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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 Joe Reagan: In God Alone | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:31

Joe Reagan used to believe caring for his wife and kids was entirely up to him. But when hard times struck and friends offered to help feed his family, Reagan realized the grace of God was at work in his life in ways he hadn’t previously understood.

 Scott Shackelford: The Wonders of the Future | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:33

Gene Rodenberry, Isaac Asimov and other science fiction writers transport readers to times and galaxies far away. Law professor Scott Shackelford believes sci-fi gives him a way to connect with his father and sharpen his own intellect in the real world.

 Marianne Rogowski: Leave the Light On | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:29

Marianne Rogowski wants her two children to know they will always have a home where they will be embraced and accepted with unconditional love. Rogowski believes it’s important to offer that refuge to her kids because her mother did the same for her. More programs at

 Bill Gates: Unleashing the Power of Creativity and Intelligence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:35

Bill Gates founded Microsoft on the dream of putting a computer in every home and office. He says he built his company on the belief that technology, creativity and intelligence can change the world. More programs at

 Harold Taw: Finding Prosperity by Feeding Monkeys | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:39

Forget the cake and presents. Listener Harold Taw has his own unique birthday tradition – one prescribed by a Burmese monk. By faithfully following it, Taw believes he’s helped his family to prosper. More stories at

 Hillary Kambour: The Freedom of Baseball | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:25

Miami attorney Hillary Kambour isn’t just a baseball fan, rooting for the Marlins and the Giants. She also believes in the game: the athleticism and focus of the players, the camaraderie of the fans, and the traditions it inspires in her own family. More at

 Penn Jillette: There Is No God. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:22

As half of the magic act Penn and Teller, Penn Jillette enjoys challenging his audiences with the unconventional. In stating his personal credo, Jillette finds liberation in believing there is no God.

 Penn Jillette: There Is No God | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:14

As half of the magic act Penn and Teller, Penn Jillette enjoys challenging his audiences with the unconventional. In stating his personal credo, Jillette finds liberation in believing there is no God

 Miles Goodwin: The Connection Between Strangers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:06

Returning home from a tour of duty in the Vietnam War, Miles Goodwin was touched by the compassion of a 10-year-old girl. Now an attorney in Milwaukee, Goodwin believes in giving kindness to strangers. More stories at

 Mike Miller: My Home is New Orleans | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:42

After Hurricane Katrina destroyed his adopted home, social worker Mike Miller had opportunities to move anywhere in the country. But he believes he’ll stay right where he belongs: in New Orleans.

 Ted Gup: In Praise of the "Wobblies" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:56

For years, journalist Ted Gup wasn’t sure what he believed, and he felt uncomfortable in the company of people who freely shared their firm beliefs. Now he accepts his own uncertainty as a good thing.

 Mel Rusnov: The Artistry In Hidden Talents | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:13

You may not know it, but the person in the adjoining cubicle could be a singer, a dancer or a painter. A civil engineer by trade but a pianist at heart, Mel Rusnov believes in cultivating hidden talents.

 Eboo Patel: We Are Each Other's Business | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:56

In high school, Eboo Patel failed to support a friend facing anti-Semitism. Now, the Chicago interfaith youth organizer believes honoring diversity means having the courage to actively speak up for it.

 Priya Chandrasekaran: Cutting Our Grandmothers' Saris | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:26

Following her grandmother’s death, Priya Chandrasekaran wondered what to do with the colorful silk saris she inherited. In deciding to make a quilt from them, Chandrasekaran believes she found a way to both honor her grandmother and create something new.

 Rick Moody: The Joy and Enthusiasm of Reading | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:53

Rick Moody has built a life in words: in writing them for his books like “The Ice Storm,” and in reading them. He believes there is unlimited joy in opening a new book and delving into its story.


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