Kind World

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Kind World is a show about compassion. Through stories big and small, we explore the effect one act can have on a life, to better understand each other and ourselves.

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Changing A Life Through Books

September 16th, 2019


Reading and a chance encounter with a former English teacher helped Dan Wise through what he called the scariest time in his life.

BONUS: The Wisdom Of The Moving Man

August 30th, 2019


When we take stock of the people who matter most to us, there are the spouses, the family members, the best friends, the partners. And then there are the people who aren’t any of those things, but who change our lives …

Expanding Boundaries Through Music

August 19th, 2019


Classical Violinist David France came to realize that students from low-income backgrounds could excel just as much as wealthy ones, if they have the …

BONUS: One Kid's Extraordinary Summer

August 5th, 2019


11-year-old Ruby asked residents at a nursing home to list their three wishes. What they said - and what she did next - surprised everyone.

A Sun That Keeps Shining

July 22nd, 2019


Almost three years ago, Norah Wood, 6, helped Dan Peterson, 84, through his grief. Today, their friendship is still as strong as ever.

A Stranger's Rescue

July 15th, 2019


When Michael Connor saw a burning car on the side of the road, he stopped to see how he could help. He didn't expect to save a child's life seconds …

A Sister, A Surrogate

July 8th, 2019


In 2014, Melissa Turner went above and beyond the bond of sisterhood to become a surrogate for her identical twin, Jen. Five years since the birth of Jen's own twin girls, the sisters have experienced tremendous joy and …

The Valedictorian

July 1st, 2019


José Bou went from solitary confinement to college professor and youth mentor.

Finding Family After Seeking Asylum

June 24th, 2019


A young man fled his country for the U.S. after his life was threatened. He lost everything and spiraled into a deep depression. That's when a family stepped up to help him rebuild his life.

A Story Of Basketball, Friendship And Mental Health

June 17th, 2019


When David Pradel was going through a hard time, Nate Edwards was there to help. But David didn't know that Nate was suffering from depression, too.

Kids Fuel Scientific Breakthrough

June 10th, 2019


Six years ago, Dylan Siegel thought of a way to help his friend living with a rare liver disease. Now, his idea is funding life-changing scientific research.

A Connecting Flight

June 3rd, 2019


After a chance meeting on an airplane, school volunteer LynnEllen was inspired to help Timothy feel closer to home during his first deployment to …

Rebuilding Lives Through Tiny Houses

May 27th, 2019


A couple forced into homelessness finds shelter and community in a tiny house village built by volunteers.

A Recipe For Renewal

May 20th, 2019


When Chef Rebecca Kelly-Manders met Quintin Storey, she knew he was perfect for her new culinary program catering to a special population: people …

BONUS: A Conversation With Drummers Jonathan Mande And Jorge Perez-Albela

May 16th, 2019


In "The Rhythm Within," we spoke to Jonathan Mande and Jorge Perez-Albela about how they developed a close bond through drumming. Here are some additional highlights from our conversation with them at the WBUR studios.

The Rhythm Within

May 13th, 2019


A boy from the Democratic Republic of Congo moves to Boston with his family after living through harrowing civil unrest. As he struggles in his new reality, a drumming teacher steps in and helps him find his identity.

Stand-In Mom

May 6th, 2019


Sara Cunningham struggled when her son told her he was gay. Now she volunteers as a stand-in mom at same-sex weddings when the biological parents …

An Adoption Calling Answered

April 29th, 2019


A woman with a rare disease and her husband decide to expand their little family by adopting boys who all share the same rare disease she does.

Love For The Least Loved

April 22nd, 2019


Growing up in a violent and chaotic home almost pushed Aaron Stark to commit a mass shooting. He says the simple acts of kindness from his friends …

Stuck in Transit

April 15th, 2019


A Syrian man is stuck at an airport terminal for months and a determined stranger makes it her mission to help him get out.

Trailer: new season starts April 16!

April 9th, 2019


Kind World is a show about transformative acts of kindness. We've got stories that will inspire you, lift your spirit, and stories that may even make you tear up a little. Our new season begins April 16. Subscribe now …

All-Star Friendship

January 8th, 2019


Reporter Shirley Wang tells the story of her father, Lin Wang, a cat-litter scientist who befriended NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley.

After The Flood

January 1st, 2019


Coach Kevin Motsinger was one of many North Carolinians displaced by Hurricane Florence earlier this year. Despite his own devastating losses, the …

An Unbroken Record

December 24th, 2018


Iowa basketball player Jordan Bohannon had the perfect opportunity to break an existing free throw record and solidify his name in Iowa sports …

The Lift

December 17th, 2018


Community worker Cathy Heying realized that cars are the lifeline for many people with financial struggles. She decided to dedicate herself to helping others get that lifeline back.

