Tapestry from CBC Radio

Tapestry from CBC Radio


CBC Radio's Tapestry is a weekly exploration of spirituality, religion and the search for meaning, hosted by Mary Hynes.


Episode: Translator Sarah Ruden, Zoroastrian Priest Jal Panthaky  

Translator Sarah Ruden reinvigorates the Bible in English; Priest Jal Panthaky goes deep into his Zoroastrian faith to unpack the rules of marriage.

The spiritual overtones of Little Scream's indie rock  

Musician Little Scream (Laurel Sprengelmeyer) was raised in Iowa as a Jehovah's Witness. Though she left the religion long ago, spiritual exploration continues to be a theme in both her music and her personal life, as in her album 'Cult Following.'

SUMMER SPECIAL: Neurodiversity with El Jones  

El Jones speaks to a woman with Down syndrome and an autistic woman about the hardships and joys of their disabilities and about society’s biases against neurodivergent people.

SUMMER SPECIAL: Black Motherhood with El Jones  

El Jones speaks to four black mothers about how racism and motherhood intersect, requiring them to educate and protect their kids, while dealing with the prejudice they face themselves.

SUMMER SPECIAL: Restorative Justice with El Jones  

El Jones speaks to two guests, one who committed murder and one who lost her partner to murder, to find out if reconciliation through restorative justice is really possible.

SUMMER SPECIAL: The Pros and Cons of Raising Your Kids with Religion with Ali Hassan  

To raise your kids with religion or not, that is the question. Guest host Ali Hassan speaks to parents who make the case for and against passing on a spiritual tradition... and a mother who's inventing a spiritual framework for her boys.

SUMMER SPECIAL: The Paradox of Choice with Humble the Poet  

Guest host Humble the Poet explores the Paradox of Choice, and the efforts some of us are making to simplify things in elemental ways.

The Power of Kindness with Kinnie Starr  

Guest host Kinnie Starr explores the healing power of kindness and how helping others has relieved her own chronic pain.

SUMMER SPECIAL: Life after a Brain Injury with Kinnie Starr  

In this episode, guest host Kinnie Starr explores what happens to our identities and relationships after a brain injury.

Reclaiming Indigenous Spirituality  

Inspiration from Grassy Narrows, The damaging colonial legacy of the Papal 'Doctrine of Discovery' & how Blair Stonechild is embracing his Indigenous spirituality.

Hope and Mercy in Chicago and Newtown  

A Muslim community activist in Chicago and the parent of a child killed at Sandy Hook both search for hope and mercy in their own lives and in the lives of others.

Preserve or destroy?  

One man's mission to remove offensive graffiti and a Mohawk's community choice to preserve a residential school building.

Illuminating: medieval art form meets 21st-century knowledge in the Saint John's Bible  

The Saint John's Bible is the first hand-lettered, illuminated bible made using quills and ancient techniques in 500 years. But the images that adorn it are entirely modern: strands of DNA, an homage to the Holocaust, images from the Hubble Telescope.

Utopia or Dystopia  

Margaret Atwood and Christian environmentalist Leah Kostamo discuss how religion has shaped our country, at the 'Restorying Canada' conference at the University of Ottawa.


Musician Snatam Kaur talks about the healing power of sacred chants and Lauretta Santarossa gives us a tour of her secret garden dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Stand up  

In Halifax, Pastor Rhonda Britton stands up for the African-Nova Scotian community, seeking common cause with city authorities. And three 'standups' stand up for interfaith solidarity through humour.

Engaged Buddhism  

The tension between ‘doing something’ and ‘sitting there’ can be a real dilemma on the spiritual path. Here are stories of how people are using their Buddhist beliefs to engage in social issues.

A Place for Everyone  

You'll hear about Sick Pilgrim, an online blog that is 'a hospital for wayfaring souls'. Plus a documentary about two very unlikely roommates: an 88-year old Cape Bretoner and a 20-something student from India -who are making it work.

Claiming Your Self  

"We Matter" Campaign brings hope to Indigenous youth, and how musician D!XON went from fundamentalist Islam to pop singer.

Stories from the battlefield and the meditation cushion  

Canada's Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan shares stories of the events that have shaped his worldview: his conversion to Sikhism, and his encounters with what he calls 'true evil' in Afghanistan, and Michael Murray on meditation and Raquel Welch.

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