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For immediate release
June 23, 2005
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Chad Campbell, NPR:
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Newt Gingrich Contributes Personal Essay on June 27 Edition of This I Believe

Author and Former Congressman is Latest High-Profile Contributor To Contemporary Version of Classic Series Exploring Individual Values; Gingrich Shares Belief in Learning from the Problems of the Past

WASHINGTON - Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and author of the new book Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant, The Final Victory, will join such leaders as Colin Powell, director Errol Morris, author John Updike and psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison in sharing beliefs that guide his life on the next This I Believe segment, June 27 on NPR's All Things Considered.

This I Believe is a weekly series of three-minute personal essays about core values; it's a contemporary version of Edward R. Murrow's landmark 1950s radio project that sparked a national dialogue.

In his essay, Gingrich explains how his stepfather, a career soldier, taught him that the world is a dangerous place and how "things that are now very good can go bad very quickly." Gingrich notes how the memory of such pivotal global tragedies as Auschwitz and the Berlin Wall, along with recollection of once-thriving civilizations now lost, make him better understand the need for America to always stay focused on the needs of the future.

In addition to its broadcast, Gingrich's essay will be available online as both audio and transcript at NPR.org, beginning the evening of June 27.

This I Believe made its premiere April 4 and features the personal thoughts of both influential leaders in all fields as well as NPR listeners from around the country who've written on a variety of subjects. Essays have covered a broad spectrum of topics such as compassion, faith, love, the power of change, the importance of knowledge, the value of family and tolerance. The pieces also range from poignant to humorous, and provide unique insight what Americans believe in the 21st century. This I Believe essay writing has already been incorporated into the activities of schools, community groups, places of worship and even birthday celebrations. This I Believe essays have been read or played at weddings and funerals. Additionally, blogs have been launched based on the concept by groups as diverse as college students, senior citizens and people affiliated with various religious and political associations. The segments air every Monday, alternating between NPR's signature newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

To date, all of the aired This I Believe essays have ranked among the top e-mailed stories on www.npr.org. To listen to past essays or to submit an essay, please visit www.npr.org/thisibelieve.

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