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My Unsung Hero

English, Social, 1 season, 160 episodes, 12 hours, 30 minutes
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The daily news can fill us with despair. My Unsung Hero is an antidote to that despair. Each episode reveals what the news ignores: everyday acts of kindness and courage that transformed someone's life. Listen — and renew your faith in humanity. From Hidden Brain Media.
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Patricia Nieshoff's Story

In 2006, Patricia's three-year-old son had a grand mal seizure. She was a single mother, with no one to accompany her to the hospital. But an hour into her hospital stay, a familiar face appeared.
5/14/20243 minutes, 53 seconds
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Joy Diaz's Story

Growing up, Joy and her parents were dedicated to helping others. Then they received some life-changing help themselves.
5/7/20243 minutes, 59 seconds
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Jim Martin's Story

Father Martin remembers an act of generosity by a nun named Sister Janice Farnham.
4/30/20243 minutes, 12 seconds
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Juleus Ghunta's Story

Growing up, Juleus struggled to read. Then a young teacher saw his potential.
4/23/20244 minutes, 44 seconds
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Nicole George O'Brien's Story

Nicole had a seizure while driving to work. When she woke up in the hospital, she learned about an incredible act of courage by another driver on the road.
4/16/20244 minutes
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Nick Epley's Story

After Nick's daughter was diagnosed with cancer, the owner of a restaurant near her hospital made a surprising gesture of support.
4/9/20243 minutes, 51 seconds
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John Woeste's Story

John honors the man who saved his life and inspired his vocation of nearly 40 years.
4/2/20244 minutes, 29 seconds
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Paix Auslander's Story

When Paix moved to a new high school, he felt lost and alone. Then an older student said something that gave him a flash of hope.
3/26/20243 minutes, 38 seconds
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River Adams' Story

After fleeing to the US from the Soviet Union, River’s family was struggling to survive. Then, a kind gesture changed their life. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
3/19/20244 minutes, 39 seconds
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Kathryn Fumie's Story

After Kathryn burned her face in a kitchen accident, the ambulance worker on the ride to the hospital helped her feel like everything was going to be ok.
3/12/20244 minutes, 10 seconds
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Nancy Pardo's Story

Nancy was terrified after her husband, Tom, suffered a series of fainting spells. When she asked his doctor what they should do next, the doctor’s answer stunned her — and changed her life.
3/5/20244 minutes, 56 seconds
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Bethany Renfree's story

Bethany  was feeling overwhelmed as a single mom with three small children. But one small act of kindness by a neighbor let Bethany know she'd be okay.
2/27/20244 minutes, 11 seconds
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Mas Masumoto's Story

A worker at a funeral home makes a special effort to locate the family members of an ailing woman, and unwittingly uncovers a family secret that goes back decades. 
2/20/20244 minutes, 21 seconds
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Julie Silverman's Story

After Julie developed a persistent cough, no one seemed to be able to identify the cause. Then, her unsung hero stepped in and saved her life. 
2/13/20244 minutes, 16 seconds
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JoAnne Foley's Story

Forty years ago, when JoAnne was working the night shift as a neonatal nurse, a baby girl was born terminally ill. JoAnne recalls the way her supervisor, Nancy, went above and beyond to make the baby feel loved.
2/6/20244 minutes, 1 second
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Ben Gomes' Story

When Ben got a call about his mother being badly injured, he feared the worst. But when he arrived to the hospital, he learned how a stranger's quick thinking had saved her life. 
1/30/20243 minutes, 44 seconds
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Biar Kon's Story

Biar tells the story of a stranger who approached him on the street in Nairobi, Kenya and "sowed a seed of kindness" that he carries with him today.
1/23/20243 minutes, 33 seconds
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Sandy Renner's Story

When Sandy burst into tears in the supermarket checkout line, a store employee offered her unexpected comfort.If you enjoy this show, be sure to check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain. Each week, we bring you science and stories to help you better understand yourself and the world around you. 
1/16/20242 minutes, 19 seconds
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Alexandra Middlewood's Story

A favorite from our archives: Alexandra was struggling with hybrid teaching when a small gesture from a student reminded her why she loved her job.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
1/9/20243 minutes, 37 seconds
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Roger Lynn's Story

