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Build Change: Pioneering engineer works with communities to protect homes from disasters

For this Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Elizabeth Hausler, CEO and founder of Build Change – a non-profit organization that works around the world to prevent deaths from earthquakes or other disasters that lead to homes or other buildings collapsing. As engineers like to say, or well, as they say even if they may not like to say it: “Earthquakes don’t kill people; buildings kill people.”

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Inequality and philanthropy: Author of ‘The Givers’ explains how they can fuel each other

American philanthropy has been undergoing a major resurgence in the last few decades, leading some to dub this a ‘golden age’ for giving. At the same time, wealth concentration and inequality, the gap between rich and poor, has been on the increase. Author of a new book called The Givers, David Callahan, explains why these two trends are fueling each other and what needs to change to avoid oligarchy.

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Polaris: On the front lines of fighting human trafficking

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with a leader in the battle to end human trafficking. Bradley Myles and his colleagues at Polaris has for the past 15 years concentrated his efforts on reducing, and ideally eliminating, a practice that unfortunately may be as old as human history: slavery and trade in human beings.

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On the push for equity, direct democracy and a basic universal income by Iceland’s Pirate Party

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we are talking with Halldóra Mogensen, an MP with Iceland’s Pirate Party. For those who may not be aware of the Pirate Party as a serious political movement – it’s not about dressing up with an eye patch – let’s just say at the outset that this political party exists by name in some 40 countries worldwide and was started more than a decade ago largely to protect personal freedom and promote institutional transparency in this new digital age.

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The fight to end female circumcision in rural Kenya

For this Humanosphere podcast, we explore one community’s battle to end the practice of female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision. Our Nairobi-based correspondent Charlie Ensor talks to Samuel Leadismo, founder of an organization known as the Pastoralist Child Foundation, in Samburu County, where female genital mutilation is thought to still be done on nearly all girls shortly before they reach puberty.

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Dr. Patty Garcia: Peru’s minister of health urges new approach to fighting disease

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we are talking with Peru’s Minister of Health Patty Garcia and the need for systemic change in how we seek to improve health around the world. Garcia says health care and the global health community have been successful at targeting specific diseases and, in rich countries, advancing treatments. But what we need now, she says, is a comprehensive system that emphasizes prevention and access for all to basic services.

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