Recent Programs

  • Ida B. Wells’ Battle to Uncover the Truth
    Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist. She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that…
  • Health Care With Kindness
    Patients often complain about rushed doctor visits and, of course, the cost of medical services. But a number of studies in recent years highlight a different concern: whether as a patient you actually experience kindness when receiving health care.

And being treated with basic courtesy and compassion – especially while undergoing medical distress – was rated in one…
  • Whole Teachers – Whole Students
    Faced with the deep divisions roiling America, can education that is “pro-social” provide an alternative path for healing and understanding? And can schools cultivate students’ skills for social awareness and self-reflection?
  • The Present Moment with Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the renowned Stress Reduction Clinic at the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School, discusses how the technique of "mindfulness" can be physically and mentally therapeutic.
  • Health Inequality
    In this documentary, we ask why it is that the wealthiest Americans live as many as fifteen years longer than the poorest. It's a troubling question at a time when income inequality has reached levels not seen since the run up to the Great Depression. Nationwide – even with more people covered through the Affordable…
  • Listeners (Pts 1&2)
    There’s a kind of mystery in sitting calmly, patiently, attentively and tuning into someone else’s personal story – their experience and life journey. In this special program, we hear the reflective insights of people who listen for a living: physicians, counselors and clergy.

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.
  • 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.
  • The Present Moment with Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the renowned Stress Reduction Clinic at the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School, discusses how the technique of "mindfulness" can be physically and mentally therapeutic.

Producer’s Note

  • Update on our documentary “Children Left Behind”

    15 years ago, we profiled Chesa Boudin, who movingly recalled his experiences as a very young child when he would visit his parents, both in prison. In November 2019 Chesa, now a Yale Law School grad and a leading advocate of criminal justice reform, was elected District Attorney of San Francisco at age 39. Hear the remarkable story of the early experiences that shaped his life in our documentary about the large population of children with incarcerated parents: Children Left Behind.

Supported by listeners like you and…