Podcast

Kind World

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

Episodes

  • Lifelines, Pt. 2: The Sidewalk School

    Oct 11 2019

    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.

  • Lifelines, Pt. 1: Wagons Of Hope

    Oct 07 2019

    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.

  • Kind World Presents: 'Lifelines'

    Sep 30 2019

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

  • Changing A Life Through Books

    Sep 16 2019

    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

    Aug 30 2019

    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.

  • Expanding Boundaries Through Music

    Aug 19 2019

    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.

  • BONUS: One Kid's Extraordinary Summer

    Aug 05 2019

    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

    Jul 22 2019

    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

    Jul 15 2019

    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.

  • A Sister, A Surrogate

    Jul 08 2019

    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.

  • The Valedictorian

    Jul 01 2019

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

  • Finding Family After Seeking Asylum

    Jun 24 2019

    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

    Jun 17 2019

    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

    Jun 10 2019

    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

    Jun 03 2019

    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.

  • Rebuilding Lives Through Tiny Houses

    May 27 2019

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

  • A Recipe For Renewal

    May 20 2019

    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.

  • BONUS: A Conversation With Drummers Jonathan Mande And Jorge Perez-Albela

    May 16 2019

    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 13 2019

    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 06 2019

    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.

  • An Adoption Calling Answered

    Apr 29 2019

    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

    Apr 22 2019

    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

    Apr 15 2019

    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!

    Apr 09 2019

    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

    Jan 08 2019

    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

    Jan 01 2019

    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

    Dec 24 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

    Dec 17 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

    Dec 10 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

    Dec 03 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

    Nov 26 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

    Nov 19 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

    Nov 12 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

    Mar 01 2018

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

  • The Betrayal

    Feb 06 2018

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

  • The Bridge

    Dec 19 2017

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

  • Refuge

    Dec 05 2017

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

  • The Secret

    Nov 21 2017

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

  • While I'm Here

    Nov 06 2017

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

  • Into The Sea

    Oct 09 2017

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

  • The Storm

    Sep 25 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

    Sep 12 2017

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

  • Open Road

    Aug 28 2017

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

  • The Patient

    Aug 14 2017

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

  • Almost Impossible

    Jun 30 2017

    Jim Abbott was an improbable major league pitcher.

  • Four Bullets

    Jun 22 2017

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

  • Dying Words

    Jun 13 2017

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

  • A Different Window

    May 01 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

    Apr 11 2017

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

  • When The Sun Came Out

    Mar 27 2017

    Norah and Dan were an unlikely pair.

  • A Beginning

    Mar 14 2017

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

  • So Much More

    Feb 28 2017

    The story begins with an open wound.

  • Secret Sisters

    Dec 20 2016

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

  • Pick Up The Soap

    Dec 13 2016

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

  • Bonding In A Checkout Line

    Dec 06 2016

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

  • The Portrait

    Sep 20 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

    Sep 06 2016

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

  • The Judge And The Jail

    Aug 30 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

    Aug 23 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

    May 12 2016

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

  • For All To See

    May 05 2016

    Ever dream about finding yourself naked in a crowd?

  • Imprint

    Apr 28 2016

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

  • Soar

    Apr 21 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

    Apr 14 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

    Dec 24 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

    Dec 17 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

    Dec 04 2015

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

  • Kind World To Go: A Thanksgiving Special

    Nov 25 2015

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

  • Off The List

    Nov 24 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

    Apr 09 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 touched many of those around him.

  • In Lovers' Quarrel, A Stranger Intervenes

    Mar 12 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 unfamiliar voice call out to her.

  • Sister Sue, The Nun At The County Jail

    Feb 26 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

    Jan 28 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 eventually found their way to the only nearby town - the tiny community of Trout Lake, Washington.

  • Kind World #13: 'Take Me Back To Venice'

    Jan 15 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, but seventeen staired footbridges, slick with rain, stood between them. Fortunately, others took notice.

  • The Turner Girls

    Dec 24 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 unconventional proposal.

  • A House, Now A Home

    Dec 10 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 she'd planned to see it, she lost her job. To her surprise, the apartment's landlord gave her reason to hope.

  • A Stranger Asks, 'Why Not Me?'

    Nov 27 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'

    Nov 20 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 friend's mother, asked Michael if he’d like to go with her and her son.

  • Strangers At The Airport

    Nov 13 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 everything would be okay.

  • A Small Act Of Grace

    Nov 06 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 gave her the strength to stay one more night.

  • An Ordinary, Beautiful Life

    Jan 08 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 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.

  • A Place That's Safe

    Dec 25 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 make a difference in their lives.

  • Reddit Sends Its Love

    Dec 18 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 resonated around the world, with hundreds and hundreds of letters coming in, each recognizing something special about Scott that had resonated with the sender.

  • Remembering Karim

    Dec 11 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 invisible community that was not even aware of itself until Karim fell sick.

  • A Minister's Challenge

    Dec 03 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 money to the church, they were given money instead.

  • When The Parachute Failed

    Nov 26 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 was no way they could both survive the fall, and there was only one way for either of them to survive.