Heard on public radio throughout the United States, David Freudberg, Executive Producer at Human Media (in the Boston area), has written and edited more than 800 productions, most broadcast on NPR. These include over 100 full-length documentaries on such themes as human values, personal growth and recovery, spirituality and ethics, preventive and natural medicine and history. You can see our full list of programs, by category, here.

Hear NPR’s recent profile of David’s 50 years in public radio. His first national broadcast was at age 16 — and he’s still going strong. In August 2023, the Library of Congress acquired the Humankind Collection, consisting of about 500 of David’s audio recordings.

He has hosted the Humankind series for more than 25 years. Special projects have included: The Power of Nonviolence, Resilient Nurses, The Way of Tao, Steps to Recovery: The History of AA, The Right to Vote, The Search for Well-Being, The Diet-Climate Connection, Rubin Carter’s Hurricane, Passengers, An Informed Republic, Meeting Hate with Love, Children Left Behind, Equal Ground and Beyond War. Other Human Media projects include: Kindred Spirits, The Vegetable Chronicles, Everyday Healing Foods and Thinking about Drinking.

David entered public radio as a high school intern in 1971 and has remained continuously in the field ever since. His reports have aired on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Here and Now, as well as Marketplace, now distributed by American Public Media and Living on Earth, distributed by PRX. In addition to NPR, David’s productions have been broadcast on Public Radio International (PRI), British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). He has been affiliated with WGBH/Boston since 1974.

Recordings of his programs have been selected by Book-of-the-Month Club, received a “Listen-Up!” award by Publishers Weekly and designated an “Editor’s Choice” by Booklist (American Library Association) and Choice magazines. Productions by David have been honored with the DuPont/Columbia Award, awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB), as well as the Gabriel Award and the Wilbur Award.

He has published extensively in The Washington Post and The Huffington Post. David served as Principal Investigator on five National Institutes of Health (NIH) projects and delivered an annual lecture at the Harvard School of Public Health for twelve years.