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Finding Humanity

72 EpisodesProduced by Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group MediaWebsite

Finding Humanity is a Webby-winning podcast that shares true stories of courage and purpose in the face of today’s pressing social justice, equality, and human rights issues. With the help of leading global experts and advocates, host Hazami Barmada examines how we got here and how you can be a part… read more

72 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

48. Women’s Fight for Human Rights

September 21st, 2022


Addressing gender injustice starts by investing into women leaders and women-led organizations in the human rights space. Despite the growing recognition that women’s rights are human rights, in 2021 less than one …

47. Women in Government Making History

September 14th, 2022


According to the United Nations, as of  2021, there were only 26 women serving as Heads of State or Government. Globally, only 21% of government ministers were women, with only 14 countries having achieved 50% or more …

46. Women in STEM Building a Inclusive Future

September 7th, 2022


The world is increasingly determined by the way we design our technology. Yet, in the U.S.  Black and Indigenous women occupy less than 10 percent of …

45. Women Redefining Beauty

August 31st, 2022


Study after study shows that looking at idealized images of women in the media results in lower self-esteem, particularly for young women and girls.

44. Women Athletes and the Long Road to Equality

August 3rd, 2022


Male athletes in most sports make significantly more than female athletes. One of the reasons for this pay gap is that men’s sports receive vastly more media coverage, television licenses, and sponsorship deals. …

43. Women Journalists Protecting Our Democracy

July 20th, 2022


To protect democracy, we must first protect journalists. Yet, women journalists experience approximately three times as many abusive comments on Twitter, compared to their male counterparts. In this episode, we examine …

42. Narrowing the Gender Leadership Gap

July 13th, 2022


Investing in women and women-led companies is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good for business. Yet, women and women of color in …

41. Women as Heroes of Their Own Story

July 6th, 2022


In the U.S., women of color hold only 4% of C-suite roles in media and entertainment. As a result, we rarely find their stories featured in films or …

40. Girls Advocating for a Better Future

June 29th, 2022


From a young age, Selin Ozunaldim questioned gender stereotypes. When she was 17, her little brother told her that she didn’t need to worry about …

Finding Humanity: Season 5 (Trailer) - How Women’s Excellence Shapes History

June 22nd, 2022


Throughout history and across cultures, inspiring women and girls continue to break records and blaze trails—shattering glass ceilings while …

Help Finding Humanity Win a Webby!

April 20th, 2022


BIG NEWS! Our podcast has just been nominated for this year’s Webby Awards! The show that you have supported since we launched in 2020, has been singled out as one of the five best podcasts in the world for Public …

[B Lab Series] The Urgent Case for Stakeholder Governance

February 8th, 2022


In 1970, the New York Times published Milton Friedman's seminal essay, "The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits." For more than half a century, Friedman’s doctrine of profit maximization helped …

[B Lab Series] Know Your Right to Repair

February 1st, 2022


Replacing your smartphone every two and a half years is not uncommon. In fact, it’s by design.

The consumer electronics industry is fraught with …

[B Lab Series] Winning the War on Food Waste

January 25th, 2022


Each year, about a third of the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Food loss and waste contributes to some of the most pressing health, environmental, and economic challenges of our day, accounting …

[B Lab Series] Power of an Open Door

January 18th, 2022


What if businesses removed barriers to employment and gave job seekers a fair shot at self-sufficiency?

For the formerly incarcerated, unhoused, or people with limited education, getting a job can be extremely …

[B Lab Series] Trailer

January 12th, 2022


Can businesses help solve the greatest societal challenges we face?

Historically, the business sector has accelerated social inequity, fueled human …

39. The Stigma of Death and Dying

December 15th, 2021


Dan's wife Brittany Maynard sought adventure up until the very end. When it became clear that the brain tumor she'd been diagnosed with would …

38. Seeing Through Colorism

December 8th, 2021


Ronald fell in love with television as a child, but as a queer, black boy from a Latinx household, representation was deeply lacking. In this …

37. The Fight Against Food Insecurity

December 1st, 2021


Kimi Ceridon and her sister never went without food growing up, but living paycheck-to-paycheck meant her parents constantly worried about how to pay for meals. What they did eat was often low-cost and low-quality food.

