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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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 Isabel Allende: In Giving I Connect With Others | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:31

In grieving the death of her daughter, novelist Isabel Allende finds inspiration in the life of service her daughter led, and comfort in the love Allende was able to give her in death.

 Melinda Shoaf: The Designated Celebrator | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:10

Holiday gatherings mean long hours for Melinda Shoaf: polishing the silver, hanging the decorations, cooking the big dinner. But the Memphis homemaker believes her family deserves a good celebration.

 Corey Harbaugh: Truth and the Santa Claus Moment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:50

Do you answer a child’s question honestly, even if it risks shaking their beliefs? Corey Harbaugh struggled with that decision when his son asked who really brings him presents at Christmas. Harbaugh found a reply that honors both his son and the truth.

 Alexxandra Shuman: The Essentials to Happiness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:21

When Alexxandra Shuman was in eighth grade, she was diagnosed with clinical depression. But it took more than medication for her to feel happy again. Ms. Shuman believes she has to look in the right places on her journey to finding happiness.

 Brighton Early: Finding the Flexibility to Survive | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:06

Brighton Earley’s mom shops at a gas station because she can no longer afford to buy food at a regular grocery. At first Earley was ashamed to go on these shopping trips, but now the Los Angeles student believes they’ve taught her a valuable lesson.

 Seetla Sistla: The Perfume of Love | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:31

As a teenager, Seeta Sistla dabbled with perfume but found the floral scents to be overpowering for her. But, after watching her father lovingly care for her ill mother, she has come to see that the perfume he anoints his wife with is a powerful statement of his love.

 Silas House: The Knowing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 07:54

As a writer, Silas House doesn't like to use the word "love" too much. But, when it comes to his dogs, House knows that they embody love in every sense of the word—the giving and receiving of affection, practicing kindness and patience, and enjoying every single moment.

 Jocelyn Fong: Rice for Thanksgiving | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:25

Many people have a favorite Thanksgiving dish. It’s not turkey or pumpkin pie for Jocelyn Fong, but something that combines American tradition with her father’s Chinese heritage. Fong believes her simple dish helps her connect with her mix of cultures.

 Michael Whitehead: We Will See the Job Through | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:12

Iraq War veteran Michael J. Whitehead shares some of the lessons he learned on the battlefield in Iraq, about the strength of the Iraqi people, and the importance of leaving the country in better shape than he found it.

 Michael Seifert: An Act of Faith in America | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:43

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 their community.

 Clint Morehead: The Stillness of the Library | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:28

When Clint Morehead was still in medical school, he often spent upwards of 10 hours a day studying at the library. More important than the aesthetics of the space around him, Morehead finds that libraries provide a valuable place to go—inside himself.

 Korinthia Klein: Amazing Grace | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:00

Korinthia Klein’s grandfather was her biggest fan when she was a young music student. When she finally learned his favorite song, Klein had only one chance to play it for him. She believes it was more than a musical gift. It was one of love and comfort. Hundreds of additional This I Believe episodes can be found at

 Kamaal Majeed: Being Content with Myself | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:35

Massachusetts teenager Kamaal Majeed believes being content with himself and defining his own life are more important than adhering to any racial stereotypes that his peers may try to force upon him. More This I Believe episodes can be found at

 Josh Rittenberg: Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:12

What kind of world are we leaving younger generations? Manhattan teenager Josh Rittenberg says all parents worry about their children’s futures. But he believes he and his peers will see a better world. More This I Believe episodes at

 Sarah Adams: Be Cool to the Pizza Dude | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:47

We know them. We depend on them. We call them out on cold, rainy nights. Now, college professor Sarah Adams tells us why her life philosophy is built around being cool to the pizza delivery dude. More This I Believe episodes at


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