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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 John McCain and Adlai Stevenson II | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 708

This week we will feature two essays from past presidential candidates, one a Republican, one a Democrat. From our 1950s archive we hear from two-time Democratic presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson II; from our contemporary series, we'll listen to an essay from the 2008 Republican nominee John McCain.

 Sarah Adams: Be Cool To the Pizza Dude | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 394

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.

 Becky Sun: Here Comes (the Real) Santa Claus | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 361

As a young immigrant to America, Becky Sun heard about a magical man who brings Christmas presents. Unfortunately, her parents didn’t know about the tradition, so Santa failed to visit their house. When she finally met Santa years later, he gave Sun a memorable gift.

 James Harris: There is Value in Every Person | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 394

When James T. Harris was a young man, he had a summer job as a janitor, cleaning restrooms in local factories. Harris was surprised—and even angry—when people ignored him and made him feel "invisible" because of his uniform and his position. Now, as a university president, he believes all young people should get out of their comfort zones and see the world from other people's perspectives.

 Jane Golden: Making Art with Each Other, for Each Other | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 388

Jane Golden has known the importance of public art since she was a young girl. And through her experience of bringing more than 3,800 works of art to the city of Philadelphia, she wholeheartedly believes that public murals have a unique way of bringing people together to tell the stories of the people in the neighborhood.

 Claire Lamberth: Learning How To See | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 338

When in high school, Claire Lamberth had two teachers who taught her how to see things differently. Today, she still continues to see something new each time she looks at a familiar object, and she hopes future generations are also taught to use their own eyes and ears.

 Sister Mary Scullion: When All of Us Are Home | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 344

Sister Mary Scullion has been fighting to end homelessness for more than thirty years. She clearly believes that every person deserves to have affordable housing, health care, and an education. But she has also come to believe that every person benefits—the giver and the receiver—when working to help others.

 Fran Fierson: Do Your Best | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 273

When Fran Fierson was in the third grade, she had a teacher who insisted that every child do his or her personal best. Ms. Fierson took his advice to heart, and she still lives by those words today.

 Nathan Alling Long: The Power of Story | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 339

When Nathan Alling Long's dog was missing a few years ago, he found himself heartbroken and unable to accept the fact that he would never know what happened to her. But a friend suggested that he change his thinking and pretend his dog Gracie was on an adventure. Long then realized that he truly believes in the power of story.

 Frederica Massiah-Jackson: Examining Life with Candor and Frankness | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 325

Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson has presided over civil trial courtrooms for nearly twenty years, and she has instructed her juries to reach a verdict only after careful and thorough deliberation. Recently, she realized that she should follow the same advice in deliberating over her future.

 Theodor Benfey: Living at the Science-Religion Interface | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 461

Theodor Benfey is a scientist who believes the fields of both science and religion must stay open in searching for truth. Benfey believes that God is the ultimate force of truth and that love is the path of the self to God, so therefore, he finds that it is love that binds him to God and the ultimate truth.

 Martha Graham: An Athlete of God | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 398

Legendary choreographer Martha Graham believes that dancing—like living—may look easy, but actually requires years of constant practice to achieve a sense of one's own being and a satisfaction of spirit.

 Liz Dow: Listening to the Clay | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 405

Essayist Liz Dow found inspiration at the potter's wheel for her work at molding young leaders.

 Peg Fagan and Charles Hires, Jr. | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 600

Peg Fagan believes in the importance of reaching out to the people in our communities who may feel forgotten and invisible, especially as they grow older. After the loss of his wife, Charles Hires, Jr. found a sense of purpose late in life by helping young people find theirs (from the 1950s This I Believe series).

 Dr. Carmen Febo-San Miguel: Culture, Practice, and Transformation | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 379

Dr. Carmen Febo-San Miguel is a Philadelphia physician who is originally from Puerto Rico. She is also the executive director of Taller Puertorriqueño, a non-profit arts organization that is known as the "cultural heart of Latino Philadelphia." She believes that cultural diversity as an asset to society, not a liability.


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