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 thisibelieve.org.
When Traci Higgins was seven years old and living in a housing project, her mother taught her the importance of giving to charity. Now as an adult, she believes in charitable giving because it gives her hope for the future.
Some think love comes from the mind or the heart, but St. Louis teacher and poet John Samuel Tieman believes love is in the hands—such as the hands of a cherished spouse, or a talented craftsman. Tieman says we can find the sacred in human touch. More programs at thisibelieve.org.
Singer and Salt Lake City arts administrator Laura Durham learned a lesson about grace from her third grade teacher that has inspired her ever since. Now an adult, Durham believes we all deserve a little grace, especially amidst the unfairness of life. More This I Believe programs at thisibelieve.org.
In his youth, Lawrence Kessenich often clashed with his father over politics and religion, but he also admired his dad’s commitment to helping the poor and homeless. Now Kessenich believes he must do his part for the needy out of love for his father.
Psychologist Mary Plouffe makes her living with words: In the life details her patients share, and in the counsel she offers in return. But Plouffe has come to believe that the best opportunities for healing may come when no words are spoken at all. More This I Believe programs at thisibelieve.org.
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. More programs at thisibelieve.org.
The late Baseball Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr believed in what he called “doing good in order to deserve good.” The former Red Sox second baseman said he’d rather do things that help his teammates and his family succeed instead of simply benefiting himself. He passed away on November 13, 2017. More programs at thisibelieve.org
With four generations living under one roof, life in Shannon Denney’s house can be chaotic, but she insists on serving a home-cooked meal each night. Denney believes preparing and sharing food demonstrates her love for her family and friends.
As a child, Lee Reeves decided to silence her singing voice after an awkward school experience with “Three Blind Mice.” But when her daughter was born, Reeves rediscovered her voice and the beauty of singing – no matter how badly – to a loved one. More This I Believe programs at thisibelieve.org.
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.
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 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 thisibelieve.org
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 thisibelieve.org.
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 thisibelieve.org.
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 thisibelieve.org.