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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.

March 4
SEGMENT 1: At one time called being “shell-shocked,” military PTSD traumatizes not just soldiers, but also their loved ones. Here a Georgia woman, who grew apart from her troubled dad, tells how they gradually reconnected.
SEGMENT 2: How a group of American veterans – tormented by memories of warfare – were able to heal some of their emotional wounds by returning to Vietnam to build medical clinics for civilians.

March 11
SEGMENT 1: Having lost almost everything in the Madoff scam, best-selling author John Robbins tells how in “an age of less” he had to step back, reassess what’s important and build a new, more fulfilling life.
SEGMENT 2: A mother recently released from drug treatment, along with her young daughter, move into a shared-family-care home near San Francisco where she receives a six-month, round-the-clock course in parenting from a community mentor.

March 18
SEGMENT 1: The challenge of resolving our personal (and professional) unfinished business, and thus clearing the way for new and potentially exciting opportunities is discussed by best-selling workflow author David Allen.
SEGMENT 2: A chance encounter between a realtor and a young child needing food money leads to a remarkable pledge by the realtor to fund college tuition for an entire class of elementary school students in a disadvantaged neighborhood.

March 25
SEGMENT 1: In this documentary, we explore how federal courts enforced fugitive slave laws. Historians, actors and legal scholars re-create the famous case of a young escaped slave who was sent back by a Boston judge, provoking America’s largest abolitionist protest.
SEGMENT 2: Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln historian Eric Foner chronicles the Dred Scott decision (often derided as the Supreme Court’s worst ruling), which held that black people have “no rights” and helped set the stage for the bloody Civil War.

April 1
SEGMENT 1: A health psychologist and other experts offer ways that people with cancer can defeat the tendency to magnify limited problems into scenarios that can seem catastrophic, even when the problems may actually be controllable.
SEGMENT 2: When an experienced trainer in stress management and meditation was diagnosed with cancer, she realized as never before the importance of valuing the everyday gifts we receive when staying in the moment.

April 8
SEGMENT 1: Composed of top-notch Israeli, Palestinian and other Arab musicians, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is an integrated symphonic orchestra offering a model for intercultural understanding in the troubled Middle East.
SEGMENT 2: Janet Connors tells the agonizing story of her 19-year-old son’s death in a home invasion and how the sudden tragedy shook her beliefs to the core. In the end, she rejected paralyzing depression and vengeance, a message she now gives to schoolchildren.

April 15
SEGMENT 1: A conversation with Bill Moomaw, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, and his wife Margot Moomaw, a consultant on energy use by homeowners, about the gorgeous all-solar house they built in an effort to live a climate-friendly life.
SEGMENT 2: Bill Moomaw, a long-time lead author at the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, reviews the long history of how a broad consensus of scientists realized that human activity was warming our planet, with potentially drastic effects.

April 22
SEGMENT 1: A fascinating conversation with John Bogle, founder of Vanguard and one of the world’s most famous investors, on what it means to have “enough”, both financially and spiritually.
SEGMENT 2: Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Empire of Illusion", maintains that our popular culture cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy, dangerously relying on spectacle, false idols and snake oil salesmen.

April 29
SEGMENT 1: An audio memoir from a prominent American physician who believes the threat of nuclear war, driven by the military-industrial complex, constitutes a psychopathology that we have never come to terms with.
SEGMENT 2: How a Harvard cardiologist and his medical counterpart in Russia won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to bring together doctors worldwide to raise awareness about the medical consequences of nuclear warfare.

May 6
SEGMENT 1: We consider the value, sometimes underestimated, of having benign intentions toward others. Sharon Salzberg, a teacher of Buddhist meditation, and author of 'Lovingkindness', shares an ancient technique known as lovingkindness meditation.
SEGMENT 2: In Lawrence, Kansas, therapist and best-selling author John Heider developed a low-stress lifestyle, including more time walking and less time driving, based upon a classic guidebook on living from ancient China.

May 13
SEGMENT 1: Charlie Starbuck, an affable tax attorney, single-handedly has increased the “canopy” of San Francisco by planting more than 7,500 trees, as part of movement known as Friends of the Urban Forest.
SEGMENT 2: We hear a variety of voices of Americans who feel overwhelmed by the pressure to consume, and who are seeking ways to simplify and unclutter their lives by turning to relationships that are less materialistic and more genuine.

May 20
SEGMENT 1: Physician, philosopher and best-selling author Rachel Remen describes her remarkable course, “The Healer’s Art,” taught at medical schools throughout the United States.
SEGMENT 2: Filmmaker Matthew Heineman shares lessons observed in producing his award-winning documentary, "Escape Fire" about our broken health care system and ways to heal it.

May 27
SEGMENT 1: Harvard professor and family therapist Rick Weissbourd believes young children frequently know the difference between right and wrong, but may need help in following their inner "moral compass" from nuturing by parents who both discuss real-world choices and model moral behavior.
SEGMENT 2: Daniel Goleman, best-selling author and former N.Y. Times science reporter, describes emerging brain research that shows we are wired to be "in sync with each other," and how empathetic communication can be learned and refined.

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