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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 Mary Courtwright:The Forging of Courage | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:37

When Mary Courtwright was young, she used to think courage was a quality that people were born with. But over time, as she has had to make tough life choices, she has found that courage is something quiet and steadfast, always there to help her make decisions.

 Curt Columbus: The Importance of Neighbors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:37

Curt Columbus feels that our increasing reliance on technology is making us more isolated and less interactive with each other. By regularly visiting with neighbors, Columbus believes these small conversations and connections are the key to a vibrant democratic society. More episodes at

 Winter Prosapio: My Grandmother's Dicho | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:38

Winter Prosapio and her family endured a series of medical and financial troubles that left them feeling broken and bruised. Ms. Prosapio called on an old family saying that gave her the strength to get through hard times.

 Delaine Eastin: Standing Up for Our Children | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:16

As the former highest-ranking official in California's elementary and secondary public school system, Delaine Eastin believes that investing in children's education is not just the right thing to do, but also a patriotic necessity. More episodes at

 John McCain: The Virtues of the Quiet Hero | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:14

As a Naval aviator, Congressman, and parent, John McCain was guided by a belief in honor, faith, and service. They are values he tried to model for his children and future generations of Americans. He died on August 25, 2018. More episodes in this series can be found at

 Kathy Holwadel: There is a Plan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:37

Once a poster-child for yuppie success with all the trimmings, Kathy Holwadel's world fell apart just when she thought she had it all. She got a divorce, her mother died, her son went to jail, and she quit her fancy career. But oddly enough, it all seemed to make sense.

 Kevin Myers: The Necessity of Compassion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:59

As a young boy, Kevin Myers felt outraged at being treated unfairly because of his life circumstances. However, his mother taught him an important lesson in forgiving others that he still carries with him today.

 Yasmina Shaush: The American Dream Lives On | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:08

As a young immigrant to the United States, Yasmina Shaush feels the weight of several generations who have high expectations for her. Ms. Shaush has come to believe that the beauty of America is the opportunity for success through hard work and determination. More episodes at

 Delia Motavalli: Find a Good Frog | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:44

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." More episodes at

 Dale Long: Why Are We Here? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:27

When Dale Long 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: 05:03

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. More episodes at

 Dave Stewart: My Time and Place Among the Cows | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:52

For many people, work defines the pace of their lives. That’s especially true for New England dairyman Dave Stewart. He believes his cows help him appreciate the slower rhythms of the natural world, and embrace the responsibilities of farm and family life. More This I Believe episodes at

 Robert Heinlein: Our Noble, Essential Decency | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:00

In spite of his successful career as a science fiction writer, Robert Heinlein's beliefs are more down to earth. Mr. Heinlein believed in the decency of his neighbors, and the future of the human race.

 Cheryl Dukes: A Place I Call Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:55

Cheryl L. Dukes grew up in the military, and when her father received new orders, the family packed up and said goodbye quickly. Never knowing what it meant to be permanently rooted to a place, Ms. Dukes found out recently when she found the kitchen, the yellow house, and the neighbors she now calls "home." More This I Believe episodes at

 Ron Wooley: A Stack of Rocks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:48

How do you memorialize someone whose ashes were spread in the ocean? Teacher Ron Woolley honors his father by stacking stones at the seashore every time he goes for a swim. His tribute may not be permanent, but Woolley believes his love for his dad is. Listen to more This I Believe episodes at


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