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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.

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. 

February 3
SEGMENT 1: With income inequality at historically high levels, a social scientist and an economist  consider some hidden impacts - how it can affect public health and can weaken the bonds that hold our society together.
SEGMENT 2: Author Marshall Rosenberg and educator Betty Burkes tell stories of how non-inflammatory language and empathetic listening can work wonders in defusing volatile disagreements.

February 10
SEGMENT 1: Most people regard forgiveness to be a virtue worth striving for, but author/teacher Robin Casarjian explains how forgiving the misconduct of another can release us from the effects of their confusion.
SEGMENT 2: The author of "Forgiveness: A Bold Choice for a Peaceful Heart” tells of deep trauma she experienced earlier in life, and how she attained profound release from letting go of resentment.

February 17
SEGMENT 1: Outnumbering physicians 6 to 1, nurses are the front line of American health care and spend more time with patients, but work grueling schedules and often absorb the emotional burdens of their patients and our medical system.
SEGMENT: Stories of nurses who use stress management techniques to help them handle their high pressure jobs and maintain a meaningful connection with patients they take care of.

February 24
SEGMENT 1: The author of "Taking Back Childhood," education professor Nancy Carlsson-Paige,examines the impact on kids of media violence, overly structured school days and a culture that preaches rampant consumerism.
SEGMENT 2: We hear powerful stories from people in their teens and twenties, who were raised by alcoholics and must work to heal emotional scars left by sometimes angry, sometimes neglectful parents.

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