Inspiring Stories

The Brave Few: Olympians from the Smallest Delegations
The Brave Few: Olympians from the Smallest Delegations

Over 50 nations are sending three or fewer athletes to compete in the Olympics this summer: Which… >>

Greatest Olympic Prize Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens: My Greatest Olympic Prize

In this RD Classic from our archives, American athlete Jesse Owens tells his stunning Olympic story… >>

11 Older Olympians Still Going Strong
11 Older Olympians Still Going Strong

These Olympic athletes are out to prove that when it comes to the Games, age only means one thing:… >>

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We Hear You America: Higginsville, Missouri

Without a modern projector so residents can watch digital movies, the Davis Theatre, a fixture in… >>

All I Really Need to Know I Learned...
All I Really Need to Know I Learned…

Playful essays by Mel Brooks, Ozzy Osbourne and others celebrating the Robert Fulghum best-seller… >>

Running for Vets: 100 Miles Left to Go!
Running for Vets: 100 Miles Left to Go!

Each of us has our own way of celebrating July 4. Retired Marine Jamie Summerlin will pay… >>

Wounded Warriors Ride to Rehab
Wounded Warriors Ride to Rehab

Toby Montoya had made a promise to his best friend, Sgt. Kenneth Rahm of the Illinois National… >>

Seeing Gold: A Blind Soldier Swims to Win
Seeing Gold: A Blind Soldier Swims to Win

This summer, America has an extraordinary opportunity to cheer on one of our country’s wounded… >>

The Gratitude Club
The Gratitude Club

For 50 years, Woody Davis was the ultimate good neighbor. Now he's getting the send-off of a… >>

Josh Duhamel Slideshow
Celebrities Who Inspire Us: Josh Duhamel

A Hollywood-but-hometown hero: Josh Duhamel recently told us about his love of his adopted dogs… >>

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We Hear You America Winners

Congratulations to these communities: Their townspeople cast the most votes, winning our prizing… >>

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A Vivid Reminder: One Vietnam Vet’s Quest

This vivid Washington Post profile of Jan Scruggs, the driving force behind the Vietnam Veterans… >>

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Laura and Louis, A Love Story

Sometimes a book, a story, insinuates itself into my heart and I want to tell the world. In my… >>

Video: Million Motorcycle Memorial
Video: Million Motorcycle Memorial

This Memorial Day weekend, it's not just about an extra day off from work—these 6 small towns… >>

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How 6 Small Towns Honor Veterans

Inspiring: Throughout the year, these small towns honor all United States veterans in unique ways… >>

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What Happens When Soldiers Become Civilians Again?

Three men fought together on the front lines in Iraq, but faced new perils and different fates when… >>

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The Cost of Drilling: Oil in Alaska

To drill or not to drill? As debate over energy rages, one inspired leader fights for balance. >>

Rebuilding After the Tornado
Rebuilding After the Tornado

When an uncommonly vicious tornado stamped its way through Greensburg, Kansas, efficient and green… >>

Hometown Heroes: The Dirty Dozen
Hometown Heroes: The Dirty Dozen

How a group of former sorority sisters found peace, purpose, and carpentry skills in New Orleans. >>

How an Amazon Tribe Used Google to Save Their Land
How an Amazon Tribe Used Google to Save Their Land

Brazil's Surui tribe fought the loggers and developers threatening their lands for years, but… >>