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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".

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.

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.

Tapestry at 25: Irish poet John O'Donohue

It might be the single-most requested interview we’ve ever broadcast. In this conversation from 2004, John O’Donohue shares his poetry and soulful wisdom about what it means to live a good life and die a good death.

Tapestry goes on the Silent Hike, a musical take on walking meditation

The Silent Hike is a group walking meditation created by New York composer Murray Hidary. It’s all-quiet on the outside - but a world of wonder, once you put on the headphones.

Sports as religion: Saskatchewan's Rider Nation and their devotion to the game

Over the years, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have built one of the most loyal and devoted fan bases in the CFL. Speaking to Tapestry host Mary Hynes, Saskatoon professor Chris Hrynkow makes the case for why football fandom in the province could be considered a "civil religion."

Secular rituals

The state of the world making you a little anxious? Tapestry has your back this week with secular rituals: the traditions that human beings find soothing, or helpful, or somehow inspiring, in a world that can put you on edge.

A new type of family: six housemates on the highs and lows of communal living

Six friends pooled their resources and bought a house together. It was a creative way to break in to Toronto’s intense housing market, but their main motivation was to create a new kind of household in a society that idealizes romantic partnerships and nuclear families.

Longing for loneliness: a writer on the beauty of solitude

Writer Miciah Bay Gault grew up with an intense sense of solitude and loneliness. She didn't always love the feeling. But now, amid her busy days as a teacher and a parent to three children, she longs to feel lonely and realizes it remains a core part of her identity.

No partner? No problem: you don't need a relationship to live a meaningful life, says writer

New York-based writer Briallen Hopper was always taught that romantic relationships were the most important of all. In her new collection of essays Hard to Love, she challenges that old narrative and imagines a full rich life where friendships come first.


Stories about how loving relationships with our friends and ourselves can shape us more than romantic relationships.

The world is full of delight if you choose to see it

After spending a year keeping track of all the delightful things he encountered, poet Ross Gay published his insights in “The Book of Delights.” He says observing small joyful moments is a social and political act in a world that prefers proficiency.

Making visual art for people who are blind

Visual art was Taylor Katzel’s passion and he wanted to teach art for a career. But just before he started teacher’s college, he was struck by an unexpected condition that left him blind. In Luke Williams' doc Art-cessbility, Katzel tells his story and makes a trip to the AGO to discover how inclusive design — a paradigm which focuses on making art and design accessible to people with disabilities — could allow him to continue to explore and experience visual art.

The delight in what we see and what we can't

Discovering moments of delight and making art accessible.

News headlines getting you down? Here's how to protect your mental health

Steven Stosny is a psychologist who coined the term 'headline stress disorder' during the 2016 election in the United States. It’s a state of fear and anxiety brought on by the intense onslaught of provocative news headlines, and it’s a condition he says has only intensified in the past few years. In a conversation with Tapestry host Mary Hynes, Stosny dissects headline stress disorder and offers some concrete ways to deal with it.

This writer purposely got rejected every day for a month. Here's what she learned

London-based writer Marianne Power spent one month trying to get turned down, intentionally. She asked retailers for free stuff, she asked people to let her skip ahead in line, she pitched to magazines she felt were way out of her league — all in the name of getting better at dealing with rejection.

Headlines and Rejection

Feeling stressed? Rejected? Tapestry wants you back on your feet. Here's how to deal with headline stress and rejection - from experts who have personally suffered from both.

From dad to Dadbot: one man's attempt to capture human essence in AI

James Vlahos built a chatbot that responds like his dead father. Now he wants everyone else to have what he has — a lasting interactive memento of a dead loved one. But can software truly capture a human spirit?