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Kind World

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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.
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An Adoption Calling Answered

12:24 | Apr 29th

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

14:05 | Apr 22nd

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.
Stuck in Transit

14:46 | Apr 15th

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!

01:21 | Apr 9th

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.
All-Star Friendship

15:36 | Jan 8th

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

09:52 | Jan 1st

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.
An Unbroken Record

08:12 | Dec 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 history. He decided to sacrifice it all for the sake of one family.
The Lift

06:41 | Dec 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

07:17 | Dec 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 for help, he got way more than he ever expected.
The Teacher's Aid

10:49 | Dec 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 "the goodness" in her.
More Than A Trim

05:27 | Nov 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 dementia.
The Marching Band

06:00 | Nov 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 do just that.
Aubree's Songs

07:12 | Nov 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

07:34 | Mar 1st, 2018

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

09:49 | Feb 6th, 2018

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

07:38 | Dec 19th, 2017

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

08:00 | Dec 5th, 2017

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

07:32 | Nov 21st, 2017

Julie Lindahl felt burdened by an indescribable guilt, a feeling she could never understand.
While I'm Here

06:07 | Nov 6th, 2017

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

08:07 | Oct 9th, 2017

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

06:28 | Sep 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

08:02 | Sep 12th, 2017

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

06:38 | Aug 28th, 2017

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

06:58 | Aug 14th, 2017

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

07:47 | Jun 30th, 2017

Jim Abbott was an improbable major league pitcher.
Four Bullets

07:07 | Jun 22nd, 2017

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

06:27 | Jun 13th, 2017

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

07:02 | 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

04:57 | Apr 11th, 2017

People ask Mohamed if he's crazy. He says he wouldn't live any other way.
When The Sun Came Out

06:59 | Mar 27th, 2017

Norah and Dan were an unlikely pair.
A Beginning

08:19 | Mar 14th, 2017

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

06:30 | Feb 28th, 2017

The story begins with an open wound.
Secret Sisters

07:44 | Dec 20th, 2016

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

07:09 | Dec 13th, 2016

After a breakup left Laura in rough shape, Ruthy and Bill stepped up to pick her up.
Bonding In A Checkout Line

07:45 | Dec 6th, 2016

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

06:44 | Sep 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

05:25 | Sep 6th, 2016

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

07:13 | Aug 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

05:48 | Aug 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

07:50 | May 12th, 2016

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

06:05 | May 5th, 2016

Ever dream about finding yourself naked in a crowd?
Imprint

07:27 | Apr 28th, 2016

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

06:20 | Apr 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

07:23 | Apr 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

07:22 | Dec 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

08:16 | Dec 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 hours later.
She Remembers It All

07:52 | Dec 4th, 2015

Tragedy brought two women together. Now memories keep them close.
Kind World To Go: A Thanksgiving Special

30:41 | Nov 25th, 2015

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

07:59 | Nov 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

04:29 | Apr 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 graciousness and sincerity that [...]
In Lovers' Quarrel, A Stranger Intervenes

04:15 | Mar 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 was surprised to hear an [...]
Sister Sue, The Nun At The County Jail

04:16 | Feb 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

05:43 | Jan 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 forced off the trail, and [...]
Kind World #13: 'Take Me Back To Venice'

05:43 | Jan 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 landed him in the hospital. His daughter, Sonia, set out with a collapsible wheelchair to meet him, [...]
The Turner Girls

05:44 | Dec 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 permanent loss of sight. Seeing her sister's distress, Jen's identical twin, Mel, made an [...]
A House, Now A Home

04:09 | Dec 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 the street, but, on the day [.....Show More
A Stranger Asks, 'Why Not Me?'

06:28 | Nov 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 time. But an article in the local paper led a stranger to ask, "Why not me?"
'A Second Mother To Me'

05:11 | Nov 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 school, Michael Tambone hadn’t attended the event. But in his Junior year, Frances Schmitz, a [...]
Strangers At The Airport

03:54 | Nov 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 arm around her, saying [...]
A Small Act Of Grace

04:29 | Nov 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 small gesture from a nurse [...]
An Ordinary, Beautiful Life

07:02 | Jan 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 weeks, Catherine Porter had [......Show More
A Place That's Safe

05:17 | Dec 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 learned about their background, he made the decision that money alone would not be enough to truly [...Show More
Reddit Sends Its Love

09:07 | Dec 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 eclectic interests. Scott's story [....Show More
Remembering Karim

06:19 | Dec 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 truly listened to their answers. Over time, a community formed around Karim and the station. An [...]
A Minister's Challenge

04:34 | Dec 3rd, 2013

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 [...]
When The Parachute Failed

08:26 | Nov 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 grandmother who was jumping for the first time. When everything went wrong, Hartsock determined that there [...Show More