The Human Condition

The Human Condition was a series of national radio broadcasts produced by the Hogg Foundation that ran from 1971 to 1983. During its first year, it was broadcast under the title, “How Do You Feel?” Hogg Foundation Jill-of-all-trades Bert Kruger Smith led half hour conversations with guests on subjects that spanned the full range of human interest, including but not limited to mental health. Many of the persons interviewed were national figures in such fields as psychology, rehabilitation, education, minority group concerns, aging, and criminal justice.

We've begun working with the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History to make sure the radio programs will be appropriately identified and accessible in its digital repository, Glifos. 30 of the 400 digitized audio files for the Human Condition were assigned metadata and ingested into the digital repository at the Briscoe Center. 17 of these 30 audio files will be accessible to the public via Glifos. Here are a couple of our favorites to check out:

A Small-town Counseling Service

Members of the community of Brenham, Texas discuss their forward-thinking counseling services for residents. The Brenham Counseling Service provides therapy for those suffering from mental illness or hardship; liaison with state services for mental illness; and advice for citizens looking to help their friends and family struggling with mental health-related issues.

Penology and Mental Health

Penology and rehabilitation expert Merle Alexander discusses the psychology of prison riots, murder, and criminal behavior and how to use this psychology to implement a more effective correctional system. By asking questions like, “Why are these behaviors taking place?” Alexander is able to suggest better rehabilitation programs.