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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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 Emily Echols: Baking By Senses and Memory | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 310

With each pecan pie and batch of molasses cookies, Emily Echols hones the baking skills she learned from her elders. Ms. Echols believes baking is an expression of love for her family.

 Jim Hale: The Noise of the Village | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 330

Jim Hale came to his love of poetry while reading Shakespeare at sea on a Navy destroyer. He believes we all need poetry, whether we find it in music lyrics or more traditional verse.

 Michael Seifert: An Act of Faith | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 370

When citizens in Michael Seifert’s Texas border town couldn’t get respect from local elected officials, they didn’t get angry. They got organized. Seifert and his neighbors discovered that voting was the best tool they had to improve to their community.

 Michelle Lee: The Act of Giving Thanks | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 250

No gift, dinner invitation, or gesture of friendship escapes Michelle Lee’s notice. As a dedicated thank-you-note writer, Lee believes expressing gratitude is more than a social grace. It helps her fully appreciate the love and support she receives daily.

 Sister Helen Prejean: Living My Prayer | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 388

“Dead Man Walking” author Sister Helen Prejean says being a good Christian means taking action. So to learn what Prejean believes, she says to watch what she does. For her, that means her work with death row prisoners and with victims’ families.

 Norman Corwin: Good Can Be as Communicable as Evil | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 441

Legendary radio writer Norman Corwin found inspiration in simple acts of kindness and common courtesy, and saw in them the power to build a stronger democracy and a better world.

 Podcast Special: Amy Lyles Wilson | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 256

This week we’re revisiting some of the essays and essayists we’ve featured on our radio show and on our podcast over the years. Today, Nashville writer Amy Lyles Wilson talks about the ways she and her widowed mother have grown closer over the years.

 Podcast Specials: Musicians and Inspiration | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 285

This week we’re revisiting some of the essays and essayists we’ve featured on our radio show and on our podcast over the years. Today, musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Bela Fleck, Joan Tower and Loudon Wainwright III talk about their beliefs in the creative process.

 Podcast Special: Mary Cook | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 282

As a hospice volunteer, Mary Cook shares in the grief of others. But it was her own loss that taught her how to heal. She believes that recovering from grief requires not a battle, but surrender.

 Anna Whites: Finding Home | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 483

Growing up, Anna Whites moved many times, living in exotic places all around the world, but she never quite felt that she belonged in any one place. Later, when she married a man from eastern Kentucky, she found a place—and a people—where she finally knew she was home.

 Janet Jayne: The Blessings of Step | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 408

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.

 WIlliam Holston: Servitude | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 286

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/mp3 | Duration: 363

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.

 Tim Stark: Stress Yields a Sweeter Life | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 327

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.

 Lex Urban: Finding Out What’s Under Second Base | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 0

Lex Urban: Finding Out What’s Under Second Base


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