Tapestrywith Mary Hynes


One man's mission to power wash hate away

When Corey Fleischer comes across racist and offensive graffiti, he uses his power washing equipment to remove it and 'erase the hate'.

Why a Mohawk community chose to preserve a residential school building

The Mohawk Institute operated as a residential school for 142 years. The building is an important site for education and healing for the Six Nations of the Grand River near Brantford, Ont. Jeff Goodes visited the old schoolhouse and spoke with survivors.

Being funny is part of being human — and AI is catching on, says comedian

Comedian and Ph.D. student Christopher Molineux says humour is at the core of what it means to be human. But what happens if AI can learn to mimic - and possibly even surpass - human efforts at telling jokes?

Relationships with robots

Robot comedians and robot lovers. A look at how artificial intelligence might change how we understand ourselves and our relationships to machines.

Building love from scratch: How to make a robot say 'I love you'

Fei Liu was tired of trying to find herself a romantic partner. So she set out to make her own boyfriend, from his body down to his circuitry.

Women shouldn't be expected to forgive their abusers, says author

Many spiritual traditions believe forgiveness is good for the soul. But in this #MeToo moment, it’s not women’s job to forgive their abusers — and society shouldn’t expect them to, says writer Kaya Oakes.

How to spot a pattern of denials in the #MeToo movement

When men are accused of sexual harassment, they all pull from the same playbook. Jian Ghomeshi, Brett Kavanaugh, and Donald Trump have all used it. It's called DARVO.

#MeToo men aren't doing enough to make amends, says rabbi

Famous men accused of sexual abuse shouldn’t be expecting forgiveness anytime soon, says Danya Ruttenberg — not until they’ve done the hard work of making amends.

A case against forgiveness

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg says Judaism is more interested in atonement than forgiveness. Jennifer Freyd, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, explains her formula for the "sorry-not-sorry" public apology. And Kaya Oakes makes a case for why victims don't always have to forgive.

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.