Special Features

November 21, 2016

The Middle Ground

Whether it’s good versus evil, us against them, left versus right, paper or plastic, regular or decaf, we seem to live in an age that values polarization. But whatever happened to the good old middle ground, the place where diverse...
September 13, 2016

A Look into the Cosmos

As the spacecraft rover Curiosity sends us new photos of Mars, humanity is pondering the nature of life and the origins of the universe. By making a study of the heavens, these essayists also found inspiration for their beliefs. Click...
September 4, 2016

Second Chances

Whether you call it a do-over or a mulligan, the philosophy of the second chance has saved many a sports endeavor, homework assignment, career, or relationship. To move beyond the mistake or failure and start fresh is an opportunity for...
August 25, 2016

Murrow’s Boys

Throughout his storied career at CBS, Edward R. Murrow hired a number of acclaimed producers and reporters, including William L. Shirer (pictured here with Murrow). This group came to be known as Murrow’s Boys. Several of these journalists also contributed...
August 12, 2016

Essays from China

Just like in the United States, teachers in China have asked their students to write This I Believe essays. The hopes and passions of these students are evident, even as they write in a second language. Click the links below...
August 4, 2016

Decency

Some may choose to dwell on the unfortunate evils of existence, but others -- these writers among them -- prefer to note the essentially good and decent side of humanity. Whether it be found in the simple gesture of holding...
July 28, 2016

Thunderstorms

The hot, thick air of summer provides the perfect breeding ground for thunderstorms. And in the driving rain and brilliant lightning, some people find the flash of inspiration. Click the links below to read what these essayists believe about summer...
July 20, 2016

Lessons From Our Parents

What do parents hope to teach their children? Not the “sit up straight” or “eat your vegetables” messages, but the deeper lessons for a life well-lived. Click the links below to read the messages these parents are passing from one...
May 16, 2016

Kindness

It's amazing the effect that one simple act of kindness can have both on the giver and the receiver. Greeting a stranger with "hello" or letting a fellow driver merge ahead of you may not change the world, but it...