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Strengthened by Challenge

Stories of ordinary people who rise to extraordinary heights in response to physical challenges and social calamity.

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 After Effects of War with Christal Presley Humankind   189 

After Effects of War with Christal Presley
Christal Presley, an English teacher in Virginia who experienced "secondary trauma" in response to the extreme behavior of her father, a Vietnam-era veteran with PTSD, tells how the family began a journey of recovery. [more]
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 Ahmed Kathrada Humankind   30 

Ahmed Kathrada
The story of a man who spent 26 years behind bars for opposing S. Africa's apartheid system and who, after release, became a member of Parliament calling for forgiveness as the way to heal racial wounds. [more]
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 American Resilience Humankind   139, 140 

American Resilience
Historians and others tell how the American journey has often required of citizens the courage to rebound from deep challenges, including stories of the extraordinary hardiness shown by people during the crisis of the Great Depression. Also, an exploration of the capacity for resilience and adaptation that Americans must summon in this time of deep recession and other perils including terrorism, global warming, and pandemic illness. [more]
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 Bob Massie’s Survival Story Humankind   191 

Bob Massie’s Survival Story
The remarkable survival story of Bob Massie, an Episcopal minister who somehow walked through one life-threatening illness after another, and whose many challenges deepened his appreciation for life – and for the suffering of others. [more]
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 Breaking the Cycle Humankind   197 

Breaking the Cycle
The stories of people in recovery from alcoholism, who had to work through denial and sometimes harsh consequences on the road to sobriety, which can present its own ongoing emotional challenges. [more]
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 Compassionate Friends Humankind   178 

Compassionate Friends
Aiming to "transform the pain of grief into the elixir of hope", a group called The Compassionate Friends, with more than 600 U.S. chapters, brings together parents who've suffered the loss of a child, to help them sort through complicated emotions among kindred spirits. [more]
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 Connie Goldman Humankind   59 

Connie Goldman
The sometimes heavy burdens -- and unexpected rewards -- of caring for an elderly relative are considered by Wisconsin-based author and radio journalist Connie Goldman. [more]
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 Darrell Scott Humankind   32 

Darrell Scott
The tragic shootings at Columbine High School prompted the parent of a pupil who was slain there to launch a national crusade aimed at identifying and reaching out to troubled youths. [more]
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 Healing the Wounds of War Humankind   6 

Healing the Wounds of War
Vietnam veteran Steven Stratford tells the story of his post-traumatic descent into addiction and how, finally in jail, he realized he would have to "replace bad memories with good memories" by returning to Vietnam to help civilians. [more]
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 JoBeth Walt Humankind   38 

JoBeth Walt
A woman who was severely burned in an accident reveals her personal journey of healing and self-acceptance and describes what she's learned from working with young people who are also coping with burns. [more]
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 Kindred Spirits Volume 3: LIFE CHALLENGES Kindred Spirits   KS3 

Kindred Spirits Volume 3: LIFE CHALLENGES
Remarkable people from all walks of life tell how universal wisdom and personal faith help them lead positive, satisfying lives. [more]

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 Living Fully With Illness Humankind   176 

Living Fully With Illness
The power of a patient’s self-reflection as a tool for coping with illness is explored by a nurse scientist who has studied meditation as a health technique, and by a cancer survivor who teaches other patients about the value of therapeutic writing in expressing their inward feelings. [more]
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 Mattie Stepanek Humankind   58 

Mattie Stepanek
In this poignant profile taped prior to his death last year of complications from a rare form of muscular dystrophy, child poet and peacemaker Mattie Stepanek showed wisdom beyond his years. [more]
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 An Optimist in Spite of All: Helen Keller Humankind   75, 76 

An Optimist in Spite of All: Helen Keller
Born 125 years ago this week, Helen Keller -- subject of this audio biography -- surmounted both deafness and blindness by learning to communicate with great eloquence, and became an unlikely world superstar. [more]
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 Reversal of Fortune with John Robbins Humankind   175 

Reversal of Fortune with John Robbins
Having lost almost everything in the Madoff scam, best-selling author John Robbins tells how in “an age of less” he had to step back, reassess what’s important and build a new, more fulfilling life. [more]
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 Rubin Carter's Hurricane Humankind   166, 167 

Rubin Carter's Hurricane
As dramatized in a Bob Dylan song and 'The Hurricane' starring Denzel Washington, ex-prize fighter Rubin Carter tells how he was wrongly convicted of a triple homicide and ultimately exonerated by a federal judge, and trained his mind in prison to transcend hatred. After a court declared his murder conviction a miscarriage of justice, Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter has been a tireless advocate for other wrongly-convicted inmates who face an uphill battle behind bars, in a nation that imprisons more people than any other. [more]
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 Second Chances Humankind   81 

Second Chances
This documentary explores the transition of a young mother from addiction treatment to a clean and sober life, with the help of a family mentoring program known as "shared family care." [more]
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 Sobriety High Humankind   114 

Sobriety High
In this episode we visit William J Ostiguy High School. It is a learning facility designed to help kids with a history of substance abuse – who support each other in their quest to remain clean and sober. [more]
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 Special Children Part of Kindred Spirits   KS3-2b 

Special Children
Albert T. Murphy comments compassionately on lessons gained from his life's work with special needs children and helping their parents cope. [more]
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 Surviving Auschwitz through Faith Part of Kindred Spirits   KS3-3a 

Surviving Auschwitz through Faith
Viktor Frankl in Vienna tells how, as a Jewish psychiatrist, he was imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. [more]
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 Tucker Stilley Humankind   147 

Tucker Stilley
When a gifted artist and media producer near Los Angeles is stricken with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), a community of friends comes together to support him as he develops ingenius ways to continue creating his art work, even without use of his limbs. [more]
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 Unintended Consequences Humankind   170 

Unintended Consequences
We consider the plight of tens of millions of Americans in families and relationships with alcoholics. How does the destabilizing influence of active addiction affect family systems? What emotional and life challenges are faced by people raised around alcoholism? [more]
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 Why Does God Allow Suffering? Part of Kindred Spirits   KS3-2a 

Why Does God Allow Suffering?
Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," arrives at some soothing answers after facing his young son's death. [more]
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