Historical Archives Fifty years ago, millions of Americans sat by their radios and listened to This I Believe. For five minutes each day, they heard from statesmen and secretaries, teachers and cab drivers, all of whom spoke about their most deeply held beliefs. Below are just a few of the original essays from the 1950s.

Gediman explores the 'This I Believe' archives.

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Our Awareness Controls Human Destiny

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A Hope For Bettering Humanity

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Smith reads her "This I Believe" essay.

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Looking at Life Through Another's Eyes

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Offering a Helping Hand to One's Fellow Sufferers

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