The Kindness of Strangers - Laura Zimmerman

“So essentially, my husband and I were lost in Portugal for nine days.”

Photo by Destiny Roberts

The Kindness of Strangers

In this hour we delve into the goodness of humanity through acts both small and large. A tourist has a major setback while on vacation; a holiday gift exchange is botched; and a nurse in a fertility clinic secretly blesses hopeful couples. Those stories and more. Hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Laura Zimmermann loses herself...and her stuff in Portugal.

David Cole does all that he can to return to sender.

Niccolo Aeed faces scrutiny at the airport. 

Denise Scheuermann shares a ritual of good hope.

Caroline Abilat struggles to show herself kindness after the birth of her first child.

Ed Gavagan is called upon to show grace to the boys who stabbed him. 


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Stories in this Episode

05:03
The Woman in the Mirror

by Lozirah Caroline Abilat

Lozirah Caroline Abilat struggles to show herself kindness after the birth of her first child.

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06:03
Something Good

by Denise Scheuermann

Denise Scheuermann shares a ritual of good hope.

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04:17
Welcome Home

by Niccolo Aeed

Niccolo Aeed faces scrutiny at the airport. 

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05:55
It's a Small World After All

by David Cole

David Cole does all that he can to return to sender.

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05:10
A Shoulder (Bag) to Cry On

by Laura Zimmermann

Laura Zimmermann loses herself...and her stuff in Portugal.

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14:26
Victim's Impact

by Ed Gavagan

Having survived a random, brutal and almost deadly gang attack in NYC, Ed decides he’ll head back home to Wyoming to recuperate.

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Extras From This Episode

Lozirah Caroline Abilat

Caroline Lozirah MRH 1806 Extra 1

Lozirah and her son Jeremy.

Caroline Lozirah MRH 1806 Extra 2

Jeremy.

Caroline Lozirah MRH 1806 Extra 3

Jeremy.

Caroline Lozirah MRH 1806 Extra 4

Jeremy.

David Cole

David Cole MRH 1806 Extra 1

Grandma's note to Ben.

David Cole MRH 1806 Extra 2

Ben's presents.

Ed Gavagan

Ed Gavagan MRH 1806 Extra 1

Ed's first solid meal in the hospital.

The music in this story

  • The Drift - Uncanny Valley
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  • Madredeus - Concertino: Allegro
  • Modern Mandolin Quartet - Flower Duet from Lakme
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  • Adrian Legg - Hymn For Jaco
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  • Kelly Joe Phelps - Not So Far to Go
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  • Ben Harper - The Three of Us
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