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Weekly podcast from public radio’s award-winning program Humankind

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English

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Episodes

Helen Keller An Optimist in Spite of All, Pt1

7/29/2021
Stricken blind and deaf by a fever at infancy, Helen Keller once described herself as “an optimist in spite of all.” This truly inspiring biography recounts how Keller emerged from solitary confinement in silent darkness to become one of the 20th century’s greatest women and greatest human spirits. Includes readings from her autobiographical reflections and […]

Duration:00:30:32

Power of Nonviolence Pt3B

7/22/2021
How exactly can we build a future based on understanding and connection among people of diverse backgrounds— rather than prejudice, misinformation and suspicion that are the fuel for violence? According to the late journalist John Wallach, the answer is to instill this awareness at a young age. He went on to found a truly daring […]

Duration:00:30:31

Power of Nonviolence, Pt3A

7/15/2021
How exactly can we build a future based on understanding and connection among people of diverse backgrounds— rather than prejudice, misinformation and suspicion that are the fuel for violence? According to the late journalist John Wallach, the answer is to instill this awareness at a young age. He went on to found a truly daring […]

Duration:00:30:14

A Union of Citizens Pt1

7/8/2021
This documentary includes our interview with John Lewis, remarkable civil rights leader and the “conscience of Congress.” Mr . Lewis died at age 80 on July 17, 2020. In a country founded of the people, by the people and for the people: What does it mean to be an actively engaged citizen? How can we stimulate […]

Duration:00:30:26

An Informed Republic

7/1/2021
America’s founders recognized that without a king, the fledgling nation would need an informed citizenry—or their bold experiment in democracy would fail. So in early America, the government subsidized newspapers, established the postal system to facilitate information flow and drew up plans for public education. But now in the digital age, does the demise of […]

Duration:00:30:25

Children Left Behind Pt2

6/24/2021
A staggering 10 percent of all children in America have a parent who is incarcerated or under the supervision of the criminal justice system. Thus more than seven million kids face the social stigma, the developmental problems and the greater risk of getting into trouble themselves. In this, our second segment, we learn about current […]

Duration:00:30:24

Children Left Behind Pt1

6/17/2021
A staggering 10 percent of all children in America have a parent who is incarcerated or under the supervision of the criminal justice system. Thus more than seven million kids face the social stigma, the developmental problems and the greater risk of getting into trouble themselves. In our first segment of this two part special, […]

Duration:00:30:26

Janet Connors

6/10/2021
Janet Connors tells the agonizing story of losing her 19-year-old son, Joel, who was murdered during a home invasion in Boston in 2001. She decided to reject paralyzing depression and vengeance, and instead devotes her life today to teaching public school students about “restorative justice”, a philosophy that encourages forgiveness when wrongdoers accept accountability.

Duration:00:30:23

Unintended Consequences -Children of Alcoholics

6/3/2021
We consider the plight of tens of millions of Americans in families and relationships with alcoholics. How does the influence of addiction affect families?

Duration:00:30:23

Compassionate Friends

5/27/2021
The parental agony of losing an infant, child, teenager, or young adult—to illness or accident—afflicts over 100,000 American families each year. Typically it is a shattering experience for the bereaved family. But for the survivors, life goes on, permanently changed. In this moving episode, we visit with Bob and Chris Lewis of Minneapolis, MN. In […]

Duration:00:30:19

Giving Voice to Youth

5/20/2021
Barbara Cervone, a lifelong educator who started a network of small schools and later became a grantmaker involved in investing hundreds of millions of dollars in public schools, undertook a new venture in 2001. She founded What Kids Can Do as a national effort to amplify the voices of young people, especially those marginalized by […]

Duration:00:30:30

Connie Goldman – Caregiving

5/13/2021
Have you had to care for an aging parent or loved one who has grown sick or disabled? How did it change your life and the person you cared for? In this episode of Humankind with David Freudberg, we’ll meet Connie Goldman, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered and author of The Gifts of Caregiving: Stories of […]

Duration:00:30:32

Bolder Giving

5/6/2021
Some people give no charity at all. But of Americans who do, the average family donation is 2-3% per year. This program examines how people arrive at the amount of their charitable contributions, where the money is contributed to, and what holds donors back from giving more, especially if they could afford to without hardship.

Duration:00:30:14

Radioactive Pt2

4/29/2021
The energy from one uranium molecule, used to fuel nuclear power, is a million times greater than that from one molecule of coal, commonly used in electricity generation. And because nuclear energy facilities emit less global warming pollution (although they do emit some), a debate has emerged over whether to expand nuclear power to counteract […]

Duration:00:30:25

Radioactive Pt1

4/22/2021
The energy from one uranium molecule, used to fuel nuclear power, is a million times greater than that from one molecule of coal, commonly used in electricity generation. And because nuclear energy facilities emit less global warming pollution (although they do emit some), a debate has emerged over whether to expand nuclear power to counteract […]

Duration:00:30:24

The Monk Within Each of Us

4/15/2021
A spiritual intimacy comes through in these warm remarks by Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk. He talks of finding gratefulness and joy throughout the inevitable peaks and valleys of the inner journey.

Duration:00:30:23

Free Time Movement with Waskow & O’brien

4/8/2021
Overworking has become a cultural norm in Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s opinion. Waskow’s coalition “Free Time/Free People” is spearheaded by members of various faiths, and insists that a workable culture must actually work less, and a functional population functions best when there’s less to do. Today, he posits that we have become alienated from our lives […]

Duration:00:30:27

Living Fully with Ilness

4/1/2021
For most people, an encounter with serious illness stimulates self-reflection. It can force patients to re-evaluate their priorities, their behaviors, their lives. But taking a good, deep look at oneself may not be easy. Often introspection unfolds in layers and stages. This program explores two powerful self-reflective techniques.

Duration:00:30:25

Standardized Testing

3/25/2021
With the movement to “opt out” of high-stakes standardized tests gaining traction in schools among students, parents and educators, we consider alternative ways to evaluate when education is effective.

Duration:00:30:23

Tucker Stilley

3/18/2021
When a gifted artist and media producer near Los Angeles is stricken with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), a community of friends comes together to support him as he develops ingenious ways to continue creating his art work, even without the use of his limbs.

Duration:00:30:18