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January 19, 2006

Former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher To Offer Personal Essay on This I Believe Segment On All Things Considered, January 23

Essay Examines How His Role in 1980 Iran Hostage Negotiations Led to Belief in the Importance of Relying on Others

Washington, D.C. - In the This I Believe segment airing on All Things Considered on January 23, former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher shares how his involvement in the 1980 negotiations to release American hostages in Iran has taught him the value of relying on others.

The NPR weekly series This I Believe is a contemporary version of Edward R. Murrow's landmark 1950s project.

Grounded in his experience of successfully negotiating the release of 52 Americans held hostage, Christopher believes that people must rely on the "good faith and judgment of others." Christopher details how the situation forced him to rely on someone with whom he had never worked with before, the Algerian Foreign Minister, to accurately communicate his message to the Iranians. Additionally, Christopher emphasizes the increasing importance of "cooperative action among nations" as technology and terrorism grow.

Born in Scranton, North Dakota, Christopher has served as a U.S Supreme Court law clerk, U.S. Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and U.S. Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton. Currently, Christopher teaches at UCLA and is Senior Partner at the legal firm of O'Melveny & Myers.

Christopher joins an impressive list of well-known essayists who have contributed to the series since it made its premiere April 4; they include former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Senator John McCain; Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates; magician Penn Jillette; activist Gloria Steinem; author John Updike; psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison and scientist Brian Greene. While many newsmakers are invited to submit essays, Christopher submitted his essay through the series' website, along with nearly 10,000 other NPR listeners.

This I Believe essay writing has been incorporated into the activities of schools, community groups, places of worship and even birthday celebrations, and essays have also been read or played at weddings and funerals. The series is a collaboration between NPR and This I Believe, Inc., Dan Gediman and Jay Allison, producers.

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