[The Elders Series] Global Leaders on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

November 25th, 2021


Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General, joins hosts Mary Robinson and Hazami Barmada to discuss the persistent, global injustice that is violence …

36. Understanding the Complex Causes of Addiction

November 24th, 2021


Addiction was common in the McDaid family. So when Carol, the youngest in her upper-middle-class household began using, the disease quickly took …

35. Ending Child Marriage in the U.S.

November 17th, 2021


Sherry Johnson grew up in Tampa, Florida as a member of the Pentecostal church. She was only 11-years-old when her mother married her off to a man …

34. The Danger in Being Undocumented

November 10th, 2021


Juan Escalante's family immigrated to the U.S. from Venezuela when he was a child. It wasn't until he applied to college that he learned his family …

33. How We Fail Rape Survivors

November 3rd, 2021


Trigger Warning: This episode discusses sexual violence.

Stephanie Mosley experienced sexual violence perpetrated by a schoolmate in college, then a …

32. Taking Down Revenge Porn

October 27th, 2021


As a teen, Leah Juliett sent nude photos to a boy who spent years requesting them. When the boy learned that Leah was gay and paying attention to …

31. Don’t Hate, When We Menstruate

October 20th, 2021


Yanique Brandford had to skip school and go to the nearest shopping mart to buy herself period products. The price tag was $15, and she only had $8 …

30. The Irony of Mass Incarceration

October 13th, 2021


Shon Hopwood is a serial robber who spent 11 years in federal prison. But when he walked out of prison in 2008, Shon couldn’t have predicted an …

Finding Humanity: Season 4 (Trailer) - Systemic Change in a Broken World

October 11th, 2021


In solving the world’s most profound challenges like poverty, discrimination, and inequality, are we fixing the right problems?

In Season 4 of the …

29. Assimilated: Standing Up for Indigenous Rights is Everyone’s Fight

September 8th, 2021


Until the late 20th century, assimilation was the Brazilian government’s official indigenous policy. Native inhabitants were sometimes driven out of …

28. Stigmatized: The Case for Legalizing Sex Work

September 1st, 2021


Catherine Healy confronted her roommate after learning that she was a sex worker. But instead of an intervention, Catherine’s encounter revealed an …

27. PTSD: The Hidden Costs of War

August 25th, 2021


In 2004, Jonathan Hancock was assigned to the Second Battalion Fourth Marines, also known as the “Magnificent Bastards.” He was sent to Ramadi, then …

26. Coerced: Addressing the Hidden Forms of Domestic Violence

August 18th, 2021


Victims of coercive control might not recognize their experience as domestic abuse. In the case of Ryan Hart, his mother was left with no choice but …

25. Indoctrinated: Helping Cult Members Find a Way Out

August 11th, 2021


From picking a new name to burning her belongings and spying on new members, Dr. Janja Lalich did not foresee how her life would dramatically change …

24. Bondage: Breaking the Cycle of Forced and Migrant Labor

August 4th, 2021


In 2008, Deependra Giri was promised a decent salary as a clerk in Qatar. Needing money to support his family, he left his home country Nepal — only to work an unpaid construction job and worse, live in squalid …

23. Separated: The Ethics of Adoption

July 28th, 2021


Born in Vietnam, Lynelle Long felt like an outsider as the only nonwhite child in her family and community in Victoria, Australia. As an adoptee, she …

22. Radicalized (Part 2): How a Muslim Extremist Changed His Cause

July 21st, 2021


This is Part 2 of a two-part episode on extremism.

Jesse Morton was a drug-dealing groupie when he became fascinated with Islam — and converted to it. But, it wasn’t until the U.S. waged the ‘War on Terror’ after 9/11 …

[The Elders Series] Nelson Mandela and The State of Hope

July 18th, 2021


In 2007, Nelson Mandela founded The Elders with a mission of engaging with “global leaders and civil society at all levels to resolve conflict and …

21. Radicalized (Part 1): How a White Nationalist Left a Life of Hate

July 14th, 2021


This is Part 1 of a two-part episode on extremism.

