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


32 Pieces

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How could a nation founded on a Declaration that "all men are created equal" permit slavery? Nowhere was this contradiction more stark than at the ...

Bought by KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WUMB, WRGY, KWIT, KALW and more


  • Added: Dec 20, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 23
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The recent upsurge of COVID-19 highlights the need for resilience among our health care professionals, as explored in this Humankind Special by Dav...

Bought by WVBI-LP, KZYX, KQED, KUHF, WBEZ and more


  • Added: Feb 17, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 11
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Produced by David Freudberg in association with WGBH/Boston. In a world afflicted with so much violence, it would be easy to underestimate the impa...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WGCU, WMFE, WRIR, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle and more


  • Added: Nov 30, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 8
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Newly updated (2016), produced in association with WGBH/Boston, ideal for broadcast this election year: A documentary about the much-contested righ...

Bought by WVBI-LP, Red River Radio Network (E. Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Mississippi), WUMB, WESM 91.3 FM, Wisconsin Public Radio and more


  • Added: Aug 16, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 18
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Produced by David Freudberg in association with WGBH/Boston. This Humankind special, "Healing the Trauma of War" tells the deeply moving stories of...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WCPN, WWNO and more


  • Added: Nov 01, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 20
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Produced in association with WGBH/Boston, updated January 2017. How do we break the vicious cycle of violence now so relentless at home and abroad...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WCPN, WHRV, New Hampshire Public Radio, Morehead State Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 30
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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 WVBI-LP, WUMB, WHRV, Radio Catskill, WMFE and more


  • Added: Jun 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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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
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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...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 22
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 WHFR, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KCPW Salt Lake City, New England Public Media, WVBI-LP and more


  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • 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 KMSU, KVMR, KUOW, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WUTC and more


  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 109
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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 90.5 WESA, WVBI-LP, KMXT, WJCT, WSKG and more


  • Added: Oct 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 31
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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 KUSU, WVBI-LP, KUPR low power FM, KMXT, New England Public Media and more


  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 22
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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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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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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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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 New Hampshire Public Radio, WILL, WVTF, KZMU Moab Community Radio, WVBI-LP and more


  • Added: Dec 11, 2019
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 89
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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 Interlochen Public Radio, WVBI-LP, NPR Now, Colorado Public Radio, WAMU and more


  • Added: Feb 18, 2020
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 22
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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 Interlochen Public Radio, WVBI-LP, KUHF, NPR Now, 90.5 WESA and more


  • Added: Apr 02, 2020
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 15
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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