True Stories

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… >>

Paula Lucas: International Angel
Paula Lucas: International Angel

Paula Lucas dreamed of being able to help battered women living overseas. In 2001, she started… >>

You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice

On a cold Minnesota morning, Howard Snitzer collapsed on a sidewalk. Ninety-six minutes later, he… >>

Hometown Heroes: Neighbors Battle the Bank
Hometown Heroes: Neighbors Battle the Bank

When Belva Davis lost her job and fell behind on her mortgage, her Detroit neighborhood rallied… >>

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Photo Essay: Sound and Vision

Ever been inside a guitar? A team of German art directors and photographers commissioned to make an… >>

Hometown Heroes: Control Over Chaos for Foster Kids
Hometown Heroes: Control Over Chaos for Foster Kids

When young Noah Jones got a glimpse into the world of foster care, he created his own charity to… >>

A Wife Gives her Husband the Gift of Life
A Wife Gives her Husband the Gift of Life

  The year 1998 was the beginning of a remarkable transformation for my family. My… >>

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What It’s Like to…

From delivering a baby at home to falling seven stories in a river kayak, these ordinary people… >>

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What It’s Like to Find a Stash of Cash…and Return It

Money can't buy happiness, but as one Utah man learned, the act of giving it can make an… >>

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What It’s Like to Fly

No (real) wings attached: See how one man in a special suit can take to the skies. >>

What It's Like to Win a Game Show
What It’s Like to Win a Game Show

For one Jeopardy! contestant, a little luck went a long way. >>

What It's Like to Deliver Your Wife's Baby
What It’s Like to Deliver Your Wife’s Baby

A harrowing experience turns into one very special delivery. >>

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The Titanic Coat: One Family’s Legend

In an inspiring follow-up to the Titanic story, Reader's Digest national affairs editor David… >>

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Famous Photographers Speak on Their Famous Photos

In "Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends," Tim Mantoani shot over 150 famous… >>

The Best Medicine: A Lesson About Love For Everyone
The Best Medicine: A Lesson About Love For Everyone

Each time the Breinholts want to see their daughter, they travel 30 minutes to the Blythedale… >>

Hiker Left for Dead on Mount Everest
Hiker Left for Dead on Mount Everest

Near the top of Everest, the soft morning light revealed clear blue skies for miles around. >>

Hometown Hero: A Sailor's Savior
Hometown Hero: A Sailor’s Savior

When worried mother Marianne Naslund saw her 16-year-old neighbor Andy Livasy was in trouble, she… >>

Boy on a Bike: How a Rwandan Teen Overcame a Legacy of Genocide
Boy on a Bike: How a Rwandan Teen Overcame a Legacy of Genocide

Far from home, in a war-torn land, a charity worker met a child who had every reason to hate—and… >>

Gotcha! 11 Rules to Pull Off a Political Prank
Gotcha! 11 Rules to Pull Off a Political Prank

A well-timed political hoax can expose corruption, force partisans to reexamine their positions… >>