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For immediate release
July 18, 2005
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Jenny Lawhorn, NPR:
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HIV/AIDS Doctor's Personal Essay Coming to This I Believe, the NPR Series Exploring Values

Dr. Anthony Fauci reads essay during All Things Considered on July 25; Joins Colin Powell, Director Errol Morris and John Updike Among Contributors to Series

WASHINGTON - Prominent doctor, scientist and HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Anthony Fauci will appear on NPR's All Things Considered® on Monday, July 25 reading his essay on how personal responsibility can make a positive impact on society. Dr. Fauci's essay is part of This I Believe, a series of personal essays about core values and beliefs - a contemporary version of Edward R. Murrow's landmark 1950s project.

"It allows me to try and help alleviate the suffering of humankind," Dr. Fauci says of his work researching HIV/AIDS. He describes how taking personal responsibility can - and does - improve society. Dr. Fauci, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He advises the White House and other government agencies on the global AIDS crisis and threats related to bioterrorism.

Dr. Fauci writes, "when I chose to concentrate on AIDS in the 1980s, many of my colleagues thought I was misguided to be focusing all of my attention on what was then considered 'just a gay man's disease.' But I felt that this was my destiny and was perfectly matched to my training. I knew deep down that this was going to become a public health catastrophe. I am committed to confronting the enormity of this global public health catastrophe and its potential for even greater devastation."

Dr. Fauci joins an impressive list of essayists who have contributed to This I Believe since it made its premiere April 4. Participants have included former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris, authors John Updike and Isabel Allende, psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison, and physicist Brian Greene. This I Believe also features essays chosen from thousands of NPR listeners who have answered the call to submit essays describing their personal beliefs.

During its original run in the 1950s, Murrow's This I Believe launched a national dialogue about core values and beliefs. The contemporary version covers 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 essays 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, This I Believe essays have ranked among the top e-mailed stories on npr.org. To find a local station, listen to past essays or to submit an essay, please visit www.npr.org/thisibelieve.

NPR is renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news and entertainment programming. A privately supported, non-profit, membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of 26 million Americans each week in partnership with more than 780 public radio stations. International partners in cable, satellite and short-wave services make NPR programming accessible anywhere in the world. With original online content and audio streaming, npr.org offers hourly newscasts, special features and eight years of archived audio and information.

This I Believe is a collaboration between NPR and This I Believe, Inc., Dan Gediman and Jay Allison, producers.

This I Believe is partially funded by Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, which is the nation's third largest Personal Lines Property & Casualty insurance group.