This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 125,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, have been archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

This I Believe: Philadelphia

Click here to pre-order our next book, This I Believe: Philadelphia, an anthology of essays from the birthplace of the original This I Believe radio series. With 30 essays from that series and 30 contemporary essays, the book will be published in October, but you can order now!


width=Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Water understands civilization well,” but how well do we understand water? Until we travel to other parts of the world or experience a drought or water main break, we tend to take water for granted. Click here to take a moment to appreciate the importance of water by reading the thoughts of these essayists.

1950s Essay: Gilbert F. White

width= Gilbert F. White, known as the “father of floodplain management," spent his career studying nature. And he found that whether he explored a small nearby stream or the larger mysteries of space, he felt a sense of order and divine direction in the physical universe. Click here to hear him read his essay, as was broadcast in the 1950s.

Top 100 Essays USB Drive

This 8 GB USB drive contains 100 of the top This I Believe audio broadcasts of the last ten years, plus some favorites from Edward R. Murrow's radio series of the 1950s. It can be loaded into your computer, your mobile device, or plugged straight into your car in order to listen to a wide variety of inspiring essays, as read by their author. Perfect for personal or classroom use! Click here to learn more.

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