When Roger's wife was in the cancer ward, a nurse went out of her way to make her last days more comfortable. 
1/2/20244 minutes, 32 seconds
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Justin Horner's Story

In 2011, Justin was sitting on the side of the freeway, hoping someone would help him fix his busted wheel. Right around the time he was about to give up, a van pulled over.Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at My Unsung Hero1 
12/26/20235 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ellen Butterfield's Story

Ellen and her husband were afraid the border guard would confiscate the chemotherapy drugs they were bringing back from Mexico. But then he did something unexpected.   
12/19/20235 minutes, 7 seconds
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Teresa Hernandez's Story

As Teresa was waiting to have a cesarean section, she started to have a panic attack. Just then, a nurse put her hand on Teresa's head and made her feel she was going to be ok.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
12/12/20233 minutes, 38 seconds
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Gary Dietz's Story

Four kind strangers helped Gary when his son with special needs was struggling during a day out in the city. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
12/5/20236 minutes, 41 seconds
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Oliver Muensterer's Story

Minutes before an important job interview, Oliver realized he'd forgotten his dress shirt. A stranger offered a kind and unexpected solution. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
11/28/20234 minutes, 12 seconds
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Calvin Lowe's Story

When Calvin’s young son was about to go into surgery, his doctor shared a comforting message.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
11/21/20234 minutes, 2 seconds
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Mary Griffis' Story

Not long after she lost her brother to suicide, Mary accidentally stalled her car in heavy traffic. As drivers honked and shouted, a stranger slowed down to help.If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, there are people who can help. You can reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988. 
11/14/20234 minutes, 15 seconds
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Sarah Lubarsky's Story

The emergency room staff was ignoring Sarah's gravely ill fiancé — until a young doctor stepped in. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
11/7/20234 minutes, 44 seconds
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Laura Eshelman's Story

Laura was in a mental health crisis when someone unexpected calmed her down.
10/31/20234 minutes, 41 seconds
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Robin Annexstein's Story

More than 10 years ago, when Robin's father died, a man at the U.S. passport office offered a moment of relief. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
10/24/20233 minutes, 2 seconds
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Katie Ortman Doble's Story

As Katie struggled with a medical ordeal, a stranger offered exactly the comfort she needed. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
10/17/20235 minutes, 8 seconds
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Wendy McDowell's Story

In 1979, Wendy was eight years old, crying alone in an airport. Then she saw a woman in white walking toward her.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
10/10/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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Jeff Balch's Story

Jeff honors three men who worked as a trash collectors, who reminded him to see the humanity in everyone he meets.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you! 
10/3/20234 minutes, 1 second
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Tessa West's Story

As Tessa said her last goodbye to her dying father, a family friend made the experience feel just a little bit easier. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
9/26/20234 minutes, 18 seconds
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Hal Hershfield's Story

A simple act of a generosity from a coffee shop barista helped Hal feel like he was finally a part of his community. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
9/19/20233 minutes, 27 seconds
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Trieste Belmont's Story

In 2014, at the lowest point of Trieste’s life, a stranger’s brief comment changed everything.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
9/12/20234 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ethan Kross' Story

Ethan  had a habit of fiddling with his wedding ring. One day, it slipped off his finger — and onto the subway tracks. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
9/5/20234 minutes, 21 seconds
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Laura Carstensen's Story

After Laura was badly injured in a car crash, a stranger pulled over to help her. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
8/29/20234 minutes, 9 seconds
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Lynn Fainsilber Katz's Story

A stranger at the beach helped Lynn remember that when life gets hard, you don't have to do it alone.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
8/22/20233 minutes, 36 seconds
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Jonathan Adler's Story

Jonathan suffered from asthma as a kid until a teacher encouraged him to embrace the disease.
8/15/20233 minutes, 52 seconds
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Adrianne Drazin's Story

Adrianne was on a long overseas flight with her baby and two young children. After she exited the plane, she noticed a family nearby, waiting for something.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
8/8/20234 minutes, 25 seconds
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Leidy Klotz's Story

They met as rivals on the soccer field. Then they became teammates.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
8/1/20233 minutes, 59 seconds
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Eranda Jayawickreme's Story

