The Social Brain In this program, we learn about how people develop different levels of empathy.Daniel Goleman is a former New York Times science reporter specializing in how brain function affects the way we feel and perceive life. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt
An Attitude 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. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt
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. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt
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. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt
Mothers Out Front A visit with Mothers Out Front, a fascinating group of mothers who come together (usually at houseparties) to focus on the threat that climate change poses to their children and to future generations. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt
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. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt
Spiritual but not Religious A conversation with Bradley University Prof. Robert Fuller who has studied a large sector of Americans who regard themselves as spiritually inclined, but who do not affiliate with organized religion. (Series: Humankind) Hear free excerpt