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Best of Humankind, Vol. 1[Program bh-01a]
Best of Humankind, Vol. 1

1. Millard Fuller, the folksy country lawyer who founded Habitat for Humanity, which went on to build homes for more than 2 million low-income people worldwide.

2. Jill Jackson Miller, the product of a tough childhood, whose personal crisis led her to write the international anthem, "Let There Be Peace on Earth" (includes a beautiful rendition by a student chorus).

3. John Wood, an American executive at Microsoft, who met under-educated children while traveling, then quit his job to establish more than 9,000 libraries overseas.

4. Cathrine Sneed, who established the Garden Project at a California jail, where inmates learn how caring for life allows things to develop and blossom.

5-6. David Kaczynski, the gentle social worker who realized that his brother was the Unabomber, and concluded he would have to turn him in. Includes the story of how he became close friends with one of his brother's victims (2 half hrs)

7. Mae Bertha Carter, a Mississippi sharecropper and mother of thirteen, who risked her life to ensure that her struggling children would receive a quality education.

8-9. Helen Keller, whose eyes and ears were wasted as an infant, went on to master five languages and, despite her limitations, became a world champion of the disabled. (2 half hrs, including actual recordings of Keller with interpreter.)

10. Ray Hammond, a prodigy admitted to Harvard at age fourteen, became an emergency room MD, and later the minister of a church helping inner city youth.

11. Actress Mia Farrow, adopted more than a dozen children (most of them disabled), and, as UNICEF goodwill ambassador, advocates for people victimized by violence.

12. JoBeth Walt, who was severely burned in an accident, reveals her personal journey of healing and self-acceptance, and how she helps young people coping with burns.

Total time: 12 half-hour segments presented by DAVID FREUDBERG

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