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Something Understood Episode guide

  1. 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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  2. Translation

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

    First broadcast: 27 Jul 2014

  3. Independently Dependent

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

    First broadcast: 20 Jul 2014

  4. 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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  5. The Warmth of Other Suns

    John McCarthy considers the emotional and human dimension of migration.

    First broadcast: 06 Jul 2014

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  6. 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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  7. Exploration

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

    First broadcast: 22 Jun 2014

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Labyrinths

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

    First broadcast: 18 May 2014

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. The Elephant

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

    First broadcast: 27 Apr 2014

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  16. Impermanence

    Melissa Viney reflects on the impermanence of things.

    First broadcast: 20 Apr 2014

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  17. Over and Over

    John McCarthy considers the pleasures and benefits of repetition.

    First broadcast: 13 Apr 2014

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  18. Transience

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

    First broadcast: 06 Apr 2014

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  19. Temptation

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

    First broadcast: 30 Mar 2014

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  20. Where It Was

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

    First broadcast: 23 Mar 2014

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  21. Gifts

    John McCarthy considers the complexities in giving and receiving gifts.

    First broadcast: 16 Mar 2014

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  22. 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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  23. Abstinence

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

    First broadcast: 02 Mar 2014

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  24. Father and Son

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

    First broadcast: 23 Feb 2014

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  25. 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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  26. Up in Flames

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

    First broadcast: 09 Feb 2014

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  27. 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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  28. Moving with God

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

    First broadcast: 26 Jan 2014

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  29. 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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  30. Keeping Up Appearances

    Mark Tully examines the human preoccupation with fashion.

    First broadcast: 12 Jan 2014

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