This I Believe

83 EpisodesProduced by This I Believe, Inc.Website

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 T… read more

83 Episodes | 2008 - 2019

Patrick Cleveland: Rings of Hope

August 19th, 2019


On August 29, 2005, Dr. Patrick Cleveland's life changed forever when Hurricane Katrina came barreling through his home. But a so-called coincidence confirmed for him the knowledge that his life has a purpose.

Wiliam Holston: Servitude

August 12th, 2019


As an attorney, William Holston made it a priority to volunteer his legal services to help refugees who were seeking religious and political asylum …

Jay Hasheider: Appreciating the Moment

August 5th, 2019


It was a sad day when Jay Hasheider helped his son pack and get ready to move away to college. But one moment of joy amidst the sadness was a gift …

Stark Podcast

July 29th, 2019


If you think a Manhattan consulting job is stressful, try farming. Tim Stark has done both. He believes a reasonable amount of stress brings out his …

Rebecca Haynes: Embracing the Local Community

July 17th, 2019


Rebecca Haynes, a former park ranger, believes that her life is made better by being part of a local community and a local environment, whether in a small town, a big city, or the wilds of the Sonoran Desert.

Quique Aviles: I Will Take My Voice Back

July 7th, 2019


For years, Quique Aviles was two people: one who was a successful poet, and one who was a crack addict. Now he believes his art and the connections …

Andrew Sullivan: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

July 3rd, 2019


Although born and raised in England, writer Andrew Sullivan turns to America’s Declaration of Independence to find his beliefs rooted in the …

Jody Williams: When Ordinary People Achieve Extraordinary Things

June 24th, 2019


Jody Williams believes extraordinary things can happen when ordinary people decide to take action. Her own activism led to a 1997 international treaty banning landmines and to a Nobel Peace Prize.

Jason Sheehan: There Is No Such Thing As Too Much Barbecue

June 19th, 2019


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.

Michelle Weldon: A Father Is Born from Many Strangers

June 11th, 2019


Although their biological dad has disappeared, Michele Weldon’s three sons have not been fatherless. Weldon believes the men who have stepped-in to …

Greg Chapman: A Journey Toward Acceptance and Love

June 3rd, 2019


For much of his life, Greg Chapman felt less than fully human. But when he stopped judging himself against other people’s beliefs, Chapman found a …

Mary Curran Hackett: Never Give Up

May 28th, 2019


When she was young, Mary Curran Hackett's father gave her and her siblings frequent speeches about the importance of perseverance. What surprised her …

Rachel Richardson: The Duke

May 20th, 2019


A chance encounter in a coffee shop introduced writer Rachel Richardson to a man who had many stories to tell. Ms. Richardson came to understand that everyone has a story, and our lives can be enriched by listening to …

Kim O'Connell: Mother Tongue

May 14th, 2019


Kim O'Connell's mother is Vietnamese, and her father is American. But since she was born and raised in the U.S., her mother insisted that her daughter be "Americanized" and only speak English. Now, Ms. O'Connell …

Chris Porter: Moving Beyond Stereotypes

May 6th, 2019


Several years ago, when a patient gave Chris Porter a long stare, he thought the man was judging him because of his race or his profession. In reality, the incident taught Porter himself an important lesson about …

Joel Boutin: Less is More

April 24th, 2019


When Joel Boutin served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania, he enjoyed living a simple life. After returning to the United States and once again getting …

Howard White: The Power of Hello

April 16th, 2019


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 …

Jennie Kiffmeyer: The Stories We Tell, The Stories We Are

April 9th, 2019


Jennie Kiffmeyer is a writer, a storyteller. But on the occasion of her father's death, she realized she didn't know enough of his life—his stories—to fill in the blanks. So Ms. Kiffmeyer believes in writing, both to …

