About the Author: David Freudberg

  • By Published On: September 1, 2023

    There’s a kind of mystery in sitting calmly, patiently, attentively and tuning into someone else’s personal story and life journey. In this special program, you’ll hear the reflective insights of people who listen for a living: physicians, counselors and clergy.

  • By Published On: April 13, 2023

    Are we still living with the racial divide left over from the Civil War? This provocative audio documentary explores the history of a conflict that nearly tore America apart.

  • By Published On: March 6, 2023

    As our world faces the spectacle of Russia still harming civilians while it rampages through Ukraine, we re-visit our award-winning series, “The Power of Nonviolence”. The focus is to tell poignant stories about alternatives to military destruction and other violence, and to illustrate that there are more humane and saner ways to resolve conflict — a theme urgently needed now.

  • By Published On: January 19, 2023

    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.

  • By Published On: May 25, 2022

    Our program Uncommon Ground, which re-tells an amazing chapter of recent American history when people on opposite sides of the abortion debate actually became friends

  • A new series free from Humankind

    By Published On: May 25, 2022

    We’re excited to let you know about our new podcast! You’ll hear stories of spiritual caregivers (chaplains, medical professionals, social workers and others) who strive to be a peaceful, healing presence on the front lines of many social and personal concerns.

  • Also: Finding 'Uncommon Ground'

    By Published On: May 11, 2022

    In Justice Denied, our newly released podcast episode, Humankind takes a deep dive into what many regard as the most shameful U.S. Supreme Court ruling ever.

  • By Published On: January 25, 2022

    In this episode of Humankind, David Freudberg traveled to a Buddhist Monastery in rural Vermont, to hear the profound wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, a soft-spoken Vietnamese monk, who tries to cool the fires of global conflict by advocating compassion, loving speech, and deep listening.

  • By Published On: July 28, 2020

    When America lost John Lewis, who died last weekend at age 80, part of our nation's moral compass was silenced. Many have learned of his remarkable life story: the child of poor Alabama sharecroppers who -- through deep moral convictions -- came to be known as the "conscience of Congress."

  • By Published On: April 23, 2020

    Meet Charlie Starbuck, a volunteer in San Francisco, locally revered for the thousands of street trees he's planted. In this free Humankind episode, we also hear from the organization Charlie works with, Friends of the Urban Forest, as well as the city’s official Urban Forester, an employee at the Department of Public Works.

  • How ‘Compassionate Presence’ Helps to Heal People in Distress

    By Published On: September 13, 2019

    For medical patients up against a dire prognosis, inmates locked in isolation, survivors of a natural disaster, college students facing an identity crisis and others in distress, the quiet profession of spiritual caregivers can provide an indispensable lifeline.

  • By Published On: March 13, 2019

    Hear these free episodes of the Humankind on Public Radio Podcast

  • By Published On: June 15, 2018

    Stories of caregivers who foster personal transformation

  • Hope-giving Stories from Public Radio

    By Published On: January 13, 2017

    As we approach Martin Luther King Day – our annual time to honor the tradition of nonviolent social change – I wanted to let you know that our full Humankind public radio series on this theme is now available free online.