Eranda was nervous on his first overseas trip by himself, until a fellow passenger went the extra mile to help him out. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
7/25/20234 minutes, 12 seconds
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Susan Dickman's Story

After Susan rushed to the hospital to check on her sick father, a stranger offered her comfort in an unexpected way. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
7/18/20233 minutes, 32 seconds
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Julia Minson's Story

When Julia's mother was struggling with late-stage cancer, Julia had a conversation with a doctor that made her feel heard.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
7/11/20234 minutes, 51 seconds
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Dorothy Tiernan's Story

Years ago, when Dorothy’s father was dying in the hospital, a nurse bent the rules to lessen his suffering.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
7/4/20234 minutes, 58 seconds
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Susan Haas' Story

Susan recalls the hairstylist who took a chance on her when she couldn't afford a haircut.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
6/27/20234 minutes, 12 seconds
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John Kindschuh's Story

John remembers the quick thinking of his hospital roommate, who called for help when John's speech began to slur, and may have saved his life.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
6/20/20235 minutes, 16 seconds
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Daniel Willingham's Story

When Daniel's daughter ended up in the ICU in a foreign country, a stranger helped him get there. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
6/13/20234 minutes, 40 seconds
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Barbara Romero's Story

Barbara spent years trying to understand her son's difficult behavior. Then a nurse said something that made her realize that it was no one's fault.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you! 
6/6/20235 minutes, 8 seconds
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Andy Davis' Story

Andy honors his heart donor and her family, who gave him the ultimate gift during a time of intense grief. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/30/20234 minutes, 19 seconds
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Pierce Forde’s Story

When Pierce was hurt in a crash, a stranger stayed by his side.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/23/20236 minutes, 20 seconds
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Lily's Story

Lily was feeling wary of strangers after filing a restraining order against someone. Then a small gesture from a store clerk reminded her of the kindness all around her. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/16/20233 minutes, 39 seconds
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Mary Amato's Story

After giving birth to her second child, Mary was struggling with her new identity as a stay-at-home mom. But then an older woman said something to her that made all the difference.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/9/20235 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bill Price's Story

Some fifty years ago, Bill found himself alone at an event. Then someone turned and said, "Would you like to join us?"Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/2/20233 minutes, 19 seconds
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Paola López's Story

Paola was having a tough time on a trek, when a fellow hiker reframed her perspective.
4/25/20234 minutes, 3 seconds
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Alan Ayers' Story

A young pilot risked her own life to rescue Alan when he was skydiving.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
4/18/20233 minutes, 27 seconds
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Susan Greenstein Prescott's Story

In high school, Susan had a stutter, and was embarrassed to speak in front of her class. Then her English teacher told her something that changed the course of her life.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
4/11/20234 minutes
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Mary Louise Kelly's Story

Mary Louise was upset after losing her wallet. Then she received an email from a stranger. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
4/4/20235 minutes, 48 seconds
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Wil Davenport's Story

In 2014, Wil was being treated for severe depression at an inpatient mental health program. One day, his therapist issued a challenge that renewed his sense of purpose. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
3/28/20234 minutes, 33 seconds
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Mike Huddleston's Story

Mike fell on the sidewalk, and wasn't able to get up on his own. Then a kind stranger asked how he could help. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you! 
3/21/20234 minutes, 10 seconds
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Sri Pisharody's Story

Before going to India, Sri warned her daughter to watch out for people trying to steal from them. But when they got there, the opposite happened.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you! 
3/14/20234 minutes, 53 seconds
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Laura Holmes Haddad's Story

As Laura undergoes chemotherapy, an X-ray technician says something that makes her feel less self-conscious about her appearance.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you! 
3/7/20233 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bob Cialdini's Story

When he was a teenager, Bob received some helpful advice from an unlikely source.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
2/28/20234 minutes, 10 seconds
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Sarah Feldman's Story

After a tropical storm in Houston destroyed all of young Sarah's books, a librarian from across the country sent her a beautiful book to restart her collection.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
2/21/20233 minutes, 57 seconds
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Deb Merchant's Story

When Deb Merchant was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, her partner Scott Stevens was at her side through every part of her treatment. It made all the difference in her recovery.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
2/14/20234 minutes, 26 seconds
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Julie Cadwallader Staub's Story

