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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.

April 7
SEGMENT 1: Rather than regard their diagnosis of cancer as a death sentence, these patients practice self-care techniques that help them withstand the stresses of serious illness and stimulate their body’s natural defenses.
SEGMENT 2: From relaxation exercises to use of imagery to writing down thoughts in a journal, many cancer patients – with support from their doctors – are turning to mind/body therapies to improve quality of life.

April 14
SEGMENT 1: We hear different sides of the new debate on nuclear power – is it a needed source of low-carbon energy or a technology that is simply too dangerous, in the wake of catastrophic accidents at Chernobyl and most recently Fukushima?
SEGMENT 2: In Vermont, perhaps the nation’s greenest state, a multi-year clash over a nuke plant pitted fervent environmentalists against a Louisiana-based energy company, and the plant was recently closed partly due to unfavorable economics.

April 21
SEGMENT 1: We examine the provocative ideas of Anthony de Mello, an Indian-born Catholic priest and philosopher, whose books have touched millions with a message drawn from many traditions to wake up from our day-to-day preoccupation with ego and worry.
SEGMENT 2: A woman who was severely burned in an accident reveals her personal journey of healing and self-acceptance and describes what she's learned from working with young people who are also coping with burns.

April 28
SEGMENT 1: John Bogle upsets many titans of Wall Street, when he harshly criticizes what he views as their greed and waste. And yet Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, is also a highly respected voice of finance and deep thinker.
SEGMENT 2: The "end of literacy and triumph of spectacle" is considered by Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges, who believes a popular culture of distraction damages not only our democracy but also our sense of who we are as human beings.

May 5
SEGMENT 1: Medical reformer Rachel Naomi Remen explains a vision of the doctor-patient relationship, in which the patient is viewed not as “broken” or as a “victim,” but as someone whose strengths have not yet been fully uncovered.
SEGMENT 2: We hear excerpts from ‘Escape Fire,’ a powerful documentary, along with comments by its young director, Matthew Heineman, about the over-scheduled work day of doctors and how too many pharmaceuticals don’t make us better.

May 12
SEGMENT 1: We consider the value, sometimes underestimated, of having benign intentions toward others. Sharon Salzberg, a Buddhist teacher and author of 'Lovingkindness', shares an ancient technique to promote goodwill even for difficult people.
SEGMENT 2: A mother in Boston, who faced the horrific news that her 19 year old son was murdered in a home invasion, preaches forgiveness with accountability, a message she now incorporates in mediating conflicts among students in public schools.

May 19
SEGMENT 1: With the movement to “opt out” of high-stakes standardized tests gaining traction in schools among students, parents and educators, we consider alternative ways to evaluate when education is effective.
SEGMENT 2: We ponder the quiet beauty of urban trees, which improve health in high-emissions neighborhoods and which some environmentalists believe may be our “first line of defense” against greenhouse gases associated with climate change.

May 26
SEGMENT 1: Family therapist and Harvard lecturer Richard Weissbourd discusses how to help children find their moral compass, the 'achievement craze' that places intense pressure on young people, and parents' role in athletic activities.
SEGMENT 2: Former NY Times science correspondent Daniel Goleman, best-selling author of "Emotional Intelligence," discusses recent  findings that show the human brain is designed for social relations and that beneficial ones can enhance our health.

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