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Hope and despair 10,000 kilometres from home

Homa Hoodfar explains the hidden meanings of the veil in Iran and Islam. Peak into our voicemail as we hear from Iranians across Canada on their hopes and fears. Kiana Karimi shares what it means to discipline your hope so it’ll be there for you when you need it most.

Mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Author and meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn introduced the idea of mindfulness to a whole generation. As founder of the world-famous Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, he supports patients with chronic pain and shares the value of staying in the here and now.

How this German town kept a promise to God for 400 years

When the townspeople of Oberammergau, Germany promised God they would put on a Passion Play every decade, they were just hoping to be spared from a deadly plague. In the 400 years since, that tradition has brought people together from far and wide and holds lessons for every era in our world.

How recreating ancient recipes helps one food buff bring the past to life

Max Miller shares how food can offer a unique doorway into how human beings have — or have not — changed over the course of history. With each ancient recipe brought back to life, Miller reaches across time to sit across the dinner table from our ancestors.
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Mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Author and meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn shares the value of staying in the here and now and making peace with paying attention.

When remembering isn't enough, this Indigenous author calls on us to 'unforget'

Author Patty Krawec shares how going back and acknowledging harmful histories helps pave the way for a more hopeful future.
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A passion for history

A German town’s Passion Play is back on to fulfill a holy promise. Max Miller, host and creator of the YouTube channel Tasting History, brings the past into the present by recreating historic dishes.

From beyond the grave to on the screen: What horror movies can teach us about being human

Author Brandon Grafius says there are spiritual lessons to be found in scary texts and something hopeful hidden in the horrifying.
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We need to talk about how we talk about death

Producer Kevin Ball has long been fascinated by the way we talk about death, as if it a battle or a duel the person lost. Kevin reflects on if there's another way to talk about a person's passing.
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The probability of God

The physicist Stephen Unwin says that the question of whether or not there is a God could consume every waking hour of your day. So Unwin thought, let's figure it out and then get on with life. ‘Figuring it out’ meant devising a mathematical formula to decide once and for all whether God exists.

#Catholic

Chris Stedman says that current fashions like the Holy Trinity Bikini hint at something more profound might be going on. The new surge of interest in Catholicism for young people online has also taken another unexpected turn with a group calling themselves “trad caths” short for “traditional Catholics," says Molly Olmstead.
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The Catholic Church made majors reforms 60 years ago. These Catholics want to see them rolled back.

The new surge of interest in Catholicism for young people online has also taken another unexpected turn with a group calling themselves “trad caths” short for “traditional Catholics.” Molly Olmstead, a practicing Catholic and journalist, warns against returning to a more conservative church, because of how dangerously political religion can become.

This woman says she feels love differently since her heart transplant. She wants to know why

After a potentially life-saving heart transplant, Anne Marie Switzer experienced unexpected changes to her tastes and even how she feels love. Some researchers have controversially suggested a donor organ can retain or even transfer its original owner's personality or memories to a recipient.

How religion helped shape Dungeons & Dragons

As the Satanic panic boiled over in the 1980s, Dungeons & Dragons was one of the many once innocuous activities pulled under suspicion. One religion scholar says while D&D definitely isn't satanic, there are religious elements that make the tabletop game special.

The gospel according to Dungeons & Dragons

Religion scholar Joseph Laycock says that even though D&D was once a source of a moral panic, there is nothing satanic about it. Tapestry producer Arman Aghbali brings us the story of one player's attempt to resurrect his character and the spiritual challenge that occurred along the way.

One D&D player's quest for his character's resurrection

Dungeons and Dragons might be a game, but it can create very real feelings about the world the players live in. Producer Arman Aghbali talks to Robert Drutis and Joseph Becker about a story that sticks with them.

Why Disney is like a secular religion for some superfans

To some fans, visiting a Disney park isn't just a summer vacation. It's the site for important life events, and personal meaning that may border on the spiritual, or even religious.

Where the heart lives

Strange Heart tells the story of a woman who, since receiving a heart transplant six years ago, reports that she hasn’t felt emotion and hasn’t experienced love in quite the same way. And Windhorse follows a couple in Nova Scotia as they give back the land they bought 30 years ago to Indigenous communities.

Writer Julian Barnes asks what the world would look like if paganism had won

Julian Barnes’ latest novel, Elizabeth Finch, asks the question, what if civilization took a wrong turn in the 4th Century, by choosing Christianity over Hellenistic and Roman paganism?

The importance of seeking beauty, wherever it can be found

Daniela Gesundheit is part of indie band Snowblink, and a cantor, the person who leads people in singing and prayer in a synagogue. But while Gesundheit kept those two worlds separate, she felt there were conversations happening within the Jewish tradition that were too big to be confined.

Kevin Kelly believes optimism — and technology — can help us solve the world's toughest problems

Despite the challenges we face in 2022 — declining environment included — Kevin Kelly, an author, futurist and founding editor of Wired magazine, says he has no doubts about the cover story that declared we the world was in the midst of The Long Boom.

Why plant-based 'pork' is giving some Jews and Muslims pause

The latest entry into the Impossible Foods world — Impossible Pork — may have wound up alienating part of its target market.

How a secret trove of letters helped 2 sisters learn about the father they never knew

Michèle Dawson Haber and her sister Ruti pored over letters, photographs and audio reels to painstakingly assemble a profile of their father, who died when they were very young.

Impossible pork and family secrets

Muslim writer Aymann Ismail tries Impossible Pork for the first time, after a lifetime of halal-living. Michele Dawson Haber and her sister Ruti grew up with a pretty great step-father, but never really knew her biological father. A stash of letters changed that.

My grandfather, the saint

Andrew Faiz is the grandson of a Presbyterian Pakistani saint - Vazir Chand. Most Presbyterians don't honour saints, yet for this specific Pakistani community, Andrew's grandfather has been given special reverence.

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