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  1. Harmony

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

    First broadcast: 17 Nov 2013

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  2. 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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  3. Transformation

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

    First broadcast: 03 Nov 2013

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  4. Gold

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

    First broadcast: 27 Oct 2013

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Neighbours

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

    First broadcast: 06 Oct 2013

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  8. The Boundaries of Religion: Part 2

    Mark Tully concludes his exploration of the relationship between reason and religion.

    First broadcast: 29 Sep 2013

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  9. The Boundaries of Reason: Part 1

    Mark Tully questions the apparent conflict between religion and reason.

    First broadcast: 22 Sep 2013

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  10. Seeking Eurydice

    Jo Fidgen goes in search of an afterlife that even an atheist can believe in.

    First broadcast: 15 Sep 2013

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  11. Faith in Numbers

    John McCarthy explores the potential of numbers to both comfort and inspire.

    First broadcast: 08 Sep 2013

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  12. Mending Cracks with Gold

    Celebrating damage - learning from kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery.

    First broadcast: 01 Sep 2013

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  13. Anger

    Llewellyn Morgan reflects on the not always negative nature of anger.

    First broadcast: 25 Aug 2013

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  14. Why do we have to get richer?

    Mark Tully questions the pursuit of economic growth at all costs.

    First broadcast: 18 Aug 2013

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  15. Learning to Be Human

    'Gorillas taught me to be human.' John McCarthy explores unusual paths to humanity.

    First broadcast: 11 Aug 2013

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  16. Heat

    Mark Tully considers the metaphorical and spiritual significance of heat.

    First broadcast: 04 Aug 2013

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  17. Stewardship

    Mark Tully discusses ideas of stewardship and our responsibility to future generations.

    First broadcast: 28 Jul 2013

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  18. Desire

    Sarah Cuddon reflects on the nature of desire.

    First broadcast: 21 Jul 2013

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  19. Procrastination

    Samira Ahmed considers whether procrastination is always such a bad thing.

    First broadcast: 14 Jul 2013

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  20. Keeping the Past Alive

    Samira Ahmed considers the value of re-examining the past.

    First broadcast: 07 Jul 2013

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  21. Holy Verses

    Mark Tully asks if the term 'religious poetry' is restrictive or helpful.

    First broadcast: 30 Jun 2013

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  22. Vanishing Point

    Writer and broadcaster Jude Rogers explores the desire to run away and disappear.

    First broadcast: 23 Jun 2013

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  23. Holding Hands

    John McCarthy considers the significance of holding hands as an act of trust and love.

    First broadcast: 16 Jun 2013

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  24. Seeing God

    Mark Tully examines the nature of religious visions and visionaries.

    First broadcast: 09 Jun 2013

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  25. Walking a Mile in Another Man's Shoes

    Mark Tully examines the place of empathy in politics, religion, medicine and the arts.

    First broadcast: 02 Jun 2013

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  26. Endings and Beginnings

    Marie-Louise Muir reflects on the mysteries of the creative process.

    First broadcast: 26 May 2013

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  27. When Certainties Are Shaken

    Samira Ahmed asks what we do when new revelations throw our past convictions into doubt.

    First broadcast: 19 May 2013

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  28. The Greatest of These Is Love?

    John McCarthy considers the centrality of love in our lives. With writer Salley Vickers.

    First broadcast: 12 May 2013

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  29. Debt

    Against a background of economic insecurity, Mark Tully discusses the moral side to debt.

    First broadcast: 05 May 2013

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  30. Escapism

    Art historian James Fox considers why there seems to be a human need to escape.

    First broadcast: 28 Apr 2013

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