David Westwood: Respect Yourself

March 25th, 2019


As a father, David Westwood has found that life isn't so complicated when deciding on the very basics of life that need to be taught to our children. For Westwood, one of those basics is that we must learn self-respect …

Frank X. Walker: Creative Solutions To Life's Challenges

March 12th, 2019


Poet Frank X Walker believes artists aren’t the only creative people. He says barbers, cooks, janitors, and kids enrich the world with their …

Madeleine Urbaszewski: Treating Everyone as Family

March 4th, 2019


Madeleine Urbaszewski wasn't born in New Orleans, but she has called it home since moving there in the fourth grade. Because she has experienced warmth and friendliness from the people there, including perfect …

Brenda Holliday: I Am My Mother's Daughter

February 25th, 2019


As Brenda Holliday approached the age of 50, she began to see another woman in the mirror—her mother. As she started to recognize her mother's …

Dr. Charles Parrish: They Lived Their Faith

February 18th, 2019


Inspired by the generosity of his parents, University of Louisville sociology professor Charles H. Parrish believed in the importance of helping …

Cindy Lollar: A Walk in the Woods Together

February 11th, 2019


Like any long-term relationship, Cindy Lollar and her partner Greta have had their ups and downs. Now as they grow old together, Lollar believes the …

Reg Stark: Pennies from Heaven

January 28th, 2019


After 43 years of marriage, native Texan Reg Stark lost his wife, Linda, to cancer. Ever since, he has been finding pennies everywhere he goes. Stark believes each coin he discovers is a sign that Linda is still with …

Benita Porter: The Power of Words

January 21st, 2019


On August 28, 1963, Benita Porter went with her mother to attend the March on Washington. It was during Dr. King’s spellbinding message of hope, love, and the universality of mankind that Ms. Porter was inspired by the …

Cherie Burbach: My Father Told Me I Was Fat

January 14th, 2019


When Cherie Burbach was a young girl, she believed her father's cruel words defined her, and her only escape from his verbal assaults was to write …

Isabel Allende: In Giving I Connect With Others

January 7th, 2019


In grieving the death of her daughter, novelist Isabel Allende finds inspiration in the life of service her daughter led, and comfort in the love Allende was able to give her in death.

Melinda Shoaf: The Designated Celebrator

December 31st, 2018


Holiday gatherings mean long hours for Melinda Shoaf: polishing the silver, hanging the decorations, cooking the big dinner. But the Memphis …

Corey Harbaugh: Truth and the Santa Claus Moment

December 24th, 2018


Do you answer a child’s question honestly, even if it risks shaking their beliefs? Corey Harbaugh struggled with that decision when his son asked who really brings him presents at Christmas. Harbaugh found a reply that …

Alexxandra Shuman: The Essentials to Happiness

December 17th, 2018


When Alexxandra Shuman was in eighth grade, she was diagnosed with clinical depression. But it took more than medication for her to feel happy again. Ms. Shuman believes she has to look in the right places on her …

Brighton Early: Finding the Flexibility to Survive

December 10th, 2018


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 …

Seetla Sistla: The Perfume of Love

December 3rd, 2018


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 …

Silas House: The Knowing

November 27th, 2018


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 …

Jocelyn Fong: Rice for Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2018


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 …

Michael Whitehead: We Will See the Job Through

November 12th, 2018


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.

Michael Seifert: An Act of Faith in America

November 5th, 2018


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. …

Clint Morehead: The Stillness of the Library

October 30th, 2018


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 …

Korinthia Klein: Amazing Grace

October 21st, 2018


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 …

Kamaal Majeed: Being Content with Myself

October 15th, 2018


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 …

Josh Rittenberg: Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day

October 8th, 2018


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 …

Sarah Adams: Be Cool to the Pizza Dude

October 1st, 2018


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 …

Mary Courtwright:The Forging of Courage

September 24th, 2018


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, …

Curt Columbus: The Importance of Neighbors

September 18th, 2018


Curt Columbus feels that our increasing reliance on technology is making us more isolated and less interactive with each other. By regularly visiting …

