In this opener episode Dr. Nguyen explains the premise of the show and the importance of asking the question of "what makes us human."
She explores the qualities and struggles that distinguish our human existence and make us who we are. How do our daily concerns separate us from other species? From one another? What makes us humans that special? What do our struggles say about our values? What do our fears say about our deepest desires? What do we reach for when we talk about that quality of "human"? Does the world currently support our strivings?
In this conversation, Dr. Nguyen will speak of her work with trauma survivors as a way to illuminate the importance of asking these questions. She also invites the listeners to share their own reflections on the topic and their own struggles with the task of being human.
This opener episode lays the grounds for the conversations to come and for Dr. Nguyen's belief in the importance of questions as a means to connect.