Fifties

The essays in this category were recorded and broadcast between 1951 and 1954.

March 5, 2018

Roll Away the Stone

Even in the face of possible nuclear war, Nobel Prize-winning writer Pearl S. Buck finds her faith in humanity to be stronger than ever, and believes that cooperation can solve the world’s problems.
February 26, 2018

Nana Lit the Beacons

Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche had a "poor and hard life," having lost both of his parents as a young child. But he was raised by his grandmother, a woman of principle, who taught Bunche the simple lessons that became the foundation of his beliefs.
February 19, 2018

All Or Nothing

Long-time NAACP Executive Secretary and civil rights activist Walter White was inspired by his parents as well as Jesus and Gandhi to believe in upholding moral principles and committing to human equality.
November 27, 2017

I Don’t Play to the Grandstand

The late Baseball Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr believed in what he called “doing good in order to deserve good.” The former Red Sox second baseman said he’d rather do things that help his teammates and his family succeed instead of simply benefiting himself. He passed away on November 13, 2017.
April 30, 2017

An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein finds beauty in life's mysteries, and says the fate of mankind depends on individuals choosing public service over private gain.
May 16, 2016

Nobody Can Walk the Trail Alone

From the 1950s series, bestselling writer Louise Dickinson Rich tells how a family tragedy challenged her notions of strength and independence. But when she accepted the help of her neighbors, Rich found a greater connection to humanity.
October 26, 2015

Living at the Science-Religion Interface

Theodor Benfey is a scientist who believes the fields of both science and religion must stay open in searching for truth. Benfey believes that God is the ultimate force of truth and that love is the path of the self to God, so therefore, he finds that it is love that binds him to God and the ultimate truth.
October 19, 2015

An Athlete of God

Legendary choreographer Martha Graham believes that dancing—like living—may look easy, but actually requires years of constant practice to achieve a sense of one's own being and a satisfaction of spirit.
March 14, 2015

Ideals Don’t Bend

Tony-award–winning actress Uta Hagen had been placed on the Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s, a time which she refers to as the "unreal" part of her life. In looking at the source of her strength and ideals, she found that the great artists and thinkers helped her be true to herself and "fight the good fight."