This I Believe show

This I Believe

Summary: Inspiring, uplifting, and educational, This I Believe features people from all walks of life sharing the stories behind their core beliefs. Since 2005, this program has been heard weekly on public radio and used in thousands of classrooms worldwide. It has also spawned nine books, including the NY Times bestseller "This I Believe." Hundreds of past episodes are archived at

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 Janet Jayne: The Blessings of Step | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:45

Janet Jayne has been a "step-something" for most of her life—a step-daughter, a step-sister, a step-mother. And while she recognizes the struggles that are often a part of "blending" families, she also celebrates the love that brings new families together.

 Steve Porter: The 50-Percent Theory of Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:05

A favorite team makes the World Series while a marriage ends in divorce. Surviving life’s ups and downs led Steve Porter to believe that the good times and bad ultimately balance out.

 Sherri Ellerman: One | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:27

As a child, Sherri Ellerman recalls her mother being worried about her age and living in fear of growing older. However, when her mother died at the age of 36, Ellerman realized that it isn't the number of days or months or years of life that matter. What matters is the one life we have to live.

 Patrick Cleveland: Rings of Hope | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:27

On August 29, 2005, Dr. Patrick Cleveland's life changed forever when Hurricane Katrina came barreling through his home. But a so-called coincidence confirmed for him the knowledge that his life has a purpose.

 Wiliam Holston: Servitude | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:38

As an attorney, William Holston made it a priority to volunteer his legal services to help refugees who were seeking religious and political asylum in the U.S. One particular client helped Holston see that service to others is a privilege—and a path to greatness.

 Jay Hasheider: Appreciating the Moment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:02

It was a sad day when Jay Hasheider helped his son pack and get ready to move away to college. But one moment of joy amidst the sadness was a gift for both father and son.

 Stark Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:50

If you think a Manhattan consulting job is stressful, try farming. Tim Stark has done both. He believes a reasonable amount of stress brings out his best qualities. It also produces tasty tomatoes.

 Rebecca Haynes: Embracing the Local Community | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:48

Rebecca Haynes, a former park ranger, believes that her life is made better by being part of a local community and a local environment, whether in a small town, a big city, or the wilds of the Sonoran Desert.

 Quique Aviles: I Will Take My Voice Back | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:44

For years, Quique Aviles was two people: one who was a successful poet, and one who was a crack addict. Now he believes his art and the connections it gives him to other people can help save his life.

 Andrew Sullivan: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:40

Although born and raised in England, writer Andrew Sullivan turns to America’s Declaration of Independence to find his beliefs rooted in the principles of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

 Jody Williams: When Ordinary People Achieve Extraordinary Things | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:57

Jody Williams believes extraordinary things can happen when ordinary people decide to take action. Her own activism led to a 1997 international treaty banning landmines and to a Nobel Peace Prize.

 Jason Sheehan: There Is No Such Thing As Too Much Barbecue | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:37

Restaurant critic Jason Sheehan has a passion for barbecue with all the homemade fixings on the side. He believes barbecue unites us, comforts us and is the only thing he can’t get enough of.

 Michelle Weldon: A Father Is Born from Many Strangers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 08:47

Although their biological dad has disappeared, Michele Weldon’s three sons have not been fatherless. Weldon believes the men who have stepped-in to act as substitute dads have generously embraced her sons with love and served as valuable role models.

 Greg Chapman: A Journey Toward Acceptance and Love | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:36

For much of his life, Greg Chapman felt less than fully human. But when he stopped judging himself against other people’s beliefs, Chapman found a new acceptance of himself and a stronger bond with God.

 Mary Curran Hackett: Never Give Up | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:37

When she was young, Mary Curran Hackett's father gave her and her siblings frequent speeches about the importance of perseverance. What surprised her as an adult was how much he lived his "never give up" message toward her when she needed him the most.


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