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The Power of Presence

Debbie Hall - Escondido, California
As heard on All Things Considered, December 26, 2005

Psychologist Debbie Hall believes in being present with people. She says those intimate moments when we bear witness to a passage or help someone carry an emotional burden are vital in our busy world.

The Power And Mystery Of Naming Things

Eve Ensler - New York, New York
As heard on All Things Considered, March 20, 2006

The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler believes in speaking up. She says when we name the things that make us uncomfortable or afraid, then demons are faced, silences are broken, and freedom is won.

A Balance Between Nature And Nurture

Gloria Steinem - New York, New York
As heard on All Things Considered, August 22, 2005

In debating nature versus nurture, Gloria Steinem believes we are asking the wrong question. She says we are an unpredictable mix of both, a mix that creates endless possibilities for a better future.

Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day

Josh Rittenberg - New York, New York
As heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, February 27, 2006

What kind of world are we leaving younger generations? Manhattan teenager Josh Rittenberg says all parents worry about their children’s futures. But he believes he and his peers will see a better world.

The Power of Mysteries

Alan Lightman - Boston, Massachusetts
As heard on Morning Edition, January 2, 2006

Childhood wonder at the stars fueled Alan Lightman’s interest in science. Now an astrophysicist and novelist, Lightman believes our greatest creativity, in science and art, comes from awe at the unknown.

There Is More To Life Than My Life

Jamaica Ritcher - Turner, Australia
As heard on Day to Day, April 24, 2006

When the family cat dies, Jamaica Ritcher has to explain to her two-year-old daughter what happened. In searching for an explanation of death, Ritcher finds a belief to guide her life.

How Do You Believe in a Mystery

Loudon Wainwright III - Los Angeles, California
As heard on Morning Edition, June 19, 2006

Loudon Wainwright III has been writing songs for more than 40 years. He believes in the mystery that inspires the creation of a new song. But it’s not something Wainwright wants to think about too much.

Natural Links in a Long Chain of Being

Victor Davis Hanson - Selma, California
As heard on Morning Edition, December 19, 2005

Victor Hanson has grounded his life in the study of the Classics and in the land his family has farmed for six generations. By following in the footsteps of his ancestors, he believes he is never alone.

Disrupting My Comfort Zone

Brian Grazer - Beverly Hills, California
As heard on All Things Considered, June 26, 2006

With movies like A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to his credit, Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer could rest on his laurels. But that’s not for him. Grazer believes in disrupting his comfort zone.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Andrew Sullivan - Provincetown, Massachusetts
As heard on Morning Edition, July 4, 2005

Although born and raised in England, writer Andrew Sullivan turns to America’s Declaration of Independence to find his beliefs rooted in the principles of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”