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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.

December 2
SEGMENT 1: We visit the nation’s busiest trauma center (Univ. of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore) to hear how certain low-tech, natural health care techniques practiced there can greatly relieve stress for people in a severe crisis.
SEGMENT 2: The story of a Bay Area attorney who experienced strange medical symptoms, initially misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis, but who found relief only when an unusual physician took the time to really listen.

December 9
SEGMENT 1: We hear from medical students, who voice concerns about the pace and financial concerns impacting health care, and who strive for warmer rapport with patients and a greater emphasis on preventing illness in the first place.
SEGMENT 2: Professors of medicine and nursing and an innovative national leader at the VA (the largest health care system in the US) describe a new vision of how compassionate communication occurs between patients and health professionals.

December 16
SEGMENT 1: The social and economic pressure to approach the December holidays as a breathless buying spree is enormous. This segment explores other, less consumer-oriented ways of showing our affection to the people we care about.
SEGMENT 2: In a season of giving, we consider recent trends in charity and philanthropy, and examine the annoyance experienced by many contributors – large and small – who are flooded with donation requests from worthy organizations.

December 23
SEGMENT 1: We hear about an effort at one college campus to increase intentional gestures of kindness, as a way to break down social barriers. Includes insights by Wendy Cadge, a Brandeis Univ. sociologist of religion, who conceived the project.
SEGMENT 2: Best-selling author David Allen ('Getting Things Done') explores the horizons of focus at which people view the various decisions we must make in life, from mundane tasks to the big picture of why we're here on earth.

December 30
SEGMENT 1: Donna Hicks, author of Dignity, recounts her experiences as an international conflict mediator that led her to an understanding of how an assault on the dignity of a person or a group must be healed, before strife can stop.
SEGMENT 2: Author Robert Fuller discusses the estimated one in five Americans who are spiritually inclined, but chose not to affiliate with organized religion. How does this "unchurched" population explore questions of meaning?

January 6, 2015
SEGMENT 1: The life-skill of maintaining focus – essential for productive work and meaningful relationships – is examined in-depth by Daniel Goleman, a former NY Times science journalist who recently authored a book about focus.
SEGMENT 2: At a time of multi-level challenges, we explore the human ability to weather setbacks and rebound from them – in cases ranging from a personal financial reversal to a society-wide problem.

January 13, 2014
SEGMENT 1: More than an advocate of racial equality, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a practitioner of peaceful resistance to prejudice, and in this documentary we explore the philosophical and historical roots of King's non-violent movement.
SEGMENT 2: Further explorations of non-violence with Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, Dr. Arun Gandhi (now in his 70s) who as a troubled teenager was tutored daily by the spiritual / political leader, gaining an intimate glimpse into the life and beliefs of a remarkable twentieth century figure.

January 20
SEGMENT 1: Ira Helfand, a former emergency room physician, describes the psychology of denying that nuclear arms pose an existential threat, and he maintains that even governments fail to grasp the true potential of these weapons.
SEGMENT 2: An impassioned plea by attorney and activist Jonathan Granoff, nearly 70 years after the first use of atomic weapons, to address this long-term threat by realizing how it contradicts our essential humanity.

January 27
SEGMENT 1: The dilemma of an estimated 100,000 Americans who are both deaf and blind is explored through the fascinating experiences of a Los Angeles woman who was born with normal hearing and sight, but then lost both senses.
SEGMENT 2: A profile of the adult years of Helen Keller, the most famous deaf-blind American, who campaigned tirelessly as a champion of the disabled. We learn how a philosophy of optimism "in spite of all" sustained her through a challenging life. 

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