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  1. Brighton Early: Finding the Flexibility to Survive2018/12/10

    Brighton Earley’s mom shops at a gas station because she can no longer afford to buy food at a regular grocery. At first Earley was ashamed to go on these shopping trips, but now the Los Angeles student believes they’ve taught her a valuable lesson.
  2. Seetla Sistla: The Perfume of Love2018/12/03

    As a teenager, Seeta Sistla dabbled with perfume but found the floral scents to be overpowering for her. But, after watching her father lovingly care for her ill mother, she has come to see that the perfume he anoints his wife with is a powerful statement of his love.
  3. Silas House: The Knowing2018/11/27

    As a writer, Silas House doesn't like to use the word "love" too much. But, when it comes to his dogs, House knows that they embody love in every sense of the word—the giving and receiving of affection, practicing kindness and patience, and enjoying every single moment.
  4. Jocelyn Fong: Rice for Thanksgiving2018/11/20

    Many people have a favorite Thanksgiving dish. It’s not turkey or pumpkin pie for Jocelyn Fong, but something that combines American tradition with her father’s Chinese heritage. Fong believes her simple dish helps her connect with her mix of cultures.
  5. Michael Whitehead: We Will See the Job Through2018/11/12

    Iraq War veteran Michael J. Whitehead shares some of the lessons he learned on the battlefield in Iraq, about the strength of the Iraqi people, and the importance of leaving the country in better shape than he found it.
  6. Michael Seifert: An Act of Faith in America2018/11/05

    When citizens in Michael Seifert’s Texas border town couldn’t get respect from local elected officials, they didn’t get angry. They got organized. Seifert and his neighbors discovered that voting was the best tool they had to improve their community.
  7. Clint Morehead: The Stillness of the Library2018/10/30

    When Clint Morehead was still in medical school, he often spent upwards of 10 hours a day studying at the library. More important than the aesthetics of the space around him, Morehead finds that libraries provide a valuable place to go—inside himself.
  8. Korinthia Klein: Amazing Grace2018/10/21

    Korinthia Klein’s grandfather was her biggest fan when she was a young music student. When she finally learned his favorite song, Klein had only one chance to play it for him. She believes it was more than a musical gift. It was one of love and comfort. Hundreds of additional This I Believe episodes can be found at thisibelieve.org.
  9. Kamaal Majeed: Being Content with Myself2018/10/15

    Massachusetts teenager Kamaal Majeed believes being content with himself and defining his own life are more important than adhering to any racial stereotypes that his peers may try to force upon him. More This I Believe episodes can be found at thisibelieve.org.
  10. Josh Rittenberg: Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day2018/10/08

    What kind of world are we leaving younger generations? Manhattan teenager Josh Rittenberg says all parents worry about their children’s futures. But he believes he and his peers will see a better world. More This I Believe episodes at thisibelieve.org.
  11. Sarah Adams: Be Cool to the Pizza Dude2018/10/01

    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. More This I Believe episodes at thisibelieve.org.
  12. Mary Courtwright:The Forging of Courage2018/09/24

    When Mary Courtwright was young, she used to think courage was a quality that people were born with. But over time, as she has had to make tough life choices, she has found that courage is something quiet and steadfast, always there to help her make decisions.
  13. Curt Columbus: The Importance of Neighbors2018/09/18

    Curt Columbus feels that our increasing reliance on technology is making us more isolated and less interactive with each other. By regularly visiting with neighbors, Columbus believes these small conversations and connections are the key to a vibrant democratic society. More episodes at thisibelieve.org.
  14. Winter Prosapio: My Grandmother's Dicho2018/09/10

    Winter Prosapio and her family endured a series of medical and financial troubles that left them feeling broken and bruised. Ms. Prosapio called on an old family saying that gave her the strength to get through hard times.
  15. Delaine Eastin: Standing Up for Our Children2018/09/03

    As the former highest-ranking official in California's elementary and secondary public school system, Delaine Eastin believes that investing in children's education is not just the right thing to do, but also a patriotic necessity. More episodes at thisibelieve.org.
  16. John McCain: The Virtues of the Quiet Hero2018/08/27

    As a Naval aviator, Congressman, and parent, John McCain was guided by a belief in honor, faith, and service. They are values he tried to model for his children and future generations of Americans. He died on August 25, 2018. More episodes in this series can be found at thisibelieve.org.
  17. Kathy Holwadel: There is a Plan2018/08/20

    Once a poster-child for yuppie success with all the trimmings, Kathy Holwadel's world fell apart just when she thought she had it all. She got a divorce, her mother died, her son went to jail, and she quit her fancy career. But oddly enough, it all seemed to make sense.
  18. Kevin Myers: The Necessity of Compassion2018/08/14

    As a young boy, Kevin Myers felt outraged at being treated unfairly because of his life circumstances. However, his mother taught him an important lesson in forgiving others that he still carries with him today.
  19. Yasmina Shaush: The American Dream Lives On2018/08/06

    As a young immigrant to the United States, Yasmina Shaush feels the weight of several generations who have high expectations for her. Ms. Shaush has come to believe that the beauty of America is the opportunity for success through hard work and determination. More episodes at thisibelieve.org.
  20. Delia Motavalli: Find a Good Frog2018/07/30

    Delia Motavalli has grown up watching movies about fairy tales and princesses. But after she received a piece of advice from her mother, Delia has come to realize her own definition of "happily ever after." More episodes at thisibelieve.org.
  21. Dale Long: Why Are We Here?2018/07/24

    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.
  22. Lori Vermeulen: The Perfect Merge2018/07/16

