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Human Rights

Learn about the role of “moral force” in international law, and the essential dignity that is the birthright of all people.

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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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 Civilians: Bearing the Brunt of War Humankind   145 

Civilians: Bearing the Brunt of War
With the majority of wartime casualties inflicted on civilians not involved in combat, we consider ways to serve and heal a population that has become victims, through no fault of their own. [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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 Frances Moore Lappe Humankind   77 

Frances Moore Lappe
Frances Moore Lappe, author of "Hope's Journey" as well as the classic "Diet for a Small Planet," discusses her work over more than three decades to raise public awareness about the need to improve systems of global food distribution. [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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 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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 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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 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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 Maestro Barenboim’s Peace Mission Humankind   190 

Maestro Barenboim’s Peace Mission
Legendary classical music conductor Daniel Barenboim, an Israeli, is profiled along with several gifted young musicians in the unique Arab-Israeli orchestra he founded along with his close Palestinian friend, the late Columbia Univ. literature professor Edward Said. [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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 Mia Farrow Humankind   153 

Mia Farrow
Actress and activist Mia Farrow describes her tireless efforts to increase awareness abou the ongoing slaughter in Darfur, her fascinating history of having adopted ten children, and her reflections on ego, learned in part through a life in the entertainment industry. [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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 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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 Solutions to Bullying Humankind   154 

Solutions to Bullying
Although being teased and picked on are typical challenges for kids growing up, the effects can be traumatizing when a child is relentlessly bullied. The most common targets of bullying are young people who are perceived as gay, or who are disabled or overweight. But any kid who is singled out for harassment may feel overwhelmed, sometimes resorting to self-destructive behaviour. [more]
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 The Clash of Science and Ethics Humankind   200 

The Clash of Science and Ethics
We consider the clash of science and ethics, based on a recently published history detailing how a notorious weapon, napalm, was developed at a major American university, with little concern for human consequences. [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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 Universal Health Care Pts 1 & 2 Humankind   115, 116 

Universal Health Care Pts 1 & 2
Many doctors and nurses feel trapped in a structure they say sometimes prevents them from providing adequate care to their patients. One couple, both researchers at Harvard Medical School and both internists practicing at Cambridge Hospital in Massachusetts, are leaders in the movement among medical professionals to reform health care in America. [more]

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 Upholding Human Rights  with David Scheffer Humankind   180 

Upholding Human Rights with David Scheffer
Based on a new memoir, Northwestern Univ. law professor David Scheffer recalls his years of behind-the-scenes negotiating to establish human rights tribunals, including the UN’s International Criminal Court and the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia. [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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