WBUR Staff

Zack Ezor

Former Staff
Producer, WBUR
Recent stories

Kind World #17: The Goodness Deep Within

April 09, 2015
Max Evans (Courtesy Cheryl Kane)

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.

Kind World #16: In Lovers’ Quarrel, A Stranger Intervenes

March 12, 2015
Riverside Walk, in Norwich, United Kingdom.

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.

Kind World #15: Sister Sue, The Nun At The County Jail

February 26, 2015
Sister Sue Kintzele crochets with a Dismas House Resident. (Courtesy Maria Kaczmarek)

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.

Kind World Is Now A Podcast

February 05, 2015

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

Kind World #14: A Town Rallies For Hikers In Need

January 28, 2015
Hikers crowd into the back of a pickup truck to escape the rain. (Courtesy Brittany Goodson)

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’

January 14, 2015
View from a Venice footbridge. (Courtesy Sonia Michaels)

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.

Putting On The Tiger’s Mask

January 08, 2015
A still from the original opening of the Tiger Mask anime series. (Toei Animation)

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.

Kind World #12: The Turner Girls

December 23, 2014
Jen (left) and Mel Turner with young Margaret in the NICU. (Zack Ezor/WBUR)

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.

Kind World #11: A House, Now A Home

December 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.

Kind World #10: A Stranger Asks, ‘Why Not Me?’

November 26, 2014
Heidi, Ben, and Oliver Johnston after transplant surgery. (Courtesy)

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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