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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: Our new documentary project, “The Search for Well-Being” begins with a visit to America’s busiest trauma center in Baltimore, where patients receive both emergency care and natural treatments to soothe the challenges of serious illness.
SEGMENT 2: The problem of rushed medical visits, now standard nationwide, can strain both doctors and patients. The story of a Calif. woman who was misdiagnosed with MS, until a different doctor had the time to listen and discovered the error.
SEGMENT 1: With diet a factor in ailments from diabetes to obesity, medical students at the country’s largest campus attend cooking classes to learn how to help patients. And future MDs tell how they would improve our troubled health system.
SEGMENT 2: Professors of medicine and nursing describe ways to treat the whole patient. And a look at medical use of acupuncture and meditation, for which evidence of effectiveness continues to grow.
SEGMENT 1: Author Annie Leonard, whose film ‘The Story of Stuff’ has had over 10 million hits online, discusses ways to reduce the huge environmental toll from holiday-related purchases, but still connect with loved ones.
SEGMENT 2: We consider the new science of gratitude -- what psychologists are discovering about the benefits to physical and mental health of cultivating an attitude of thankfulness about your life.
SEGMENT 1: Learning how to focus on different life horizons – from daily responsibilities to broader personal goals – is covered in this enlightening dialogue about “Making It All Work,” the new book by best-selling author David Allen.
SEGMENT 2: Rev. Sally Bingham of San Francisco, lay organizer Steve MacAusland of Boston and members of a concerned church discuss the movement for a religious response to climate change that has spread to more than 4,000 U.S. congregations.
SEGMENT 1: A conflict mediator in world hotspots from Israel-Palestine to Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka, Donna Hicks explains the importance of honoring your opponent’s dignity and of maintaining your own.
SEGMENT 2: A conversation with Bradley University Prof. Robert Fuller. He has studied a large sector of Americans who regard themselves as spiritually inclined, but who do not affiliate with organized religion.
SEGMENT 1: The effect on youth of media violence, overly structured school days and a culture that preaches rampant consumerism is examined by education professor Nancy Carlsson-Paige, the author of "Taking Back Childhood."
SEGMENT 2: We consider the plight of tens of millions of Americans in families and relationships with alcoholics. How does the destabilizing influence of active addiction affect family systems? What emotional and life challenges are faced by people raised around alcoholism?
SEGMENT 1: More than an advocate of racial equality, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a practitioner of peaceful resistance to prejudice, and in this documentary we explore the philosophical and historical roots of King's non-violent movement.
SEGMENT 2: Further explorations of non-violence with Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, Dr. Arun Gandhi (now in his 70s) who as a troubled teenager was tutored daily by the spiritual / political leader, gaining an intimate glimpse into the life and beliefs of a remarkable twentieth century figure.
SEGMENT 1: Jan 14: Former NY Times science reporter Daniel Goleman, best-selling author of Emotional Intelligence, discusses current research on the importance and mechanics of attaining personal focus.
SEGMENT 2: An exploration of the capacity for resilience and adaptation that Americans must summon in this time of economic challenge and other perils including terrorism, global warming, and pandemic illness.
SEGMENT 1: Social worker David Kaczynski tells how he reached the horrible conclusion that his older brother Ted was the Unabomber and felt obliged to notify authorities, even though it could lead to a death sentence for his brother.
SEGMENT 2: Although the Unabomber escaped execution through a plea bargain, David Kaczynski and Gary Wright, a Unabomber victim, today campaign nationwide against what they see as the death penalty's barbarism.