Julie's husband, Warren, was always her navigator on road trips. After he passed away, Julie got lost on her first trip without him. She started to panic, until a kind stranger helped her get back on track. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
2/7/20234 minutes, 22 seconds
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Nancy Pardo's Story

Nancy was terrified after her husband, Tom, suffered a series of fainting spells. When she asked his doctor what they should do next, the doctor's answer stunned her — and changed her life.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
1/31/20234 minutes, 38 seconds
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Majid Hadji's Story

Majid was in a job interview when he was overcome with anxiety — until someone unexpected helped him calm down and get through it. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
1/24/20236 minutes, 22 seconds
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Sabrina Kronk's Story

When her car broke down, Sabrina worried about how she’d get her daughter to daycare  — and how she’d pay for the repairs. A crew of car mechanics saved the day.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
1/17/20234 minutes, 54 seconds
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Todd Kashdan's Story

After Todd’s mother died, all of his middle school friends avoided him. But one classmate did just the right thing.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
1/10/20234 minutes, 9 seconds
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Vanessa Grace Miller's Story

After Vanessa had a life-threatening allergic reaction in a foreign country, her young tour guide stepped in to help.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
1/3/20235 minutes
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Jennifer's Story

Throughout middle school, Jennifer was bullied by a group of girls in her class. Then, someone unexpected stepped in and changed the way she saw the world.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
12/27/20226 minutes, 1 second
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Stephanie Cole's Story

When Stephanie got overwhelmed on the first day of her very first job, a customer shared some kind words.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
12/20/20224 minutes, 4 seconds
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Evelyn Flores' Story

When Evelyn missed recess, her second grade teacher asked why.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
12/13/20223 minutes, 38 seconds
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Kate Baker's Story

When Kate's toddler had a medical emergency on a plane, three women stepped up to comfort her. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!Show Less
12/6/20224 minutes, 47 seconds
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Rick Mangnall's Story

A favorite episode from the archives: In 2008, while driving to work, Rick crashed into a slab of granite rock. He was hanging upside down in his seatbelt when he saw an old Ford truck pull over across the road.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
11/29/20225 minutes, 3 seconds
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Thanksgiving Special: Jamil Zaki Meets His Hero

Jamil Zaki reunites with the doctor who offered him comfort during one of the most difficult times of his life, when his newborn daughter, Alma, suffered a stroke.To hear more from Jamil Zaki about how we can cultivate more empathy for others, be sure to check out  our conversation with him on our sister podcast, Hidden Brain. That episode is called "The Empathy Gym."  Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
11/24/20225 minutes, 59 seconds
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Thanksgiving Special: Gillian Sandstrom's Story

Psychologist Gillian Sandstrom reflects on the stranger who offered her a ride many years ago, and how that relates to what she now studies for a living: the power of everyday acts of kindness.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
11/22/20225 minutes, 52 seconds
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Jamie Spurway's Story

A favorite episode from the archives: On his first international trip alone, Jamie got lost in the hustle and bustle of L.A. He was hungry and tired and losing hope — until a young woman appeared and offered to help. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
11/15/20226 minutes, 29 seconds
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Jessica Israelsen's Story

In 2008, Jessica was serving in the Air Force when her supervisor showed her the true meaning of "service before self."Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
11/8/20224 minutes, 15 seconds
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Chewey Clinton's Story

A favorite episode from the archives: Chewey is a teenager from rural Idaho. He's struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, and a friend is there when Chewey needs him most. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
11/1/20225 minutes, 30 seconds
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Jennifer Reinhart's Story

After a bad fall, Jennifer was struggling to recover from her injuries. One day, a hospital worker helped her feel comfort for the first time since her accident.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing in front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
10/25/20224 minutes, 31 seconds
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Todd Lagerberg's Story

When Todd's 17-month-old baby became inconsolable on a flight, two flight attendants went above and beyond to calm him.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
10/18/20224 minutes, 26 seconds
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Thea Rhiannon's Story

Thea recalls the stranger with the soothing voice who came to her aid after a devastating car crash. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
10/11/20224 minutes, 14 seconds
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Walter Delgado's Story

