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Tapestry is your guide through the messy business of being human. You’ll hear surprising conversations and rediscover your connection to something larger than yourself. Tapestry: your time to pause and go deep.

Tapestry is your guide through the messy business of being human. You’ll hear surprising conversations and rediscover your connection to something larger than yourself. Tapestry: your time to pause and go deep.


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Tapestry is your guide through the messy business of being human. You’ll hear surprising conversations and rediscover your connection to something larger than yourself. Tapestry: your time to pause and go deep.






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Introducing: Telling Our Twisted Histories

Words have the power to shape how we see the world and each other. In Telling Our Twisted Histories, host Kaniehti:io Horn guides listeners through over 70 conversations with people from 15 Indigenous communities sharing their truths about the impact of words on our perspectives, cultures, and lives. Together we will decolonize our histories – and ourselves – one word at a time. More episodes are available at smarturl.it/twistedhistories


LGBTQ Catholics and why they stay

Xorje Olivares looks for solace and hope from the Catholic church. The problem is he's gay and the formal church continues to identify same-sex unions as a sin. Olivares shares what a different vision of the capital-C church could look like, if the institution was more accepting. Later, we hear from scientist and environmental advocate Jane Goodall, who is this year's Templeton Prize winner.


Working together to make a family and a better world

Danny Stewart was on his way to meet his partner for dinner when he happened upon a baby, bundled in a sweatshirt and abandoned at a New York subway station. That started him on a path to parenthood. Later, a Concordia professor explains why the world's biggest problems can't be solved by personal boycotts.


The joy of getting back out there

Post-pandemic, design critic Alexandra Lange says we would all benefit from city-wide, street-based events. And it might be worth asking what the kids would want. Meanwhile researcher Adam Mastroianni has found that conversations tend to last a length of time that makes no one happy.


Finding faith in creative acts

Reverend Paula Hollingsworth outlines the evolution of faith in Jane Austen’s novels and her personal life. And writer Amy Shearn, is on a quest to better understand why we take on long-term projects and what keeps us going through the process.


The Struggle at home

Conversations about race can be fraught in the best of circumstances. But what happens when you’re trying to have that conversation with relatives who’ve experienced racism themselves — and who still dish it out to others? When Vancouvers’s Jamie Lee released her debut jazz album at the beginning of 2020, she didn't know the pandemic would almost convince her to leave her music career behind.


Let’s Sing

When composer Hollis Taylor first encountered the pied butcherbird in Australia, she described it as an “epiphany.” She takes recordings of the bird and turns them into sheet music, often simplifying birdsong so they can be played on human instruments. Karaoke is the perfect poster child of all that we’ve missed during the pandemic, says writer Mel Woods. Woods says it’s a fun way to let loose - once it's safe to do again - even if you can’t sing.


The Art of Rest & Smuggling Jewish religious items into the Soviet Union

Pairing science with psychology, Claudia Hammond wrote the book on rest - and why we need more of it. The Art of Rest, reveals the activities (other than sleep) that can most help you relax, even if it’s something you struggle with doing. The previously untold story of Canadian hockey executive Sherry Bassin is recounted in a documentary by NPR's Gary Waleik. In the early 1980s, when he was general manager and assistant coach of Team Canada, Bassin risked arrest by the KGB to deliver prayer...


Insta-evangelism and Muslim TikTok: meaning making on social media

After decades of harmful presentations of Muslims dominated the entertainment industry, TikTok is changing the narrative. Entertainment reporter, Anhar Karim, says TikTok has the authentic representations of Muslims that were missing from his own life. Some self-help Instagram influencers evoke the feeling of televangelism of days past, says author Leigh Stein. She believes that there’s something religious going on in their comment sections that’s attracting millions of female followers, and...


Turning to the past for comfort in the present

Studying the culture of the 17th and 18th centuries gave historian Keith Johnston a vision for how we could mark the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnston says we can draw inspiration from a 10-day festival hosted in Naples at the end of the 1656 epidemic. The Mahabharata is a 2,000 year old sacred text from India whose central message is “everyone dies.” And yet University of Toronto associate professor Arti Dhand has found it a place of solace through the horrors of the pandemic.


Lessons from a war zone

When COVID-19 struck, Aisha Ahmad recognized very few people around her had lived through a large-scale disaster. Despite being a professor of political science, she found herself acting as an online counsellor, sharing wisdom she earned living in conflict around the world. This episode was first broadcast on May 8, 2020.


Women who find meaning and purpose on the land

You’re going to meet two women with profound connections to the land. Memona Hossain is a PhD student in Applied Ecopsychology. She has spoken to dozens of Muslim women around the world whose faith drives their work as climate activists. Jenna Vandal recounts the long, winding path to connecting with her Métis heritage.


Running against time

The fertile fields in Washington state provided Noé Alvarez a playground and a place to unwind, but they were a source of pain for migrant workers in his community who toiled for a better life. On an epic transnational run, Alvarez learned to carry the stories of others, made peace with his past and rewrote his family’s story. Meanwhile, philosopher Andreas Elpidorou says the widespread experience of boredom during the pandemic is far from dull. He believes taking a closer look at our...


Basic Goodness - Episode 2

Episode Two looks at sexual abuse in spiritual communities from the perspective of survivors. It explores what tends to happen to survivors who speak out against their spiritual leaders and groundbreaking ways we can listen to abuse survivors who choose to remain silent.


Basic Goodness - Episode 1

Episode One looks at sexual abuse allegations that surfaced in the Shambhala Buddhist community and explores the power imbalances in guru-student relationships. We ask why this keeps happening in spiritual communities around the world and hear from Shambhala's board of directors.


The delight in what we see and what we can't

Poet Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights, says observing small joyful moments is a social and political act in a world that prefers proficiency. How inclusive design to give access to people with disabilities can deepen the artistic experience for everyone.


Honesty and responsibility

We talk to an Anglican priest and a man who grew up with a radical sense of honesty about the responsibilities we have when we speak. Malcolm Guite talks about the consequences of lying, while Michael Leviton recalls the costs of telling the truth.


From light bulbs to coffee cups: How the objects we create shape us

It ain’t no thing. Or is it? The objects around us can have a profound impact on how we think about and interact with the world. From the scientific to the sacred, human beings may invent the things, but those creations end up shaping humanity.


When to be still, when to be stirred: what mystics can teach us about patience during a pandemic

Decades in a room with no way out was a choice for anchoresses like Julian of Norwich during the Middle Ages, but it doesn’t mean it was easy. Writers Paul Dafydd Jones and Kaya Oakes explore what it means to be patient in the time of a pandemic and what mystics like Julian of Norwich have to teach us.


Uncivil History

From plantation tours to the myth of the black Confederate soldier, the history of slavery and the American Civil War has often been whitewashed. In this special episode, Tapestry investigates how distorted versions of the past can do so much harm in the present.