This week on Your DNTO: Perfect strangers (Nov. 23)

When is a perfect stranger strangely perfect? This week, Your DNTO finds out through our stories (and yours) about strangers who had a big impact on you. Read on to find out what's on the show.


Every week, Sook-Yin takes her mic to the streets to meet some strangers. This week, she goes a step further, when she turns the mic over to a stranger and asks her to chat with other strangers. How strange will it be?

If you've ever given money to a charity, the odds are that the person who benefited was a stranger to you. But we'll hear the remarkable story of Chris Mburu, who tracked down his benefactor... and find out the lengths he went to to repay her kindness. (And you can find out more about A Small Act, the documentary about Chris' story, here.)

DNTO listeners Jackie and Treena share their stories of "the kindness of strangers."

Strangers can be awesome, and no one knows that better than Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome. He'll tell us about the awesomeness of people we don't know.

There were plenty of strangers at Hannah Miller's wedding...and her husband was one of them. She'll tell us why. (And you can see some of her wedding video below.)

DNTO listener Linda shares her story of a run-in with a "stranger in the night" - and why it ended with her yanking him out of a snowbank.

It can happen anywhere... on the street, in a café, even while riding an escalator. Someone you've never seen before catches your eye and all of a sudden you're sharing a moment. But if you're not quick enough to act on it, you can always place a missed connection ad in your local paper and see what happens. Video journalist Katy Newton spent some time meeting the people behind these posts for her series I.C.U. She'll tell us about the power of a missed connection.

Gregory calls in with his story of meeting a stranger who turned out to be one of the smartest people on the planet.

Lilly McElroy has an interesting way of meeting strangers: she throws herself at them. Literally. She'll tell us why leaping at people is a great way to meet them.

Chris calls the DNTO listener line to share his story of how to have fun with strangers... by pretending they're not strangers at all.

Mark Shouldice and Franke James tell us about their strange(r) dinner.

Carma Jolly tells us how a perfect - and still unknown - stranger helped her on the subway during a frightening experience.

And here's this week's playlist:
Frank Sinatra - "Strangers In the Night"
Michael Bublé - "Haven't Met You Yet"
A Total Stranger - "This Is Your World"
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