The Shortest Day, The Longest Night12/19/14
The idea of 'the longest night' has inspired storytellers for centuries. Today on the programme, we look at the winter solstice in a couple of different ways: the allure of the dark, the danger of the cold, and the potential for quiet in this season.
The Road Not Taken: Bernardo judge considered priesthood
Patrick LeSage, former chief justice of the Superior Court of Ontario, speaks in a wide-ranging interview touching on the dignity of the accused, the emotional load carried by lawyers and judges, and his belief in the essential goodness of human...
Champion of the Damned: Bryan Stevenson's fight to fix a broken justice...
When asked for a short bio, Bryan Stevenson offered up these 7 words: "Broken by poverty, injustice, condemnation. But hopeful." It's a powerful description, if a little too modest. Other people have called him: Atticus Finch meets Martin Luther King.
A Love For Hymns. Church, Not So Much.
Musician Veda Hille doesn't go to church, but she loves a good hymn sing. Hymns inspire her music, which is peculiar for someone whose musical sensibilities are closer to pop than pulpit. Plus, a pastor says he's tired of being a salesman for optimism.
The Wayfaring Stranger: Lost & Found in Vancouver
What does it take to bring a homeless man in from the streets? Tapestry reports from the back-alleys of Vancouver. Also: You Are Delusional - and that's OK. Why we should see the brighter side of self-delusion.
A Bad Guy's Search For Meaning & How Dante Saved My Life
Zachary Lazar's father was killed in a contract hit. Lazar writes about real-life crime stories, trying to answer one question: can bad people try to become good people? Later, why Dante's The Divine Comedy is the greatest work of self-help ever...
The Muslims Are Coming and The Novel Cure
A group of Muslim comics hits the road to meet people who could, conceivably, never have met a Muslim. The stars of the documentary The Muslims Are Coming are in our studio. Later on the show, two bibliotherapists prescribe novels to cure what ails...
Tame Your Mind. (No Religion Required.)
No gods, gurus or mantras. Just you and your frantic thoughts as they rise and fall away. The atheist Sam Harris says when you take away all the religious stuff, the world's spiritual traditions have profound things to say about the art of being human.
Being Alone: Views from a Mormon Feminist & Poet Nikki Giovanni
This episode has been awarded a Gabriel Award, an honour given to journalism that uplifts and nourishes the human spirit. We explore different ways of being alone, in all its glory and its pain.
A Conversion Story: Between Gods
When you grow up going to Sunday school - and celebrating Christmas - it's a good bet your family is Christian. Unless they aren't. Novelist Alison Pick unearthed an old family secret when she began the long process of converting to Judaism.
Is Your Baby Amoral?
How old are children when morality kicks in? Do they develop a sense of right-and-wrong along with early speech? With their baby teeth? Yale psychologist Paul Bloom is among those who are starting to believe morality exists in tiny wee babies.
Liars, Cheats and Sinners
Cast an eye over the people who go to church. Do you see families of 11 children? Writer Mary Gordon says good-hearted Catholics are made out to be cheats because they defy church rules. Plus, marriage in all its forms, including arranged and annulled.
A Field Guide to the Narcissist
We all know one. Maybe you are one. If you are, you probably don't know it. Mary Hynes brings us tales of survival: working with - and living with - the narcissist.
The Tattooed Pastor / The Rabbi who Swore at God
Mary Magdalene means a lot to Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber -- so much so that she got a sleeve tattoo of the saint. Pastor Nadia doesn't like emotionally needy people, she swears, and she's a little cranky.
Wherever You Go, There You Are(n't)
This week, we rewrite an old piece of spiritual wisdom: wherever you go, there you are. Eric Weiner suggests that when you change your locale, you sometimes change yourself. Can a new postal code really bring about your transformation?
Let There Be Dark
Where there is darkness, let me bring light. Er, maybe not. In the language of spirituality, light equals good and darkness is evil. It's very black and white, pardon the expression. We peer into the darker side of ourselves and find it's not so scary.
Tapestry - Religious Freedom vs. Equality Rights
Can traditional religions co-exist with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? We called up two lawyers to discuss heated cases in Canada today.
Tapestry - Muhammad: From Orphan to Prophet
There are no perfect people here. But it's all so human a story. Its imperfections are what make it human and what make it real." Lesley Hazleton, author of The First Muslim.
Tapestry - Reza Aslan on Jesus the Revolutionary
You may have seen the infamous appearance Reza Aslan made on Fox News when the interviewer challenged him about why a Muslim would write a book about Jesus. His book tells the story of the man he calls "the most interesting person who ever lived."
Tapestry - Canoeing with Lois Wilson
Three canoes. Four tents. Five nights in the back country. And six women of a certain age. They paddle deep into the woods of Northern Ontario while Tapestry tags along.
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