A favorite episode from the archives: Walter is walking through the desert, trying to make it to the U.S. When his legs give out, a stranger comes to his aid.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
10/4/20225 minutes, 30 seconds
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Alice Claus' Story

Alice and her sister are exhausted after a long flight to Budapest. Then a young man on the street offers help right when they need it. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!Show Less
9/27/20224 minutes, 20 seconds
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Rebecca's Story

After Rebecca left an abusive relationship, she felt broken. She told her counselor, "I can't do this." Then her counselor told her something that she will never forget.If you or someone you know is experiencing partner abuse, you can find support from the National Domestic Violence Hotline in the United States at 1-800-799-7233. That's 1-800-799-SAFE. You can also text START to 88788.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
9/20/20224 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ken Wilcox's Story

Ken Wilcox's life felt hopeless, like there was nowhere left to turn. Then a simple act from a stranger on the street changed his perspective, and his life.If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, there are people who can help. Call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. If you live outside of the United States, you can find your country's crisis hotline from the International Association for Suicide Prevention.  Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
9/13/20224 minutes, 33 seconds
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Brandon Martell's Story

After Brandon, a teacher,  learned that his new nephew was delivered stillborn, his entire school was informed of the loss. None of his students talked to him the next day — except for one young student named Marissa.First Candle operates a 24-hour grief counseling line in the United States for anyone who has experienced the loss of an infant. That number is 800-221-7437. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
9/6/20225 minutes, 29 seconds
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Justin Horner's Story

A favorite episode from the archives: About ten years ago, Justin’s tire blew out, and so he sat on the side of a freeway, hoping someone would help. Right around the time he was about to give up, a van pulled over.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
8/30/20226 minutes, 4 seconds
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Lauryn Valladarez's Story

Lauryn and her fiance were in danger of drowning when a surfer came to their rescue. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!Show Less
8/23/20224 minutes, 17 seconds
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Apryle Oswald's Story

A favorite episode from the archives: In 1997, Apryle was in a major car crash. A stranger stopped to help her, her boyfriend, and her dogs.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
8/16/20223 minutes, 27 seconds
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Dell Reistad's Story

When Dell was a kid, her sister was badly injured in an accident.  As her sister was being rushed to the hospital, a stranger stepped in to comfort Dell, a gesture she's never forgotten. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
8/9/20225 minutes, 3 seconds
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Rick Mangnall's Story

A favorite episode from the archives: In 2008, while driving to work, Rick crashed into a slab of granite rock. He was hanging upside down in his seatbelt when he saw an old Ford truck pull over across the road.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
8/2/20225 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ayanna Thomas' Story

In 2009, Ayanna was walking through Tokyo, without an umbrella, when it started to rain. Then a stranger appeared by her side.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
7/26/20222 minutes, 54 seconds
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Lorrie Paul's Story

A favorite episode from the archives: It's 1996, and Lorrie is visiting her ailing father in the hospital. She's crying in the hallway near his room when a kind stranger walks by.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
7/19/20223 minutes, 15 seconds
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Sandra Bailey's Story

Sandra is at her wits' end in her job search — until someone unexpectedly helps her out. If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
7/12/20225 minutes, 13 seconds
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Juleus Ghunta's Story

Juleus is in elementary school, and he can't read. But then a new teacher convinces him to believe in himself. If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
7/5/20224 minutes, 49 seconds
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Pierce Forde's Story

When Pierce is hurt in a crash, a stranger stays by his side.If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
6/28/20226 minutes, 20 seconds
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Jeff Fister's Story

After a car crash, Jeff is flustered as he makes sure his children are okay. A stranger steps out of the crowd to help. If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend (and please avoid reading from notes.)-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
6/23/20223 minutes, 39 seconds
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Aya McMillan's Story

Aya is beginning to panic during a long and painful medical procedure, when a technician gives her a soothing back rub.If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
6/21/20225 minutes, 3 seconds
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Joe Arrigoni's Story

An employee in a shoe store gently helps Joe's wife, Joani, who is struggling with Alzheimer's.If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you! 
6/16/20226 minutes, 8 seconds
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Cynthia Page's Story

When menacing strangers surround Cynthia in a phone booth, a savior appears out of nowhere.If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
6/14/20224 minutes, 48 seconds
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Betsy Cox's Story

