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Belmont, MA

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

Language:

English

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Human Media 68 Leonard Street, Second Floor Belmont, MA 02478-2522


Episodes

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

The Giving Circle

3/11/2021
Rather than merely write checks to charities they don’t really know well, a group of concerned women formed a “giving circle” which identifies social needs and then seeks out worthy recipients.

Duration:00:30:31

The Present Moment

3/4/2021
Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the renowned Stress Reduction Clinic at the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School, discusses how the technique of “mindfulness” can be physically and mentally therapeutic.

Duration:00:30:30

Resilient Nurses Pt2

2/25/2021
A no-holds-barred look at the stressful conditions in which many nurses work: the long hours, the emotional toll, the rapid pace, and the way that technology and institutional practices can make it hard to form a caring bond with patients. In this segment, we hear the fascinating stories of nurses in various locales who use […]

Duration:00:30:14

Resilient Nurses Pt1

2/18/2021
A no-holds-barred look at the stressful conditions in which many nurses work: the long hours, the emotional toll, the rapid pace, and the way that technology and institutional practices can make it hard to form a caring bond with patients. We hear nurses’ stories about the challenge of providing quality care under normal circumstances, and […]

Duration:00:30:25

Room to Read – John Wood

2/11/2021
After John Wood trekked through Nepal and saw under-educated children, he quit his job as a Microsoft executive and founded Room to Read, a nonprofit that has now established more than 9,000 libraries aimed at spreading literacy in developing nations worldwide.

Duration:00:30:25

Judicial Independence Pt 4 – Term Limits

2/4/2021
The Constitution specifies that once federal judges are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, they can hold their office “during good behavior,” in other words for life — unless they’ve misbehaved, that is. But the average American today lives a lot longer today than in 1789, when President George Washington signed the […]

Duration:00:26:30

Judicial Independence Part 3 – Expanding the Court

1/28/2021
The Republican party has not won the majority of votes in six of the last seven presidential elections. And yet vacancies on the Supreme Court have allowed Republican presidents to appoint six of the last ten justices. Does this skew the Court in a way that’s out of step with public opinion? Here we explore […]

Duration:00:28:14

Renewables

1/21/2021
Renewable energy (including low-carbon sources like solar and wind) is rapidly shifting to a higher profile sector of the way Americans derive electricity to power homes and workplaces.

Duration:00:30:23

Meeting Hate with Love

1/14/2021
This documentary features recent interviews with associates of Martin Luther King Jr. and his role model, Mahatma Gandhi, on their philosophy of nonviolent social change, plus archival audio.

Duration:00:30:23

Sobriety High

1/7/2021
In this episode we visit William J Ostiguy High School. It is a learning facility designed to help kids with a history of substance abuse—who support each other in their quest to remain clean and sober.

Duration:00:30:18

Aging Gracefully

12/31/2020
The human survival instinct prods us to outlast afflictions and, if circumstances permit, to reach old age. Nothing, of course, could be more quintessentially natural than aging. Physician Andrew Weil gives his views on healthy longevity in which older people come to accept the challenges and discover the rewards of aging, plus a look at […]

Duration:00:30:30

Jill Jackson Miller – Let There Be Peace

12/24/2020
Songwriter Jill Jackson Miller tells the history of the song and how she and her husband composed “Let there be Peace,” and members of a contemporary high school chorus describe the song’s special meaning in the age of terrorism.

Duration:00:30:31

The Will to Live

12/17/2020
Physician Rachel Naomi Remen counsels patients drawing from her own bout with a life-threatening illness.

Duration:00:30:15

Solutions to Bullying

12/10/2020
Although being teased and picked on are typical challenges for kids growing up, the effects can be traumatizing when a child is relentlessly bullied. The most common targets of bullying are young people who are perceived as gay, or who are disabled or overweight. But any kid who is singled out for harassment may feel […]

Duration:00:30:25

Mindful Learning

12/3/2020
While Capitol Hill may at times seem like the last place to find contemplative reflection, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has emerged as an advocate of daily periods of silence and meditation for personal growth and as a learning tool for schoolchildren.

Duration:00:30:25

Remembering Anthony DeMello

11/26/2020
We remember the late Anthony DeMello with the help of University of London Theologian Michael Barnes as well as recordings of the colorful DeMello during one of his many popular retreats.

Duration:00:30:25