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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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 Lawrence Kessenich: In My Father's Tears | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:16

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.

 Mary Plouffe: In Silence There Is Healing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:43

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

 Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow: Four Sisters in Life and Death | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:09:35

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

 Bobby Doerr: I Don't Play to the Grandstand | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:07:42

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

 Shannon Denney: Come to My Table | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:19

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.

 Lee Reeves: A Tender Lullaby | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:51

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

 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


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