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 Dec 31, 2018
listen whenever you need reminding that all the world is not a cesspool, or every day.


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.

Episode Date
The Power Of Love

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 sanctuary for women in recovery.

Apr 06, 2020
A Moment Of Kindness From Angela
Apr 03, 2020
Finding Hope By Giving Life

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 closer to a colleague and friend looking to restore her faith in patient care.

Mar 30, 2020
A Moment Of Kindness From Laura

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 loss.

Mar 26, 2020
#COVIDKindness & Building A Winning Team

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

Mar 23, 2020
A Moment Of Kindness From Marianne

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

Mar 19, 2020
The Birthday Meal

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.

Mar 16, 2020
A Moment Of Kindness From Mallory

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

Mar 12, 2020
'I'll Never Cry Again'

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.

Mar 09, 2020
More Good News: New Season Starts 3/10

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 -- small good deeds and life-changing acts of kindness. Our new season starts March 10.

Feb 24, 2020
Kindness From Our ... Exes?

Breakups can involve complicated feelings and simmering resentments. But we asked some of our friends and colleagues to reflect back and think about the nice things their exes have done for them. We got some pretty great answers.

Feb 13, 2020
Returning A Family Treasure

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 determined to find the family in the video.

Feb 10, 2020
Glimmers Of Light Amid Darkness

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 experienced during the darkest time in her life.

Jan 24, 2020
The "Thank You Project"

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.

Jan 13, 2020
Holiday Playlist: The Gift Of Kindness

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

Dec 23, 2019
Teaching Kids To "Be Kind"

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 favorite stories about kindness.

Dec 19, 2019
'The Power Of Niceness'

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 life dramatically for the better.

Dec 16, 2019
Kind World Presents: "Endless Thread"

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."

Dec 12, 2019
'The Bike Man'

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.

Dec 09, 2019
Kind World Presents: We Share The Same Sky

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 to learn every bit of it.

Dec 05, 2019
A Remarkable Family History

Rachael Cerrotti spent the last decade obsessing over her family history. She uncovered a remarkable story about her grandmother, Hana Dubova, who was the only person in her Jewish Czech family to survive the Holocaust.

Dec 02, 2019
Change Of Heart

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.

Nov 25, 2019
The Crash And The Camino

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 way to heal. They set off together to walk a centuries-old pilgrimage.

Nov 18, 2019
"Is Everything OK?"

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.

Nov 11, 2019
The Bugler's Salute

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 learned about an organization that aims to have a live bugler at every veteran’s memorial service.

Nov 04, 2019
The Road To Reconnection

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 unexpected call from his father.

Oct 28, 2019
Lifelines, Pt. 3: A Place Of Respite

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

Oct 21, 2019
Lifelines, Pt. 2: The Sidewalk School

Many of the migrants living at the Matamoros, Mexico border encampment are young children. To help them, Felicia Rangel-Samponaro began a makeshift school where the classes are led by asylum-seekers themselves.

Oct 11, 2019
Lifelines, Pt. 1: Wagons Of Hope

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 seekers.

Oct 07, 2019
Kind World Presents: 'Lifelines'

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

Sep 30, 2019
Changing A Life Through Books

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

Sep 16, 2019
BONUS: The Wisdom Of The Moving Man

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 anyway.

Aug 30, 2019
Expanding Boundaries Through Music

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 right teacher.

Aug 19, 2019
BONUS: One Kid's Extraordinary Summer

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.

Aug 05, 2019
A Sun That Keeps Shining

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

Jul 22, 2019
A Stranger's Rescue

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 before a disaster.

Jul 15, 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.

Jul 08, 2019
The Valedictorian

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

Jul 01, 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.

Jun 24, 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.

Jun 17, 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.

Jun 10, 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.

Jun 03, 2019
Rebuilding Lives Through Tiny Houses

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

May 27, 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.

May 20, 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.

May 16, 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.

May 13, 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.

May 06, 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.

Apr 29, 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.

Apr 22, 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.

Apr 15, 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.

Apr 09, 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.

Jan 08, 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.

Jan 01, 2019
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.

Dec 24, 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.

Dec 17, 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.

Dec 10, 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.

Dec 03, 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.

Nov 26, 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.

Nov 19, 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.

Nov 12, 2018
New Ink

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

Mar 01, 2018
The Betrayal

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

Feb 06, 2018
The Bridge

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

Dec 19, 2017

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

Dec 05, 2017
The Secret

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

Nov 21, 2017
While I'm Here

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

Nov 06, 2017
Into The Sea

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

Oct 09, 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.

Sep 25, 2017
Turning Point

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

Sep 12, 2017
Open Road

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

Aug 28, 2017
The Patient

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

Aug 14, 2017
Almost Impossible

Jim Abbott was an improbable major league pitcher.

Jun 30, 2017
Four Bullets

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

Jun 22, 2017
Dying Words

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

Jun 13, 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.

May 01, 2017
The Boy With Long Lashes

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

Apr 11, 2017
When The Sun Came Out

Norah and Dan were an unlikely pair.

Mar 27, 2017
A Beginning

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

Mar 14, 2017
So Much More

The story begins with an open wound.

Feb 28, 2017
Secret Sisters

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

Dec 20, 2016
Pick Up The Soap

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

Dec 13, 2016
Bonding In A Checkout Line

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

Dec 06, 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.

Sep 20, 2016
The Heartbeat

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

Sep 06, 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.

Aug 30, 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.

Aug 23, 2016
Finding James

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

May 12, 2016
For All To See

Ever dream about finding yourself naked in a crowd?

May 05, 2016

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

Apr 28, 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.

Apr 21, 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.

Apr 14, 2016
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.

Dec 24, 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.

Dec 17, 2015
She Remembers It All

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

Dec 04, 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.

Nov 25, 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.

Nov 24, 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.

Apr 09, 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.

Mar 12, 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.

Feb 26, 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.

Jan 28, 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.

Jan 15, 2015
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.

Dec 24, 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.

Dec 10, 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?"

Nov 27, 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.

Nov 20, 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.

Nov 13, 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.

Nov 06, 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.

Jan 08, 2014
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.

Dec 25, 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.

Dec 18, 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.

Dec 11, 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.

Dec 03, 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.

Nov 26, 2013