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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 us all.

October 7
SEGMENT 1: People who’ve battled alcohol problems describe the rewards and tricky ongoing challenges of moving from addiction to booze and other drugs, and toward a life of healthy personal growth.
SEGMENT 2: We profile a dynamic Harlem educator and martial artist, Geoffrey Canada, whose outreach to underprivileged children and families now encompasses fifteen centers serving more than 7,500 at-risk youth.

October 14
SEGMENT 1: Because transportation vehicles are a major source of global warming emissions, we compare the carbon footprint of private cars, which are typically driven solo in the US, with the environmental impact of buses and trains.
SEGMENT 2: A look at the clash between efforts to strengthen America’s infrastructure, including  a transit system sorely in need of repair, and strong pressure to restrain government spending and reduce budget deficits.

October 21
SEGMENT 1: We consider a fascinating, but often overlooked dimension of the history of World War I – the role of Conscientious Objectors who refused military service on moral grounds, and in some cases were harshly punished.
SEGMENT 2: A look at the moral implications of scientific research, especially when the aim is to develop military arms. Are the scientists involved morally responsible for the use of these weapons on civilians?

October 28
SEGMENT 1: Seeking to comfort people who may feel afraid, angry and alone, we hear moving stories from chaplains at hospitals, who serve patients and their families facing a medical emergency, and even a life-threatening condition.
SEGMENT 2: Millard Fuller, the lawyer and raconteur who founded Habitat for Humanity, tells of the amazing movement dedicated to building homes for indigent people in the United States and abroad.

November 4
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.

November 11
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.

November 18
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.

November 25
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.

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