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, are 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.

News

You can now purchase audio downloads of individual essays!

Did you know that you can download your favorite This I Believe essays as audio files? There are hundreds available for instant download, including many of the most popular essays from Edward R. Murrow's original 1950s radio series. You can find them at our This I Believe Store.

Podcasts

Sign up for our free, weekly podcast of featured essays now airing on The Bob Edwards Show. You can download recent episodes individually, or subscribe to automatically receive each podcast. Learn more.

Thunderstorms

Finding Out What's Under Second Base
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The hot, thick air of summer provides the perfect breeding ground for thunderstorms. And in the driving rain and brilliant lightning, some people find the flash of inspiration. Click the links below to read what these essayists believe about summer storms.

  1. Discovery in a Thunderstorm
  2. Behold the Power of Storms
  3. The Storms That Define Our Lives
  4. Heaven’s Light
  5. A Part of the Magic

In Your Community

This I Believe in Your Community

Incoming freshmen at Northern Arizona University are being asked to read This I Believe in hopes that the students will find relatable voices and be encouraged to explore and refine their own core values as they navigate their new surroundings. Students will have opportunities to build community with their new classmates, as well as participate in discussions, lectures, and a visit from the book’s co-editor, Dan Gediman, this fall. Click here to learn more.

Click here to explore activities in other communities.

Learn more about This I Believe resources available to your school or community.