Recent Programs

  • The Medicine Garden
    Herbal remedies: Do they work? Are they safe? Of course the answers vary depending on the ailment and the proposed cure. But in The Medicine Garden, a special series drawn from our archives, you’ll take a fascinating tour of this relatively lost-cost form of health care. It’s an approach to healing that has become enormously popular…
  • The Rights of Civilians
    Can the rule of law protect innocent men, women and children? Learn about the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which has opened an investigation into Russia's ruthless invasion of Ukraine. And hear the history of earlier tribunals.
  • Aging in Community
    70 million Baby Boomers are now entering their retirement years. For the first time in history, there will be more older adults than children. On this special project from Humankind public radio, you’ll hear stories of transition and dignity — and meet people who are showing the way.
  • The Power of Nonviolence: Seeds of Peace
    How exactly can we build a future based on understanding and connection among people of diverse backgrounds— rather than prejudice, misinformation and suspicion that are the fuel for violence?
  • Judicial Independence
    Have our courts – intended by America’s founders to be an independent arbiter of justice – turned into another political battlefield? Are today’s judges mere “politicians in robes”? This public radio documentary series looks at the challenges and proposed solutions.
  • The Power of Nonviolence
    The Power of Nonviolence seeks deep solutions to this vexing problem. We turn to wisdom teachings across our great spiritual traditions for guidance—and inspiration—on how the lasting wounds can be healed.

Staff Picks

  • Resilient Nurses
    A no-holds-barred look at the stressful conditions in which many nurses work: the long hours, the emotional toll, the rapid pace, and the way that technology and institutional practices can make it hard to form a caring bond with patients.
  • Simple Relaxation Exercise
    A 15-minute stress reduction session to calm the body and mind.
  • Libraries Reimagined
    In 2019 Americans visited the library more often than they went to a movie or attended a sporting event. But far from institutions of the past, libraries today are rapidly evolving, ensuring free access to knowledge and protecting democracy.

Producer’s Note

  • Healing the many kinds of grief…

    Anyone who’s ever lost a loved one, as I did recently, knows that grief — although often painful — is a perfectly natural part of living. From The Kindness Project: “Grief isn’t just for death. It’s also for: Friendships that have ended. Losing your Community. Missing the certainty you once had. Questioning your judgment. Releasing who you once were. Feeling lost and unanchored. Losing traditions you loved. Whatever the cause of grief, kindness will help the healing process.”