Winter Prosapio: My Grandmother's Dicho

September 10th, 2018


Winter Prosapio and her family endured a series of medical and financial troubles that left them feeling broken and bruised. Ms. Prosapio called on …

Delaine Eastin: Standing Up for Our Children

September 3rd, 2018


As the former highest-ranking official in California's elementary and secondary public school system, Delaine Eastin believes that investing in …

John McCain: The Virtues of the Quiet Hero

August 27th, 2018


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, …

Kathy Holwadel: There is a Plan

August 20th, 2018


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 …

Kevin Myers: The Necessity of Compassion

August 14th, 2018


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.

Yasmina Shaush: The American Dream Lives On

August 6th, 2018


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 …

Delia Motavalli: Find a Good Frog

July 30th, 2018


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 …

Dale Long: Why Are We Here?

July 24th, 2018


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.

Lori Vermeulen: The Perfect Merge

July 16th, 2018


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 …

Dave Stewart: My Time and Place Among the Cows

July 9th, 2018


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 …

Robert Heinlein: Our Noble, Essential Decency

June 28th, 2018


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 …

Cheryl Dukes: A Place I Call Home

June 18th, 2018


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 …

Ron Wooley: A Stack of Rocks

June 11th, 2018


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 …

Kate Debiec: Finding My Father in a Small World

June 4th, 2018


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.

Jeff Sloan: The Best Education in the World

May 28th, 2018


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 …

Ahmad Zaki Abu Shadi: The Secrets of Life

May 21st, 2018


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 …

Scott Saalman: Swing-shift Kisses

May 14th, 2018


Scott Saalman, of Jasper, Indiana, learned much about love from observing his parents' daily kiss goodbye.

Julie Sellers: Passing the Baton

May 7th, 2018


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 …

Kimberly Trevisani: Pieces of Me

April 30th, 2018


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 …

Colleen Shaddox: Jazz is the Sound of God Laughing

April 23rd, 2018


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 …

Connie Spittler: Pink Moments

April 16th, 2018


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 …

John Updike: Testing the Limits of What I Know and What I Feel

April 9th, 2018


Pulitzer Prize winning novelist John Updike explores the roots of his beliefs and finds them grounded in religious faith, the ideals of democracy and …

Pearl Buck: Roll Away the Stone

March 5th, 2018


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 …

Ralph Bunche: Nana Lit the Beacons

February 26th, 2018


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 …

Walter White: All Or Nothing

February 19th, 2018


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 …

Louise V. Gray: What We Tried To Do

February 12th, 2018


In college, playwright Louise V. Gray had a passionate romance with another young writer. Then just before their wedding, the relationship faltered …

Penn Jillette: There Is No God

September 25th, 2017


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

Albert Einstein: An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man

April 30th, 2017


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.

Tony Hawk: Do What You Love

February 21st, 2017


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.

Muhammad Ali: I Am Still the Greatest (read by Lonnie Ali)

June 4th, 2016


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: …

Joshua Yuchasz: We’re All Different in Our Own Ways

September 8th, 2015


By all outward appearances, Joshua Yuchasz is a regular teenager. But his classmates still tease him about the thing that makes him different, …

Howard White: The Power of Hello

May 12th, 2014


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 …

Gregory Orr: The Making of Poems

April 14th, 2014


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.

Deirdre Sullivan: Always Go To the Funeral

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Josh Stein: The Triumph of Kindness

March 15th, 2013


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.

Sarah Culp Searles: Love on Four Feet

January 18th, 2012


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 …

Aline Chaplik-Aleskow: Four Sisters in Life and Death

January 14th, 2011


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 …

Tarak McClain: Thirty Things I Believe

January 18th, 2009


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 …

Sufiya Abdur-Rahman: Black Is Beautiful

April 24th, 2008


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 …

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