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People from all walks of life describe their personal philosophies in a brief essay.A public dialogue about belief—one essay at a time

Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:26:18 +0000

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Helen Hayes: A Morning Prayer In A Little Church

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:26:17 +0000

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. For more This I Believe programs, please visit

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Helen Keller: The Light of a Brighter Day

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:53:40 +0000

Helen Keller learned to communicate through the eyes and ears of others after a fever left her deaf and blind as an infant. The author, activist and lecturer discusses her vision of faith and how it gives her hope for the future of mankind. For more This I Believe programs, please visit

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Pearl Buck: Roll Away the Stone

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:21:13 +0000

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

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Ralph Bunche: Nana Lit the Beacons

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:42:40 +0000

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

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Walter White: All Or Nothing

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:50:10 +0000

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

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Louise V. Gray: What We Tried To Do

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:20:00 +0000

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.(image)

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Ginny Taylor: Staying Close

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:28:37 +0000

Ginny Taylor has come to believe that during tough times, love has the opportunity to become stronger, when one partner learns to lean on the other. More This I Believe programs at

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Jane Martin: Old Love

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:39:56 +0000

Jane Martin believes in love, but not the wild and impetuous, Romeo-and-Juliet kind of love. She learned through her father that "old love" can be just as sweet. More This I Believe episodes at

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Sarah Culp Searles: Love on Four Feet

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:19:12 +0000

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. More This I Believe programs can be found at

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Patricia James: Sally's Monday

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:35:36 +0000

When a friend was diagnosed with lung cancer, Patricia James didn't quite know what to do or say at first. But then she realized exactly what she needed to do: just show up. More This I Believe programs available at

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Tracy Higgins: Eternal Sunshine

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:45:24 +0000

When Traci Higgins was seven years old and living in a housing project, her mother taught her the importance of giving to charity. Now as an adult, she believes in charitable giving because it gives her hope for the future.(image)

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John Samuel Tieman: God Is in Her Hand

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:50:27 +0000

Some think love comes from the mind or the heart, but St. Louis teacher and poet John Samuel Tieman believes love is in the hands—such as the hands of a cherished spouse, or a talented craftsman. Tieman says we can find the sacred in human touch. More programs at

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Laura Durham: Grace Is a Gift

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:31:48 +0000

Singer and Salt Lake City arts administrator Laura Durham learned a lesson about grace from her third grade teacher that has inspired her ever since. Now an adult, Durham believes we all deserve a little grace, especially amidst the unfairness of life. More This I Believe programs at

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Lawrence Kessenich: In My Father's Tears

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:09:01 +0000

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.(image)

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Mary Plouffe: In Silence There Is Healing

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:28:58 +0000

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

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Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow: Four Sisters in Life and Death

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:41:13 +0000

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

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Bobby Doerr: I Don't Play to the Grandstand

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 19:08:03 +0000

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

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Shannon Denney: Come to My Table

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:21:13 +0000

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.(image)

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Penn Jillette: There Is No God.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:17:43 +0000

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.(image)

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Marian Wilson Kimber: A Place of Conversation and Community

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:35:53 +0000

Musicologist Marian Wilson Kimber felt socially isolated when she lived in southern Mississippi – until she found a spot where she could bond with her neighbors. Now living in Iowa, Kimber yearns for a place that offers that same convivial atmosphere. More programs at

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Roald Hoffmann: The Tense Middle

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:14:34 +0000

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. More programs at

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Nancy Yucius: Live Your Life So That You Will Have No Regrets

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:37:04 +0000

Retired teacher Nancy Yucius believes in living life so as to have no regrets. It’s a lesson she learned from her mother and one Yucius is holding on to even more now that she is battling colon cancer. More episodes can be found at at

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Pamala Rothbard: My Legacy of Playing Games

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:21:01 +0000

Playing cards or board games has been an important part of Pamela Rothbard's life since she was a child who was allowed to stay up past bedtime and play with the adults. Now, as a parent, playing games with her own children gives her family an opportunity to do something together and share in each other's lives. More essays at

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Kimberly Woodbury: We Are All Stardust

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:43:16 +0000

In the deepest reaches of the cosmos, scientists have found sound waves they think came from the Big Bang. Episcopal priest and science teacher Kimberly Woodbury believes those waves are a siren call connecting all of us to the mysteries of the universe. More essays at

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