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Humankind Weekly

Series produced by Humankind

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Weekly, subscribable series for Humankind, written and hosted by David Freudberg and produced in association with WGBH/Boston.

Each week, public radio’s award-winning HUMANKIND presents answers from the doers and dreamers who strive to make our planet amore humane and livable place.


108 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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SEGMENT 1: The remarkable survival story of Bob Massie, an Episcopal minister who somehow walked through one life-threatening illness after another...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
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SEGMENT 1: A conversation with Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneering medical researcher into the physical and emotional effects of stress, as well as the he...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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SEGMENT 1: The inspiring tale of a woman who felt called to help hungry people in New Jersey, initially by distributing food from her car and now, ...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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SEGMENT 1: Medical reformer Rachel Naomi Remen explains a vision of the doctor-patient relationship, in which the patient is viewed not as "broken"...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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SEGMENT 1: Family therapist and Harvard lecturer Richard Weissbourd discusses how to help children find their moral compass, the 'achievement craze...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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SEGMENT 1: Outnumbering physicians 6 to 1, nurses are the front line of American health care and spend more time with patients, but work grueling s...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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SEGMENT 1: We examine the provocative ideas of Anthony de Mello, an Indian-born Catholic priest and philosopher, whose books have touched millions,...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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SEGMENT 1: We explore the significant benefits of home-cooked meals, including improved family dynamics, greater likelihood of healthy ingredients,...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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SEGMENT 1: The problem of American gun violence has been mired for decades in a bitter political stalemate. Here we look past that impasse, and foc...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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SEGMENT 1: We consider the plight of tens of millions of Americans in families and relationships with alcoholics. How does the destabilizing influe...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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SEGMENT 1: David Kaczynski was hailed as an American hero after notifying authorities that he'd come to suspect his estranged brother Ted as the Un...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Segment 1: A look at the profession of Public Defenders, who with scant resources and drastically limited time, try to provide basic legal represen...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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SEGMENT 1: Following more than a decade of war, up to 400,000 returning U.S. soldiers bring with them invisible wounds. After war, our veterans fac...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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SEGMENT 1: In a world given to so much brutality, it would be easy to underestimate the impact of basic human compassion in actually resolving stri...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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SEGMENT 1: In time for MLK Day, we look back at the stunning display of forgiveness and nonviolence by the traumatized family members of Mother Ema...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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SEGMENT 1: Most people regard forgiveness to be a virtue worth striving for, but author/teacher Robin Casarjian explains how forgiving the miscondu...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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SEGMENT 1: In a health care setting, where serious illness may be on the line, what does it mean for a provider to listen attentively? We examine t...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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SEGMENT 1: For Christmas week, we reprise the touching story of Mattie Stepanek, recorded at age 12 when he was already a N.Y. Times best-selling a...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2016
  • Length: 58:58
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SEGMENT 1: The heir to the Oscar Mayer fortune, Chuck Collins, examines income inequality, sustainable local economies and his personal journey in ...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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SEGMENT 1: Daniel Goleman, best-selling author and former N.Y. Times science reporter, describes emerging brain research that shows we are wired to...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2016
  • Length: 58:59