A Priceless Collection

December 10th, 2018


A bereaved grandfather was looking for cards of his deceased son, who used to play in the MLB. When he reached out to an avid baseball card collector …

The Teacher's Aid

December 3rd, 2018


When Jenn Carson found out her father was a serial killer, she thought she was doomed to follow a dark path. But then she met a teacher who could see …

More Than A Trim

November 26th, 2018


Lenny White always wanted a job that would bring him purpose. After becoming a barber, he realized his trims could offer so much more to men with …

The Marching Band

November 19th, 2018


Drew Bell knew he wanted to be in his high school's marching band even though he couldn't walk. A friend's act of kindness, and sacrifice, helped him …

Aubree's Songs

November 12th, 2018


Baby Aubree was born nearly three months early and was diagnosed with a rare chromosomal disorder. One of her therapists helped her mother record songs to play to Aubree when her parents are away.

New Ink

March 1st, 2018


Much like addressing racism, covering a tattoo can be more complicated than getting the original.

The Betrayal

February 6th, 2018


“The ocean was one of the most important relationships in my life," Shannon Leone Fowler says. "Sometimes, the most important."

The Bridge

December 19th, 2017


Julie Lindahl and Rachael Cerrotti of our previous two episodes meet, and a twist of fate changes everything for Rachael.


December 5th, 2017


For Rachael Cerrotti, history keeps circling back to the present.

The Secret

November 21st, 2017


Julie Lindahl felt burdened by an indescribable guilt, a feeling she could never understand.

While I'm Here

November 6th, 2017


Bob doesn’t want a day to go by when he doesn’t help someone.

Into The Sea

October 9th, 2017


As far as she knew, Roberta Ursrey and most of her family were about to die.

The Storm

September 25th, 2017


Willow was going to turn 3 the day Hurricane Irma hit Florida, but both birthday and hurricane were about to be overshadowed.

Turning Point

September 12th, 2017


You must decide whether to do what you think is right -- but it means losing everything. What do you do?

Open Road

August 28th, 2017


10-year-old Phil's dreams were dark.

The Patient

August 14th, 2017


It was supposed to be a standard procedure. Then something went very wrong.

Almost Impossible

June 30th, 2017


Jim Abbott was an improbable major league pitcher.

Four Bullets

June 22nd, 2017


On a November night, Ted Hakey felt uneasy about his neighbors.

Dying Words

June 13th, 2017


Alice's dad was losing his words, and then he had just two phrases left.

A Different Window

May 1st, 2017


Bostonians aren’t always known for their friendly, helpful nature, but Blair Wong has discovered a very different side to the city’s inhabitants.

The Boy With Long Lashes

April 11th, 2017


People ask Mohamed if he's crazy. He says he wouldn't live any other way.

When The Sun Came Out

March 27th, 2017


Norah and Dan were an unlikely pair.

A Beginning

March 14th, 2017


When President Trump signed an executive order in January, one family feared their daughter's life was at stake.

So Much More

February 28th, 2017


The story begins with an open wound.

Secret Sisters

December 20th, 2016


They didn't all know each other, but they knew their friend needed help.

Pick Up The Soap

December 13th, 2016


After a breakup left Laura in rough shape, Ruthy and Bill stepped up to pick her up.

Bonding In A Checkout Line

December 6th, 2016


“The moment in the grocery store will just be something that I’ll always remember,” Suzie Skougard says.

The Portrait

September 20th, 2016


Michael Reagan turned his life upside down to draw portraits of service people who died in Iraq or Afghanistan. Four thousand portraits later, he finally understood why.

The Heartbeat

September 6th, 2016


The gift a father thought he didn’t want ended up being exactly what he needed.

The Judge And The Jail

August 30th, 2016


A judge in North Carolina came up with an unusual way to enforce the law. His unorthodox decision ended up having a huge impact on one veteran’s life.

The Little Giant

August 23rd, 2016


When Curtis Bishop was homeless, most people looked right past him. One stranger reached out in the middle of a food court and helped change his life.

Finding James

May 12th, 2016


James Carlsen's guitar never left his side until he sold it to feed his heroin addiction.

For All To See

May 5th, 2016


Ever dream about finding yourself naked in a crowd?


April 28th, 2016


Deborah Greene was on a routine grocery run at Whole Foods when her brother called with terrible news.


