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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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 Vint Cerf: Every Person Deserves Respect | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:28

As the “Father of the Internet,” Vint Cerf has made his career in high-speed electronic communications. But Cerf still values face-to-face interactions. By engaging in civil conversations with those he meets, Cerf finds he can learn new things every day.

 John Warner: Asking the Right Questions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:52

Chemist John Warner is proud of the new compounds he’s helped to synthesize. But after his son died from liver failure, Warner began to wonder why he was creating those chemicals at all. Now he believes in challenging the old assumptions of science.

 Susan T. Chang: The Imperfect Traces Left by Human Hands | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:52

T. Susan Chang once embraced the computer age: she even met her husband and bought a house on the Internet. Yet despite the benefits of her high-tech existence, Chang eventually found herself drawn to the tangible simplicity of an analog lifestyle.

 Tina Boscha: The Second-Hardest Job | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:02

Becoming a stepparent can be a challenge given the sometimes-confusing lines of responsibility and authority. Despite the occasional awkward moments though, Tina Bosha is looking forward to being a stepmother to two daughters for the rest for her life.

 Lisa Sandin: I Am Not My Body | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:34

Lisa Sandin knows her body isn’t the model of physical beauty our society prefers. But instead of allowing herself to be defined by a birth defect, Sandin believes her brain and soul as well as her words and actions determine the person she truly is.

 Juliet Frerking: A Drive to Achieve the Extraordinary | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:55

The “Guinness World Records” book fascinated Juliet Frerking when she was a child. But beyond the unusual accomplishments it listed, the book inspired Frerking to attempt things in her own life that she otherwise might have thought impossible.

 Jeffrey Hollender: Living in the Here and Now | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:06

Shaken by his brother’s death, Jeffrey Hollender vowed to reconnect with the things he valued. Now, the entrepreneur believes being present in both thought and action isn’t easy but it’s the best way for him to live his life, and to honor his brother.

 Mary Curran Hackett: Never Give Up | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:24

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.

 Sarah Culp Searles: Love on Four Feet | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:47

As a college student, Sarah Culp Searles found her life in turmoil one day. Upon returning home, her family cat taught her a life lesson she still holds dear: that real love is steadfast and unconditional.

 Aline Chaplik-Aleskow: Four Sisters in Life and Death | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 07:52

When Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow’s youngest sister Ivy died in a plane crash at age 16, the remaining siblings decided to always honor the love they had shared. In doing so, Chaplik-Aleskow believes Ivy lives on in the hearts of her family and friends.

 Tarak McClain: Thirty Things I Believe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:49

When Tarak McLain’s kindergarten group celebrated their 100th day of class, some kids brought 100 nuts or cotton balls. Tarak brought a list of 100 things he believes. Now a first-grader, Tarak shares his top beliefs about God, life, nature and war.

 Sufiya Abdur-Rahman: Black Is Beautiful | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:48

What’s in a name? For writer and teacher Sufiya Abdur-Rahman it’s key to her identity as the proud daughter of Muslim parents. Like the 1960s movement, Abdur-Rahman believes black is beautiful and not a condition she should have to rise above.


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