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.

Stepfamilies

The Idea of Wilderness
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Blended marriages can create unique challenges for stepchildren and stepparents. But the rewards can be as powerful and as strong as any familial relationship. Please click the links below to read how these essayists navigated the tricky waters of their blended families.

  1. The Second-Hardest Job
  2. The Measure of a Man
  3. The Blessings of Step
  4. The Addams Family as a Role Model
  5. Imperfections: The Beauty of Life

In Your Community

This I Believe in Your Community

As part of the Pearl of the Concho Writing Project at Angelo State University in Texas, teen writers enjoyed a two-week writing camp with the theme "The Story of My Life." Teachers Shanna Saverance and Sandy Pedersen guided students through the personal memoir genre, encouraging them to think deeply about who they are and what they believe. The students found the This I Believe essay to be a challenge, but Ms. Saverance says, “the results of their efforts are quite impressive.”

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