Special Features

Super Tuesday

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In the U.S., today is known as Super Tuesday, a day when citizens of 13 states and one territory go to the polls in the presidential primaries. Today we are showcasing the This I Believe essays of seven individuals who have run for president of the United States.

  1. Principles of the Republic
  2. There Is No Job More Important Than Parenting
  3. The People Know
  4. The Willingness to Work for Solutions
  5. Dictators Cannot Kill It
  6. Standing Fast in Liberty
  7. The Virtues of the Quiet Hero

Gray Hair and Wrinkles

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There is much to be said about youthful exuberance and being young at heart. However, many people find that aging brings a certain kind of wisdom, peace of mind, and certainty of self. Click the links below to read how some essayists feel about growing older.

  1. Wrinkles
  2. A Birthday Reminder
  3. Gray Hairs and Wrinkles
  4. The Beauty of Aging
  5. The Beauty Pop Culture Fails to Notice

GRAMMY Award Winners

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From classical to rap, country to pop, music holds a special place in our hearts and memories. For those who make music, there are GRAMMY awards. Click the links below to hear the beliefs of these GRAMMY-Award-winning musicians.

  1. A Musician of Many Cultures by Yo-Yo Ma
  2. The Mountain Disappears by Leonard Bernstein
  3. Music Makes Me Come Alive by Joan Tower
  4. The Learning Curve of Gratitude by Mary Chapin Carpenter
  5. Creating Our Own Happiness by Wayne Coyne
  6. How Do You Believe In A Mystery by Loudon Wainwright III
  7. Doing Things My Own Way by Bela Fleck

The Year In Review—2015

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It’s the beginning of a new year, and we at This I Believe are looking back at some of the most inspiring personal stories we featured in 2015. Click on the links below to revisit some of the most memorable essays from last year.

  1. Moving Beyond Stereotypes
  2. Less Is More
  3. The Grilled Cheese Principle
  4. Misspelling the Word “Of”
  5. Greetings
  6. Getting Lost
  7. Love Without Requirement

Reflections on Giving

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We can give with our money, we can give of our time, we can give with a smile and an open heart. In this season of giving, our essayists offer their beliefs on the importance of connecting and sharing with each other. Happy holidays from This I Believe.

  1. In Giving I Connect With Others
  2. Here Comes (the Real) Santa Claus
  3. All The Joy The World Contains
  4. Why I Close My Restaurant
  5. The Designated Celebrator

Religion and the Holidays

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Our world comprises much religious diversity. Yet regardless of our faith and its rituals, we all have the opportunity to care for one another, especially at this time of year. Click the links below to read how these essayists have embraced and been embraced by spiritual differences.

  1. The Space Between Us
  2. The Virtues of the Quiet Hero
  3. Expressing True Faith
  4. In the Spirit of Peace and Joy
  5. The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

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“December 7, 1941: A day which will live in infamy.” Seventy-four years after President Roosevelt spoke these words, we still remember the attack on Pearl Harbor and how the events of that day changed the world forever. Click the links below to read essays in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

  1. To Live with Uncertainty
  2. Word of Honor
  3. I Never Stopped Believing
  4. The Luckiest Generation
  5. Everyone Deserves Respect

Adoption

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November is National Adoption Month, and many organizations around the U.S. are working to bring awareness to the creation of families through adoption. Whether domestic or international, open or closed, adoption provides an opportunity for children and parents to find their “forever” families. Click the links below to learn how adoption has inspired belief among these essayists.

  1. Grabbing the Baton
  2. The Bond Between Mother and Child
  3. Becoming a Parent Is a Gift
  4. The Power of Love to Transform and to Heal
  5. Considering Adoption

Teaching

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Many say that teaching is the most noble profession in the world. And a lot of teachers also say it’s the world’s hardest. Teaching can be fun and invigorating, challenging and exhausting, all at the same time. To celebrate National Education Week, click the links below to learn how teaching has inspired lifelong beliefs for these essayists.

  1. A Taste of Success
  2. You Can Get There From Here
  3. I Believe in Change
  4. This Is Why I Teach
  5. The Teacher

Jury Duty

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How do you react when a jury summons arrives in your mailbox? Do you dread the thought of sitting in the jury pool, or do you welcome the opportunity to play a crucial role in our system of justice? Click the links below to discover what these essayists believe about jury duty.

  1. The Importance of Jury Duty
  2. A Gift From Our Democracy
  3. To Escape Or Embrace Jury Duty
  4. Willful Ignorance