    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 thisibelieve.org.
  23. Dave Stewart: My Time and Place Among the Cows2018/07/09

    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 thisibelieve.org.
  24. Robert Heinlein: Our Noble, Essential Decency2018/06/28

    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.
  25. Cheryl Dukes: A Place I Call Home2018/06/18

    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 thisibelieve.org.
  26. Ron Wooley: A Stack of Rocks2018/06/11

    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 thisibelieve.org.
  27. Kate Debiec: Finding My Father in a Small World2018/06/04

    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.
  28. Jeff Sloan: The Best Education in the World2018/05/28

    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 thisibelieve.org.
  29. Ahmad Zaki Abu Shadi: The Secrets of Life2018/05/21

    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 thisibelieve.org.
  30. Scott Saalman: Swing-shift Kisses2018/05/14

    Scott Saalman, of Jasper, Indiana, learned much about love from observing his parents' daily kiss goodbye.
  31. Julie Sellers: Passing the Baton2018/05/07

    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 thisibelieve.org.
  32. Kimberly Trevisani: Pieces of Me2018/04/30

    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.
  33. Colleen Shaddox: Jazz is the Sound of God Laughing2018/04/23

    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.
  34. Connie Spittler: Pink Moments2018/04/16

    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.
  35. John Updike: Testing the Limits of What I Know and What I Feel2018/04/09

    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.
  36. Pearl Buck: Roll Away the Stone2018/03/05

    For Women's History Month, we listen to an essay from Edward R. Murrow's original This I Believe radio series. Even in the face of possible nuclear war, Nobel Prize-winning writer Pearl S. Buck finds her faith in humanity to be stronger than ever, and believes that cooperation can solve the world’s problems. For more This I Believe programs, please visit thisibelieve.org.
  37. Ralph Bunche: Nana Lit the Beacons2018/02/26

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche had a "poor and hard life," having lost both of his parents as a young child. But he was raised by his grandmother, a woman of principle, who taught Bunche the simple lessons that became the foundation of his beliefs. From Edward R. Murrow's 1950s This I Believe radio series. For more This I Believe programs, please visit thisibelieve.org
  38. Walter White: All Or Nothing2018/02/19

    Long-time NAACP Executive Secretary and civil rights activist Walter White was inspired by his parents as well as Jesus and Gandhi to believe in upholding moral principals and committing to human equality. From Edward R. Murrow's 1950s radio series "This I Believe." For more 1950s This I Believe programs, please visit thisibelieve.org.
  39. Louise V. Gray: What We Tried To Do2018/02/12

    In college, playwright Louise V. Gray had a passionate romance with another young writer. Then just before their wedding, the relationship faltered and they went their separate ways. Now years later, Gray is still grateful for that time with her lover.
  40. Penn Jillette: There Is No God2017/09/25

    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
  41. Albert Einstein: An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man2017/04/30

    Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein finds beauty in life's mysteries, and says the fate of mankind depends on individuals choosing public service over private gain.
  42. Tony Hawk: Do What You Love2017/02/21

    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.
  43. Muhammad Ali: I Am Still the Greatest (read by Lonnie Ali)2016/06/04

    To be “The Greatest of All Time,” boxing legend Muhammad Ali said you have to believe in yourself. It’s something Ali’s parents taught him as a child, and it’s helped him through the biggest challenge of his life: fighting Parkinson’s disease. He died in 2016.
  44. Joshua Yuchasz: We’re All Different in Our Own Ways2015/09/08

    By all outward appearances, Joshua Yuchasz is a regular teenager. But his classmates still tease him about the thing that makes him different, Asperger’s Syndrome. Yuchasz believes it’s our differences that deserve respect.
  45. Howard White: The Power of Hello2014/05/12

    When he was a child, Howard White’s mother taught him the importance of greeting people. Now an executive at Nike, White believes everyone he meets deserves to have their presence and their humanity acknowledged. For him that begins with “hello.”
  46. Gregory Orr: The Making of Poems2014/04/14

    A series of tragedies during his youth left Gregory Orr confused and disillusioned. Now, the University of Virginia professor believes poetry – and the making of poems – has helped him live and heal.
  47. Deirdre Sullivan: Always Go To the Funeral2014/04/04

    As a child Deirdre Sullivan’s father told her to always pay her respects at funerals. Now, the Brooklyn attorney believes those simple acts of human kindness are as important as the grand heroic gestures.
  48. Josh Stein: The Triumph of Kindness2013/03/15

    Josh Stein believes that when people come together, it’s a beautiful thing. He's seen it happen on the Little League field, in a most unexpected way.
  49. Sarah Culp Searles: Love on Four Feet2012/01/18

    As a college student, Sarah Culp Searles found her life in turmoil one day. Upon returning home, her family cat taught her a life lesson she still holds dear: that real love is steadfast and unconditional.
  50. Aline Chaplik-Aleskow: Four Sisters in Life and Death2011/01/14

    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.
  51. Tarak McClain: Thirty Things I Believe2009/01/18

    When Tarak McLain’s kindergarten group celebrated their 100th day of class, some kids brought 100 nuts or cotton balls. Tarak brought a list of 100 things he believes. Now a first-grader, Tarak shares his top beliefs about God, life, nature and war.
  52. Sufiya Abdur-Rahman: Black Is Beautiful2008/04/24

    What’s in a name? For writer and teacher Sufiya Abdur-Rahman it’s key to her identity as the proud daughter of Muslim parents. Like the 1960s movement, Abdur-Rahman believes black is beautiful and not a condition she should have to rise above.
This I Believe
https://thisibelieve.org
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.

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