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Lifting Up Those in Need

Tales of people who have offered a helping hand to the working poor, addicts, prisoners and innocent children in need.

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 Answering The Need Humankind   126, 127 

Answering The Need
With the tightening economy, increased middle class anxiety, home foreclosures and lengthening lines at soup kitchens throughout the United States, more and more and more Americans will be relying on the good will of their neighbors. This documentary examines why people decide to offer their time and money to answer the need. [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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 Bill Siemering: Radio Bridges Humankind   78 

Bill Siemering: Radio Bridges
We hear excerpts of radio in some developing countries, where local broadcasting gives people a voice -- and a taste of democracy -- that can help to heal long-standing conflicts. [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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 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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 Bolder Giving Humankind   179 

Bolder Giving
Some people give no charity at all. But of Americans who do, the average family donation is 2-3% per year. This program examines how people arrive at the amount of their charitable contributions, where the money is contributed to, and what holds donors back from giving more, especially if they could afford to without hardship. [more]
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 Building Community with Millard Fuller Humankind   10 

Building Community with Millard Fuller
The remarkable international effort to build "homes and hope" by marshalling the energies of young people, church communities and others, is described by Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller. [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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 Chaplains Humankind   169 

Chaplains
Facing a personal crisis, hospital patients and their loved ones often receive needed emotional support from a quiet army of chaplains, who are skilled at empathetic listening to people gripped by difficult and confusing emotions. [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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 Children's Advocate Jonathan Kozol Humankind   27 

Children's Advocate Jonathan Kozol
A visit with educator and National Book Award-winner Jonathan Kozol who continues his decades-long crusade on behalf of children he's met in inner city schools. [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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 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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 Dignity with Donna Hicks Humankind   187 

Dignity with Donna Hicks
Donna Hicks, author of Dignity, recounts her experiences as an international conflict mediator that led her to an understanding of how an assault on the dignity of a person or a group must be healed, before strife can stop. [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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 Freeing the Innocent with Rob Warden Humankind   51 

Freeing the Innocent with Rob Warden
Emboldened by a U.S. Justice Dept. estimate that ten percent of prisoners serving time are actually innocent, journalist Rob Warden describes his Chicago-based efforts to free inmates who are wrongly convicted. [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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 Harlem Renaissance Humankind   84 

Harlem Renaissance
Geoffrey Canada designated a crime-ridden 24-block area of New York as the Harlem Children's Zone and works tirelessly to provide a healthier community for kids who are otherwise vulnerable to developmental and social ills. [more]
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 Hospitality Humankind   7 

Hospitality
The stress of having a seriously-ill loved one being treated in a hospital in a strange city is lessened by a compassionate army of volunteers in Boston who open their homes to provide lodging and a sympathetic ear. [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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 Journey of the Deaf-Blind Humankind   138 

Journey of the Deaf-Blind
We hear the story of Mary Gillespie, a woman born with normal hearing and vision, but who developed several illnesses starting at age ten. Gradually, she became deaf-blind. Now living in Los Angeles, Mary is a regular volunteer at the Braille Institute, where we recorded this remarkable episode of Humankind. [more]
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 Katie Davis Humankind   70 

Katie Davis
Journalist, mentor, gardener, camp counselor and community activist Katie Davis has undertaken a one-woman campaign to save kids in her inner city neighborhood of Washington, DC. [more]
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 Playwrights Becoming Free Humankind   39 

Playwrights Becoming Free
Chicago dramatist Meade Palidofsky uses theater as a therapeutic tool in her work with juvenile offenders who write and perform plays while incarcerated -- and in the process see their lives through a new lens. [more]
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 Reuben Martinez, The Literary Barber Humankind   34 

Reuben Martinez, The Literary Barber
Announced as a winner of the prestigious MacArthur "genius" awards, colorful Reuben Martinez launched a literacy campaign from his small barber shop outside Los Angeles. [more]
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 Reverend Ray Hammond Humankind   20 

Reverend Ray Hammond
former emergency room physician, Ray Hammond, tells why he switched professions and became a parish pastor to help heal the lives of troubled youths. [more]
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 Room to Read Humankind   150 

Room to Read
After John Wood trekked through Nepal and saw under-educated children, he quit his job as a Microsoft executive and founded Room to Read, a nonprofit that has now established more than 9,000 libraries aimed at spreading literacy in developing nations worldwide. [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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 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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 The Science of Gratitude Humankind   122 

The Science of Gratitude
New research suggests that people who actively cultivate gratitude in their lives become both more content and physically healthier, but Oakland, California writer Catherine Price wanted to find out for herself. [more]
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 Waking Up In Jail Humankind   110 

Waking Up In Jail
Nearly half of criminals released from prison are arrested again within three years. Through that revolving door, they return to a correctional system that is often overcrowded and ridden with violence. Robin Casarjian, a counselor working in prisons, helps to transform houses of correction into houses of healing. She encourages inmates to identify with their highest self. [more]
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