This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 100,000 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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When Kara Gebhart Uhl was faced with a decision of being honest or being kind, she chose to be honest. Later, she came to believe that it's possible to be both at the same time.
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This I Believe has reached into many classrooms—including some located within county jails and state prisons. Incarceration provides ample time to consider one’s beliefs, and a number of prisoners have shared their essays with us. Click the links below for a sampling.
At the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky, Katie Weible’s senior acting students created a workshop production based on This I Believe. Students started by writing and sharing their own essays, then proceeded to interview more than 75 people in their community, including a homeless person, a grocery store clerk, and a Congressman. After several months of working on the documentary-style theater piece, students said they became a “family” and developed a deeper respect for the beliefs of their peers.
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