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  1. Elephants

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

    First broadcast: 27 Apr 2014

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  2. Impermanence

    Melissa Viney reflects on the impermanence of things.

    First broadcast: 20 Apr 2014

  3. Over and Over

    John McCarthy considers the pleasures and benefits of repetition.

    First broadcast: 13 Apr 2014

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  4. Transience

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

    First broadcast: 06 Apr 2014

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  5. Temptation

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

    First broadcast: 30 Mar 2014

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  6. Where It Was

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

    First broadcast: 23 Mar 2014

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  7. Gifts

    John McCarthy considers the complexities in giving and receiving gifts.

    First broadcast: 16 Mar 2014

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  8. 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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  9. Abstinence

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

    First broadcast: 02 Mar 2014

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  10. Father and Son

    Hardeep Singh Kohli reflects on the relationship between fathers and sons.

    First broadcast: 23 Feb 2014

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  11. A Place Called Home

    John McCarthy reflects on how we can experience home both as a place and a state of mind.

    First broadcast: 16 Feb 2014

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  12. Up in Flames

    Samira Ahmed reflects on the creative and destructive power of fire.

    First broadcast: 09 Feb 2014

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  13. The Call of the City

    Are cities paved with gold or sinks of iniquity? Mark Tully examines the call of the city.

    First broadcast: 02 Feb 2014

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  14. Moving with God

    Mark Tully discusses the use of dance and movement as worship.

    First broadcast: 26 Jan 2014

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  15. The Strange Familiar

    Sarah Cuddon reflects on the conjunction of the familiar and the strange in our lives.

    First broadcast: 19 Jan 2014

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  16. Keeping Up Appearances

    Mark Tully examines the human preoccupation with fashion.

    First broadcast: 12 Jan 2014

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  17. In the Interest of Boredom

    John McCarthy explores that most exasperating of moods, boredom.

    First broadcast: 05 Jan 2014

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  18. Touch

    Arts journalist Marie-Louise Muir considers the value of human touch.

    First broadcast: 29 Dec 2013

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  19. Walking and the Mind

    John McCarthy explores the effects of walking on our creative and spiritual well-being.

    First broadcast: 22 Dec 2013

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  20. Made by Hand

    Samira Ahmed reflects on the power and pleasure of making things by hand.

    First broadcast: 15 Dec 2013

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  21. A Special Tribute to Nelson Mandela

    Mike Wooldridge presents a celebration of the life and career of Nelson Mandela.

    First broadcast: 08 Dec 2013

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  22. Anticipation

    Mark Tully looks at both sides of anticipation and how we relish or dread what is to come.

    First broadcast: 01 Dec 2013

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  23. Mapping the Territory

    Tom Robinson considers the space between the map and the territory.

    First broadcast: 24 Nov 2013

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  24. Harmony

    Mark Tully appreciates harmony in the company of pianist and composer David Owen Norris.

    First broadcast: 17 Nov 2013

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  25. Artificial Soul

    Could a robot have a soul? John McCarthy speaks to experts in artificial intelligence.

    First broadcast: 10 Nov 2013

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  26. Transformation

    Mark Tully draws on a Russian folk tale to explore the theme of transformation.

    First broadcast: 03 Nov 2013

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  27. Gold

    Writer Lucy Mangan reflects on the value and the meanings we invest in gold.

    First broadcast: 27 Oct 2013

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  28. Wine

    Mark Tully uncorks a bottle with the Bishop of Brighton to consider the symbolism of wine.

    First broadcast: 20 Oct 2013

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  29. Peeling the Dragon Skin

    John McCarthy considers the benefits and drawbacks of having a tough hide.

    First broadcast: 13 Oct 2013

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  30. Neighbours

    John McCarthy considers the relationships we have with those we live alongside.

    First broadcast: 06 Oct 2013

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