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July 8, 2019
A Sister, A Surrogate
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 unimaginable tragedy.
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11 min
July 1, 2019
The Valedictorian
José Bou went from solitary confinement to college professor and youth mentor.
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10 min
June 24, 2019
Finding Family After Seeking Asylum
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.
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13 min
June 17, 2019
A Story Of Basketball, Friendship And Mental Health
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.
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23 min
June 10, 2019
Kids Fuel Scientific Breakthrough
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.
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12 min
June 3, 2019
A Connecting Flight
After a chance meeting on an airplane, school volunteer LynnEllen was inspired to help Timothy feel closer to home during his first deployment to Afghanistan. The letters he received were as unexpected as their meeting.
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13 min
May 27, 2019
Rebuilding Lives Through Tiny Houses
A couple forced into homelessness finds shelter and community in a tiny house village built by volunteers.
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14 min
May 20, 2019
A Recipe For Renewal
When Chef Rebecca Kelly-Manders met Quintin Storey, she knew he was perfect for her new culinary program catering to a special population: people with felony convictions. It's a population Rebecca and Quintin know intimately. They're both felons.
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12 min
May 16, 2019
BONUS: A Conversation With Drummers Jonathan Mande And Jorge Perez-Albela
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.
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13 min
May 13, 2019
The Rhythm Within
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.
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13 min
May 6, 2019
Stand-In Mom
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 refuse to attend.
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13 min
April 29, 2019
An Adoption Calling Answered
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.
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12 min
April 22, 2019
Love For The Least Loved
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 stopped him from making a horrible mistake.
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14 min
April 15, 2019
Stuck in Transit
A Syrian man is stuck at an airport terminal for months and a determined stranger makes it her mission to help him get out.
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14 min
April 9, 2019
Trailer: new season starts April 16!
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 and don't miss an episode.
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1 min
January 8, 2019
All-Star Friendship
Reporter Shirley Wang tells the story of her father, Lin Wang, a cat-litter scientist who befriended NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley.
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15 min
January 1, 2019
After The Flood
Coach Kevin Motsinger was one of many North Carolinians displaced by Hurricane Florence earlier this year. Despite his own devastating losses, the 45-year-old high school football coach focused on rebuilding his small, rural town.
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9 min
December 24, 2018
An Unbroken Record
Iowa basketball player Jordan Bohannon had the perfect opportunity to break an existing free throw record and solidify his name in Iowa sports history. He decided to sacrifice it all for the sake of one family.
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8 min
December 17, 2018
The Lift
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.
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6 min
December 10, 2018
A Priceless Collection
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 for help, he got way more than he ever expected.
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7 min
December 3, 2018
The Teacher's Aid
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 "the goodness" in her.
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10 min
November 26, 2018
More Than A Trim
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 dementia.
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5 min
November 19, 2018
The Marching Band
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 do just that.
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6 min
November 12, 2018
Aubree's Songs
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.
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7 min
March 1, 2018
New Ink
Much like addressing racism, covering a tattoo can be more complicated than getting the original.
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7 min
February 6, 2018
The Betrayal
“The ocean was one of the most important relationships in my life," Shannon Leone Fowler says. "Sometimes, the most important."
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9 min
December 19, 2017
The Bridge
Julie Lindahl and Rachael Cerrotti of our previous two episodes meet, and a twist of fate changes everything for Rachael.
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7 min
December 5, 2017
Refuge
For Rachael Cerrotti, history keeps circling back to the present.
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8 min
November 21, 2017
The Secret
Julie Lindahl felt burdened by an indescribable guilt, a feeling she could never understand.
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7 min
November 6, 2017
While I'm Here
Bob doesn’t want a day to go by when he doesn’t help someone.
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6 min
October 9, 2017
Into The Sea
As far as she knew, Roberta Ursrey and most of her family were about to die.
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8 min
September 25, 2017
The Storm
Willow was going to turn 3 the day Hurricane Irma hit Florida, but both birthday and hurricane were about to be overshadowed.
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6 min
September 12, 2017
Turning Point
You must decide whether to do what you think is right -- but it means losing everything. What do you do?
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8 min
August 28, 2017
Open Road
10-year-old Phil's dreams were dark.
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6 min
August 14, 2017
The Patient
It was supposed to be a standard procedure. Then something went very wrong.
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6 min
June 30, 2017
Almost Impossible
Jim Abbott was an improbable major league pitcher.
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7 min
June 22, 2017
Four Bullets
On a November night, Ted Hakey felt uneasy about his neighbors.
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7 min
June 13, 2017
Dying Words
Alice's dad was losing his words, and then he had just two phrases left.
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6 min
May 1, 2017
A Different Window
Bostonians aren’t always known for their friendly, helpful nature, but Blair Wong has discovered a very different side to the city’s inhabitants.
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7 min
April 11, 2017
The Boy With Long Lashes
People ask Mohamed if he's crazy. He says he wouldn't live any other way.
