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Walter Delgado often thinks of Modesto, a man he met while traveling to the U.S. from El Salvador. Walter Delgado hide caption

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Walter almost gave up crossing the Mexican desert. Then a fellow migrant carried him

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly, host of All Things Considered, found her own unsung hero when a stranger reached out to tell her he found her wallet that she had lost on a walk home. Nicholas J. Boyle hide caption

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This NPR host lost her wallet, but the way it was returned has stuck with her

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Lila Hoffa struggled to express herself in writing until she met her third-grade teacher showed her a way to bring all her stories to life. Christine Newell hide caption

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Lila struggled to write, then a teacher discovered why and unlocked her creativity

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John Moe is a writer and host of the podcast Depresh Mode with John Moe. John Moe hide caption

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John's colleague told him he didn't belong. It was just what he needed to hear

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Wendy McDowell has used her childhood experience of getting deserted at an airport as a teaching tool for her son. Wendy McDowell hide caption

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How an 8-year-old made it back home after she was deserted in a busy airport

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Olutosin Oduwole at his home in New Jersey in 2016. Shankar Vedantam /NPR hide caption

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In the 1960s, demographers warned that we were on track for a global population explosion. That's not exactly what happened. moodboard - Mike Watson/Getty Images hide caption

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"Nostalgia is memory with the pain removed." Jim Holliday Gpointstudio/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption

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Looking Back: Reflecting On The Past To Understand The Present

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Psychologists say we often have a hard time recognizing how much pressure we put on other people when we ask them for something. Malte Mueller/Getty Images/fStop hide caption

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