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Hear filmmaker Ken Burns on “The Meaning of America” and others offering a different take on history.

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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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 Beyond War: Part 1 Humankind   62, 63 

Beyond War: Part 1
The human costs of war are discussed by patients in a veterans hospital, a newspaper war correspondent, a Brigadier General, historians and others who consider the psychological impact of mass violence. [more]
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 Beyond War: Part 2 Humankind   64, 65 

Beyond War: Part 2
We explore the beliefs, challenges and successes of people who "wage peace" including accounts -- from Yugoslavia to South Africa -- of non-violent movements that ousted unjust leaders. A 9/11 family member and others explain their view that American society has become too militaristic, while neglecting domestic needs. Also, comments by Academy Award-winner Haskell Wexler on how our media shape public awareness of the military. [more]
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 Beyond War: Part 3 Humankind   67, 68 

Beyond War: Part 3
Can International courtrooms, like the current Yugoslav tribunal in The Hague, offer a viable way of enforcing human rights and punishing tyrants - without resorting to armed conflict? [more]
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 Checks and Balances Humankind   105, 106 

Checks and Balances
At a time when polls consistently show most Americans believe our country is "on the wrong track," this one-hour documentary examines the remarkable system conceived by the Founders to restrain excess in democracy [more]
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 Dreaming of America Pts. 1 & 2 Humankind   128, 129 

Dreaming of America Pts. 1 & 2
Americans in line to view the original Constitution, an injured Iraq War veteran, and an NBA basketball star who advocates a more engaged democracy tell of their vision for a better America. Also, more voices on what kind of a future Americans yearn for including a group of young people concerned about preserving the planet and combating global warming, and the editor of YES! Magazine, a journal of positive solutions. [more]
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 Driving Under the Influence Part of Thinking About Drinking   TAD-11 

Driving Under the Influence
A plague that causes half of all highway fatalities and is the leading killer of kids. [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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 In Search of Global Justice Humankind   CJ 

In Search of Global Justice
Hear the late Walter Cronkite in our earlier documentary "In Search of Global Justice," a one-hour episode about the future of war and peace [more]
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 An Informed Republic Humankind    

An Informed Republic
America's founders recognized that that without a king, the fledgling nation would need an informed citizenry -- or their bold experiment in democracy would fail. So in early America the government subsidized newspapers, established the postal system to facilitate information flow and drew up plans for public education. But now in the digital age, does the demise of newspapers threaten citizens' access to quality journalistic information? Does remarkably low civic knowledge by average Americans weaken the fabric of democracy? [more]
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 Jim Hightower Humankind   72 

Jim Hightower
Part raconteur, part rabble-rouser, Austin's Jim Hightower (former Texas Agriculture Commissioner) honors the American tradition of small groups of citizen activists who take on corporate and government policies that trample the powerless. [more]
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 Julie Goschalk Humankind   33 

Julie Goschalk
How the daughter of two holocaust survivors ventured into formal dialogues with children of Nazi-era Germans and what they learned from each other in a new era. [more]
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 Martin Luther King's Spiritual Journey Part of Kindred Spirits   KS4-2b 

Martin Luther King's Spiritual Journey
A look at the link between spiritual consciousness and social conscience. [more]
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 The Meaning of America with Ken Burns (Parts 1 & 2) Humankind   56,57 

The Meaning of America with Ken Burns (Parts 1 & 2)
"The Meaning of America". Filmmaker Ken Burns, philsopher Jacob Needleman and others take us on a journey through the ideas and beliefs of America's founders to understand their social and spiritual vision for the United States. Includes historic readings and the sounds of Independence Hall, Monticello and elsewhere. [more]
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 Moral Force and International Law Humankind   46 

Moral Force and International Law
We honor the recent passing of Fr. Robert Drinan, the law professor, priest and former Congressman. This program examines the role of moral authority as a basis for international law intended to promote a more humane world. [more]
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 One Step at a Time Part of Thinking About Drinking   TAD-5 

One Step at a Time
An exploration of Alcoholics Anonymous -- its history, philosophy and special magic. [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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 The Quaker Conscience Part of Kindred Spirits   KS4-2a 

The Quaker Conscience
A documentary about the social and political witness offered by members of the Society of Friends. [more]
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 A Social History of Inebriation Part of Thinking About Drinking   TAD-10 

A Social History of Inebriation
The story of American drinking from the Mayflower through post-Prohibition. [more]

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 The Unabomber's Brother Humankind   82,83 

The Unabomber's Brother
Social worker David Kaczynski tells how he reached the horrible conclusion that his older brother Ted was the Unabomber and felt obliged to notify authorities, even though it could lead to a death sentence for his brother. [more]
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 A Union of Citizens Humankind   117, 118 

A Union of Citizens
In a country of the people, by the people and for the people: Why do so many Americans feel alienated from our democratic process? What does it mean to be an actively engaged citizen? How can we stimulate more critical thinking and a more deliberative approach by the citizenry? [more]
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 War, Peace & Human Rights with Benjamin Ferencz Humankind   17 

War, Peace & Human Rights with Benjamin Ferencz
For sixty years, the quest to create a world where war is unnecessary has preoccupied international law advocate Benjamin Ferencz, a former war crimes prosecutor and global activist. [more]
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 Words of War and Peace with Cynthia Wachtell Humankind   159 

Words of War and Peace with Cynthia Wachtell
Author Cynthia Wachtell describes contrasting views of war in American literature, including the Civil War reflections of Walt Whitman and the fervent anti-war beliefs expressed by Mark Twain in several works. [more]
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