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4 min
March 27, 2017
When The Sun Came Out
Norah and Dan were an unlikely pair.
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6 min
March 14, 2017
A Beginning
When President Trump signed an executive order in January, one family feared their daughter's life was at stake.
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8 min
February 28, 2017
So Much More
The story begins with an open wound.
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6 min
December 20, 2016
Secret Sisters
They didn't all know each other, but they knew their friend needed help.
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7 min
December 13, 2016
Pick Up The Soap
After a breakup left Laura in rough shape, Ruthy and Bill stepped up to pick her up.
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7 min
December 6, 2016
Bonding In A Checkout Line
“The moment in the grocery store will just be something that I’ll always remember,” Suzie Skougard says.
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7 min
September 20, 2016
The Portrait
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.
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6 min
September 6, 2016
The Heartbeat
The gift a father thought he didn’t want ended up being exactly what he needed.
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5 min
August 30, 2016
The Judge And The Jail
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.
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7 min
August 23, 2016
The Little Giant
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.
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5 min
May 12, 2016
Finding James
James Carlsen's guitar never left his side until he sold it to feed his heroin addiction.
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7 min
May 5, 2016
For All To See
Ever dream about finding yourself naked in a crowd?
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6 min
April 28, 2016
Imprint
Deborah Greene was on a routine grocery run at Whole Foods when her brother called with terrible news.
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7 min
April 21, 2016
Soar
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.
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6 min
April 14, 2016
So Chocolate Bar
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.
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7 min
December 24, 2015
Not Just Some History
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.
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7 min
December 17, 2015
That Way Madness Lies
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 hours later.
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8 min
December 4, 2015
She Remembers It All
Tragedy brought two women together. Now memories keep them close.
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7 min
November 25, 2015
Kind World To Go: A Thanksgiving Special
Here's a downloadable Kind World playlist that will put you in the mood to give thanks.
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30 min
November 24, 2015
Off The List
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.
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7 min
April 9, 2015
#17: The Goodness Deep Within
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 graciousness and sincerity that touched many of those around him.
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4 min
March 12, 2015
In Lovers' Quarrel, A Stranger Intervenes
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 was surprised to hear an unfamiliar voice call out to her.
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4 min
February 26, 2015
Sister Sue, The Nun At The County Jail
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.
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4 min
January 28, 2015
A Town Rallies For Hikers In Need
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 forced off the trail, and eventually found their way to the only nearby town - the tiny community of Trout Lake, Washington.
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5 min
January 15, 2015
Kind World #13: 'Take Me Back To Venice'
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 landed him in the hospital. His daughter, Sonia, set out with a collapsible wheelchair to meet him, but seventeen staired footbridges, slick with rain, stood between them. Fortunately, others took notice.
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5 min
December 24, 2014
The Turner Girls
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 permanent loss of sight. Seeing her sister's distress, Jen's identical twin, Mel, made an unconventional proposal.
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5 min
December 10, 2014
A House, Now A Home
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 the street, but, on the day she'd planned to see it, she lost her job. To her surprise, the apartment's landlord gave her reason to hope.
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4 min
November 27, 2014
A Stranger Asks, 'Why Not Me?'
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 time. But an article in the local paper led a stranger to ask, "Why not me?"
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6 min
November 20, 2014
'A Second Mother To Me'
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 school, Michael Tambone hadn’t attended the event. But in his Junior year, Frances Schmitz, a friend's mother, asked Michael if he’d like to go with her and her son.
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5 min
November 13, 2014
Strangers At The Airport
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 arm around her, saying everything would be okay.
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3 min
November 6, 2014
A Small Act Of Grace
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 small gesture from a nurse gave her the strength to stay one more night.
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4 min
January 8, 2014
An Ordinary, Beautiful Life
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 weeks, Catherine Porter had been combing the paper, looking to profile an ordinary person through the perspectives of the family and friends he or she had left behind. What emerged was an extraordinary portrait.
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7 min
December 25, 2013
A Place That's Safe
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 learned about their background, he made the decision that money alone would not be enough to truly make a difference in their lives.
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5 min
December 18, 2013
Reddit Sends Its Love
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 eclectic interests. Scott's story resonated around the world, with hundreds and hundreds of letters coming in, each recognizing something special about Scott that had resonated with the sender.
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9 min
December 11, 2013
Remembering Karim
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 truly listened to their answers. Over time, a community formed around Karim and the station. An invisible community that was not even aware of itself until Karim fell sick.
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6 min
December 3, 2013
A Minister's Challenge
Reverend Nathan Detering is minister at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Area Church in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Last holiday season, he tried an experiment with his congregation — “reverse offering,” where instead of members donating money to the church, they were given money instead.
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4 min
November 26, 2013
When The Parachute Failed
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 grandmother who was jumping for the first time. When everything went wrong, Hartsock determined that there was no way they could both survive the fall, and there was only one way for either of them to survive.
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8 min
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