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My Unsung Hero

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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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Shalom grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home. When he was seven, his grandmother offered him something small that made him rethink his entire relationship to religion.
Rasha remembers the hospice nurse who treated her ailing mom with uncommon kindness.
Mary Fran Lyons' Story

Mary Fran Lyons' Story

2024-05-2803:30

Not long after chemotherapy for ovarian cancer, Mary Fran was walking through a mall, self-conscious about losing her hair. Then a stranger came up to her, and told her something that gave her hope.
Vanessa Foster's Story

Vanessa Foster's Story

2024-05-2104:38

A favorite from the archives: 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. 
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.
Joy Diaz's Story

Joy Diaz's Story

2024-05-0703:591

Growing up, Joy and her parents were dedicated to helping others. Then they received some life-changing help themselves.
Jim Martin's Story

Jim Martin's Story

2024-04-3003:12

Father Martin remembers an act of generosity by a nun named Sister Janice Farnham.
Juleus Ghunta's Story

Juleus Ghunta's Story

2024-04-2304:44

Growing up, Juleus struggled to read. Then a young teacher saw his potential.
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.
Nick Epley's Story

Nick Epley's Story

2024-04-0903:511

After Nick's daughter was diagnosed with cancer, the owner of a restaurant near her hospital made a surprising gesture of support.
John Woeste's Story

John Woeste's Story

2024-04-0204:29

John honors the man who saved his life and inspired his vocation of nearly 40 years.
Paix Auslander's Story

Paix Auslander's Story

2024-03-2603:38

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.
River Adams' Story

River Adams' Story

2024-03-1904:39

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 myunsunghero@hiddenbrain.org. 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!
Kathryn Fumie's Story

Kathryn Fumie's Story

2024-03-1204:01

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.
Nancy Pardo's Story

Nancy Pardo's Story

2024-03-0504:56

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.
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.
Mas Masumoto's Story

Mas Masumoto's Story

2024-02-2004:21

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. 
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. 
JoAnne Foley's Story

JoAnne Foley's Story

2024-02-0604:01

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.
Ben Gomes' Story

Ben Gomes' Story

2024-01-3003:44

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. 
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Comments (6)

waytobeap

wow

Jan 10th
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Mae Arant

this one made me cry.

Sep 24th
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Em

I love NPR. I love and treasure and am grateful for quality journalism. But I am also a critical thinker, and this story made me gag — particularly when she vaguely alluded to current war(s). She lives an extremely expensive and comfortable life, and is walking home with three brand-new books from a nice bookstore when she loses her wallet and ends up with a Cadbury egg because other similarly-privileged people are really nice, The End. That’s a story? Moral of the story, to me anyway: I should’ve tried harder to be a famous farmer and mom, not just normal one. Then I could care less and have more time to appreciate the little things.

May 2nd
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Pamela Nakagawa

Big fan !!!

May 2nd
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Anneke Kapteyn

Just discovered your show. Thank you for reminding us of the good in the world. ❤️

Feb 22nd
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Alex W

❤️

Feb 22nd
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