KindWorld

Stories of kindness and the profound effect that one act can have on our lives.

March 12, 2015

Kind World #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.

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February 26, 2015

Kind World #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.

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February 05, 2015

Kind World Is Now A Podcast

Kind World, WBUR’s series celebrating stories of kindness, is now available as a podcast on iTunes.

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February 05, 2015

Discovering Kindness After The Marathon Bombings

When Edouard Fontenot returned to his office after the Boston Marathon bombings, he discovered that someone had already been there to leave a small symbol of hope.

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January 28, 2015

Kind World #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.

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January 14, 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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January 08, 2015

Putting On The Tiger’s Mask

On Christmas Day, 2010, a Japanese orphanage received an unexpected donation: 10 leather backpacks, five red and five black. Curiously, the note that accompanied the anonymous donation was signed with the name Naote Date, the alter ego of Tiger Mask, a manga and anime character.

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December 23, 2014

Kind World #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.

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December 18, 2014

A Daughter’s First Christmas, With Help From The Neighborhood

Along with her husband and oldest son, Kim Norgren had traveled to Ethiopia to adopt their daughter, Emme. Due to travel delays, it looked like they might not arrive home in time to properly celebrate Christmas Eve with the rest of their family. When they finally made it home, though, they discovered that someone had been there already.

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December 10, 2014

Kind World #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.

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November 26, 2014

Kind World #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?”

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November 19, 2014

Kind World #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.

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November 17, 2014

Give Thanks For Kindness With A Postcard

Are you thankful for an act of kindness in your life? From now through Friday, November 21, you can send a personalized postcard to anyone you want to thank, on us.

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November 13, 2014

Kind World #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.

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November 05, 2014

Kind World #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.

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