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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, 16 Oct 2017 19:11:53 +0000

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Bill Gates: Unleashing the Power of Creativity and Intelligence

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:11:53 +0000

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

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Harold Taw: Finding Prosperity by Feeding Monkeys

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:43:36 +0000

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

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Hillary Kambour: The Freedom of Baseball

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:06:31 +0000

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

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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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Miles Goodwin: The Connection Between Strangers

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:20:42 +0000

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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Mike Miller: My Home is New Orleans

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 17:26:06 +0000

After Hurricane Katrina destroyed his adopted home, social worker Mike Miller had opportunities to move anywhere in the country. But he believes he’ll stay right where he belongs: in New Orleans.(image)

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Ted Gup: In Praise of the "Wobblies"

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 21:09:41 +0000

For years, journalist Ted Gup wasn’t sure what he believed, and he felt uncomfortable in the company of people who freely shared their firm beliefs. Now he accepts his own uncertainty as a good thing.(image)

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Mel Rusnov: The Artistry In Hidden Talents

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 20:28:56 +0000

You may not know it, but the person in the adjoining cubicle could be a singer, a dancer or a painter. A civil engineer by trade but a pianist at heart, Mel Rusnov believes in cultivating hidden talents.(image)

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Eboo Patel: We Are Each Other's Business

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:17:47 +0000

In high school, Eboo Patel failed to support a friend facing anti-Semitism. Now, the Chicago interfaith youth organizer believes honoring diversity means having the courage to actively speak up for it.(image)

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Priya Chandrasekaran: Cutting Our Grandmothers' Saris

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:36:53 +0000

Following her grandmother’s death, Priya Chandrasekaran wondered what to do with the colorful silk saris she inherited. In deciding to make a quilt from them, Chandrasekaran believes she found a way to both honor her grandmother and create something new.(image)

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Rick Moody: The Joy and Enthusiasm of Reading

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 03:29:20 +0000

Rick Moody has built a life in words: in writing them for his books like “The Ice Storm,” and in reading them. He believes there is unlimited joy in opening a new book and delving into its story.(image)

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Azar Nafisi: The Mysterious Connections That Link Us Together

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:39:36 +0000

How do we open ourselves to the connections that can unite us even across racial, political or religious differences? Iranian-born writer Azar Nafisi finds the answer in a classic of American literature.(image)

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Mary Mrugalski: Made By Hand

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 19:50:41 +0000

When Chicago journalist Mary Mrugalski was unmarried and pregnant, she baked bread. When her daughter fought a long illness, they worked the dough together. Mrugalski believes in the comfort and peace she gets from making bread with those she loves.(image)

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Michael Mullane: The Rule of Law

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:34:09 +0000

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.(image)

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John Fountain: The God Who Embraced Me When Daddy Disappeared

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:39:45 +0000

Journalism professor John W. Fountain was four years old when police took his abusive father away. His lifelong sorrow from living without a "daddy" was comforted by finding a new father – a spiritual father – in God. More stories at

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Phyllis Allen: Leaving Identity Issues to Other Folks

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:28:07 +0000

For years, Phyllis Allen found her belief in the social movement of the times: from civil rights to Black Power. Now in her 50s, she is finally able to believe in the woman she is.(image)

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Albert Einstein: An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:15:49 +0000

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. More programs at

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Bela Fleck: Doing Things My Own Way

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:13:52 +0000

Musician Bela Fleck has gained critical acclaim for moving the banjo from its traditional roots into jazz and classical genres. He believes figuring out how to do things his own may made that possible. More programs at

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Debbie Hall: The Power of Presence

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 22:00:33 +0000

Psychologist Debbie Hall believes in being present with people. She says those intimate moments when we bear witness to a passage or help someone carry an emotional burden are vital in our busy world. More programs at

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Eve Ensler: The Power And Mystery Of Naming Things

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:18:17 +0000

The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler believes in speaking up. She says when we name the things that make us uncomfortable or afraid, then demons are faced, silences are broken, and freedom is won.(image)

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Elise Edie: Living in Manageable Moments

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:34:11 +0000

Playwright Elise Forier Edie knows her recovery from addiction will be difficult as she battles feelings of arrogance and control, fear and helplessness. But Edie believes she has found a way to start her journey by focusing on this one moment in time.(image)

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Gloria Steinem: A Balance Between Nature And Nurture

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 01:48:02 +0000

In debating nature versus nurture, Gloria Steinem believes we are asking the wrong question. She says we are an unpredictable mix of both, a mix that creates endless possibilities for a better future. More programs at

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David Adinaro: Connecting with My Patients

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:59:31 +0000

Despite working in one of the busiest hospital emergency rooms in New Jersey, Dr. David Adinaro believes he must make time to fulfill more than just the medical needs of his patients. He also wants to comfort them with a simple act of human kindness. More programs at,(image)

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Tony Hawk: Do What You Love

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:46:01 +0000

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. More programs at

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Christina Habas: The Importance of Jury Duty

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:13:30 +0000

As a judge in Denver District Court, Christina Habas has a unique view on the law. As important as judges and lawyers are to the judicial process, Habas believes jurors have the most vital role. And she hopes more of us will take the job more seriously. More programs at

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Josh Rittenberg: Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:38:22 +0000

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 programs at

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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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