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Tuesdays, 7pm

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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.

July 7
SEGMENT 1: A conversation with Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneering medical researcher into the physical and emotional effects of stress, as well as the health benefits of "mindfulness", a technique that allows people to calm their thoughts.
SEGMENT 2: Ground-breaking research into "mindfulness" as a non-pharmacological technique to counteract anxiety, depression. pain and other conditions is reviewed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, best-selling author of "Coming to Our Senses."

July 14
SEGMENT 1: Of Americans who give to charity the average family donation is 2-3% per year. We examine how people arrive at the amount of their charitable giving, where the money goes, and what holds donors back from giving more.
SEGMENT 2: A best-selling theologian, a woman who founded a renowned soup kitchen serving the poor and elderly, and a scholar who has studied wealth and philanthropy explore the motivations and challenges of helping those in need.

July 21
SEGMENT 1: We hear a profile of LA-based filmmaker/composer Tucker Stilley, who has remained extraordinarily creative and funny, despite having to contend with the near-impossible obstacles imposed by ALS.
SEGMENT 2: Physician Andrew Weil describes healthy longevity in which older people come to accept the challenges and discover the rewards of aging, plus a look at Okinawa -- home to the highest percentage on earth of people who live to be 100.

July 28
SEGMENT 1: Author Eileen Flanagan discusses her powerful essay on the lessons about life that can be derived from parenting – patience, unconditional love, and how to handle “a child who decorated the white carpet with pink sidewalk chalk.”
SEGMENT 2: The story of one family, who suffered the sudden loss of a teenage son, and who now volunteers to support other bereaved parents. For the survivors, life is permanently changed, but goes on.

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