Humankind on Public Radio

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Weekly podcast from public radio’s award-winning program Humankind

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Ray Hammond

August 22nd, 2019


Former emergency room physician, Ray Hammond, tells why he switched professions and became a parish pastor to help heal the lives of troubled youths.

Taking Back Childhood

August 15th, 2019


The author of “Taking Back Childhood,” education professor Nancy Carlsson-Paige, examines the impact on kids of media violence, overly structured …


August 8th, 2019


The stress of having a seriously ill loved one being treated in a hospital in a strange city is lessened by a compassionate army of volunteers in …

The Present Moment with Jon Kabat Zinn

August 1st, 2019


Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the renowned Stress Reduction Clinic at the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School, discusses how the technique of …

Safe Place in a War Zone

June 19th, 2018


This episode of ‘Humankind on Public Radio’ is part of a special series, ‘The Spiritual Care Podcast’. For more episodes exploring the role of …

Interfaith Understanding on Campus

June 12th, 2018


This episode of ‘Humankind on Public Radio’ is part of a special series, ‘The Spiritual Care Podcast’. For more episodes exploring the role of …

Jailhouse Chaplains

June 5th, 2018


This episode of ‘Humankind on Public Radio’ is part of a special series, ‘The Spiritual Care Podcast’. For more episodes exploring the role of …

Welcoming the Stranger

May 29th, 2018


This episode of ‘Humankind on Public Radio’ is part of a special series, ‘The Spiritual Care Podcast’. For more episodes exploring the role of …

Introducing the Spiritual Care Podcast

January 26th, 2018


David Freudberg, host of Humankind public radio, announces a new podcast on the fascinating practice of “spiritual care”: stories of caregivers (chaplains, nurses, social workers, etc) who provide nonsectarian support …

The Diet-Climate Connection, pt. 4: Growing Locally, Thinking Globally

January 17th, 2017


The new urban agriculture movement offers a way for us to re-connect our lives to nature.

The Diet-Climate Connection, pt. 3: The Carbon Footprint of Your Dinner

January 10th, 2017


Which foods have the largest global warming footprint—and which are most climate-friendly?

The Diet-Climate Connection, pt. 2: Sustainable Meals for Schoolchildren

January 3rd, 2017


Public school cafeterias are changing! We visit two in New England where recent policies reflect much greater attention to healthy meal options than …

The Diet-Climate Connection, pt. 1: College Dining Goes Green

December 27th, 2016


Hundreds of colleges are now moving toward healthier, more climate-friendly food choices on campus.

Simple Relaxation Exercise

December 20th, 2016


A 15-minute stress reduction session to calm the body and mind.

Passengers, pt. 4: Taxation for Transportation

December 13th, 2016


Gas taxes you pay at the pump go into a huge pool of federal transportation funds. How should the money be divided up? Plus high-speed rail, pro and …

Passengers, pt. 3: Cars and Carbon

December 6th, 2016


What is the global warming footprint of cars vs. public transit? Story of a family seeking a low-carbon lifestyle. Also, hear the views of transportation experts, the president of AAA, and others.

Passengers, pt. 2: The Business of Public Transit

November 29th, 2016


Business people and environmentalists come together: improved public transportation helps to grow the economy, for lots of reasons. Bankers and the Sierra Club on the same side.

Passengers, pt. 1: Going Car-Free

November 22nd, 2016


The story of a Virginia man who accepted his county’s “challenge” to go car-free for a month; plus voices of motorists filling up at the pump; bus riders in a low-income neighborhood and others.

