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These Volunteers Risked Their Lives to Save 2,000 Animals from War-Torn Ukraine

Amid constant danger, volunteers at a Ukraine pet shelter are making sure no animal is left behind.

I Came Out After 20 Years of Marriage and Met the Love of My Life

Larry Best thought he had the perfect love and the perfect marriage, but until he found his husband and soul...


Dozens of My Friends Have Had Coronavirus—Here’s What They Want You to Know

One by one, I've watched friends and family members contract, spread, and battle coronavirus. They've shared their stories in the...


What It Was Like to Escape a Wildfire in the Middle of the Night

Two retirees recount their narrow escape from their home during a wildfire in Oregon.


What It’s Like Being One of the Few Black Pilots in the World

As one of a few Black pilots, Courtland Savage understands that with access comes responsibility.

My Kids Made Fun of Me for Always Carrying a Handkerchief—Then the Pandemic Hit and Everyone Was Usi...

He has used a pocket handkerchief all his life—and was ridiculed for it. Now, this famous author says his...


How Astronaut Scott Kelly Wards Off Feelings of Isolation

The pandemic is taking a serious toll on our mental health. Here are a few tips on surviving this crazy...

How I Found Out Racism Isn’t Just a Problem in America

When you’re Black, traveling overseas can reveal a lot more about a place than just its amazing sights.


15 People Share the Silver Linings They Found Amid a Pandemic

This year, many of us have new appreciation for life’s simpler joys. RD readers share their discoveries.


I Grew Up in a Privileged, Out-of-Touch Suburb—Here’s What Finally Opened My Eyes to Racial In...

Systemic racism won’t go away if we just ignore it. We all need to do our part.


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This Man Was Superfit When He Got COVID-19—And Then He Lost His Leg

After a severe COVID-19 diagnosis, a personal trainer is left in a wheelchair after having his right leg and left...

I’m the Only Black Person in My Neighborhood—Here’s What I Wish My Neighbors Knew

The things that I deal with every single day are things that my White neighbors have never even had to...


What It’s Really Like to Protest in a Small Town

It’s not all big, energized crowds and visible progress. In some parts of the country, the fight against racism is...


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Racism in Healthcare: What It’s Like Giving Birth as a Black Woman

A mother of one and a lawyer in Atlanta shares how racism in healthcare nearly killed her when she went...


This 11-Year-Old Mows Lawns to Raise Money for Social Justice

Meet Jack, a young boy giving up the money from his summer job to support the Black Lives Matter movement.


I Broke Up with My Best Friend Because We Couldn’t Agree on Black Lives Matter

This cause is simply too important to just "agree to disagree," even to keep an old friendship.

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I’m a Teacher—Here’s Why I Won’t Go Back to School When It Reopens

A college professor explains why online learning can benefit both teachers and students—and it’s not just about staying safe during...


12 LGBTQ Activists Who Have Changed American History

It's hard to imagine where gay pride would be without the work and efforts of these LGBTQ leaders and countless...


How a Boy Scout Nearly Drowned to Fight Racism in His Troop

One Moth storyteller explains the courage it took to accomplish what no one thought he could.


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I Was Isolated for a Year in Antarctica—Here’s What Surprised Me Most When I Came Back

While you may not have been quite this isolated over the last few months, reentry into life after lockdown...



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What It’s Like to Work at a State Health Helpline During Coronavirus

Unlike the virus hotline, Michigan's warmline was been created to help residents who are struggling mentally or emotionally during the...


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During the COVID-19 Crisis, This Man Helped People in Need Get Toilet Paper

When Jonny Blue realized that people were hoarding toilet paper, he set out to make sure the people who needed...


Coronavirus Canceled Our Wedding—Until a Good Samaritan Stepped In

Getting married in the middle of a pandemic may sound crazy but if COVID-19 has taught us one thing it's...

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10 Clever Ways People Are Celebrating Birthdays Under Quarantine

While COVID-19 may have limited people's abilities to actively go out and celebrate their birthdays, that doesn't mean creative celebrations...


14 Nurses Share Stories of Positive Moments Behind-the-Scenes of COVID-19

These frontline workers spend lots of time bedside—bringing joy to patients and fellow nurses. Here's a glimpse at how they've...


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I Live in Georgia—Here’s What Life Is Like Post-Lockdown (So Far)

Here's a look at what's going on in Georgia during the coronavirus pandemic.


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21 Moving Photos of Kindness in the Time of Coronavirus

Tough times can truly bring out the best in people.


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16 Things We’re All Looking Forward to Once Social Distancing Ends

Real-people share stories about what they're most looking forward to doing after self-quarantine restrictions finally let up.


The New Quarantine Hobby I’m Never Giving Up

From making stained glass to growing sourdough starter, 14 people share their new passions—and some great ideas to fill your...