This I Believe is a national media project engaging people in writing, sharing, and discussing the core values and beliefs that guide their daily lives. NPR airs these three-minute essays on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.
Being Content with Myself
May 7, 2007 · Massachusetts teenager Kamaal Majeed believes that being content with himself and defining his own life are more important than aligning with any racial stereotypes that his peers may try to force upon him.
An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man
April 30, 2007 · 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. NPR's Robert Krulwich reads the scientist's essay.
As I Grow Old
April 23, 2007 · David Greenberger has made a career of talking with old people and sharing their stories in books, magazines and CDs. He believes the elderly friends he's made over time are teaching him how to grow old.
That Golden Rule Thing
April 16, 2007 · Craigslist founder Craig Newmark turned an online forum of ads and discussion boards into a virtual community. He believes its citizens are trustworthy and usually abide by "that Golden Rule thing."
The Deeper Well of Memory
April 9, 2007 · Watching her mother battle Alzheimer's, Christine Cleary feared she might one day forget things she holds dear, including her own late husband. Now Cleary believes memory is more about heart than mind.
To Thine Own Self Be True
April 2, 2007 · On his deathbed, Judith Jamison's father told her to "be good." The acclaimed dancer and choreographer believes upholding her father's dying wish means she must be open, honest and true to herself.
My Personal Leap of Faith
March 26, 2007 · As an engineer, Bill Nunan thought the laws of nature govern the universe. But his faith told him God was in control. Now Nunan believes there is a place for both God and science in his spiritual life.
The Person I'm Supposed to Be
March 19, 2007 · For nearly 20 years, software developer Andy Blowers has battled depression. He now believes depression is encouraging him to shed his weaknesses and become the person he is supposed to be.
The Guts to Keep Going
March 12, 2007 · Amy Lyles Wilson helped her newly widowed mother adjust to life alone, teaching her how to do things her father had always done. It inspired Wilson's belief in "gutsy, wrinkled broads" who have the courage to carry on.
A Potential for Brutality
March 5, 2007 · Growing up in China near the end of the Cultural Revolution, Yinong Young-Xu witnessed cruelty and violence. Now in the U.S., he believes he must avoid exercising the brutality he learned as a child.
Creating Our Own Happiness
February 26, 2007 · Wayne Coyne is singer and guitarist for The Flaming Lips, an indie-rock band he founded. Coyne believes happiness isn't a cosmic coincidence, but something we have the power to make within ourselves.
February 19, 2007 · Lena Winkler is juggling five kids, medical school and a pending divorce. She believes keeping a tradition she learned in Eastern Europe can help her and her family through these challenging times.
There Is No Blame; There Is Only Love
February 12, 2007 · When Ann Karasinski discovered her daughter was a heroin addict, she struggled to understand how it happened. Instead of answers, Karasinski found a belief that helps her continue to love her daughter.
A Way to Honor Life
February 5, 2007 · Nurse Cortney Davis frequently encounters grief. For years, she sought to counter it with cheer and consolation, but now she believes grief is to be embraced as a way of honoring of the fragility of life.
Listening Shows Me the Way
January 29, 2007 · Wade Rathke's life is centered on taking action: organizing people into unions and advocacy groups. But he believes that one of his most valuable skills is decidedly less action-oriented: listening.