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Kind World

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Kind World is a show about how a single act of kindness can change someone's life. In each episode, hosts and reporters Yasmin Amer and Andrea Asuaje search the world for good news stories that will restore your faith in humanity. A production of WBUR.

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Kind World Presents: Anything For Selena

October 29th, 2020

4:53

Listen to the trailer for "Anything For Selena," a new podcast from WBUR and Futuro Studios coming in January 2021. Subscribe now so you don't miss …

Kind World Presents: Port Of Entry

October 23rd, 2020

25:21

The perception that the U.S.-Mexico border’s been effectively sealed shut because of the pandemic is wrong. Lots of people are still crossing. Actually, the biggest, most dramatic change in who can’t cross right now; …

Kind World Says Goodbye

July 30th, 2020

17:35

Listen in as five Kind World producers discuss how the show has grown and evolved in its seven-year run.

Giving Can Make Us Happier

July 27th, 2020

10:08

Science says giving can make us happier than having more money. Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Dunn suggests ways to rethink the way we give in order to …

Encore: A Teacher's Aid

July 23rd, 2020

14:47

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

The Surprising Benefits Of Raising Kind Kids

July 20th, 2020

16:12

Adam Grant, organizational psychologist at UPenn, says kids who are taught kindness and caring at an earlier age may be more likely to succeed as …

Encore: A Connecting Flight

July 17th, 2020

12:58

A chance meeting between a school volunteer and a Marine leads to a slew of unexpected acts of kindness.

Plus, how small gifts and tokens from …

Feeling Lonely? You're Not Alone.

July 13th, 2020

13:18

Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy shares with us the startling effects of chronic loneliness and how we can combat this public health crisis -- even in a socially distant world.

Encore: Love For The Least Loved

July 9th, 2020

13:39

A man confronts his dark past and a random act of kindness that led to a 20-year philosophy.

Have More Meaningful Gatherings, Even During COVID

July 6th, 2020

14:06

Priya Parker is an expert on gatherings. She gives us tips on creating deeper social bonds and more collective meaning through our get-togethers.

A Chosen Family

July 2nd, 2020

9:54

Six years after their story, "A Second Mother To Me," originally aired on Kind World, we catch up with Michael Tambone and Frances Schmitz to talk about the importance and power of a "chosen family."

Kindness In Your World

June 29th, 2020

10:54

Our listeners share profound acts of kindness they've experienced throughout their lives, including how kind acts propelled a woman out of homelessness.

Encore: Stuck In Transit

June 25th, 2020

14:22

A man became stuck at an airport for 7 months and his only source of hope was a determined stranger. PLUS how a small town helped a family of …

A Serving Of Compassion

June 22nd, 2020

12:34

Irene Li, the celebrated chef of Boston's Mei Mei, discusses her commitment to helping mom-and-pop restaurants and immigrant families survive during the pandemic.

Plus, how a longtime customer helped a Los Angeles …

Encore: The Rhythm Within

June 18th, 2020

14:09

A drumming teacher steps in and helps a troubled young immigrant find his identity in his new reality. Plus, how kindness and generosity in his early …

Building A Village

June 16th, 2020

11:27

A Connecticut man starts a donation challenge to feed local families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Plus, a conversation with activist and authors Mia Birdsong on how we can build stronger, healthier and more …

Walk With Shawn

June 8th, 2020

6:50

Shawn Dromgoole, a 29-year-old black man, said he was afraid to walk in his gentrifying Nashville neighborhood. Then came a response he never …

Playlist: The Kindness Of Healthcare Workers

June 1st, 2020

21:52

Healthcare workers are in the spotlight these days and getting recognized for their sacrifices during the pandemic. But for so many of them, that recognition is long overdue. Here are three of our favorite Kind World …

A Moment Of Kindness From Will

May 28th, 2020

2:23

Will Bloemendaal, of Grand Rapids, Mich., tells us about witnessing a small but powerful act of integrity and kindness while on the bus.

More Than A Letter

May 22nd, 2020

8:48

Why a heartfelt thank-you letter from an 11-year-old to her mail carrier resonated with people across the country.

A Moment Of Kindness From Jessie

May 21st, 2020

2:07

Jessie Spellman, of New York, N.Y., tells us about an emotional and unforgettable birthday surprise.

Bringing Generations Closer Together

May 18th, 2020

20:36

Stories of kindness that span across different generations.

A Moment Of Kindness From Anna

May 14th, 2020

2:55

Anna Baumgaertner, of Davie, Fla., tells us about a student performance that she calls the highlight of her year.

How To Find Peace In A Pandemic

May 11th, 2020

15:28

Dr. Laurie Santos, professor of psychologist at Yale University and host of the podcast, The Happiness Lab, gives us advice on practices we can all …

A Moment Of Kindness From Carly

May 7th, 2020

3:05

Carly Shields, of Salt Lake City, Utah, tells us about the sweet ways her 3rd grade students are thinking about #COVIDKindness.

