October 15, 2008 In 1953 at the height of McCarthyism, Sen. Margaret Chase Smith recorded a statement for Edward R. Murrow's This I Believe program. Her essay expressed her belief in freedom of speech and warned against demagogues who threatened American security.
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January 11, 2006 From 1951, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas encourages a return to the faith of his father's generation. He believes spiritual values, not material ones, can guide America through troubling times.
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January 4, 2006 From 1953, legendary choreographer Martha Graham believes that living -- like dancing -- requires practice to achieve a sense of one's being and a satisfaction of spirit.
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May 28, 2005 From 1954, 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.
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May 26, 2005 From circa 1951: Sociologist and educator Charles S. Johnson tells how faith, morality and empathy helped lift his family from slavery and influence his own work for social justice in the United States.
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May 19, 2005 From the 1950s series, Marty Mann describes how her battles with alcoholism and depression forced her to open herself up to those around her, and led her to help other people who suffered with addiction.
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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 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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