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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 Jay Frankston: Speak Up | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:19

As a young boy in France, Jay Frankston witnessed the rise of Hitler’s anti-Semitism leading up to the war and the Holocaust. The experience of watching so many people stand by and do nothing affirmed his belief in speaking up against wrongs.

 Dan Murrell: I Believe in “This I Believe” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:55

I believe in “This I Believe.” In the several years that I have been listening, I have heard other people express their beliefs with clarity, insight, eloquence, humor and even forcefulness.

 Sherry Medwin: The Careful Cultivation of Belief | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:00

When Sherry Medwin gave her 12th grade honors students the This I Believe essay assignment, she was met with a classroom full of bewildered students, unsure of how to write about belief. Ms. Medwin has come to believe that students should be given the freedom to express their personal values.

 Emily Vutech: Bridging the Gap | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:00

When Emily Vutech got a job in a gay bar, her friends and family had lots of questions. Ms. Vutech says she took the job to be in a vibrant environment, but she has come to believe that everyone could benefit from exploring worlds different from their own.

 Yasmina Shaush: The American Dream Lives On | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:01

As a young immigrant to the United States, Yasmina Shaush feels the weight of several generations who have high expectations for her.

 Delia Motavalli: Find a Good Frog | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:38

Delia Motavalli has grown up watching movies about fairy tales and princesses. But after she received a piece of advice from her mother, Delia has come to realize her own definition of "happily ever after."

 Josh Stein: The Triumph of Kindness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:35

Josh Stein believes that when people come together, it’s a beautiful thing. He's seen it happen on the Little League field, in a most unexpected way.

 Josh Stein: The Triumph of Kindness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:47

Josh Stein believes that when people come together, it’s a beautiful thing. He's seen it happen on the Little League field, in a most unexpected way.

 Rita Barrett: Yankee Go Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 6:09

While traveling in Spain one Christmas Eve, Rita Barrett felt that she and her friends were not quite welcome because of their American accents. But when she began speaking in Spanish, the language barrier was broken, and stereotypes were shattered.

 Morris Mchawia Mwavizo: There Is Always a Way Out | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:21

In his early childhood days, Morris Mchawia Mwavizo learned a life lesson by watching ants that were determined to get out of a trap. With that same sense of self-determination, he found that he, too, could find a way out of poverty into a life he chose.

 Dale Long: Why Are We Here? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:33

When Dale Long had asked himself the large life question, "Why are we here?," he wasn't always sure of the answer. But one night of stargazing with his children brought him clarity on his place in the universe.

 Lori Vermeulen: The Perfect Merge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:09

For Lori Vermeulen, a "merge" sign is more than a traffic directive in a construction zone. It’s a life philosophy based on making a choice to do what is best for the group versus what is best for the individual.

 Lorena Templeton Querns: Love from Head to Toe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:01

When Lorena Templeton Querns was a teenager, her family adopted a baby boy. Though the feelings of love for him did not come right away, the family made a choice to love him.

 Ginny Taylor: Staying Close | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:16

Ginny Taylor has come to believe that during tough times, love has the opportunity to become stronger, when one partner learns to lean on the other.

 Jane R. Martin: Old Love | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:54

Jane Martin believes in love, but not the wild and impetuous, Romeo-and-Juliet kind of love. She learned through her father that "old love" can be just as sweet.


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