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Humankind on Public Radio

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

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Safe Place in a War Zone

July 4th, 2022


What’s it like to be a spiritual presence in a war zone? What’s the duty to honor the lives of human beings who die in war, whether from your side or the “enemy”?

Rev. Chris Antal, a Unitarian Universalist minister in …

Healing the Trauma of War, Pt2

June 30th, 2022


In this documentary, we explore what it’s like to experience “moral injury”— when soldiers witness or participate in war-time acts that violate their …

Healing the Trauma of War, Pt1

June 23rd, 2022


After war, our veterans face a new battle: emotional and spiritual conflict that is normal to human beings who’ve experienced intense brutality. In …

Interfaith Understanding on Campus

June 20th, 2022


We hear from chaplains and students on a college campus (Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesee) with a long tradition of promoting dialogue …

Different Drummers

June 16th, 2022


Dissatisfied with what they perceive as a distorted, negative picture from mainstream media, a Maine magazine publisher and a California radio producer created their own niches for presenting positive social trends.

Books to Prisoners

June 9th, 2022


The Prisoners Literature Project, an all-volunteer service based in Berkeley, California, packages and ships books to people who are incarcerated, as …

Uncommon Ground, Pt1

May 30th, 2022


In the wake of shocking violence at abortion clinics, two apparent enemies — women representing pro-choice and pro-life factions in the Boston area, …

After-Effects of War with Christal Presley

December 16th, 2021


Christal Presley, an English teacher in Virginia who experienced “secondary trauma” in response to the extreme behavior of her father, a Vietnam-era veteran with PTSD, tells how the family began a journey of recovery.

Rubin Carter’s Hurricane, Pt 2

December 9th, 2021


Following incarceration in New Jersey for a multiple homicide he did not commit, Rubin Carter managed to emerge from prison in 1985 with an …

Rubin Carter’s Hurricane, Pt 1

December 2nd, 2021


As dramatized in a Bob Dylan song and ‘The Hurricane’ starring Denzel Washington, ex-prize fighter Rubin Carter tells how he was wrongly convicted of …

Steps to Recovery, Pt 2

November 25th, 2021


Today over two million people partake of the storytelling, the good humor, the words of wisdom and the gallons and gallons of free coffee made …

Steps to Recovery, Pt 1

November 18th, 2021


Alcoholics Anonymous marks its beginning when one hopelessly addicted drunk realized that connecting with a fellow-sufferer would create a safe zone …

The Way of Tao, Pt 2

November 11th, 2021


“At the end of the day,” says Jonathan Star about his English translation of Tao te Ching from the original Chinese, “it’s not about attaining anything.  The Tao keeps saying ‘it’s everywhere!’  It’s to notice another …

The Way of Tao, Pt 1

November 4th, 2021


Jonathan Star took twelve years to master the nuances of ancient Chinese in his quest to produce a remarkably lucid and evocative English translation of Lao Tsu’s brilliant masterpiece of wisdom. Guidance in the subtle …

The Practice of Forgiveness, Pt 2

October 28th, 2021

When we nurse grudges, the person clinging to a resentment often pays a high price in anxiety, hostility, perhaps depression. What follows from that …

Aging in Community, pt. 2: Participants

October 28th, 2021


Within a decade, America will be looking different. In addition to other demographic changes, 70 million Baby Boomers are now entering their …

The Practice of Forgiveness, Pt 1

October 21st, 2021


Author and prison therapist Robin Casarjian reframes the act of forgiveness not to condone hurtful behavior, but as a shift in perception that allows …

Aging in Community, pt. 1: Connecting to Community

October 21st, 2021


Within a decade, America will be looking different. In addition to other demographic changes, 70 million Baby Boomers are now entering their …

Judicial Independence, pt. 4: Term Limits

February 4th, 2021


The Constitution specifies that once federal judges are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, they can hold their office “during …

Judicial Independence, pt. 3: Expanding the Court

January 28th, 2021


The Republican party has not won the majority of votes in six of the last seven presidential elections. And yet vacancies on the Supreme Court have allowed Republican presidents to appoint six of the last ten justices. …

Judicial Independence, pt. 2: Politicians In Robes?

August 20th, 2020


Have our courts – intended by America’s founders to be an independent arbiter of justice – turned into another political battlefield? Are today’s …

Judicial Independence, pt. 1: Our Divided Court

August 13th, 2020


Have our courts – intended by America’s founders to be an independent arbiter of justice – turned into another political battlefield? Are today’s …

The Worry Solution with Martin Rossman

March 12th, 2020


Bay Area physician and Univ. of California medical professor Martin Rossman, author of “The Worry Solution”, describes ways to distinguish between …

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 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 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)

The Right to Vote, pt. 2

September 30th, 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

September 30th, 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. 8: Moral Injury

September 22nd, 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 Power of Nonviolence, pt. 7: Healing the Trauma of War

September 21st, 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 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 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. 4: Compassion Fatigue

March 14th, 2015


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

March 13th, 2015


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 …

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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