believers...

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"Worshipping at the altar of vodka and cocaine"

"There's your real life, and then there's the story of your life, and they're not exactly the same thing." Spoken like a man who has...

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Prayers: the small but mighty

For Hindus, Buddhists and other eastern faiths, it's the single-syllabled Om.  For Jews, it's the six words of the Shema. This week we look at...

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