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


26 Pieces

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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 WVPE, WGBH Radio Boston, WVTF, KUHF, WLPR and more


  • Added: May 19, 2022
  • Length: 52:59
  • Purchases: 18
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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 KUHF, WKSU, KERA, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WSKG and more


  • Added: Apr 05, 2022
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 33
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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 Morehead State Public Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WSKG, KUSU, KJZZ and more


  • Added: Dec 02, 2021
  • Length: 52:59
  • Purchases: 15
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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 WCPN, WSKG, KUSU, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Boise State Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 04, 2021
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 32
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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 WNMU-FM, KMUN, WAMU, WKMS, Boise State Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jul 02, 2022
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 25
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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 WNMU-FM, WKMS, KIDE Hoopa Tribal Radio 91.3fm, New Hampshire Public Radio, WSHU and more


  • Added: Jan 18, 2021
  • Length: 52:59
  • Purchases: 45
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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 KUHF, NPR Now, 90.5 WESA, WAMU, WHYY and more


  • Added: Apr 02, 2020
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 13
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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 NPR Now, Colorado Public Radio, WAMU, KJZZ, KCPW Salt Lake City and more


  • Added: Feb 18, 2020
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 20
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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 WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KCPW Salt Lake City, KJZZ, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, The Pulse--Messiah College Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 11, 2019
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 84
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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 WGBH Radio Boston, WAMU, KJZZ, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., Nevada Public Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 07, 2019
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 10
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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 WVTF, Red River Radio Network (E. Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Mississippi), KUT, WGCU, WGBH Radio Boston and more


  • Added: Jul 11, 2019
  • Length: 52:29
  • Purchases: 20
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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 KMXT, Red River Radio Network (E. Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Mississippi), KMUN, WWNO, WVTF and more


  • Added: Apr 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 16
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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 KUPR low power FM, KMXT, WFCR, Morehead State Public Radio, KMUN and more


  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 20
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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 KMXT, WJCT, WSKG, WGCU, KWGS and more


  • Added: Oct 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 29
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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 KBUT Crested Butte, Colo., KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WYAP, KMXT, KMUN and more


  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 98
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 KNCT FM, Spokane Public Radio, KCPW Salt Lake City, KCNP, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago and more


  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 25
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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 KUHF, WWNO, KUHF, KWGS, WAMU and more


  • Added: Mar 08, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 21
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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 KUHF, Maine Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, KPIP-LP and more


  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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Produced by David Freudberg in association with WGBH/Boston. This sound-rich documentary travels to the scene of a truly bold experiment in peace-m...

Bought by WUMB, WHRV, Radio Catskill, WMFE, KUAF Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8