This week on Unorthodox, we’re all about atonement. For our third annual apology episode, we’re joined by University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor Ari Kohen, who explains what makes an apology truly bad (and why he stopped blogging about apologies). Mark Osler, a former federal prosecutor turned clemency advocate, tells us about the personal journey behind his career change. Vanessa Zoltan, host of the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, returns with a true story about a family apology that didn’t quite take. We also share your letters about Yom Kippur atonement, and offer our own apologies.

Listen to our previous Yom Kippur episodes here and here.

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