Celebrating Milestones

May 4th, 2020

13:03

Finding creative ways to celebrate the class of 2020. Also, how a dedicated mentor changed one man's path.

A Moment Of Kindness From Kelly

April 30th, 2020

2:58

Kelly Brooks, in Boston, Mass., called us to tell us about a project she's been working on to bring people together during the pandemic. The origins of her project date back to 2014 and a diagnosis that changed her life.

'There's Always Hope'

April 27th, 2020

14:00

Voicemails about kindness during coronavirus from our listeners! Plus, a woman's quick trip to the grocery store turns into a nightmare as she …

A Moment Of Kindness From Becca

April 23rd, 2020

2:47

Becca Andrews had recently moved to New York City to pursue her acting dreams. One day, as she was riding the subway, she experienced a small act of …

Into The Desert

April 20th, 2020

17:35

CBS's Steve Hartman joins us to talk kindness during Coronavirus PLUS a story about finding solace in nature and new friends.

If you are in …

A Moment Of Kindness From Suzie

April 16th, 2020

2:18

Suzie Hicks, of Los Angeles, tells us how her "chosen family" helped her one summer when a string of bad headaches turned into a serious medical condition.

A Shining Light

April 13th, 2020

14:24

How can worshippers come together during religious holidays during the coronavirus pandemic? Our latest #COVIDKindness update.

Then, a story about …

The Power Of Love

April 6th, 2020

14:37

We talk about creative ways people are dealing with social isolation during the pandemic. Also, a story about why one woman turned her house into a …

Finding Hope By Giving Life

March 30th, 2020

14:34

In this week's #COVIDKindness update, we discuss help by and for medical professionals. Plus, how one man's search for a kidney donor brought him …

A Moment Of Kindness From Laura

March 26th, 2020

2:04

Laura Niverson, a high school English teacher in Tucson, Ariz., shared with us a story of how her students helped her as she was grieving a difficult …

#COVIDKindness & Building A Winning Team

March 23rd, 2020

13:27

Neighbors helping neighbors during the coronavirus crisis. Plus, the humble beginnings of a remarkable movement to educate generations of refugee children.

A Moment Of Kindness From Marianne

March 19th, 2020

2:37

Marianne McCarthy, of New Haven, Conn., shares the story of a stranger who led her to safety during a crowded concert.

The Birthday Meal

March 16th, 2020

17:30

When Nancy Kinnally helped a young man living on the streets, she never imagined how meaningful a hot meal and a little hospitality could be.

A Moment Of Kindness From Mallory

March 12th, 2020

3:18

Listener Mallory Van Fossen tells us about the time a complete stranger came to her rescue after an accident.

'I'll Never Cry Again'

March 9th, 2020

13:37

Nguyen Thi Dep was forced to give up her daughter during the Vietnam War. She spent decades searching for her, until a stranger decided to help.

More Good News: New Season Starts 3/10

February 24th, 2020

2:07

We know there's a lot going on in the news, and sometimes, it's hard to see the good when so much seems bad. But here at Kind World, we know there are still compassionate people doing amazing things for others every day …

Kindness From Our ... Exes?

February 13th, 2020

7:56

Breakups can involve complicated feelings and simmering resentments. But we asked some of our friends and colleagues to reflect back and think about …

Returning A Family Treasure

February 10th, 2020

11:00

When a filmmaker bought an old VCR for a video project, he was surprised to find a VHS tape inside, featuring a remarkable family moment. He was …

Glimmers Of Light Amid Darkness

January 24th, 2020

9:53

Edith Rubin, 91, survived the holocaust. More than 75 years after she was rescued from a Nazi camp, she remembers the rare moments of kindness she …

The "Thank You Project"

January 13th, 2020

11:35

When Writer Nancy Davis Kho decided to spend an entire year writing "thank-you" letters, she didn't expect just how transformative it would be.

Holiday Playlist: The Gift Of Kindness

December 23rd, 2019

25:11

A collection of Kind World stories that showcase the power of a small but life-changing gift.

Teaching Kids To "Be Kind"

December 19th, 2019

13:49

An author shares her thoughts on how kids can take an active role in creating a better world. Plus, we visit a children's book shop to check out some …

'The Power Of Niceness'

December 16th, 2019

12:40

Six years ago, Ruthy Brown answered Laura DiGeronimo's cry for help on Facebook, agreeing to clear her driveway piled high with snow. Neither woman expected the simple but significant act of kindness to change Laura's …

Kind World Presents: "Endless Thread"

December 12th, 2019

23:52

A slew of unexpected letters, one awesome invention, and an exceptionally kind Santa. These are some of the most heartwarming stories from Reddit - aka "the front page of the internet."

