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Unleashing the Power of Creativity and Intelligence

Bill Gates - Redmond, Washington
As heard on All Things Considered, September 19, 2005

Bill Gates founded Microsoft on the dream of putting a computer in every home and office. He says he built his company on the belief that technology, creativity and intelligence can change the world.

Finding Prosperity by Feeding Monkeys

Harold Taw - Seattle, Washington
As heard on All Things Considered, November 14, 2005

Forget the cake and presents. Listener Harold Taw has his own unique birthday tradition – one prescribed by a Burmese monk. By faithfully following it, Taw believes he’s helped his family to prosper.

There Is No God

Penn Jillette - Las Vegas, Nevada
As heard on Morning Edition, November 21, 2005

As half of the magic act Penn and Teller, Penn Jillette enjoys challenging his audiences with the unconventional. In stating his personal credo, Jillette finds liberation in believing there is no God.

The Connection Between Strangers

Miles Goodwin - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
As heard on All Things Considered, May 1, 2006

Returning home from a tour of duty in the Vietnam War, Miles Goodwin was touched by the compassion of a 10-year-old girl. Now an attorney in Milwaukee, Goodwin believes in giving kindness to strangers.

In Praise of the 'Wobblies'

Ted Gup - Cleveland, Ohio
As heard on Morning Edition, September 12, 2005

For years, journalist Ted Gup wasn’t sure what he believed, and he felt uncomfortable in the company of people who freely shared their firm beliefs. Now he accepts his own uncertainty as a good thing.

The Artistry In Hidden Talents

Mary Ellen Rusnov - Woodbury, Connecticut
As heard on All Things Considered, February 6, 2006

You may not know it, but the person in the adjoining cubicle could be a singer, a dancer or a painter. A civil engineer by trade but a pianist at heart, Mel Rusnov believes in cultivating hidden talents.

We Are Each Other's Business

Eboo Patel - Chicago, Illinois
As heard on Morning Edition, November 7, 2005

In high school, Eboo Patel failed to support a friend facing anti-Semitism. Now, the Chicago interfaith youth organizer believes honoring diversity means having the courage to actively speak up for it.

The Joy And Enthusiasm Of Reading

Rick Moody - Fishers Island, New York
As heard on Morning Edition, August 29, 2005

Rick Moody has built a life in words: in writing them for his books like “The Ice Storm,” and in reading them. He believes there is unlimited joy in opening a new book and delving into its story.

The Mysterious Connections That Link Us Together

Azar Nafisi - Baltimore, Maryland
As heard on Morning Edition, July 18, 2005

How do we open ourselves to the connections that can unite us even across racial, political or religious differences? Iranian-born writer Azar Nafisi finds the answer in a classic of American literature.

The Rule of Law

Michael Mullane - Fayetteville, Arkansas
As heard on Morning Edition, June 5, 2006

Professor and attorney Michael Mullane believes the rule of law must be upheld — even in times of threat and crisis. As fragile as it can be, Mullane says we are all protected by and accountable to the law.