Humankind on Public Radio
In this episode of Humankind,we explore how federal courts enforced fugitive slave laws. Historians, actors and legal scholars re-create the famous case of a young escaped slave who was sent back by a Boston judge, provoking America’s largest...
After Effects of War
In this episode of Humankind,Christal Presley, an English teacher in Virginia who experienced “secondary trauma” in response to the extreme behavior of her father, a Vietnam-era veteran with PTSD, tells how the family began a journey of recovery.
A Different Sort of Food
In this episode of Humankind: from Yom Kippur to Ramadan, the age-old practice of fasting is widely followed today by people of many traditions who find surprising benefits in this quiet discipline.
In this episode of Humankind, the author of “Taking Back Childhood,” education professor Nancy Carlsson-Paige, examines the impact on kids of media violence, overly structured school days and a culture that preaches rampant consumerism.
In this episode of Humankind, the remarkable international effort to build “homes and hope” by marshalling the energies of young people, church communities and others, is described by Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller.
High School Pressure-Cooker
In this episode of Humankind, weexamine the level of stress experienced by many secondary school students in America. We probe the causes and effects. And we look at positive coping skills kids can learn — and ideas on how to restructure school life...
The Lost Art of Healing
In this episode of Humankind, an elderly physician and Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Bernard Lown, pleads for a revolution in health care that would place greater emphasis on personal interaction between doctor and patient.
In this episode of Humankind: the founder of over a dozen charities, Tracy Gary (heiress to two large fortunes), describes her vision of philanthropy as an antidote for narcissism that can bring people together.
In this episode of Humankind, we consider the dramatic increase in income inequality – now at levels that preceded the Great Depression – and how this wealth gap relates to a host of conditions, from personal illness to incarceration.
In this episode of Humankind, awoman who was severely burned in an accident reveals her personal journey of healing and self-acceptance and describes what she’s learned from working with young people who are also coping with burns.
In this episode of Humankind: the stress of having a seriously-ill loved one being treated in a hospital in a strange city is lessened by a compassionate army of volunteers in Boston who open their homes to provide lodging and a sympathetic ear.
In this episode of Humankind, the moving tale of the late Mae Bertha Carter, a sharecropper who raised thirteen children and also stood firm — against harassment — in her quest to integrate public schools in Sunflower County, Mississippi.
Spiritual but not Religious
In this episode of Humankind, aconversation about the large sector of Americans who regard themselves as spiritually inclined, but who do not affiliate with organized religion.
Thich Nhat Hanh
In this episode of Humankind,Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hahn, a best-selling author and Zen master who teaches part-time in the U.S., describes lessons he learned about peacemaking from the Vietnam War.
In this episode of Humankind,Donna Hicks, author of “Dignity,” recounts her experiences as an international conflict mediator that led her to an understanding of how an assault on the dignity of a person or a group must be healed, before strife can...
Count Your Blessings
In this episode of Humankind,Austrian-born author and Benedictine Brother David Steindl-Rast shares how acquiring an attitude of “gratefulness” can calm the mind and give life a simple joy.
The Illumination of Rumi
In this episode of Humankind: to the astonishment of publishers, Jalaluddin Rumi has become the best-selling poet in America. Rumi’s sensational popularity is notable not only because of its content — an intoxicated, rapturous love letter to the...
Facing a personal crisis, hospital patients and their loved ones often receive needed emotional support from a quiet army of chaplains, who are skilled at empathetic listening to people gripped by difficult and confusing emotions.
The Right to Vote
A special one-hour documentary that explores one of the most basic questions facing our democracy: who may participate?
The Philosopher of Finance
A fascinating conversation with John Bogle, founder of Vanguard and one of the world’s most famous investors, on what it means to have “enough”, both financially and spiritually.
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