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Polarities is an in-depth series about borders, real and imagined. Drawing on stories from around the globe that illustrate both visible and invisible barriers, the series touches on themes of conflict, identity, belief, displacement, geography, the environment and historical justice. In the process, Polarities aims to hold the powerful to account, exposing the deep roots of conflict to reveal the forces that bring people together and tear people apart.

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Polarities is an in-depth series about borders, real and imagined. Drawing on stories from around the globe that illustrate both visible and invisible barriers, the series touches on themes of conflict, identity, belief, displacement, geography, the environment and historical justice. In the process, Polarities aims to hold the powerful to account, exposing the deep roots of conflict to reveal the forces that bring people together and tear people apart.

    Episode 4: Mindfulness and the Politics of Eating a Raisin

    Episode 4: Mindfulness and the Politics of Eating a Raisin

    Over the decades, Buddhist practice, with its own set of traditions, ethics and beliefs, has been transformed in the West to “mindfulness”, a therapeutic exercise that wields the power and authority of scientific studies and medical experts, as well as Human Resource specialists in some of the biggest companies in America and abroad. This story,… Read More »Episode 4: Mindfulness and the Politics of Eating a Raisin

    • 44 min
    Episode 3: Eight Hairs of the Buddha

    Episode 3: Eight Hairs of the Buddha

    After the outbreak of violence and mass displacement of the Rohingya in western Myanmar in 2017, I travelled to the country, speaking to activists, Buddhist monks and Muslim leaders in Yangon and Mandalay.  Over the months and now years since, the message I heard then began to filter out through various reports: that fake news… Read More »Episode 3: Eight Hairs of the Buddha

    • 43 min
    Jesse Harvey: The Church of Safe Injection

    Jesse Harvey: The Church of Safe Injection

    Today’s Polarities interview is with Jesse Harvey, a harm-reduction advocate from Portland, Maine. Harvey founded the Church of Safe Injection in the face of the alarming rise in number of opiate-related deaths in the state of Maine, and the lack of access to safe syringes and other harm reduction material. Part of this conversation is… Read More »Jesse Harvey: The Church of Safe Injection

    • 38 min
    David Frye: “The Walls Were Made of Mud and Men”

    David Frye: “The Walls Were Made of Mud and Men”

    David Frye is the author of the book Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick. In our interview, we talk about the ancient but universal view of walls as something that made people soft, about how our own era might devolve into complacency, and the limitations of seeing walls as simply a symbol.… Read More »David Frye: “The Walls Were Made of Mud and Men”

    • 28 min
    Douglas Massey: The Invention of the U.S.-Mexico Border

    Douglas Massey: The Invention of the U.S.-Mexico Border

    I was honoured to speak with Douglas Massey, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Massey’s specialty is the U.S.-Mexico border, and back in 1982 he started the Mexican Migration Project, which tracks data on migration between the two countries. This is a fascinating and wide-ranging conversation, starting in the mid 19th century… Read More »Douglas Massey: The Invention of the U.S.-Mexico Border

    • 53 min
    Episode 2: Antigone

    Episode 2: Antigone

    The Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles wrote a short tragedy about the daughter of Oedipus, who battled with the state over the right to bury her brother who had fallen in war. Episode 2 of Polarities examines a grim, real-life, meta-version of the story of Antigone, playing out in the deserts of southern Arizona. This episode… Read More »Episode 2: Antigone

    • 1 hr 7 min

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