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The People Who Love You When No One Else Will

Cecile Gilmer - Logan, Utah
As heard on All Things Considered, March 6, 2006

When her biological family fell apart, Cecile Gilmer found a new family. She believes the love and kindness these chosen “relatives” gave her allowed her to become an open and loving person.

A Daily Walk Just to Listen

Susan Cosio - Sacramento, California
As heard on All Things Considered, October 2, 2006

As a hospital chaplain, parent and writer, Susan Cosio often finds her life filled with responsibilities and distractions. But she believes the quiet time of a daily walk helps her stay connected to God.

A Shared Moment of Trust

Warren Christopher - Los Angeles, California
As heard on All Things Considered, January 23, 2006

Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher negotiated international treaties and the release of hostages. He believed diplomacy—and life—work best when people trust and depend on one another.

A Duty To Heal

Pius Kamau - Aurora, Colorado
As heard on Morning Edition, January 16, 2006

Growing up in Kenya, Pius Kamau was inspired by the equality preached by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now a surgeon in Denver, Kamau believes in caring for his patients, whatever their racial views.

There Is No Such Thing As Too Much Barbecue

Jason Sheehan - Denver, Colorado
As heard on All Things Considered, May 29, 2006

Restaurant critic Jason Sheehan has a passion for barbecue with all the homemade fixings on the side. He believes barbecue unites us, comforts us and is the only thing he can’t get enough of.

The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do

Mary Cook - Juneau, Alaska
As heard on Morning Edition, January 30, 2006

As a hospice volunteer, Mary Cook shares in the grief of others. But it was her own loss that taught her how to heal. She believes that recovering from grief requires not a battle, but surrender.

A Balance Between Nature And Nurture

Gloria Steinem - New York, New York
As heard on NPR’s 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.

The Virtues of the Quiet Hero

John McCain - Washington, District of Columbia
As heard on the This I Believe podcast, March 1, 2016

As a Naval aviator, Congressman, and parent, John McCain has been guided by a belief in honor, faith, and service. They are values he tries to model for his children and future generations of Americans.

Have I Learned Anything Important Since I Was Sixteen?

Elizabeth D. Earle - Ithaca, New York
As heard on the This I Believe podcast, February 22, 2016

As a teenager more than 50 years ago, Elizabeth Deutsch Earle wrote an essay for the original This I Believe series. Now, she reflects on her life as a scientist, wife, and mother to see how her beliefs have evolved.

Be Cool to the Pizza Dude

Sarah Adams - Port Orchard, Washington
As heard on NPR's All Things Considered, May 16, 2005

We know them. We depend on them. We call them out on cold, rainy nights. Now, college professor Sarah Adams tells us why her life philosophy is built around being cool to the pizza delivery dude.