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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?

How to turn old age into the prime of your life

A geriatric psychiatrist says that if we celebrated as people enter older stages of life, there would be a really profound shift in the way society thinks about aging. Instead of dreading it, we should look forward to it.

Aging better, Dadbot

A geriatric psychiatrist says that if we celebrated as people enter older stages of life, there would be a really profound shift in the way society thinks about aging. Meanwhile a man turns his father into an AI, and he wants you to be able to do the same.

Contra

Caleb Cain went from white nationalist to progressive. He credits YouTube star Natalie Wynn, known as ContraPoints, who both challenges and empathizes with people on the far right. Then, growing up in Toronto's most notorious neighbourhood, Talisha Ramsaroop wasn't encouraged to dream big or have life goals. Now she's working to change that.

The real violence in a 'bad' neighbourhood is low expectations, says community coordinator

Growing up in Toronto's most notorious neighbourhood, Talisha Ramsaroop wasn't encouraged to dream big or have life goals. Now she's working to change that for young people from her community.

How YouTubers are deradicalizing members of the alt-right

Caleb Cain went from white nationalist to progressive over the course of two years. He credits YouTube star Natalie Wynn, known as ContraPoints, who both challenges and empathizes with people on the far right.

More than just a game: the zen power of Tetris

Scientists say playing a video game of Tetris can get you into a 'flow state'. It's when you focus so completely on a single thing that everything else fades away, including your anxieties.

Rethinking the weekend: how to prevent work from seeping into your down time

Do you ever find yourself judging the weekend by the extent to which it recharges you for the working week? Writer Sheridan Voysey suggests beating this habit with the idea of ‘sacred inefficiency.’

When you've been drunk your whole life, who are you when you get sober?

Writer Eve Peyser shares the unexpected identity crisis she underwent when she stopped drinking.

"God delivered" Minister describes the healing power of the Beyoncé Mass

Reverend Yolanda Norton says Beyoncé-themed mass sent the real message of God: love.

Spiritual healing, Beyoncé-style

A Beyoncé mass and a ritual commemorating lost species

Remembrance Day for Lost Species

Artist and activist Persephone Pearl on why - and how - to honour the creatures whose time on Earth is over.
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Guess who's coming to dinner? Zoroastrian priest changed by daughter's interfaith marriage

When Jal Panthaky's daughter, Rahnuma, fell in love with Michael, a non-Zoroastrian man, he began a journey of understanding that also led to a deeper bond and new possibilities.
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Spoofs, Goofy Rhymes, and 'Little Doggies': The Bible, in its own words

Translator Sarah Ruden, on how English translations have missed the true character, vitality, and sophistication of the Bible.

New Meanings

Translator Sarah Ruden reinvigorates the Bible in English; Priest Jal Panthaky goes deep into his Zoroastrian faith to unpack the rules of marriage.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

The spiritual impulse in art from van Gogh to Monet

How do you find a spark of light when everything around you is darkness? We investigate how great artists found inspiration - and consolation - during turbulent times.