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

Episode Date
#52: New Ink
Much like addressing racism, covering a tattoo can be more complicated than getting the original.
Mar 01, 2018
#51: 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
#50: 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
#49: Refuge
For Rachael Cerrotti, history keeps circling back to the present.
Dec 05, 2017
#48: The Secret
Julie Lindahl felt burdened by an indescribable guilt, a feeling she could never understand.
Nov 21, 2017
#47: While I'm Here
Bob doesn’t want a day to go by when he doesn’t help someone.
Nov 06, 2017
#46: Into The Sea
As far as she knew, Roberta Ursrey and most of her family were about to die.
Oct 09, 2017
#45: 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
#44: 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
#43: Open Road
10-year-old Phil's dreams were dark.
Aug 28, 2017
#42: The Patient
It was supposed to be a standard procedure. Then something went very wrong.
Aug 14, 2017
#41: Almost Impossible
Jim Abbott was an improbable major league pitcher.
Jun 30, 2017
#40: Four Bullets
On a November night, Ted Hakey felt uneasy about his neighbors.
Jun 22, 2017
#39: Dying Words
Alice's dad was losing his words, and then he had just two phrases left.
Jun 13, 2017
#38: 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
#37: The Boy With Long Lashes
People ask Mohamed if he's crazy. He says he wouldn't live any other way.
Apr 11, 2017
#36: When The Sun Came Out
Norah and Dan were an unlikely pair.
Mar 27, 2017
#35: A Beginning
When President Trump signed an executive order in January, one family feared their daughter's life was at stake.
Mar 14, 2017
#34: So Much More
The story begins with an open wound.
Feb 28, 2017
#33: Secret Sisters
They didn't all know each other, but they knew their friend needed help.
Dec 20, 2016
#32: Pick Up The Soap
After a breakup left Laura in rough shape, Ruthy and Bill stepped up to pick her up.
Dec 13, 2016
#31: 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
#30: 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
#29: The Heartbeat
The gift a father thought he didn’t want ended up being exactly what he needed.
Sep 06, 2016
#28: 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
#27: 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
#26: Finding James
James Carlsen's guitar never left his side until he sold it to feed his heroin addiction.
May 12, 2016
#25: For All To See
Ever dream about finding yourself naked in a crowd?
May 05, 2016
#24: Imprint
Deborah Greene was on a routine grocery run at Whole Foods when her brother called with terrible news.
Apr 28, 2016
#23: 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.
Apr 21, 2016
#22: 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
#21: 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
#20: 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
#19: 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
#18: 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
#16: 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
#15: 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
#14: 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
#12: 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
#11: 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
#10: 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
#9: '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
#8: 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
#7: 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
#6: 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
#5: 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
#4: 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
#3: 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
#2: 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
#1: 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