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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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 Kate Debiec: Finding My Father in a Small World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:54

Kate Debiec's father had a knack for making friends with strangers quickly. After her father passed away, Ms. Debiec realized the importance of the legacy he had left her.

 Jeff Sloan: The Best Education in the World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:13

From the moment Jeff Sloan became a father, his priorities shifted as he felt the weight of his new responsibilities. What he didn't realize on Day One was how much he would learn about himself and about life through being a dad. Hundreds more This I Believe episodes at

 Ahmad Zaki Abu Shadi: The Secrets of Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:20

From the 1950s This I Believe series, Egyptian-born Ahmad Zaki Abu Shadi tells how he left his homeland to gain spiritual and intellectual liberty. The artist and scientist believed freedom was a synonym for life itself, and a precious treasure deserved by all. More 1950s and contemporaryThis I Believe programs at

 Scott Saalman: Swing-shift Kisses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:41

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

 Julie Sellers: Passing the Baton | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:36

As an adoptive mother, Julie Sellers knows there is another woman somewhere in the world to whom she owes a debt of gratitude for giving her the life—and the family—she has. Explore more This I Believe programs at

 Kimberly Trevisani: Pieces of Me | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 06:07

When a close friend was diagnosed with cancer, Kim Trevisani thought of all the little things her friend would miss while in the hospital. Today, Kim has come to appreciate the little moments of her daily routine, because those small details are what make up her life.

 Colleen Shaddox: Jazz is the Sound of God Laughing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:16

As a child, Colleen Shaddox loved hearing her uncle play jazz piano. Now her son is developing a love for the music that she believes unites her family even in the most troubling of times.

 Connie Spittler: Pink Moments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:07

Many people revel in the beauty of a familiar landscape. For Connie Spittler, it’s Arizona’s Catalina Mountains when the setting sun illuminates them. Spittler believes making time to embrace nature gives her the strength to face life’s challenges.

 John Updike: Testing the Limits of What I Know and What I Feel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:13

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist John Updike explores the roots of his beliefs and finds them grounded in religious faith, the ideals of democracy and in the power of creative writing.

 Frederic Reamer: The Real Consequences of Justice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:04

NPR listener and social work professor Frederic Reamer finds his belief in justice tested every time he faces criminals and victims at parole board hearings in his home state of Rhode Island.

 Margaret Mead: A New Control Of Destiny | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:32

Margaret Mead says she can’t separate what she believes as a person from what she believes as an anthropologist. And she believes humans beings, as part of a greater biological whole, have a responsibility to everyone else on the planet. From Edward R. Murrow's original This I Believe series. For more This I Believe programs, please visit

 Helen Hayes: A Morning Prayer In A Little Church | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:41

From 1952, Oscar-winning actress Helen Hayes explains that in spite of her theatrical success, it took the death of her daughter to teach her the interdependence of humanity and the need for more compassion. For more This I Believe programs, please visit

 Helen Keller: The Light of a Brighter Day | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:12:17

Helen Keller learned to communicate through the eyes and ears of others after a fever left her deaf and blind as an infant. The author, activist and lecturer discusses her vision of faith and how it gives her hope for the future of mankind. For more This I Believe programs, please visit

 Pearl Buck: Roll Away the Stone | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:53

For Women's History Month, we listen to an essay from Edward R. Murrow's original This I Believe radio series. Even in the face of possible nuclear war, Nobel Prize-winning writer Pearl S. Buck finds her faith in humanity to be stronger than ever, and believes that cooperation can solve the world’s problems. For more This I Believe programs, please visit

 Ralph Bunche: Nana Lit the Beacons | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:17

Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche had a "poor and hard life," having lost both of his parents as a young child. But he was raised by his grandmother, a woman of principle, who taught Bunche the simple lessons that became the foundation of his beliefs. From Edward R. Murrow's 1950s This I Believe radio series. For more This I Believe programs, please visit


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