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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.

November 3
SEGMENT 1: We examine current trends in charitable giving by individuals and foundations with Stacy Palmer, long-time editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, who covers the nation’s $316 billion dollar charitable sector.
SEGMENT 2: Learning how to focus on different life horizons -- from daily responsibilities to broader personal goals -- is considered in this enlightening dialogue about "Making It All Work," the new book by best-selling author David Allen.

November 10
SEGMENT 1: A conflict mediator in world hotspots from Israel-Palestine to Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka, Donna Hicks explains the importance of honoring your opponent’s dignity and of maintaining your own.
SEGMENT 2: A conversation with Bradley University Prof. Robert Fuller. He has studied a large sector of Americans who regard themselves as spiritually inclined, but who do not affiliate with organized religion.

November 17
SEGMENT 1: A visit with Mothers Out Front, a fascinating group of mothers who come together (usually at houseparties) to focus on the threat that climate change poses to their children and to future generations.
SEGMENT 2: Experts say there is still time to counteract the worst effects of climate change– provided positive steps are taken promptly. We hear the history of how scientists came to realize this threat, and why pessimism now may be self-defeating.

November 24
SEGMENT 1: For Thanksgiving, we consider the human impulse to be grateful and how, according to psychological research, people who consciously practice gratitude improve their emotional and even physical health. (Replaces a previous listing.) SEGMENT 2: We revisit a fascinating fugitive slave case in Boston that bolstered the abolitionist movement and generated the largest citizen protest against slavery before the Civil War.

December 1, 2016
SEGMENT 1: 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.
SEGMENT 2: Reflections on the universal message contained in a famous ancient prayer, and its relevance to people facing today's materialistic culture, are explored by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an attorney and eloquent activist.

December 8
SEGMENT 1: We journey to two California jails where prisoners, often from traumatic backgrounds, volunteer to study ways of practicing human compassion – toward themselves and others.
SEGMENT: We hear how various religious traditions understand and encourage the essential spiritual quality of basic compassion, a characteristic that can be difficult to maintain at times of personal tension.

December 15
SEGMENT 1: Fraternizing with the enemy was an offense for which a soldier could be court martialed. Yet on the frozen battlefield of Belgium in the bitter first Christmas of WW1, troops on all sides— for a fleeting few hours — became friends.
SEGMENT 2: Written over fifty years ago by Jill Jackson Miller at a time of personal despair, “Let there be Peace on Earth” has become a favorite holiday song at congregations and schools, with fresh meaning today.

December 22
SEGMENT 1: Former NY Times science reporter Daniel Goleman, best-selling author of ‘Emotional Intelligence’, discusses current research on the importance and mechanics of attaining personal focus.
SEGMENT 2: An exploration of the capacity for resilience and adaptation that Americans must summon in times of economic challenge and other perils including the threat of terrorism and climate change.

December 29
SEGMENT 1: The nuclear age remains a fundamental fact of our lives, but aversion to thinking about this peril creates the very barrier to addressing and reducing the risk, according to emergency room physician Ira Helfand.
SEGMENT 2: Seven decades since the world first witnessed the destructive power of atomic warfare, activist Jonathan Granoff diagnoses the beliefs that allow thousands of nuclear weapons to threaten humanity to this day.

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