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.


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You can now purchase audio downloads of individual essays!

Over the past nine years, we have broadcast hundreds of episodes of the This I Believe series, but only a handful of them were available as audio downloads through third-parties. Now you can download nearly every This I Believe essay ever broadcast, including many of the most popular essays from Edward R. Murrow's original 1950s radio series. You can find them on sale at our This I Believe Store.


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The Stories We Tell, The Stories We Are
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Even if the last time you thought about poetry was in high school, you probably have a favorite poem. Perhaps you can even recite it. To celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture, schools, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the U.S. come together every April to celebrate this written art form. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we hope you’ll click the links below to read how these essayists have found their beliefs in poetry.

  1. The Making Of Poems
  2. I Believe in Poetry
  3. I Wish I Could Believe
  4. Poetry or Pie?
  5. The Most Accessible Form of Poetry

In Your Community

This I Believe in Your Community

Mental health agency Porter-Starke Services, based in Valparaiso, Indiana, received a national Best Practices Honor from the American Psychological Association for the company’s work in creating a psychologically healthy workplace. The award recognizes The Inspiration Project, a community-focused This I Believe project inviting employees to share essays of their core values and beliefs. "We wanted to give life to the words of our mission, vision, and values," said Rocco Schiralli, Porter-Starke president and CEO. Click here and 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.