Humankind Specials

Series produced by Humankind

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Audio documentaries from Human Media and producer David Freudberg.

Full length audio documentaries heard on public radio and worldwide on satellite radio


27 Pieces

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We seem to have entered an age of unrelenting chaos. In stormy times, how can people find healing and meaning? As humanity gropes for a “new norm...

Bought by KUAF Public Radio, NPR Now, KUHF, KUOW, WKSU and more


  • Added: Nov 02, 2022
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 13
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Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe, how do Americans discuss abortion? This program tells a dramatic story. In a little known chapter of...

Bought by WABE, WVBI-LP, KWIT, Spokane Public Radio, WFHB and more


  • Added: May 19, 2022
  • Length: 52:59
  • Purchases: 24
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“I actually have a question for you," said a victim who testified against an accused war criminal. "I just want to know, don't you have any feeling...

Bought by WVBI-LP, KUHF, WKSU, KERA, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and more


  • Added: Apr 05, 2022
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 34
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More than 1 in 5 American adults is a caregiver for an elder -- usually a parent or grandparent or spouse. How to look after our surging older popu...

Bought by WAMU, WVBI-LP, Morehead State Public Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WSKG and more


  • Added: Dec 02, 2021
  • Length: 52:59
  • Purchases: 17
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Within a decade, America will be looking different. As 70 million Baby Boomers enter retirement, there will be more older adults than children -- f...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WCPN, WSKG, KUSU, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 04, 2021
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 33
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A Humankind Special by David Freudberg produced in association with WGBH/Boston. In our ongoing series of documentaries on this crucial profession...

Bought by KMXT, KGNU Boulder, Colo., and WCQS


  • Added: May 03, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Can air as a stand-alone documentary. When the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was first leaked, the Supreme Court's public approval sank to the l...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WVBI-LP, WNMU-FM, KMUN, WAMU and more


  • Added: Jul 02, 2022
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 27
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Have our courts – intended by America’s founders to be an independent arbiter of justice – turned into another political battlefield? Are today’s j...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WVBI-LP, WNMU-FM, WKMS, KIDE Hoopa Tribal Radio 91.3fm and more


  • Added: Jan 18, 2021
  • Length: 52:59
  • Purchases: 47
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1st Half: EARLY LITERACY. Produced in association with WGBH/Boston. We examine the importance of early literacy, which can set a child on a path f...

Bought by WVBI-LP, KUHF, NPR Now, 90.5 WESA, WAMU and more


  • Added: Apr 02, 2020
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 14
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Produced by David Freudberg in association with WGBH/Boston. The American Library Association reports that most libraries have re-opened, with Cove...

Bought by WVBI-LP, NPR Now, Colorado Public Radio, WAMU, KJZZ and more


  • Added: Feb 18, 2020
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 21
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Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist. She overcam...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KCPW Salt Lake City, KJZZ, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 11, 2019
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 85
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Produced by David Freudberg in association with WGBH/Boston. Patients often complain about rushed doctor visits and, of course, the cost of medical...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WGBH Radio Boston, WAMU, KJZZ, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and more


  • Added: Nov 07, 2019
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 11
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Produced by David Freudberg in association with WGBH/Boston. Faced with the deep divisions polarizing America, can education that is “pro-social” p...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WVTF, Red River Radio Network (E. Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Mississippi), KUT, WGCU and more


  • Added: Jul 11, 2019
  • Length: 52:29
  • Purchases: 21
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In this documentary, we ask why it is that the wealthiest Americans live as many as fifteen years longer than the poorest. It's a troubling questio...

Bought by WVBI-LP, KMXT, Red River Radio Network (E. Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Mississippi), KMUN, WWNO and more


  • Added: Apr 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 17
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In a time of polarization, the simple practice of listening to another can feel like a lost art. There’s a kind of mystery in sitting calmly, patie...

Bought by WVBI-LP, KUPR low power FM, KMXT, WFCR, Morehead State Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 21
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New Year's Resolutions? In this Humankind documentary, we hear from a growing movement of physicians and others who — concerned by the upsurge in o...

Bought by WVBI-LP, KMXT, WJCT, WSKG, WGCU and more


  • Added: Oct 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 30
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Written and Produced by David Freudberg, in association with WGBH. This one-hour Humankind documentary examines how America responded to a massive ...

Bought by WVBI-LP, KBUT Crested Butte, Colo., KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WYAP, KMXT and more


  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 99
Caption: Dorothy Day
We profile Dorothy Day — a remarkable 20th century figure: journalist and founder of the “Catholic Worker” movement, which established soup kitchen...

Bought by WVBI-LP, KNCT FM, Spokane Public Radio, KCPW Salt Lake City, KCNP and more


  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 26
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(Updated to reflect current discussion of 'Medicare for all') Produced in association with WGBH/Boston. As the health care debate continues, we ta...

Bought by WVBI-LP, KUHF, WWNO, KUHF, KWGS and more


  • Added: Mar 08, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 22
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Alcoholics Anonymous, observing its 80th anniversary in 2015, marks its beginning when one hopelessly addicted drunk realized that connecting with ...

Bought by WVBI-LP, KUHF, Maine Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9