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Soundtrack for the soul

At this time of physical isolation and uncertainty, music can offer a powerful balm. Tapestry is crowdsourcing songs that will lift your spirits and calm your nerves.

DIY digital seder: online Jewish community ready for Passover in the age of physical distancing

Rabbi Denise Handlarski’s “Secular Synagogue” was ready to spend this Passover miles apart long before physical distancing became a reality. Handlarski created the group after reflecting on the deep bonds she had formed in other online communities, including parenting and fitness groups.

Soundtrack for the soul featuring Hawksley Workman, DIY digital Passover seder

Tapestry launches its Soundtrack for the Soul, a collection of songs to lift your spirits and calm your nerves during the COVID-19 pandemic; and rabbi Denise Handlarski leads SecularSynagogue.com, an online Jewish community.
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Amid global pandemic, clergy head sees joy and hope in revival of England's rededication to Mary

In 2020, Christians in England are rededicating their country as the "Dowry of Mary," an event that hasn’t happened since 1381 under King Richard ll. Monsignor John Armitage says reinstating this medieval tradition is an act of joy for the 21st century.

Is America ready for a Jewish president?

Journalist Talia Lavin is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for many reasons, including the fact that he reminds her of a zaydie — the Yiddish term for grandfather. Lavin reflects on what it would mean to have a Jewish president and wonders if America is ready.
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What this writer learned about looking ahead and planning for disasters

Bina Venkataraman, author of The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, studies the art of looking ahead for solutions during dangerous times. It's a skill she honed while working on the Ebola Task Force for former U.S. president Barack Obama.

'I felt angry. I felt hurt. I felt afraid.' Singer iskwē describes motivation behind song Little Star

iskwē delves into the motivation behind her song, Little Star, and explains why it’s important that her Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences feel included in the experience of her performances.

'I'm gonna do my best to make music for people to heal to,' says Juno-nominated Frank Kadillac of Neon Dreams

Nova Scotia’s Frank Kadillac reflects on his musical mission with his band Neon Dreams, how a spiritual retreat helped him process trauma and how music has given him a special opportunity to connect with fans.

Tapestry@25: life advice from Rabbi Harold Kushner

Rabbi Harold Kushner became a household name after he published his bestselling book Why Bad Things Happen to Good People. His signature blend of hard-earned wisdom, compassion and straight-talk have made him one of Tapestry’s most requested guests.

Harnessing the world's vocabulary to expand your experience of happiness

Tim Lomas is the creator of The Positive Lexicography Project, a collection of roughly 1,300 words from 120 languages. Each word captures a unique experience of well-being that doesn’t have a direct English translation. If you learn the word, can you access the feeling?

The life-giving nature of language

Tim Lomas is the curator of an online lexicography of words from over 100 languages that all have this one thing in common: they aren't translatable. CBC Radio's William Firth hosts a show entirely in the Gwich'in language.

'I think about it 24-7': CBC North host's mission to bring Gwich'in language to youth

From a young age, William Firth knew he would dedicate his life to learning, regenerating, and passing on Gwich’in, a language he learned from elders in the Northwest Territories. Every weekday, he reaches the several hundred speakers of the language through his all-Gwich’in CBC Radio show.

'I don't want hope to be lost': How this man became the unofficial crisis manager for Muslim Canadians

Mohammed Hashim is known to some as the Toronto Muslim community’s crisis manager. He helps those who face intense Islamophobic attacks in the heat of a media firestorm navigate the messy and often difficult road ahead.

Recovering from a crisis

Mohammed Hashim on how he became the “unofficial crisis manager” for Canadian Muslims. Victoria Yang remembers how she was treated as a Chinese-Canadian during the SARS outbreak.

'I was humiliated': Chinese Canadian remembers racist reaction to SARS epidemic

Victoria Yang remembers how she was treated as a Chinese-Canadian during the SARS outbreak and explains how she’s working through that shame to reclaim her heritage.

Tapestry@25: Christian doctor believes he has a moral duty to provide abortions

Dr. Willie Parker is a religious man who felt called to work in a very different setting than the one he had imagined for himself as an obstetrician. He’s one of the few doctors in the American South who provides abortions. Dr. Parker says answering that call wasn’t just a medical decision - it was a spiritual one.

'It was devastating': queer Evangelical survives gay conversion therapy and helps others heal

Dev Cuny grew up in a charismatic Evangelical home. Coming out as queer meant being condemned to hell. They tried to pray the gay away. It didn't work. Now Dev Cuny helps other survivors of conversion therapy.

Life Changing Moments

A tormented Cuny agreed to undergo gay conversion therapy, survived the abusive experience, and now helps other survivors. Dr. Willie Parker on why he felt morally and spiritually compelled to do perform abortions.

'Queer people don't grow up as ourselves': Activist's viral tweet inspires others searching for identity

Alexander Leon, a London-based LGBTQ activist, spent his childhood pretending to be someone else. He posted a tweet about his experience growing up gay and his search for authenticity in adulthood — and it went viral.

Out of the closet and down the aisle

A viral tweet inspires feelings of solidarity around queer identity and the search for authenticity. And one woman grapples with the traditions around marriage, a decade after same-sex unions were legalized.

I do? One woman's dilemma between her dream wedding and her queer politics

After coming out and getting into a serious relationship, Lauren Strapageil wants to one day get married. But she wrestles with the institution of marriage and its place in the LGBTQ community.

How punk rock helped one woman find power in her blindness

Leona Godin discovered punk rock around the time she began to lose her eyesight. From its mistrust of authority to its brutal aesthetic, the punk scene spoke to the part of Leona that didn’t want to ‘make nice’ but wanted to make noise.

Tapestry@25: Rumi: Poet Laureate of the Planet Earth

Originally broadcast in September 2007, this is one of the most requested episodes we’ve ever produced. Poet Coleman Barks and the ‘modern-day mystic’ Andrew Harvey explore all the ways Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet, speaks to 21st-century hearts and minds.

From Calgary to Calvary: What happens when an agnostic is cast in Canada's largest Passion play?

When he was cast as Herod in the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, Richard Kelly Kemick, an agnostic, found himself immersed in conversations about faith and surrounded by believers. Despite their differences, Kemick was startled by how much they had in common.

Punk rock and Passion plays

Leona Godin reflects on the strange symmetry between discovering punk rock and losing her eyesight as a girl. And agnostic Richard Kelly Kemick recounts his summer playing Herod among a cast of believers in the Badlands of Alberta.