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Change of heart

Eleanor Gordon-Smith, a philosophy Ph.D. student at Princeton University, explains why changing people's minds has less to do with reason and a lot to do with egos. And the story of how one woman's picture perfect image of Canada was shattered — only to be rebuilt, from the unlikeliest of places.

How Indigenous elders made Regina home for a Rwandan refugee

In her documentary, Tina Pittaway tells the story of a young woman from Rwanda who came to Canada with high hopes. We’ll call her Grace. And the Canada she discovered isn’t exactly the place conjured up by the picture postcards.

Why your approach to changing people's minds is all wrong

Eleanor Gordon-Smith of Princeton University says if you think reason changes minds, you’re wrong. Turns out everything that makes you human goes into how you make decisions — and how you can influence others.

'Ganja is not a drug': Bob Marley's granddaughter on Rasta spirituality

Donisha Prendergast, the granddaughter of the world's most famous Rastafarian, Bob Marley, explains why marijuana is considered a sacrament in her religion.

We asked, you answered: Are you staying in the Catholic Church?

Tapestry listeners reflect on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.

Rumi for real life: scholar says ancient Islamic mystics are more relevant than ever

Omid Safi, Director of the Islamic Studies Center at Duke University, says our concept of success needs an overhaul — and the teachings of Islamic mystics offer a new way forward.

Step into my chair: offering men therapy at the barbershop

Beyond the Shop is an Arkansas-based initiative designed to get black men and boys talking to some of the people they trust most — their barbers — about anxiety, depression and mental health.

Indigenous culture needs to be appreciated, not stolen, says artist

Shain Jackson is a Coast Salish artist who sees sacred symbols being ‘borrowed’ all the time by people who don't have a clue about their meaning.

How to find the fine line between cultural appropriation and appreciation

Dr. Rachel Zellars is a lawyer with a PhD in History who teaches at McGill University. Zellars helps you navigate the nuances on how to enjoy another culture without crossing the line into appropriation.

Love the culture behind the 'Day of the Dead' before you dress up, says Mexican musician

All the band members of The Mariachi Ghost wear traditional Mariachi suits when they perform - even though most of them aren’t Mexican. And Jorge says that’s okay by him.

Removing hateful tattoos can help erase their baggage, says tattoo shop owner

Memphis Cadeau, co-owner of Grim City Tattoo Club in Hamilton, Ont., works pro bono with a range of clients, from former gang members to victims of human trafficking, who say getting a tattoo removed can be life-changing.

Ink and Identity

Tattoos and the very human desire to leave your mark — on yourself.

Inuk filmmaker explains the emotionally fraught decision to get traditional face tattoos

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, director of Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos and Angry Inuk, explains why deciding to get traditional Inuit tattoos was emotionally fraught — and what that means for non-Indigenous people looking to get the tattoos.

Amid the Catholic Church abuse crisis, 2 women grapple with whether to stay or go

Why one lifelong Catholic abandoned the church in the middle of mass, and why the other says leaving 'wasn't even a question.'

Sikh Captain America says his mission is simple — fight hate and intolerance

Vishavjit Singh knows how dangerous labels can be. That’s why he dresses up as Sikh Captain America and tries to get everyone he meets to combat a pervasive enemy: hate and intolerance.

Unrestrained capitalism takes too much credit for the modern world, says author

Nathan Schneider's new book Everything for Everyone examines how the cooperative — an alternative model to the corporation — has helped shape the world economy.

Tapestry's 'Soundtrack for the soul'

Inspired by Sister Helen Prejean's musical playlist of songs to lift our spirits - we asked you favourite songs. Here is the Tapestry playlist, with songs submitted by listeners.

Debunking cultural myths

How the world we imagine isn't quite how we know it to be. A talk with the Sikh Captain America and a look at the cooperative's role in world history.

I've never felt more alive: Dead Man Walking author on how to thrive in dark times

We live in challenging times. From climate change to mass shootings, it’s easy to feel despair. Sister Helen Prejean, a leading figure in the campaign to end the death penalty, is feeling it herself. And if you are too, Prejean has some advice for you.

Stop trying to make your food perfect, says Buddhist chef

Veteran chef and Zoto Zen Buddhist priest Edward Espe Brown wants you to trust your hands more — and give your head a break.

A beautiful text: How Arabic calligraphy illustrates faith

“I think if we’re not doing things with our hands, we are not really living to our fullest capability.” Trained in Arabic and Western calligraphy, Salman Khattak says writing is a spiritual practice.

Your own hands

What happens when we get out of our heads and into our hands?

A Rabbi, a Pastor and a Muslim walk into a bar...

Three standup comedians. Three religious traditions. One night of laughs and spiritual solidarity.

Three unlikely places to find transformation

Tapestry's most memorable stories about personal transformation and reflection with guest host Yassin Alsalman.
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How Margaret Atwood's Puritan ancestors inspired The Handmaid's Tale

At the Restorying Canada conference, Margaret Atwood describes the inspiration for her novel, The Handmaid's Tale.