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.
When Kate's toddler had a medical emergency on a plane, three women stepped up to comfort her.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2008, Jessica was serving in the Air Force when her supervisor showed her the true meaning of "service before self."
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If you’d like to submit an Unsung Hero for use on the show, please record it and click the button below to email it to [email protected]
Find a quiet room and open a recording app on your phone. (Here are tips on how to record yourself properly.)
Speaking in full sentences, please tell us about your Unsung Hero. No need to write down your story and read it from paper— speaking conversationally is best. A recording of 3-5 minutes is plenty. Your story should include (but does not need to be limited to):
- Your full name and where you’re from.
- The full name of your Unsung Hero, if you know it.
- A description of the person. What are some of their defining characteristics? What do they look like, talk like? Paint us a picture of them.
- A particular moment or event that prompted you to make this person your Unsung Hero. Tell us as much about that event as you can remember — what the scene was like, and what emotions you felt.
- Did you have a chance to thank them?
- If they were standing in front of you right now, what would you say?
- How does this person continue to impact you and your life?