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Program Website: http://www.humanmedia.org/
Humankind presents riveting stories of everyday people who have
found real purpose in life. Living by their principles—compassion,
service, generosity, spirituality, equality and integrity—they make
a profound difference in the quality of life in their communities. Hosted
by award-winning producer David Freudberg, Humankind
helps listeners examine some of humanity’s biggest questions and
illuminates the lives of ordinary people who, by their example, can inspire
SEGMENT 1: We journey back to a remarkable moment in Boston history, when a federal court ordered a peaceful young man back to slavery in Virginia, provoking the largest abolitionist protest ever staged in the United States.
SEGMENT 2: We consider a legal case often considered the worst ruling ever handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court – the Dred Scott decision, which upheld slavery and denied rights to African Americans. With Pulitzer-winning historian Eric Foner.
SEGMENT 1: We visit with professional comedians, who are also cancer survivors, as well as one of America's top breast cancer surgeons, to understand the role that a positive attitude and humor can play for people battling the disease.
SEGMENT 2: Very human observations by two Los Angeles playwrights who have had cancer and now present their personal journeys in the form of stage performances that are both deeply honest and filled with laughter.
SEGMENT 1: We hear about the dilemma of people whose inner conscience creates conflict with the demands of their workplace, from Parker Palmer, founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal and popular author of ‘Let Your Life Speak’.
SEGMENT 2: UCLA education professor and author Mike Rose believes we disserve youth by narrowing the focus of education to whether schools train their students to be competitive members of the work force.
SEGMENT 1: We explore the remarkable popularity of an ancient poet, Jalaluddin Rumi, subject of PBS specials and a popular book stunningly illustrated by Michael Green, who shares his reflections on the provocative message in Rumi’s verse.
SEGMENT 2: Best-selling author and Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hahn, speaking from his retreat center in Vermont, considers how to reach a person consumed in anger and vengeance, and how to look deeply into someone's suffering.
SEGMENT 1: We visit the nation’s busiest trauma center (Univ. of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore) to hear how certain low-tech, natural health care techniques practiced there can greatly relieve stress for people in a severe crisis.
SEGMENT 2: The story of a Bay Area attorney who experienced strange medical symptoms, initially misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis, but who found relief only when an unusual physician took the time to really listen.
SEGMENT 1: We hear from medical students, who voice concerns about the pace and financial concerns impacting health care, and who strive for warmer rapport with patients and a greater emphasis on preventing illness in the first place.
SEGMENT 2: Professors of medicine and nursing and an innovative national leader at the VA (the largest health care system in the US) describe a new vision of how compassionate communication occurs between patients and health professionals.
SEGMENT 1: The social and economic pressure to approach the December holidays as a breathless buying spree is enormous. This segment explores other, less consumer-oriented ways of showing our affection to the people we care about.
SEGMENT 2: In a season of giving, we consider recent trends in charity and philanthropy, and examine the annoyance experienced by many contributors – large and small – who are flooded with donation requests from worthy organizations.
SEGMENT 1: We hear about an effort at one college campus to increase intentional gestures of kindness, as a way to break down social barriers. Includes insights by Wendy Cadge, a Brandeis Univ. sociologist of religion, who conceived the project.
SEGMENT 2: Best-selling author David Allen ('Getting Things Done') explores the horizons of focus at which people view the various decisions we must make in life, from mundane tasks to the big picture of why we're here on earth.
SEGMENT 1: 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 stop.
SEGMENT 2: Author Robert Fuller discusses the estimated one in five Americans who are spiritually inclined, but chose not to affiliate with organized religion. How does this "unchurched" population explore questions of meaning?