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Program Website: http://www.humanmedia.org/
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
SEGMENT 1: We hear excerpts from ‘Escape Fire,’ a powerful new documentary that recently aired on CNN, 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.
SEGMENT 2: SEGMENT 1: Physician Ralph Snyderman, who served as long-time dean of the Duke Univ medical school, believes that personal health (like our environment) should be regarded as "sustainable", which means restructuring the roles of both doctor and patient.
SEGMENT 1: We consider 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.
SEGMENT 2: This documentary examines "voluntary simplicity," a lifestyle choice that is not about poverty or deprivation, but about an individual's discovering what is "enough" in their life -- and discarding the rest.
SEGMENT 1: The surprising power of imagining positive outcomes in life is explored by NY Times best-selling author David Allen, who finds that when people vividly picture the solutions to problems, it can reset their nervous system and remove self-imposed blockages.
SEGMENT 2: Afflicting one in five people, the condition of chronic pain is explored by patients attending a support group and by physician-author Margaret Caudill, who offers useful techniques based on a subtle understanding of the mind/body connection.
SEGMENT 1: With the tight economy, increased middle class anxiety, home foreclosures and lengthening lines at soup kitchens throughout the United States, more and more Americans are relying on the good will of their neighbors, who are motivated to offer their time and money.
SEGMENT 2: At a time when many face financial struggle, we hear the founder of a soup kitchen, a scholar of philanthropy and others who have pondered why “good neighbors” reach out to the needy and what kind of self-reflection is required for someone to give wisely.
SEGMENT 1: The inspiring tale of a woman who felt called to help hungry people in New Jersey, initially by distributing food from her car and now, thirty-eight years later, her foodbank employs 200, is the size of 7 football fields and last year fed more than 900,000 people.
SEGMENT 2: Through a prison outreach program known as "Houses of Healing," inmates develop the ability to identify, manage, and express their feelings in a conscientious manner that allows them to function in society.
SEGMENT 1: Bay Area physician and Univ. of California medical professor Martin Rossman, author of 'The Worry Solution', describes ways to distinguish between what we can change and what we must learn to accept.
SEGMENT 1: The "overworked American" is considered by two Philadelphia religious activists, a Rabbi and a Catholic editor, who founded a "free time/free people" coalition to promote more down time for family and community.
SEGMENT 1: We hear a profile of LA-based filmmaker/composer Tucker Stilley, who has remained extraordinarily creative and funny, despite having to contend with the near-impossible obstacles imposed by ALS.
SEGMENT 2: Physician Andrew Weil describes healthy longevity, in which older people come to accept the challenges and discover the rewards of aging, plus a look at Okinawa -- home to the highest percentage on earth of people who live to be 100.
SEGMENT 1: The parental agony of losing an infant, child, teenager or young adult, to illness or accident, afflicts over 100,000 American families each year. But for the survivors, life goes on, permanently changed. We hear from one family that volunteers to support other bereaved parents.
SEGMENT 2: Bobby Kennedy Jr., son of the late Senator, connects his passionate environmental advocacy with the nature philosophy of an ancient Italian monk whose life has inspired millions.