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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 Karen M. Sheehan: Growing Up in a Military Family | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:19

Karen Sheehan grew up in a military family that traveled constantly throughout her childhood. But no matter where in the world they lived, her mother always made it home.

 Kenric Smith: The Strength of the Military Family | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:12

Kenric Smith is a major in the United States Army who believes that the strength of our military stands directly on the back of our military families.

 Susie Green: Considering Adoption | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:24

Living in a public housing project with two birth children, ages eleven and six, Susie Green decided to open up her home, and her heart, to an energetic toddler who needed a family.

 Christine Kingery: Peace Can Happen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:21

Granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, this woman from upstate New York experienced true compassion for the pain and grief of others while visiting Nagasaki on the 50th anniversary of the atomic bomb detonation.

 Greg Gatjanis: A Death He Freely Accepted | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:01

All Greg Gatjanis believes about living a good and worthy life his father passed on to him in one still moment.

 Scott Saalman: Swing-shift Kisses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:40

Scott Saalman, of Jasper, Indiana, learned much about love from observing his parents' daily kiss goodbye.

 Leslie Guttman: Important Strangers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:49

Leslie Guttman, an independent journalist who lives in Lexington, Kentucky, believes that people are placed into our lives for a reason, and that those encounters, however small, can be transformative.

 Kevin Kelly: The Universe Is Conspiring to Help Us | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:50

Whether hitchhiking to work or bicycling across the country, Wired Magazine founding editor Kevin Kelly has always encountered strangers willing to help him. Kelly believes his openness to their kindness is as important as their willingness to offer it.

 Edward Glaeser: The Presumption of Decency | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 6:41

All those aggressive drivers, dreadful waiters and clueless politicians may not be as terrible as we think. Instead of letting hatred cloud his judgment, economist Edward Glaeser says he prefers to see others as decent people doing the best they can.

 Amelia Baxter-Stoltzfus: Returning to What’s Natural | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 8:41

High school student Amelia Baxter-Stoltzfus believes in the freedom offered by semi-permanent hair dye. As much as she likes trying a new look, Baxter-Stolzfus knows there are some things worth coming back to, no matter how much her life may change.

 Chris Huntington: Becoming a Parent Is a Gift | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 6:53

Chris Huntington had great hopes of becoming a father someday, but infertility caused him and his wife to rethink how they would make a family together. By embracing adoption, Huntington learned that being a loving parent is about more than biology.

 Nora Lupi: My Opinions Matter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 6:06

To be true to herself, Nora Lupi believes she must speak up – especially about politics. She developed her opinions during dinner table debates with her parents. Now in college, Lupi is eager to join the dialogue about the future of our country.

 Amanda Joseph-Anderson: Dancing to the Music | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:23

When times were tough in Amanda Joseph-Anderson’s home growing up, her mother would pull out her favorite records to play on the stereo. Dancing together, daughter and mother built a bond of happiness that tempered the harsh realities of their lives.

 Bob Barret: Living with Integrity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:30

When he was 48 years old, Bob Barret made the difficult choice to tell his family that he is gay. He feared the ramifications of his announcement but ultimately found that the decision to be honest about himself led to opportunities he never imagined.

 Maria Zapetis: The Time to Help Is Now | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:51

High school senior Maria Zapetis has a comfortable life, but an experience at summer camp made her realize that many people around the world aren’t as fortunate. Now Zapetis believes it’s time she started doing what she can to fight hunger and poverty.


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