The “great replacement” is a theory that white people are being systematically replaced around the world by nonwhites through events like mass migration, intermarriage, …

20. Child Labor: A Moral Dilemma?

July 7th, 2021


Born in Uttar Pradesh, a slum in India, Kinsu Kumar couldn’t make friends when he was young. While kids in his neighborhood went to school, Kinsu …

19. Initiated: Finding a Way Out of Gang Culture

June 30th, 2021


Alex Sanchez’s recruitment into the notorious Los Angeles-based gang MS-13 can be largely attributed to three things: isolation, music, and domestic …

[The Elders Series] Advancing Access to Justice: What will it take to be ‘Generation Equality’?

June 24th, 2021


Justice is a fundamental human right, and is critical in ensuring that other human rights are upheld. When women and girls do not have access to justice, it undermines progress to achieving gender equality.

The …

Finding Humanity: Season 3 (Trailer) - Stuck in Transit

June 23rd, 2021


How does one get out of a vicious cycle of violence, hatred, or oppression? In Season 3 of Finding Humanity, we bring you stories of people trapped …

[The Elders Series] The Scourge of Failure: How to Fix the United Nations Security Council

May 27th, 2021


The United Nations was created in 1945, following the devastation of World War II. The opening lines of its founding charter commit its signatories …

[The Elders Series] Nuclear Weapons: the Other Global Existential Threat

April 29th, 2021


While the world grapples with COVID-19 and the climate emergency, nuclear war remains a real and present danger to the future of humanity. So why is …

18. Unarmed: The Enduring Fight For Black Lives in America

March 31st, 2021


After the shooting of African-American teen Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his murderer, George Zimmerman, Alicia Garza created a Facebook post saying: "Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter, Black …

[The Elders Series] Former World Leaders on Pandemic Preparedness and Tackling Health Inequality in the Time of COVID-19

March 29th, 2021


Gro Brundtland on the COVID-19 Crisis and Why Universal Health Coverage is Crucial to Prevent Future Pandemics

COVID-19  has exposed the …

17. Displaced: A Rohingya Family’s Struggle for Freedom in Myanmar

March 24th, 2021


Wai Wai Nu was born in Rakhine State, located on the western coast of Myanmar where most Rohingya reside. A predominantly Buddhist country, the Rohingya are a Muslim minority in Myanmar who have been rendered stateless …

16. Trafficked: A Woman’s Courageous Escape and the Big Business of Modern Slavery

March 17th, 2021


Living in a small village in Nigeria, Blessing Okoedion was promised a job in Europe as a computer engineer— only to fall into the hands of human traffickers in Italy.

According to the International Labour Organization …

15. Captured: Afghanistan’s ‘Dancing Boys’ and the Hazaras

March 10th, 2021


Born in Pakistan, Barat Ali Batoor moved to Afghanistan as a photojournalist.  His parents fled the country in the early 70s because of the discrimination they experienced as Hazaras, an ethnic minority group in …

14. Indoctrination and Torture: Stories of a Genocide From Uighur Women in China

March 3rd, 2021


Nursimangul Abdurashid and Mihrigul Tursun, two Uighur women, are risking their lives to share harrowing accounts of discrimination, death and …

[The Elders Series] Conflict: Cause, Effect and the Art of Making Peace

February 25th, 2021


Lakhdar Brahimi, veteran conflict mediator and former UN diplomat, joins fellow Elder Mary Robinson to discuss peace, conflict, and leadership.

In 2019 alone, 54 state-based conflicts and 67 non-state conflicts were …

13. Resistance and the Evolution of Nonviolent Activism

February 24th, 2021


Issa Amro never wanted to be an activist. But when his university was occupied by the Israeli army and his dream of becoming an engineer came to a …

12. Gender-Based Violence: A Raging Pandemic

February 17th, 2021


Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful practice that transcends religion, geography and class, and is carried out as a way to control women’s …

11. How A Bullying Survivor Found His Voice

February 10th, 2021


Diagnosed with a rare form of dwarfism called metatropic dysplasia, Brandon Farbstein was on the verge of ending his life at age 11. His suicide …

10. A Journalist in Captivity

February 3rd, 2021


Every year, journalists around the world experience censorship, surveillance, and, in extreme cases of press suppression, imprisonment and murder. On …

Finding Humanity: Season 2 (Trailer)

January 29th, 2021


For some, fighting for change means risking it all, including one's own life. In Season 2 of the Finding Humanity podcast, we unpack the stories of people on the frontlines of change — those who put their bodies on the …

[The Elders Series] Former World Leaders on Climate Leadership: Why the Biden Era will be Defined by the Climate Challenge

