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 Introduces: Sorry About The Kid
How do you forget your favourite person in the world? Alex remembers everything about the day a speeding police car killed his brother. But his brother, alive? Those memories are lost. And now, 30 years later, Alex wants them back. In this emotional four-part series, Alex unearths his childhood grief — with help from family, friends, and a therapist who witnessed his brother’s death. What happens when trauma and memory collide? Sorry About The Kid is a deeply personal meditation on the losses that define us. Hosted by Alex McKinnon. Produced with Mira Burt-Wintonick (WireTap, Love Me). More episodes are available at hyperurl.co/sorryaboutthekid
Bonsai and the power of tiny trees
When the first lockdown hit New York City in 2020, freelance writer Max Falkowitz was stuck by himself. He’s single and lives alone, and Falkowitz was struck by how little he touched living beings anymore. He went from hugging friends to walking cautiously alongside them.
To take up his unwanted free time, Falkowitz decided to hunt for a hobby. He started with growing house plants but it wasn’t all-consuming enough. Bonsai, the Japanese art of cultivating tiny trees, seemed to be a specific enough venture, with enough depth that Falkowitz dove in.
Falkwotiz found that tending to his miniature cedars, redwoods, and pines, helped him feel better. He tells Tapestry that the experience not only brought him closer to an understanding of life and death, but brought him community.
Gender-fluid dressing could bring about a renaissance in fashion
Until now, a lot of forays into genderless fashion have been subdued and shapeless, featuring neutral colours and boxy silhouettes. The author and activist behind the #DeGenderFashion movement says a truly gender-fluid approach to dressing could allow room for a much more expressive wardrobe.
Christmas cheer for all to hear
Christmas music, whether you love it or hate it, has a power over us we can't control, and science can back it up. Musicologist Joe Bennett at the Berklee College of Music in Boston has done a brief analysis on how we can define what a contemporary Christmas song even is, and the patterns and themes that seem to hit us at the heart. What makes "White Christmas" tick? Joe has a guitar and the answer.
Olly Robertson, a research assistant in The Oxford Psychological Interventions for Children and Adolescents research group at University of Oxford, meanwhile has written about the science of Christmas cheer, and why things like mistletoe, the Christmas tree, and of course the music have such an emotional impact.
How religious practice continues to transform through the pandemic
The American Religious Sounds Project tries to answer the hard question: What does religion sound like? The researchers are inviting the listener to imagine religion as something that people do in all kinds of different spaces, as opposed to something people are.
Meanwhile, across Canada, church congregations are windling and costs to maintain their buildings continue to rise. So where does that leave the approximately 27 thousand buildings across Canada? Kendra Fry helps congregations see their buildings reborn as community hubs for everyone to use — religious or not.
"These buildings are incredibly important. They are often located literally geographically at the centre of their communities," said Fry. "The reason that not-for-profits use them is because of their location, because of their price, and not surprisingly, because of their accessibility."
It could be a game-changer in making cities and towns more liveable in Canada and around the world.
Impossible pork and family secrets
There are a lot of things about religion that don’t make much sense to the non-believer, like, potentially, dietary laws. Why would a supreme being care whether or not I eat … pork? And the believer would respond: It’s more meaningful than God inspecting what’s on your plate. Aymann Ismail on bringing your spirituality into the supermarket and trying Impossible Pork for the first time.
Michele Dawson Haber and her sister Ruti grew up with a pretty great step-father. But whenever they asked questions about their biological father their mom would be evasive. Then one day Michele and Ruti found out their mom had kept a box full of letters… and their journey began.
The topics of summer episodes hosted by Christa Couture and Narcy Alsalman were marred by extraordinary self centred perspective of the hosts. Wow. Not since SookYin Lee have I heard such unbridled egos making each topic about themselves and scope limited by their narrow perspectives.
I appreciate their efforts to present shows that help us make sense of the extraordinary event we are experiencing and to provide us with coping tools and new perspectives. To the person who criticized the lack of emphasis on Christianity, Tapestry’s mission is to explore spirituality, religion and the search for meaning — not just Christian beliefs.
I love this podcast, the topics are so interesting, and up to date with the society. Continue doing the amazing job Mary!!!