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This week’s essayPlaywright Elise Forier Edie knows her recovery from addiction will be difficult as she battles feelings of arrogance and control, fear and helplessness. But Edie believes she has found a way to start her journey by focusing on this one moment in time. Click here to read her essay.
Published March 15, 2010
For the original version of This I Believe, host Edward R. Murrow invited a number of classical music artists to share their beliefs. Their essays reach beyond their profession to explore their thoughts about the world of the 1950s. Click the links below to hear what these musicians had to say.
Published January 4, 2010
With the arrival of the New Year, we are looking back and taking stock of the old year. 2009 included some wonderful essays about tolerance, forgiveness, creativity and more. We hope you enjoy revisiting some of the beliefs presented in the past year.
- On NPR:
- Inviting the World to Dinner
- Finding Freedom in Forgiveness
- The Beatles Live On
- I Am Still The Greatest
- Saying Thanks To My Ghosts
Published April 13, 2009
Catherine Royce led an active life: she was a dancer, theater manager and deputy arts commissioner for the city of Boston. But in 2003, she was diagnosed in ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Even as the illness took a toll on her body, Catherine continued to write using a microphone and voice recognition software – and that’s how she composed her essay for This I Believe in 2006. Catherine died on March 30, a date she selected by choice. We offer this tribute to Catherine from her neighbor, NPR science reporter Richard Knox. You can also read Catherine’s This I Believe essay.
Published February 1, 2009
February marks the 200th anniversary of naturalist Charles Darwin’s birth, and 2009 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of his “On the Origin of Species.” Several essayists from the original This I Believe series were influenced by the theory of evolution, including Darwin’s own grandson. Click the links below to read how these writers balanced science, faith and belief.
Published January 27, 2009
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of novels, short stories, and poetry wrote an essay for This I Believe in April 2005. In his statement, Updike found his beliefs grounded in religious faith, the ideals of democracy, and the power of creative writing.
Published January 2, 2008
With the arrival of the New Year, we are looking back and taking stock of the old year. 2007 included some wonderful essays about life, love, war, home, the environment and more. We hope you enjoy revisiting some of the beliefs that were featured in the past year.
Published April 11, 2000
Most everyone says they’re for justice even if we can’t always agree on what exactly constitutes it. Is justice best defined morally or legally? How much is it rooted in fairness and equity? Who deserves it and who dispenses it? Click the links below to read how these essayists struggled with these questions as they developed their beliefs.