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Social Conscience

Stories of people who uphold such values as truth-telling, defending minority rights, reconciliation and integrity in government.

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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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 Barbara Ehrenreich Humankind   71 

Barbara Ehrenreich
The plight of Americans who still live in poverty, despite working full-time (perhaps even more than one job), is examined by award-winning author Barbara Ehrenreich. [more]
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 Barely Getting By: Stories of America's Working Poor Humankind   119, 120 

Barely Getting By: Stories of America's Working Poor
In a country as wealthy as the United States, "working poor" should be a contradiction in terms. But tens of millions of Americans fall into that category – affecting a growing population of children. [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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 Bo Lozoff Humankind   121 

Bo Lozoff
Bo Lozoff, A teacher and singer who has visited more than eleven-hundred U-S prisons – trying to uplift inmates many of whom he says don't belong there,believes that even while incaracerated, a person can become free. [more]
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 Catching Up with Granny D Humankind   73,74 

Catching Up with Granny D
"Catching Up with Granny D." As part of the Public Radio Collaboration "Who's Democracy Is It?", Humankind presents a lively, hour-long profile of "Granny D," (Mrs. Doris Haddock of Dublin, New Hampshire). Famous for her 14-month walk across the United States to promote campaign finance reform, she is a fascinating American original. [more]

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 Cathrine Sneed: The Garden Project Humankind   14 

Cathrine Sneed: The Garden Project
Step inside the garden of Cathrine Sneed, a prison social worker, who has found that when inmates leave their cells and connect with nature their rate of recidivism drops. [more]
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 Children Left Behind Humankind   87,88 

Children Left Behind
The moving stories of two young adults who have incarcerated parents and who endured unpleasant visits to prison as well as the heavy emotional baggage of having a loved one taken from them at a young age. (Part 1) [more]
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 Community Food Bank Humankind   193 

Community Food Bank
We hear the moving story of Kathleen DiChiara, suburban housewife who became very concerned about human hunger in the 1970s. This motivated her to start collecting food at church, and eventually other sites, and then to organize distribution to people in the nearby inner city. [more]
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 Different Drummers Humankind   41 

Different Drummers
Dissatisfied with what they perceive as a distorted, negative picture from mainstream media, a Maine magazine publisher and a California radio producer created their own niches for presenting positive social trends. [more]
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 A Different Sort of Food Humankind   11 

A Different Sort of Food
From Yom Kippur to Ramadan, the age-old practice of fasting is widely followed today by people of many traditions who find surprising benefits in this quiet discipline. [more]
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 Doctors' Movement to Avert Nuclear War Humankind   132, 133 

Doctors' Movement to Avert Nuclear War
A Harvard medical professor tells the story of how he united with a Soviet cardiologist to launch a physicians movement to end nuclear war that recruited 150,000 doctors worldwide and won the Nobel Peace Prize. [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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 Encore Careers Humankind   137 

Encore Careers
Although many people crave the break from daily work they receive upon retirement, in some cases the experience of an "endless vacation" eventually causes individuals to feel purposeless. They often feel lonely and depressed, drifting with too much spare time in which to think about their physical ailments. With the erosion of savings caused by the economic downturn starting in 2008, many seniors seeking extra income will now be moving back into the work force. [more]
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 Equal Ground Humankind   3 

Equal Ground
The moving tale of the late Mae Bertha Carter, a sharecropper who raised thirteen children and also stood firm -- against harassment -- in her quest to integrate public schools in Sunflower County, Mississippi. [more]
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 Freeing Modern-Day Slaves Humankind   15 

Freeing Modern-Day Slaves
A conscience-stricken management consultant left the world of business and decided to volunteer his full-time efforts in the quest to free modern-day slaves held in shocking conditions. [more]
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 Generous Giving Humankind   196 

Generous Giving
We examine current trends in charitable giving by individuals and foundations with Stacy Palmer, long-time editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and one of America’s most knowledgeable journalists about the nation’s $316 billion dollar charitable sector. [more]
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 Giving Back Humankind   4 

Giving Back
This documentary visits with people at different income levels to learn how they view the act of charitable giving and how they meet what for them is a moral obligation. [more]
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 Giving Circle Humankind   54 

Giving Circle
Rather than merely write checks to charities they don't really know well, a group of concerned women formed a "giving circle" which identifies social needs and then seeks out worthy recipients. [more]
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 Green Congregations Humankind   113 

Green Congregations
Rev. Sally Bingham of San Francisco, lay organizer Steve MacAusland of Boston and members of a concerned church discuss the movement for a religious response to climate change that has spread to more than 4,000 U.S. congregations. [more]
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 The Green Economy Humankind   135 

The Green Economy
As environmental visionaries see it, the future of energy is not in greenhouse gas-emitting fuels like oil and coal – whose supply is running out -- but in sustainable, non-global warming sources like wind and sun and waves from the ocean and in the enormous storehouse of heat that naturally occurs deep underground. For a limited time, this show is available to listen to free of charge. [more]
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 Haley House Humankind   52 

Haley House
After nearly forty years of sheltering, serving and training the homeless in Boston, Kathy McKenna reflects on the line between helping people in need and becoming an "enabler" of people who don't want to improve. [more]
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 Hope in Action Humankind   173,174 

Hope in Action
Rather than dwell on self-defeating pessimism, some environmental experts are focusing on powerful local initiatives as well as steps individuals can take toward a future that is both sustainable and attainable. Also, a conversation with Bill Moomaw, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, and his wife Margot Moomaw, a consultant on energy use by homeowners, about the gorgeous all-solar house they built in an effort to live a climate-friendly life. [more]
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 Income Inequality Humankind   171 

Income Inequality
We consider the dramatic increase in income inequality - now at levels that preceded the Great Depression - and how this wealth gap relates to a host of conditions, from personal illness to incarceration. [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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 Justice Denied Humankind   183, 188 

Justice Denied
In this documentary ‘Justice Denied’, we explore how federal courts enforced fugitive slave laws. Historians, actors and legal scholars re-create the famous case of a young escaped slave who was sent back by a Boston judge, provoking America’s largest abolitionist protest. Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln historian Eric Foner chronicles the Dred Scott decision (often derided as the Supreme Court’s worst ruling), which held that black people have “no rights” and aggravated tensions between north and south, setting the stage for the bloody Civil War. [more]
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 Kindred Spirits Volume 4: SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS Kindred Spirits   KS4 

Kindred Spirits Volume 4: SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS
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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 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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