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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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 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

 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.


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