True Stories

Hometown Heroes: Saving a Neighbor’s Life
Hometown Heroes: Saving a Neighbor’s Life

There was no way he was going to listen to his neighbor scream and die in the burning house, so he… >>

A Marine’s Arab Spring: Josh Rushing of Al Jazeera
A Marine’s Arab Spring: Josh Rushing of Al Jazeera

Josh Rushing, a 14-year veteran of the Marine Corps, explains why he resigned from a top job at the… >>

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… >>

Colin Powell
Colin Powell: The Meeting He’ll Always Remember

Former secretary of state Colin Powell recalls two young visitors who sharpened his vision of our… >>

WHYA Lake City
We Hear You America Winners

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

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… >>

Steve Lenoir
Hard Times: America’s Post Offices

As post offices around the country face an uncertain future due to budget cuts, part of the… >>

Miracle Boy Survivor of the Haiti Earthquake
Miracle Boy Survivor of the Haiti Earthquake

An estimated 100,000 children were left orphaned by the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, but Kiki… >>

In the Jaws of a Polar Bear
In the Jaws of a Polar Bear

As two Arctic kayakers were sound asleep, the polar bear that had picked up their scent began… >>

oil and ice, Edward Itta
The Cost of Drilling: Oil in Alaska

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

Grizzly attack
Bear Attack: The Story of Seven Boys and One Grizzly

Seven high school students were near the end of their month-long survival course in the Alaskan… >>

Images From Brazil's Surui Tribe
Images From Brazil’s Surui Tribe

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

Rebuilding After the Tornado
Rebuilding After the Tornado

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

Flooded In, and In Labor
Flooded In, and In Labor

Cindy Banker's mother went into labor with her during a bad snowstorm in Alaska 29 years ago. Who… >>

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… >>

sound and vision, pipe organ
Photo Essay: Sound and Vision

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