This week, a favorite episode from the archives: Betsy is having one of those days where everything feels like a struggle. But then a kind stranger offers a few simple words that shift her perspective. If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
6/9/20224 minutes, 6 seconds
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Heather Harper's Story

Heather is overwhelmed with grief when a woman at her church says something that makes her feel less alone.If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
6/7/20224 minutes, 46 seconds
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Alie Ward's Story

This week, a favorite episode from the archives: It’s 2013, and Alie’s year is going terribly. Then she gets a Facebook message from a generous stranger. If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
6/2/20225 minutes, 8 seconds
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Brenda Arnold's Story

When Brenda finds herself alone in a foreign country, a kind woman invites her to lunch.If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/31/20225 minutes, 30 seconds
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Linda Reddish's Story

Linda is a new mom, flying for the first time with her 3-month-old baby. As she begins to board the plane, a stranger comes over and says, 'You're sitting next to me.'If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/26/20225 minutes, 1 second
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Roxanne Olson's Story

When Roxanne finds herself in the middle of a bomb scare at Chicago's O'Hare airport, a woman walks up to her and says, "I'm here to help people like you."If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/24/20225 minutes, 42 seconds
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Lauren Passell's Story

When Lauren slips on the ice and breaks her hip, a stranger steps in and gets her to the hospital. If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/19/20224 minutes, 39 seconds
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Sarah Marshall's Story

During her freshman year of college, Sarah is feeling adrift. But a simple comment from one of her professors helps her understand herself in a new way. If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And be sure to check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/17/20224 minutes, 14 seconds
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Trieste Erickson's Story

In 2014, at the lowest point of Trieste's life, a stranger's brief comment changes everything.If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. And please check out our other podcast, Hidden Brain.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!  
5/12/20225 minutes, 5 seconds
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Jennifer's Story

A group of girls is bullying Jennifer in middle school. Then someone steps in and changes the way she sees the world.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:-- Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. -- Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.-- Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.-- Let us know how this person continues to impact your life.-- If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.If you like the show, you can support us on our Patreon page. Thank you!
5/10/20226 minutes, 1 second
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Annika Kahn's Story

Annika reunites with her favorite teacher from high school, 97-year-old Flossie Lewis.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/6/20226 minutes, 11 seconds
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Tony Ludlow's Story

Tony is angry at his English teacher, Mrs. Holman, for making him stay after class. But on the last day of school, she takes his hand, and tells him something he'll never forget.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/5/20226 minutes, 1 second
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Azim Shariff's Story

Azim encounters his high school English teacher in the most unexpected place.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/4/20225 minutes, 40 seconds
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Lila Hoffa's Story

Lila's third grade teacher notices her struggling with writing, and comes up with a way to help. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
5/2/20225 minutes, 59 seconds
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Mary Louise Kelly's Story

Mary Louise loses her wallet while walking home from the bookstore. Then she gets an email from a stranger.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
4/28/20225 minutes, 48 seconds
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Joy Ladin's Story

An audio producer goes above and beyond to help Joy record her book of poetry.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
4/26/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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Laura Holmes Haddad's Story

As Laura undergoes chemotherapy, an X-ray technician says something that makes her feel less self-conscious about her appearance.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
4/21/20223 minutes, 50 seconds
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Lori Gottlieb's Story

A stranger in the bathroom reminds Lori of the special bond between therapists and their patients.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
4/19/20225 minutes, 35 seconds
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Adrienne Graham's Story

When Adrienne cold calls a stranger, early on in her career, the man on the phone reminds her to believe in herself.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
4/14/20224 minutes, 48 seconds
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Walter Delgado's Story

Walter is walking through the desert, trying to make it to the U.S. When his legs give out, a stranger comes to his aid.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
4/12/20225 minutes, 30 seconds
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Sunita Kramer's Story

Sunita's seven-year-old daughter is getting on a train when she falls into the gap between the train car and the platform. A stranger quickly reacts — and saves her daughter's life.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
4/7/20225 minutes, 4 seconds
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Emmanuel Dzotsi's Story

Emmanuel is having trouble moving furniture into his first adult apartment when strangers come to his aid.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
4/5/20226 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ritch Addison's Story