The Power of Nonviolence, pt. 8: Moral Injury

November 17th, 2016


We hear from veterans who wrestle with healing from “moral injury” which occurs after a violation of conscience, based on events they witnessed or …

The Search for Well-Being, pt. 4: Maintaining Compassion for Patients

November 15th, 2016


Professors of medicine and nursing describe ways to treat the whole patient. And a look at medical use of acupuncture and meditation, for which …

The Power of Nonviolence, pt. 7: Healing the Trauma of War

November 10th, 2016


We hear profiles of American soldiers who, after military duty, returned home to face another battle—the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder …

The Search for Well-Being, pt. 3: Doctors of the Future

November 8th, 2016


With diet a factor in ailments from diabetes to obesity, medical students at the country’s third largest campus attend cooking classes to learn how …

The Search for Well-Being, pt. 2: When a Doctor Has Time to Listen

November 1st, 2016


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 …

The Search for Well-Being, pt. 1: Treating the Whole Person

October 25th, 2016


This look at the emergence of “integrative medicine” 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 …

Catching Up with Granny D, pt. 2

October 18th, 2016


A lively profile of “Granny D,” (Mrs. Doris Haddock of Dublin, New Hampshire) famous for her 14-month walk across the United States to promote campaign finance reform. (Part 2)

Catching Up with Granny D, pt. 1

October 11th, 2016


A lively profile of “Granny D,” (Mrs. Doris Haddock of Dublin, New Hampshire) famous for her 14-month walk across the United States to promote campaign finance reform. (Part 1)

Resilient Nurses, pt. 4: Compassion Fatigue

October 4th, 2016


This episode explores the very human level at which some nurses interact with patients at their most vulnerable moments. What spiritual questions …

Resilient Nurses, pt. 3: The Art of Listening

September 27th, 2016


How do nurses, who are exposed to continual suffering by patients, manage to keep their hearts open and maintain compassion? Nurses describe the centrality of communication with patients and the skills of “active …

The Power of Nonviolence: pt. 6: Deep Listening

September 20th, 2016


When we’re in a disagreement, it’s sometimes hard simply to listen to the other person. But skillful listening is a core practice of conflict …

The Power of Nonviolence, pt. 5: Seeds of Peace

September 13th, 2016


A return visit to the Seeds of Peace summer camp, when teenagers from opposing sides of conflict regions, including the Middle East, arrive for amazing encounters of dialogue and fun.

The Right to Vote, pt. 2

September 1st, 2016


Hear a diversity of voices and views on today’s debates over whether voters should be required to show ID at the polls. Some Americans believe that …

The Right to Vote, pt. 1

August 25th, 2016


A fascinating history of the much-contested right to vote in America: from slaves freed after the Civil War, to women’s suffrage, to the civil rights movement. Included is the moving first-person story of a young woman …

The Power of Nonviolence, pt. 4: Unblocking our Natural Empathy

February 4th, 2016


How can we avoid reacting furiously when someone provokes us? Hear a fascinating array of answers from theologian Frank Rogers, Rabbi Michael Lerner, …

The Power of Nonviolence, pt. 3: Compassion Practice

January 28th, 2016


In a world given to so much brutality, it would be easy to underestimate the impact of basic human compassion in actually resolving strife, yet even …

The Power of Nonviolence, pt. 2: The Spirituality of Nonviolence

January 21st, 2016


We hear stories of peacemakers who draw from their diverse lives and religious traditions as a basis for breaking down barriers and promoting …

The Power of Nonviolence, pt. 1: Soul Force

January 14th, 2016


We look back on the stunning display of forgiveness and nonviolence by the grieving families and congregants of Mother Emanuel church, where a gunman …

Radioactive, pt. 1

April 9th, 2015


In this episode of Humankind, hear nuclear experts pro and con, an emergency room physician, and a variety of voices telling the story of a controversial reactor in Vermont. Part 1 of 2.

Resilient Nurses, pt. 2: Regaining Your Center

March 12th, 2015


Inspiring stories of how active nurses use self-care techniques that help them manage, and transcend, the stresses of their essential work life, both on the job and after hours.

Resilient Nurses, pt. 1: Facing Challenge and Change

March 5th, 2015


A no-holds-barred look at the stressful conditions in which many nurses work: the long hours, the emotional toll, the rapid pace, and the way that …

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