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Something Understood Episode guide

  1. The Machines and Us

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

    First broadcast: 21 Sep 2014

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  2. Grandparents

    Mark Tully explores the relationships between grandparents and grandchildren.

    First broadcast: 14 Sep 2014

  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Forests: Weaving Magic Secrets

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

    First broadcast: 10 Aug 2014

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  8. 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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  9. Translation

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

    First broadcast: 27 Jul 2014

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  10. Independently Dependent

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

    First broadcast: 20 Jul 2014

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  11. 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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  12. The Warmth of Other Suns

    John McCarthy considers the emotional and human dimension of migration.

    First broadcast: 06 Jul 2014

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  13. 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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  14. Exploration

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

    First broadcast: 22 Jun 2014

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Labyrinths

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

    First broadcast: 18 May 2014

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  20. 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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  21. Nationalism

    Mark Tully examines the bonds that bind nations and asks if nationalism is good or bad.

    First broadcast: 04 May 2014

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  22. The Elephant

    Mark Tully investigates the spiritual and cultural power of the elephant.

    First broadcast: 27 Apr 2014

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  23. Impermanence

    Melissa Viney reflects on the impermanence of things.

    First broadcast: 20 Apr 2014

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  24. Over and Over

    John McCarthy considers the pleasures and benefits of repetition.

    First broadcast: 13 Apr 2014

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  25. Transience

    Should we care that everything is impermanent? Samira Ahmed explores ideas of transience.

    First broadcast: 06 Apr 2014

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  26. Temptation

    In his second special programme for Lent, Mark Tully discusses temptation.

    First broadcast: 30 Mar 2014

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  27. Where It Was

    Chris Brookes reflects on how not to let the past imprison us.

    First broadcast: 23 Mar 2014

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  28. Gifts

    John McCarthy considers the complexities in giving and receiving gifts.

    First broadcast: 16 Mar 2014

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  29. Wilderness Years

    A time of exile or renewal? Samira Ahmed explores the impact of periods away from society.

    First broadcast: 09 Mar 2014

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  30. Abstinence

    As Lent approaches, Mark Tully discusses the purpose and effects of fasting.

    First broadcast: 02 Mar 2014

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