April 25, 2005 Chicago Public Radio listener MK Czerwiec put pen to paper to draw a cartoon about the challenges of writing a This I Believe essay. You can find everything else on the Web -- why not beliefs?
April 25, 2005 Now in his 90s, legendary radio writer Norman Corwin finds inspiration in simple acts of kindness and common courtesy. He sees in them the power to build a stronger democracy and a better world.
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April 18, 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike explores the roots of his beliefs and finds them grounded in religious faith, the ideals of democracy and the power of creative writing.
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April 11, 2005 Gen. Colin Powell believes America today is similar to the one that welcomed his immigrant parents 80 years ago -- a country based on openness, freedom and democracy for its citizens and visitors.
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April 4, 2005 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.
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April 4, 2005 From an essay broadcast in 1953, Katherine Bottigheimer of Louisville, Kentucky, tells how an elderly cousin influenced her to commit her adult life to hard work and public service.
April 4, 2005 Jay Allison hosts an updated version of the 1950s radio project, designed to encourage listeners to develop respect for beliefs different from their own. Listen to the introduction.
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April 4, 2005 In 1951, radio pioneer Edward R. Murrow asked Americans from all walks of life to share their most fundamental and closely held beliefs. It was an extraordinarily successful series.
April 4, 2005 From 1955, President Harry Truman explains the beliefs that shaped his two decades of public service and encourages Americans to correct the remaining imperfections in our democracy.
April 4, 2005 In 1952, acclaimed Hollywood director John Cromwell used his This I Believe essay as an opportunity to write a letter to his young son. It expresses a loving fathers good counsel and fervent hopes for his child.
April 4, 2005 From 1951, writer and editor Norman Cousins says man is both good and evil, selfish and altruistic. He appeals to our intelligence and conscience to improve humanity and create a safer world.
April 4, 2005 From 1952, actress Helen Hayes explains that in spite of her theatrical success, it took the death of her daughter to teach her the interdependence of humanity and the need for more compassion.
April 4, 2005 As a 16-year-old, Elizabeth Deutsch was still exploring different religions and philosophies. From an essay broadcast in 1954, she discusses her questions, doubts and search for beliefs to guide her as an adult.
April 4, 2005 Helen Keller learned to communicate through the eyes and ears of others after a fever left her deaf and blind as an infant. The author, activist and lecturer discusses her vision of faith, from an essay broadcast in 1951.
April 4, 2005 In 1947, Jackie Robinson pioneered the integration of American professional athletics by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball. From an essay recorded in 1952, he discusses his fight against prejudice.
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