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Kind World Returns to the Spotlight With A New Season

tile-kind-worldWBUR will launch a new season of the award-winning Kind World series beginning Tuesday, December 6, 2016. The three-part series will highlight stories of kindness and the profound impact a single act of kindness can have on an individual’s life. The series will air on Morning Edition (5 a.m. – 9 a.m.) on Tuesday, December 6, 13, and 20.

Kind World is part of WBUR’s commitment to telling stories across the human spectrum,” said WBUR Executive Director for Programming, Podcasts and Special Projects Iris Adler. “These stories reflect the good that lives within all of us and throughout our communities.”

The new season of Kind World on WBUR’s Morning Edition will spotlight extraordinary people who put the needs of others first, such as:

  • a grocery store worker with Down syndrome who goes above and beyond her job to help a mother and her daughter with Down syndrome;
  • a group of women who form the “Secret Sisters” society to help a friend through the death of her 6-year-old son;
  • a couple who, after seeing a cry for help on social media from a relative stranger, decide to help a woman struggling with a break up three days before Christmas.

“It’s wonderful to see how listeners react to this series. The moving conversations and comments show what an impact these personal stories can have,” said Erika Lantz, associate producer for the WBUR iLab who produces the Kind World series. “The stories coming up this season have each opened my eyes in a different way, and I can’t wait to share them.”

Kind World has won multiple awards, including a Sigma Delta Chi and a national Edward R. Murrow Award for feature reporting. The series was founded by WBUR’s then digital producer Nate Goldman (now at Wired), who proposed the idea to explore people’s experiences with acts of kindness to WBUR’s iLab, the station’s incubator for new projects. In addition to Kind World’s radio run, it is a podcast on iTunes and online at the Kind World website. Listeners can share their own stories and thoughts on the series on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #kindworld. Listen Up, a special Kind World live event, is scheduled at Boston’s ICA on Thursday, January 12, 2017. 

Major funding for the new season of Kind World comes from Boston Medical Center, proudly caring for Boston’s most vulnerable populations. Explore more innovative projects on the WBUR iLab website.

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