Tapestrywith Mary Hynes


Prayer cards and panic attacks: how praying to a 7th-century princess helped me overcome my fear of flying

At first glance, the life of a seventh-century teenaged Irish princess doesn’t bear much resemblance to our 21st-century reality. But when writer Anne Thériault discovered St. Dymphna, she found a connection she didn’t expect… and it changed her life.

Welcoming Strangers

Writer Priya Basil reflects on the meaning of hospitality and generosity in our homes and our countries. And writer Anne Thériault tells the story of the 7th-century Irish saint that helped her overcome her fear of flying.

"Society's greatness is measured by how it treats the uninvited stranger": writer on the meaning of generosity

Priya Basil says when we welcome people into our homes and our countries, we strengthen the larger community and everyone benefits. Her new book, Be My Guest: Reflections on Food, Community and the Meaning of Generosity, is a meditation on what it means to both give and receive hospitality.

Treasure map of happy memories: a guide to remembering the best moments of your life

Meik Wiking, CEO of The Happiness Research in Copenhagen, wants us to become architects of our memories. He believes cultivating happy moments is empowering and crucial to our sense of identity. His latest book, The Art of Making Memories, offers practical ideas on how to create and cement your own joyous life experiences.

KonMari not working? Expert organizer identifies 7 emotional blocks that will help you finally declutter

Feel like you’re constantly trying to declutter? Expert organizer Tracy McCubbin says there’s a deeply emotional component to our attachment to our belongings. In her new book Making Space, Clutter Free, McCubbin identifies seven ‘Clutter Blocks’ that keep people from letting go of their excess stuff.

Mary Hynes on Tapestry's most memorable moments

Mary Hynes recalls some of Tapestry's most memorable interviews and behind the scenes stories with Coleman Barks, Irish writer John O'Donohue and musicians Al Green and Victor Wooten.

Making happy memories and ditching old stuff

Meik Wiking, CEO of The Happiness Research in Copenhagen, says cultivating happy memories is crucial to our sense of identity. Expert organizer Tracy McCubbin says there are some deeply emotional reasons we can't let go of our old belongings.

"She saw the human behind my lived experience": police and sex trade survivors build trust in Newfoundland

For decades, the relationship between police, people in the sex trade, and the media has been fraught with mistrust and mutual suspicion. Over the last 13 months, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, an organization called Thrive, and CBC NL have been working together to forge trust. What they’ve accomplished is extraordinary.

Wounded and lucky: Find out how the N.L. sex trade and police have forged a surprising bond

Police, media and people in the sex trade don't often trust each other. In N.L., that's changing.

McMindfulness: how capitalism hijacked the Buddhist teaching of mindfulness

Ronald Purser, a Buddhist teacher and a professor of management, advises us to approach mindfulness techniques with a critical eye. He says mindfulness practices have been co-opted by capitalist interests, freeing corporations and governments from responsibility for the larger issues at play in our stressful society.

'How's it going?' and other important questions: the case for small talk

Tapestry listener Nikki Reklitis thinks small talk gets a bad rap. She says casual conversations with neighbours and strangers, have gotten her through some very rough times.

McMindfulness and the case for small talk

Buddhist teacher and professor of management Ronald Purser makes the case that mindfulness is the new capitalist spirituality. And a Tapestry listener argues that small talk is anything but frivolous.

Retired minister moves his congregation outside - literally - as a forest therapist

When Bruce Sweet retired as a United Church minister, he was on the lookout for a new way to connect with people in a spiritual sense. His new congregation includes trees as well as people, thanks to a Japanese practice called forest bathing.

'I was suffering a lot': TV reporter explains why it's hard to accept compliments about her new body

After an intense abdominal surgery, Ginella Massa says people assumed her weight loss was something that she must have wanted. It wasn’t. She talks about what it was like to grapple with those assumptions and adjust to her new body.

Stop trying to do it all yourself: family therapist says self-help only goes so far

Whether it’s yoga, mindfulness techniques or home remedies, there seems to be a DIY solution for every problem. Dalhousie professor Michael Ungar says that’s misleading. True resilience is about more than just the individual.


Retired United Church minister Bruce Sweet becomes a forest therapist. Dalhousie professor Michael Ungar weighs in on the true path to resilience. And TV reporter Ginella Massa on how she handled "compliments" about her new body.

Tapestry at 25: tattooed pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber had struggled with addiction, and considered herself a foul-mouthed, selfish type … until she felt a call to become an ordained Lutheran pastor. Spoiler alert: she was, in part, appalled. But she answered the call, and has become a central figure in spirituality in the 21st century

Tapestry at 25: the atheist evangelical minister known as "Adam"

This is an interview that Tapestry producers have never forgotten. In February 2011, listeners heard the distorted voice of a man on a payphone who went by the codename “Adam.” His real identity was a secret because he was an Evangelical minister who had stopped believing in God. Also, an update from "Adam".

Tapestry at 25: tattooed pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber and 'Adam'

This week on Tapestry@25, we go back in time with two award-winning interviews. Two people who were on roughly the same path – but headed in completely different directions.

Celebrating 25 years of Tapestry

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of CBC's Tapestry, you'll be hearing some of our most popular and most requested interviews from over the years.

"I have had sex and Jesus still loves me": navigating sex and morality on The Bachelorette

The latest seasons of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor sparked vigorous discussions about sex, “purity culture”, and the double standards for men and women. Political journalist Li Zhou weighs in.

Loving Guy Fieri and Meat Loaf: the case for taking the guilt out of guilty pleasures

After a bad breakup, writer Rax King started to think differently about the things she hadn’t allowed herself to enjoy. She says we should disregard the naysayers and unapologetically embrace the things we love.

Unapologetic: embracing what you love

Writer Rax King explains why she stopped paying attention to critics and embraced her own "guilty pleasures". And political journalist Li Zhou analyzes the interplay of sex, religion, and morality in the world of the Bachelor and the Bachelorette.

When the biological clock gets loud: three perspectives on the pressure to have kids

Writer Lauren McKeon, life coach Laurie Sanci and writer Nav Alang share three different perspectives on the experience of being childless. From cultural pressures to societal expectations about women, all three are finding ways to navigate a life without kids.

Tapestry at 25: gospel singer Mavis Staples

We chased Staples for two years before the singer agreed to an interview. This 2011 conversation is rich with her reflections on the power of music to lift the human spirit, stories about her family’s close connection with Martin Luther King, Jr.