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People from all walks of life describe their personal philosophies in a brief essay. This podcast is taken from the award-winning public radio series This I Believe. More essays can be found at thisibelieve.org.

People from all walks of life describe their personal philosophies in a brief essay. This podcast is taken from the award-winning public radio series This I Believe. More essays can be found at thisibelieve.org.
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People from all walks of life describe their personal philosophies in a brief essay. This podcast is taken from the award-winning public radio series This I Believe. More essays can be found at thisibelieve.org.

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English


Episodes

Rebecca Haynes: Embracing the Local Community

7/16/2019
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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.

Duration:00:04:46

Quique Aviles: I Will Take My Voice Back

7/7/2019
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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 it gives him to other people can help save his life.

Duration:00:04:43

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

7/3/2019
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Although born and raised in England, writer Andrew Sullivan turns to America’s Declaration of Independence to find his beliefs rooted in the principles of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Duration:00:04:39

Jody Williams: When Ordinary People Achieve Extraordinary Things

6/24/2019
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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.

Duration:00:04:42

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

6/19/2019
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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.

Duration:00:04:36

Michelle Weldon: A Father Is Born from Many Strangers

6/11/2019
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Although their biological dad has disappeared, Michele Weldon’s three sons have not been fatherless. Weldon believes the men who have stepped-in to act as substitute dads have generously embraced her sons with love and served as valuable role models.

Duration:00:08:46

Greg Chapman: A Journey Toward Acceptance and Love

6/3/2019
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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 new acceptance of himself and a stronger bond with God.

Duration:00:04:35

Mary Curran Hackett: Never Give Up

5/28/2019
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When she was young, Mary Curran Hackett's father gave her and her siblings frequent speeches about the importance of perseverance. What surprised her as an adult was how much he lived his "never give up" message toward her when she needed him the most.

Duration:00:05:36

Rachel Richardson: The Duke

5/20/2019
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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 the stories of others.

Duration:00:05:05

Kim O'Connell: Mother Tongue

5/14/2019
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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 believes that learning her mother's native tongue can help her connect to the other half of her heritage.

Duration:00:05:38

Chris Porter: Moving Beyond Stereotypes

5/6/2019
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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 prejudging people.

Duration:00:06:49

Joel Boutin: Less is More

4/23/2019
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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 caught up in the cultural norms of daily living, he came to realize he would be happier and healthier living more simply in a very tiny house.

Duration:00:07:03

Howard White: The Power of Hello

4/15/2019
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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.”

Duration:00:04:51

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

4/9/2019
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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 understand and be understood.

Duration:00:05:24

David Westwood: Respect Yourself

3/25/2019
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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 before we can gain respect for others.

Duration:00:05:06

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

3/11/2019
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Poet Frank X Walker believes artists aren’t the only creative people. He says barbers, cooks, janitors, and kids enrich the world with their creativity as much as the painters, sculptors, and writers.

Duration:00:04:32

Madeleine Urbaszewski: Treating Everyone as Family

3/4/2019
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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 strangers, Ms. Urbaszewski has come to believe in treating everyone like family.

Duration:00:04:39

Brenda Holliday: I Am My Mother's Daughter

2/25/2019
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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 physical features in her own face, she came to believe that in more ways than one, she is her mother's daughter.

Duration:00:04:18

Dr. Charles Parrish: They Lived Their Faith

2/18/2019
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Inspired by the generosity of his parents, University of Louisville sociology professor Charles H. Parrish believed in the importance of helping others and always looking for the good in people. By doing so, Parrish said we can catch a vision of God. From Edward R. Murrow's original 1950s This I Believe series.

Duration:00:05:29

Cindy Lollar: A Walk in the Woods Together

2/11/2019
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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 love and commitment she and Greta share are as strong and enduring as those found in any marriage.

Duration:00:04:35