This I Believe

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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.

Tony Hawk has turned what many consider a childhood activity into a professional career. Now for Hawk, skateboarding is not only a job, it’s a means of expression and a foundation for personal belief. …
Reporting from Germany during Nazi rule, journalist William L. Shirer learned the value of tolerance and freedom. Shirer believes that man’s resilience, especially during times of war, comes from having a rich inner life of reflection and contemplation. <a …
Her Latina heritage encouraged her to trust her dreams. Her business degree taught her rational analysis. Now Sacramento public radio listener Cynthia Sommer believes intuition is her best asset.
Diplomat Chester Bowles believes each person has a responsibility to uphold the truths and ideals outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the Bible. In doing so, Bowles says, we live lives worth saving. …
Nobel Prize–winning chemist Roald Hoffmann believes the middle is a good place to be. It reminds the Cornell professor of the choices we can make in life and helps him see the possibility for change. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/tib-podcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0" …
Historian Will Durant spent much of his life chronicling human civilization. He believes our highest virtues are those that promote survival of the group over the individual. Durant, a one-time socialist, says too much liberty can be a dangerous thing. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/tib-podcast?i=i1OM4dZ-X1k:XZCb7KBAHSE:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0" …
Betsy Chalmers has been separated from her husband for almost 30 years because he is serving time in a Virginia prison. But Chalmers believes in remaining faithful to her husband and her marriage. <img …
In her youth, Verona Wylie Slater’s beliefs were shaped by her father, a Presbyterian minister, and by her brothers, who were writers. As an adult, Slater embraced the traits she wanted to embody as a woman and mother: wisdom, gentleness and bravery. <img …
As a young prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, Whitney R. Harris saw the worst of man’s inhumanity to man. Now Harris believes we honor God by giving respect, mercy and peace to one other. …
Arnold Toynbee says everyone has certain skills and knowledge, yet what makes us truly human is how we relate to other people. The noted historian believes that suffering is not only inevitable but it is indispensable in gaining a lifelong education. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/tib-podcast?i=MSI3pZ_TSvg:_Hjby3DqSGg:V_sGLiPBpWU" …
Loudon Wainwright III has been writing songs for more than 30 years. He believes in the mystery that inspires the creation of a new song. But it’s not something Wainwright wants to think about too much. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/tib-podcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" …
Movie writer Niven Busch appreciated the solitude of a horseback ride on his ranch. But he also valued the bustle and chaos of a subway trip in a crowded city. Busch believed these journeys allowed him to better connect with his fellow wayfarers. <a …
Professor and attorney Michael Mullane believes the rule of law must be upheld — even in times of threat and crisis. As fragile as it can be, Mullane says we are all protected by and accountable to the law. …
From 1952, Oscar-winning actress Helen Hayes explains that in spite of her theatrical success, it took the death of her daughter to teach her the interdependence of humanity and the need for more compassion. …
Restaurant critic Jason Sheehan has a passion for barbecue with all the homemade fixings on the side. He believes barbecue unites us, comforts us and is the only thing he can’t get enough of. …
Lyricist and Broadway producer Oscar Hammerstein believed himself to be a happy man despite the personal disappointments and global conflicts he witnessed. Inspired by nature, Hammerstein says his happiness came from embracing his own imperfections. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/tib-podcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0" …
As a child, Jane Hamill thought Barbie was the ultimate in cool. Now a fashion designer in Chicago, Hamill realizes her belief in a doll was a belief in her own skills, creativity and ability to succeed. <img …
Maria von Trapp and her husband were puzzled by a Bible verse that says only those who “become like little children” gain entry to heaven. By observing their own ten children, Trapp came to believe that meant living simply, directly and in the moment. …
Elvia Bautista was devastated when her brother was killed in a gang shooting. Now, she believes in remembering all the victims of gang violence even when doing so may endanger her own safety. <img …
From the 1950s series, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist James Michener tells how the people he met during World War II gave him a belief in the brotherhood of mankind. Michener says tolerance and kindness can overcome differences in race, culture and language. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/tib-podcast?i=kRlP8bHMUng:vb1qeYY0BM8:V_sGLiPBpWU" …