Humankind on Public Radio

Humankind on Public Radio

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

Episodes

February 22, 2024 29 mins
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. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials are  heard on NPR […]
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After a court declared his murder conviction a miscarriage of justice, Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter has been a tireless advocate for other wrongly-convicted inmates who face an uphill battle behind bars, in a nation that imprisons more people than any other. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials are  heard on […]
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February 21, 2024 29 mins
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. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials are  heard on NPR […]
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February 15, 2024 29 mins
After a court declared his murder conviction a miscarriage of justice, Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter has been a tireless advocate for other wrongly-convicted inmates who face an uphill battle behind bars, in a nation that imprisons more people than any other. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials are  heard on […]
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February 8, 2024 29 mins
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 a triple homicide and ultimately exonerated by a federal judge, and trained his mind in prison to transcend hatred. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials […]
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February 1, 2024 29 mins
The moving tale of the late Mae Bertha Carter, a sharecropper who raised thirteen children and also stood firm—against harassment—in her quest to integrate public schools in Sunflower County, Mississippi. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials are  heard on NPR and PRX member-stations, in association with GBH Boston.
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January 25, 2024 28 mins
We remember Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hahn, a best-selling author, Zen master and peacemaker, who taught part-time in the U.S. In this interview, he described lessons he learned about peacemaking that resulted from the Vietnam war. Hanh died in 2022 at age 95. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials […]
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January 22, 2024 24 mins
We explore the bitter legacy of racial division left over from the Civil War and how it’s still affecting American life today. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials are  heard on NPR and PRX member-stations, in association with GBH Boston.
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January 18, 2024 29 mins
Bay Area author and psychiatrist Jean Shinoda Bolen explores the connection between a person’s emotional state affects their physical health, and how “moments of truth” may be revealed when facing dire illness. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials are  heard on NPR and PRX member-stations, in association with GBH […]
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January 15, 2024 29 mins
Are we still living with the racial divide left over from the Civil War? This provocative audio documentary explores the history of a conflict that nearly tore America apart. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials are  heard on NPR and PRX member-stations, in association with GBH Boston.
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January 11, 2024 29 mins
Announced as a winner of the prestigious MacArthur “genius” awards, colorful Rueben Martinez launched a literacy campaign from his small barber shop outside Los Angeles. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials are  heard on NPR and PRX member-stations, in association with GBH Boston.
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January 4, 2024 29 mins
A conversation with Bradley University Prof. Robert Fuller who has studied a large sector of Americans who regard themselves as spiritually inclined, but who do not affiliate with organized religion. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials are  heard on NPR and PRX member-stations, in association with GBH Boston.
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December 28, 2023 33 mins
Listen to these extraordinary excerpts from Humankind: how victims overcome hatred, the triumph of a child with disabilities, how a fractured family experienced healing, and more. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials are  heard on NPR and PRX member-stations, in association with GBH Boston.
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December 25, 2023 29 mins
Over a century later, we recall the remarkable Christmas Truce that spontaneously occurred — contrary to orders — among opposing troops in the frozen WWI battlefield of Flanders, Belgium. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . Humankind specials are  heard on NPR and PRX member-stations, in association with GBH Boston.
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December 21, 2023 29 mins
To the astonishment of publishers, Jalaluddin Rumi has become the best-selling poet in America. Rumi’s sensational popularity is notable not only because of its content—an intoxicated, rapturous love letter to the divine—but also because his mystical poems were written in Persian in the 13th century. To see additional resources and our other programs, please visit humanmedia.org . […]
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December 18, 2023 29 mins
Author Annie Leonard, whose film “The Story of Stuff” has had over 10 million hits online, discusses ways to reduce the huge environmental toll from holiday-related purchases, but still connect with loved ones. To view additional resources for this episode please visit our website at humanmedia.org. Human Media performs public broadcasting productions and distribution activities in association with WGBH/Boston, […]
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December 14, 2023 29 mins
This episode examines the level of stress experienced by many secondary school students in America. We probe the causes and effects. And we look at positive coping skills kids can learn—and ideas on how to restructure school life to minimize stressful conditions. To view additional resources for this episode please visit our website at humanmedia.org. Human Media […]
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December 7, 2023 29 mins
In the second half of our documentary on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous, we examine the AA recovery principles that have promoted sobriety for millions of recovering alcoholics and have created a template to help people worldwide who struggle with many forms of addiction. To view additional resources for this episode please visit our website at humanmedia.org. […]
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November 30, 2023 29 mins
Alcoholics Anonymous marks its beginning when one hopelessly addicted drunk realized that connecting with a fellow-sufferer would create a safe zone in which both could stop their downward spiral. To view additional resources for this episode please visit: humanmedia.org/EPISODEPAGELINK Follow “Humankind on Public Radio” at: https://www.humanmedia.org/podcast/ Human Media performs public broadcasting production and distribution act...
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January 2, 2023 29 mins
Herbal remedies: Do they work? Are they safe? In The Medicine Garden, a special series drawn from our archives, you’ll take a fascinating tour of this relatively low-cost form of health care. It’s an approach to healing that has become enormously popular among Americans dissatisfied with conventional medicine.
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