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  1. Yoga: For Body, Mind and Spirit

    Inspired by the late guru BKS Iyengar, Mark Tully investigates the benefits of yoga.

    First broadcast: 11 Jan 2015

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  2. The White North Has Thy Tiny Bones

    Samira Ahmed reaches for the far north and how it has been perceived, dreamed and desired.

    First broadcast: 04 Jan 2015

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  3. When I Grow Up

    Jude Rogers reflects on the transition to adulthood.

    First broadcast: 28 Dec 2014

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  4. A Winter Solstice

    On the shortest day of the year, Mark Tully presents a celebration of the winter solstice.

    First broadcast: 21 Dec 2014

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  5. Weltschmerz

    Is there too much bad news? Mark Tully asks if we are all suffering from world weariness.

    First broadcast: 14 Dec 2014

  6. Gossip and Whispers

    Psst... listen... John McCarthy considers the pleasures and perils of loose-tongued talk.

    First broadcast: 07 Dec 2014

  7. As I Was Young and Easy

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

    First broadcast: 30 Nov 2014

  8. High Flight

    Kester Brewin reflects on our yearning to fly.

    First broadcast: 23 Nov 2014

  9. Beyond the Grey Towers

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

    First broadcast: 16 Nov 2014

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  10. Commemoration

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

    First broadcast: 09 Nov 2014

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  11. Embracing the Classical

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

    First broadcast: 02 Nov 2014

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  12. The Fragile Contract

    The playwright Polly Stenham reflects on our need for art.

    First broadcast: 26 Oct 2014

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  13. George Herbert

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

    First broadcast: 19 Oct 2014

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  14. 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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  15. Beating Time

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

    First broadcast: 05 Oct 2014

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  16. 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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  17. The Machines and Us

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

    First broadcast: 21 Sep 2014

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  18. Grandparents

    Mark Tully explores the relationships between grandparents and grandchildren.

    First broadcast: 14 Sep 2014

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Forests: Weaving Magic Secrets

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

    First broadcast: 10 Aug 2014

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  24. 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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  25. Translation

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

    First broadcast: 27 Jul 2014

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  26. Independently Dependent

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

    First broadcast: 20 Jul 2014

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  27. 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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  28. The Warmth of Other Suns

    John McCarthy considers the emotional and human dimension of migration.

    First broadcast: 06 Jul 2014

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  29. 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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  30. Exploration

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

    First broadcast: 22 Jun 2014

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