April 21st, 2016


Years after a car accident partially paralyzed her, Lauren Watson saw an aerial acrobatics demonstration in a local mall and decided she needed to learn it herself.

So Chocolate Bar

April 14th, 2016


Watching his friend cope with a rare liver disease, Dylan Siegel was determined to help. So he set out to raise $1 million for research.

Not Just Some History

December 24th, 2015


Joel Obermayer has recently come to see his father in a new light -- and learned that one of his father's projects helped grow a web of people around the world.

That Way Madness Lies

December 17th, 2015


When she took her seat for a performance of King Lear one Saturday night, Barb Cone had no idea what enormous significance it would have for her 48 …

She Remembers It All

December 4th, 2015


Tragedy brought two women together. Now memories keep them close.

Kind World To Go: A Thanksgiving Special

November 25th, 2015


Here's a downloadable Kind World playlist that will put you in the mood to give thanks.

Off The List

November 24th, 2015


Sasha Chanoff was in his mid-20s when he faced an urgent decision unlike any he'd encountered before - and more than 100 lives depended on it.

#17: The Goodness Deep Within

April 9th, 2015


Max Evans lived on the streets of Boston near the New England Aquarium, making his bed between two jersey barriers each night. He was known for being gruff, feisty, and unkempt, but these traits belied an inner …

In Lovers' Quarrel, A Stranger Intervenes

March 12th, 2015


Janne Vanessche and her boyfriend were fighting - a lovers' quarrel. The argument was over something trivial, but, to an outsider, things may have looked serious. When Janne fled to a nearby park to let off steam, she …

Sister Sue, The Nun At The County Jail

February 26th, 2015


Sister Sue Kintzele's phone number is written on the wall near the pay phone at the county jail. When prisoners can't make bail, they tell their family to call Sister Sue.

A Town Rallies For Hikers In Need

January 28th, 2015


Nearing the end of her months-long hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, Brittany Goodson began to panic. Days of unrelenting rain had soaked her gear, and hypothermia threatened. Brittany and dozens of other hikers were …

Kind World #13: 'Take Me Back To Venice'

January 15th, 2015


As Parkinson’s disease worsened for Bernard Michaels, his family took him on a final trip to Europe. Early in the trip, a slip in Venice, Italy …

The Turner Girls

December 24th, 2014


Jen Turner had always wanted to be a mom. But when she developed macular edema, an eye disease, doctors warned her that pregnancy could result in …

A House, Now A Home

December 10th, 2014


Everything seemed to be going wrong in Maureen Festa's life. Her marriage was ending, her mother was dying, and she faced having to leave the neighborhood she loved. She'd learned of a potential new apartment just down …

A Stranger Asks, 'Why Not Me?'

November 27th, 2014


Dr. Ferenc Jolesz's kidneys were failing fast. The estimated wait time for a cadaver transplant was five to 10 years. He didn't have that kind of …

'A Second Mother To Me'

November 20th, 2014


Every year at De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, Missouri, students gather for a mother/son Mass and breakfast. Having lost his mom in middle …

Strangers At The Airport

November 13th, 2014


Emily Proctor was traveling to Florida to visit a friend in need. When a thunderstorm caused her to miss a connecting flight, it looked like she'd be spending the night in the airport. That's when a stranger wrapped an …

A Small Act Of Grace

November 6th, 2014


When Maureen O'Rourke's father was dying from Alzheimer's, she vowed to stay with him until the end. Death seemed imminent, but days turned into weeks, and Maureen contemplated leaving her father's side. That's when a …

An Ordinary, Beautiful Life

January 8th, 2014


Shelagh Gordon was another name in the obituaries, an ordinary woman who had died suddenly of a massive brain aneurysm at the age of 55. But something in her obituary stood out to a journalist at the Toronto Star. For …

A Place That's Safe

December 25th, 2013


How far would you go to a help a person in need? When Ron Jones, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, got to know a young couple who were struggling and …

Reddit Sends Its Love

December 18th, 2013


Scott Widak had a smile for everyone and an open heart. When he became terminally ill, his nephew took to Reddit, asking the online community to send letters to his uncle with Down syndrome and listing some of his …

Remembering Karim

December 11th, 2013


Karim Alagha worked for 25 years at a gas station in Cambridge. He was immensely loving and deeply empathetic; he asked people how they felt and …

A Minister's Challenge

December 3rd, 2013


Reverend Nathan Detering is minister at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Area Church in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Last holiday season, he tried …

When The Parachute Failed

November 26th, 2013


A skydiving instructor in Texas, David Hartsock, was making his last jump for the day. His student was Shirley Dygert, a 54-year-old wife and …

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