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High School Pressure-Cooker This episode examines the level of stress experienced by many secondary school students in America. We probe the causes and effects. And we look at positive coping skills kids can learn -- and ideas on how to restructure school life to minimize stressful conditions. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt
High Stakes Testing With the movement to “opt out” of high-stakes standardized tests gaining traction in schools among students, parents and educators, we consider alternative ways to evaluate when education is effective. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt
Janet Connors A mother in Boston, who faced the horrific news that her 19 year old son was murdered in a home invasion, preaches forgiveness with accountability, a message she now incorporates in mediating conflicts among students in public schools. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt
Lovingkindness with Sharon Salzberg Sharon Salzberg, an author and teacher of Buddhist meditation, describes the technique of "lovingkindness," a way of seeing others and relating to oneself that allows the practitioner to get past resentments and have a clearer view of reality. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt
Escape Fire with Matt Heineman We hear excerpts from ‘Escape Fire,’ a powerful new documentary that recently aired on CNN, along with comments by its young director, Matthew Heineman, about the over-scheduled work day of doctors and how too many pharmaceuticals don’t make us better. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt
Culture of Distraction Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Empire of Illusion", maintains that our popular culture cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy, dangerously relying on spectacle, false idols and snake oil salesmen. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt