This I Believe: Podcast

This I Believe: Podcast

Australia

People from all walks of life describe their personal philosophies in a brief essay.

Episodes

Priya Chandrasekaran: Cutting Our Grandmothers' Saris  

Following her grandmother’s death, Priya Chandrasekaran wondered what to do with the colorful silk saris she inherited. In deciding to make a quilt from them, Chandrasekaran believes she found a way to both honor her grandmother and create something new.

Rick Moody: The Joy and Enthusiasm of Reading  

Rick Moody has built a life in words: in writing them for his books like “The Ice Storm,” and in reading them. He believes there is unlimited joy in opening a new book and delving into its story.

Azar Nafisi: The Mysterious Connections That Link Us Together  

How do we open ourselves to the connections that can unite us even across racial, political or religious differences? Iranian-born writer Azar Nafisi finds the answer in a classic of American literature.

Mary Mrugalski: Made By Hand  

When Chicago journalist Mary Mrugalski was unmarried and pregnant, she baked bread. When her daughter fought a long illness, they worked the dough together. Mrugalski believes in the comfort and peace she gets from making bread with those she loves.

Michael Mullane: The Rule of Law  

Professor and attorney Michael Mullane believes the rule of law must be upheld — even in times of threat and crisis. As fragile as it can be, Mullane says we are all protected by and accountable to the law.

John Fountain: The God Who Embraced Me When Daddy Disappeared  

Journalism professor John W. Fountain was four years old when police took his abusive father away. His lifelong sorrow from living without a "daddy" was comforted by finding a new father – a spiritual father – in God. More stories at thisibelieve.org.

Phyllis Allen: Leaving Identity Issues to Other Folks  

For years, Phyllis Allen found her belief in the social movement of the times: from civil rights to Black Power. Now in her 50s, she is finally able to believe in the woman she is.

Seth Chalmer: A Father's Lectures  

When Seth Chalmer was an adolescent, he regularly endured numerous and lengthy lectures from his father. After relaying one particular story of an incident on the middle school playground, Chalmer got one of the shortest lectures ever, but the lesson within has lasted a lifetime. More at our website thisibelieve.org.

Jackie Lantry: The Power of Love to Transform and to Heal  

Several years ago, Jackie Lantry found herself in a Chinese hotel room with a terrified young boy. Today, her adopted son Luke is a happy member of her Massachusetts family thanks to the power of love. More programs at thisibelieve.org.

Ruth Kamps: Living Life With 'Grace And Elegant Treeness'  

After being transplanted from a vibrant city life to the isolation of a small town, retired school teacher Ruth Kamps found solace in nature and inspiration in the pine tree growing outside her kitchen window. More programs at thisibelieve.org.

Cecelia Munoz: Getting Angry Can Be a Good Thing  

For Cecilia Munoz, a childhood memory of anger has inspired a career in activism. She believes that early outrage fuels her work on behalf Hispanic immigrants for the National Council of La Raza. More programs at thisibelieve.org.

StudsTerkel: Community in Action  

Studs Terkel lived through and chronicled much of modern American history. He believes the positive changes brought by activist movements of the 20th Century came from people working together. More programs at thisibelieve.org.

Albert Einstein: An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man  

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. More programs at thisibelieve.org.

Bela Fleck: Doing Things My Own Way  

Musician Bela Fleck has gained critical acclaim for moving the banjo from its traditional roots into jazz and classical genres. He believes figuring out how to do things his own may made that possible. More programs at thisibelieve.org.

Debbie Hall: The Power of Presence  

Psychologist Debbie Hall believes in being present with people. She says those intimate moments when we bear witness to a passage or help someone carry an emotional burden are vital in our busy world. More programs at thisibelieve.org.

Eve Ensler: The Power And Mystery Of Naming Things  

The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler believes in speaking up. She says when we name the things that make us uncomfortable or afraid, then demons are faced, silences are broken, and freedom is won.

Elise Edie: Living in Manageable Moments  

Playwright Elise Forier Edie knows her recovery from addiction will be difficult as she battles feelings of arrogance and control, fear and helplessness. But Edie believes she has found a way to start her journey by focusing on this one moment in time.

Gloria Steinem: A Balance Between Nature And Nurture  

In debating nature versus nurture, Gloria Steinem believes we are asking the wrong question. She says we are an unpredictable mix of both, a mix that creates endless possibilities for a better future. More programs at thisibelieve.org.

David Adinaro: Connecting with My Patients  

Despite working in one of the busiest hospital emergency rooms in New Jersey, Dr. David Adinaro believes he must make time to fulfill more than just the medical needs of his patients. He also wants to comfort them with a simple act of human kindness. More programs at thisibelieve.org,

Tony Hawk: Do What You Love  

Tony Hawk has turned what many consider a childhood activity into a professional career. Now for Hawk, skateboarding is not only a job, it’s a means of expression and a foundation for personal belief. More programs at thisibelieve.org.

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