January 28th, 2021


The five hottest years on record have all come since 2015. Antarctic heatwaves, melting glaciers, wave after wave of drought and wildfire, and an unremitting string of mega-storms: the effects of climate change have …

[The Elders Series] Trailer

January 21st, 2021


What kind of leadership do we need to avoid climate catastrophe? How do we prevent backsliding and a backlash against women's rights when as a world we have come so far? In these times mired in conflict and crisis, how …

9. A Man’s Fight for Girls’ Education: Chernor Bah on Poverty, Ebola and Political Turmoil in Sierra Leone

July 29th, 2020


As Chernor Bah likes to say “out of misery there is opportunity” and this has definitely been true in his life. Through poverty, war, refugee camps and an epidemic, he has been able to advance his vision for a better …

8. Out of the Shadows: Roya Mahboob on Defying the Taliban to Advance Women in Technology

July 15th, 2020


Roya Mahboob was born into a society where, under the tyrannical rule of the Taliban, women were increasingly invisible in public life. As a young …

7. Riding the Waves: Syrian Swimmer Sarah Mardini on the Perils and Triumphs of a Humanitarian Refugee

July 8th, 2020


Swimming was a family legacy for Sarah Mardini, but she never imagined her skills would save her from violence and death. The Syrian war pushed Sara …

6. A Social Entrepreneur’s Tale: Mokhtar Alkhanshali on Coffee and Human Connection Amid Yemen's War

July 1st, 2020


Mokhtar Alkhanshali likes to say that the shortest distance between two people is a cup of coffee. In grappling with his identity as an American-Yemeni, Mokhtar went back to his homeland and developed a passion for …

[The Elders Series] Global Governance: Former World Leaders on Collective Responsibility, The Future of Multilateralism and The United Nations

June 24th, 2020


The United Nations was established 75 years ago in June 1945 out of the ashes of the Second World War. It was set up to prevent global atrocities from happening ever again, yet existential threats still remain. In this …

5. We Are Just Like You: Nujeen Mustafa on Disability and Difference While Fleeing Syria's War

June 17th, 2020


Born to a Kurdish family, Nujeen was an earnest young woman who loved football and enriched her mind through documentaries. But unlike most teens her …

[The Elders Series] Women On The Frontlines: Ireland and Africa’s First Female Heads of State on Empathetic Leadership, Feminism & Global Development

June 10th, 2020


As of today, less than 6% of the heads of government globally are women. Yet, as we look at how the world is fairing with the immediate COVID-19 response, we recognize the power of feminist leadership, and acknowledge …

4. Holding onto the Mangroves: Marinel Ubaldo on Climate Justice After Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan

June 3rd, 2020


Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded, robbed Marinel Ubaldo of her childhood and took away her family’s means to …

[The Elders Series] Existential Threats: Former Presidents on COVID-19, Justice, War and the Climate Crisis

May 27th, 2020


Over 70 million people in the world today are forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, violence, human rights violations, or climate disaster. …

3. Always a Girl: Abby Stein on Gender Identity and Belonging Inside Brooklyn's Hasidic Community

May 20th, 2020


Until she was about 20 years old, Abby Stein didn't know the term "transgender," let alone know that other transgender people existed. In this …

[The Elders Series] Leaving No One Behind: Former UN High Commissioners For Human Rights Discuss Shared Humanity, Ethics and COVID-19

May 15th, 2020


COVID-19 has unearthed a global recognition that “we must do things differently.”  The uncertainty has called into question our shared …

2. Life of a Child Soldier: Loung Ung on Turning Trauma into Activism After Cambodia's Genocide

May 6th, 2020


There’s one day that is remembered across Cambodia — a tragedy that continues to haunt people like Loung Ung. The genocide that began on April 17, 1975, in the city of Phnom Penh, left agonizing wounds that the promise …

1. Path to Peace: Victor Ochen on Facing the Lord’s Resistance Army and Rebuilding Lives Post-Conflict

May 6th, 2020


A childhood shaped by one of the most cruel rebel groups in history. Rape, killings and an abducted brother who was never found. If these defined …

Finding Humanity: Season 1 (Trailer)

May 5th, 2020


Through real-life stories of courage and purpose, Finding Humanity takes listeners into the heart of the most complex social and political issues …

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