Ritch remembers a friend from high school, and how her act of generosity changed the course of his life.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
3/31/20224 minutes, 55 seconds
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Renée's Story

When Renée’s boyfriend loses his passport at the airport, she can tell he’s about to take his anger out on her. But then, a kind man appears and defuses the situation.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
3/29/20224 minutes, 29 seconds
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Vige Barrie's Story

On the way to an important meeting, Vige trips and is injured. Two kind strangers come to help.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
3/24/20224 minutes, 38 seconds
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Karl Goldstein's Story

Karl decides to  quit piano lessons when he's 12, because his new teacher is too strict. But then she says something that changes his mind, and transforms their relationship. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
3/22/20224 minutes, 19 seconds
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LaQuista Erinna's Story

LaQuista’s son Jackson hates getting haircuts. He has autism, and high-sensory experiences give him a lot of anxiety. But one barber’s patience and creativity make all the difference.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
3/17/20225 minutes, 23 seconds
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Chewey Clinton's Story

Chewey is a teenager from rural Idaho. He's struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, and a friend is there when Chewey needs him most. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
3/15/20225 minutes, 30 seconds
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Mary Amato's Story

After giving birth to her second child, Mary is struggling with her identity as a stay-at-home mom. But then an older woman says something to her that makes all the difference. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
3/10/20225 minutes, 13 seconds
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John Moe's Story

John is languishing at his job when a woman in HR reminds him of his potential.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
3/8/20225 minutes, 55 seconds
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Jamie Spurway's Story

On his first international trip alone, Jamie gets lost in the hustle and bustle of L.A. Before things go too awry, a young woman appears and goes above and beyond to help him. Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!
3/3/20226 minutes, 29 seconds
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Wendy McDowell's Story

It's 1979, and Wendy is eight years old, crying alone in an airport. Then she sees a woman in white walking toward her.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you!  
3/1/20225 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dorothy Tiernan's Story

As Dorothy's father lies in a hospital bed, dying and in great pain, a nurse bends the rules to come to his aid.Do you have your own story of an unsung hero? We'd love to hear it! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Some guidance:--Focus on ONE moment that you will never forget. --Make sure you're in a quiet, non-echoey room.--Speak conversationally, like you're talking to a friend.--Let us know why this person continues to impact your life.--If your hero were standing front of you today, what would you say? Address them directly.-- Here are some tips on how to make a great recording on your phone.Thank you! 
2/24/20224 minutes, 58 seconds
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Sanaa Kerroumi's Story

Sanaa is on her train ride home when an angry man begins threatening her. Before he gets too close, a stranger intervenes.Please share the story of your unsung hero with us! To do so, record a voice memo on your phone and email us at [email protected].
2/17/20226 minutes, 56 seconds
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Deb Merchant's Story

When Deb Merchant was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, her partner Scott Stevens was at her side through every part of her treatment.  It made all the difference in her recovery.Please share the story of your unsung hero with us! To do so, record a voice memo on your phone and email us at [email protected].
2/10/20224 minutes, 26 seconds
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Leah Bartell's Story

It's 1994, and two men approach Leah on a dark street as she's walking home. Then she sees a car, and a glimmer of hope.We'd love to hear your own story: send  a voice memo to [email protected].
2/3/20223 minutes, 55 seconds
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Nicole George-O'Brien's Story

Nicole has a seizure while driving to work. When she wakes up in the hospital, she learns about an incredible act of courage by another driver on the road.Share your own story with us! Record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected].
1/27/20224 minutes, 1 second
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Betsy Cox's Story

Betsy Cox is having one of those days where everything feels like a struggle. But then a kind stranger offers a few simple words that shift her perspective. Please share the story of your unsung hero with us! To do so, record a voice memo on your phone and email us at [email protected].
1/20/20224 minutes, 6 seconds
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Carolyn Hax's Story

As Carolyn struggles to cope with her mother's terminal illness, a colleague gently reaches out to help.We'd love to hear your own story of an unsung hero. Record a voice memo on your phone and email us at [email protected].
1/13/20224 minutes, 13 seconds
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Julie Ort's Story

Julie is having a very bad day. She's hiding out in the library when a stranger offers a comforting gift.We'd love to hear your own story: send  a voice memo to [email protected].
1/6/20225 minutes, 54 seconds
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Vanessa's Story

