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  1. As I Was Young and Easy

    John McCarthy uses Dylan Thomas's Fern Hill to explore timelessness in childhood.

    First broadcast: 30 Nov 2014

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  2. High Flight

    Kester Brewin reflects on our yearning to fly.

    First broadcast: 23 Nov 2014

  3. Beyond the Grey Towers

    Samira Ahmed explores Durham Cathedral's enduring historical and spiritual significance.

    First broadcast: 16 Nov 2014

  4. Commemoration

    On Remembrance Sunday, Mark Tully investigates the psychological need for commemoration.

    First broadcast: 09 Nov 2014

  5. Embracing the Classical

    Mark Tully debates the cultural benefits of classical music with composer James MacMillan.

    First broadcast: 02 Nov 2014

  6. The Fragile Contract

    The playwright Polly Stenham reflects on our need for art.

    First broadcast: 26 Oct 2014

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  7. George Herbert

    Mark Tully discusses the religious importance of metaphysical poet George Herbert.

    First broadcast: 19 Oct 2014

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  8. You Cannot Be Serious!

    John McCarthy explores the merits of playfulness through a series of letters.

    First broadcast: 12 Oct 2014

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  9. Beating Time

    Samira Ahmed drums her fingers and considers waiting, measuring and keeping time.

    First broadcast: 05 Oct 2014

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  10. May His Memory Be a Blessing

    Michael Zev Gordon reflects on the idea of the persistence of memory.

    First broadcast: 28 Sep 2014

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  11. The Machines and Us

    Mark Tully considers the practical implications of our relationship with machines.

    First broadcast: 21 Sep 2014

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  12. Grandparents

    Mark Tully explores the relationships between grandparents and grandchildren.

    First broadcast: 14 Sep 2014

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  13. Seeing Mary

    John McCarthy explores the role of the Virgin Mary in binding together different faiths.

    First broadcast: 07 Sep 2014

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  14. The Prince Who Walked Out of His Fairy Tale

    Samira Ahmed explores the story of Siddhartha, the Prince who became the Buddha.

    First broadcast: 31 Aug 2014

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  15. The Spoken Word

    Sarah Cuddon explores the power and the magic of the spoken word and reading aloud.

    First broadcast: 24 Aug 2014

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  16. Ignorance

    Mark Tully invites us to accept our own ignorance as a first step towards greater wisdom.

    First broadcast: 17 Aug 2014

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  17. Forests: Weaving Magic Secrets

    John McCarthy explores our connection to forests, both real and imagined.

    First broadcast: 10 Aug 2014

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  18. DNA and the Divine

    Mark Tully asks whether the discovery of DNA is evidence for or against God.

    First broadcast: 03 Aug 2014

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  19. Translation

    Mark Tully outlines the pitfalls and delights of translating ideas and emotions.

    First broadcast: 27 Jul 2014

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  20. Independently Dependent

    Felicity Finch reflects on independence and starting a relationship in later life.

    First broadcast: 20 Jul 2014

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  21. Rocks That Fail

    Mark Tully asks what happens when the things or people we rely on let us down.

    First broadcast: 13 Jul 2014

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  22. The Warmth of Other Suns

    John McCarthy considers the emotional and human dimension of migration.

    First broadcast: 06 Jul 2014

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  23. The Outer Limits

    Samira Ahmed reaches for the edge of the possible and explores the urge to exceed it.

    First broadcast: 29 Jun 2014

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  24. Exploration

    British writer and mountaineer Stephen Venables considers the importance of exploration.

    First broadcast: 22 Jun 2014

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  25. In the World but Not of the World

    John McCarthy shares experiences of being detached from everyday life.

    First broadcast: 15 Jun 2014

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  26. Manners

    Mark Tully asks if manners are necessary. What would happen if we dispensed with them?

    First broadcast: 08 Jun 2014

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  27. Spirituality without God

    Mark Tully asks to what extent we need God when seeking a spiritual approach to life.

    First broadcast: 01 Jun 2014

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  28. The Shelter of Each Other

    Padraig O Tuama reflects on 'It is in the shelter of each other that the people live'.

    First broadcast: 25 May 2014

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  29. Labyrinths

    John McCarthy makes his way to the centre of the labyrinth.

    First broadcast: 18 May 2014

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  30. The Power of the Crowd

    Samira Ahmed reflects on what being part of a crowd means to us as individuals.

    First broadcast: 11 May 2014

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