'The Bike Man'

December 9th, 2019

11:21

Bob Charland doesn't know how much time he has left to live. But he knows that while he's here, he wants to bring joy to as many kids as possible.

Kind World Presents: We Share The Same Sky

December 5th, 2019

22:18

In 2017, Rachael Cerrotti shared her story with Kind World. This year, she released a podcast called "We Share The Same Sky," detailing her grandmother Hana's incredible story of survival -- and the journey Rachael took …

A Remarkable Family History

December 2nd, 2019

14:42

Rachael Cerrotti spent the last decade obsessing over her family history. She uncovered a remarkable story about her grandmother, Hana Dubova, who …

Change Of Heart

November 25th, 2019

15:45

Rais Bhuiyan was almost killed by a white supremacist. The hate-filled attack shattered his life. As Rais picked up the pieces, he then decided to do something extraordinary.

The Crash And The Camino

November 18th, 2019

19:24

Mark Joseph Peredo and Luke Hutchins may have never crossed paths. But in the aftermath of a highway crash, the two men needed to find a different …

"Is Everything OK?"

November 11th, 2019

16:52

Lynn Schutzman had right education, the right job, and the right marriage. Then, she lost everything...until one day, someone asked her a life-changing question.

The Bugler's Salute

November 4th, 2019

15:39

When Gary Marquardt attended a veteran’s funeral and heard a squeaky recording of taps honoring the fallen soldier, he was taken aback. Then he …

The Road To Reconnection

October 28th, 2019

23:48

When Chick McClure, a transgender man, began transitioning three years ago, he was terrified his father would reject him. Then one day, Chick got an …

Lifelines, Pt. 3: A Place Of Respite

October 21st, 2019

15:20

A woman, who fled her country after a vicious attack, now helps other refugees overcome trauma.

Lifelines, Pt. 2: The Sidewalk School

October 11th, 2019

22:23

Many of the migrants living at the Matamoros, Mexico border encampment are young children. To help them, Felicia Rangel-Samponaro began a makeshift …

Lifelines, Pt. 1: Wagons Of Hope

October 7th, 2019

18:20

We cross the southern border with a dedicated group of volunteers, who are the only source of food, clean water, and shelter for hundreds of asylum …

Kind World Presents: 'Lifelines'

September 30th, 2019

1:29

Kind World Presents "Lifelines:' Stories of Compassion At The Southern Border.

Changing A Life Through Books

September 16th, 2019

6:05

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

19:03

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

9:19

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

8:34

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

12:34

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

13:32

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

11:50

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

10:43

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

Finding Family After Seeking Asylum

June 24th, 2019

13:05

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

23:05

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

12:58

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

13:37

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

14:44

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

A Recipe For Renewal

May 20th, 2019

12:18

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

13:02

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

13:36

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

13:52

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

12:24

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

14:05

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

14:46

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

1:21

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

15:36

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

9:52

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

8:12

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

6:41

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

7:17

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

10:49

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

5:27

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

6:00

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

7:12

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

7:34

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

The Betrayal

February 6th, 2018

9:49

“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

7:38

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

Refuge

December 5th, 2017

8:00

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

The Secret

November 21st, 2017

7:32

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

While I'm Here

November 6th, 2017

6:07

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

Into The Sea

October 9th, 2017

8:07

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

The Storm

September 25th, 2017

6:28

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

8:02

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

6:38

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

The Patient

August 14th, 2017

6:58

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

Almost Impossible

June 30th, 2017

7:47

Jim Abbott was an improbable major league pitcher.

Four Bullets

June 22nd, 2017

7:07

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

Dying Words

June 13th, 2017

6:27

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

A Different Window

May 1st, 2017

7:02

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

4:57

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

When The Sun Came Out

March 27th, 2017

6:59

Norah and Dan were an unlikely pair.

A Beginning

March 14th, 2017

8:19

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

6:30

The story begins with an open wound.

Secret Sisters

December 20th, 2016

7:44

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

Pick Up The Soap

December 13th, 2016

7:09

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

7:45

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

The Portrait

September 20th, 2016

6:44

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

5:25

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

The Judge And The Jail

August 30th, 2016

7:13

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

5:48

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

7:50

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

For All To See

May 5th, 2016

6:05

Ever dream about finding yourself naked in a crowd?

Imprint

April 28th, 2016

7:27

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

Soar

April 21st, 2016

6:20

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

7:23

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

7:22

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

8:16

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

7:52

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

Kind World To Go: A Thanksgiving Special

November 25th, 2015

30:41

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

Off The List

November 24th, 2015

7:59

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

4:29

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

4:15

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

4:16

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

5:43

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

5:43

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

5:44

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

4:09

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

6:28

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

5:11

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

3:54

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

4:29

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

7:02

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

5:17

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

9:07

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

6:19

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

4:34

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

8:26

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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