It's the middle of the night, and Vanessa and her husband are stranded on an Alaskan highway. Just when they've given up hope, a car pulls over. To share your unsung hero story with us, please record a voice memo on your phone and send it to  [email protected]. And thanks! 
12/30/20214 minutes, 38 seconds
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Sophia Croll's Story

It’s 2013, and Sophia is having a bad day at the airport. As she quietly cries on a bench, a stranger approaches her with words of comfort.To share your unsung hero story with us, please record a voice memo on your phone and send it to [email protected]. And thanks! 
12/23/20216 minutes, 31 seconds
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Justin Horner's Story

Justin’s tire has blown out, and he’s sitting on the side of a freeway, hoping someone will help. Right around the time he’s about to give up, a van pulls over.And we’d love to hear your own story: send a voice memo to [email protected].
12/16/20216 minutes, 4 seconds
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Alexandra Middlewood's Story

Alexandra is struggling with hybrid teaching when a small gesture from a student reminds her of why she loves her job.Tell us about an unsung hero in your life! To do so, please go to myunsunghero.org for instructions on how to record and send us your story. 
12/9/20213 minutes, 38 seconds
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Jamil Zaki's Story

It’s one in the morning, and a doctor has just told Jamil some difficult news about his newborn daughter. But instead of getting back to work, the doctor pulls up a chair.If you’d like to tell us about an unsung hero in your life, please go to myunsunghero.org for instructions on how to record and send us your story. And thanks!
12/2/20214 minutes, 10 seconds
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Vanessa Grace Miller's Story

When Vanessa has a life-threatening allergic reaction in a foreign country, her young tour guide steps in to help.
11/25/20215 minutes
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Lorrie Paul's Story

It's 1996, and Lorrie is visiting her ailing father in the hospital. She's crying in the hallway near his room when a kind stranger walks by.
11/18/20213 minutes
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Tony Ludlow's Story

Tony is angry at his English teacher, Mrs. Holman, for making him stay after class. But on the last day of school, she takes his hand, and tells him something he'll never forget.If you like the show, please share it with a friend, or write a review! And if you'd like to share your unsung hero with us, go to myunsunghero.org for instructions on how to do so.  
11/11/20215 minutes, 23 seconds
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Heather Church's Story

Heather slips on the stairs at a busy clothing store. As she begins to fall backward, she hears a noise behind her.
11/4/20212 minutes, 43 seconds
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Alie Ward's Story

It’s 2013, and Alie’s year is going terribly. Then she gets a Facebook message from a generous stranger.
10/28/20215 minutes, 8 seconds
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Adrianne Drazin's Story

Adrianne is on a long overseas flight with her baby and two young children. After she exits the plane, she notices a family nearby, waiting for something. 
10/21/20214 minutes, 25 seconds
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Lesia Day's Story

Lesia's mother, Stephany, is used to coming over for a visit on Sundays. But one Sunday, Stephany doesn't show up.
10/14/20214 minutes, 49 seconds
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Terri Powers' Story

It's a few days after her mother's death, and Terri is at the checkout line in a grocery store. As she turns to leave, the bagger stops her, and asks a question.  We love to hear from you. Record a message about your own unsung hero and send it to [email protected], with the subject line “Unsung Hero.” Find recording tips and what we're looking for here. 
10/7/20213 minutes, 51 seconds
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Rick Mangnall's Story

In 2008, while driving to work, Rick crashes into a slab of granite rock. He's hanging upside down in his seatbelt when he sees an old Ford truck pull over across the road.Tell us your own story of an unsung hero — go here to find out what we're looking for, and then send your recording to [email protected], with the subject line “Unsung Hero.”
10/7/20214 minutes, 56 seconds
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Jackie Briggs' Story

A stranger notices Jackie at a conference, and realizes something is wrong.If you have your own story of an unsung hero, we want to hear about it. Go here to find out what we're looking for, and how to record. 
10/7/20215 minutes, 20 seconds
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Introducing My Unsung Hero

Each week, we share a story about a moment when one person helped another in a time of need. And we show you how these acts of heroism — some big, some small — transformed someone’s life.
9/21/20213 minutes