Special Features

Planting Seeds


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This week marks the beginning of spring, and many gardeners have begun to plant seeds indoors in anticipation of the coming warmer days. For the essayists below, planting seeds—real or imagined—helps them look to a future harvest.

  1. The Simple Joys of Life
  2. We Are All Gardeners
  3. Sweet Pea Summer
  4. Mustard Seed
  5. Lessons Learned from Prairies

Writing Letters


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The U.S. Postal Service will soon end Saturday mail delivery in response to the decreased mailing habits of the digital age. But for many people, sending a postcard from vacation, selecting stationery for the perfect thank you note, or waiting by the mailbox for a “real” letter just can’t be matched. Click the links below to read what these essayists believe about the importance of hand-written correspondence.

  1. A Handshake In Thought
  2. Letters Lost
  3. The Act Of Giving Thanks
  4. You’ve Got Mail
  5. The Lost and Found Art of Letter Writing



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One simple act of kindness can have long-lasting positive effects on both the giver and the receiver. Greeting a stranger with “hello” or helping a stranger in need may not solve the world’s problems, but it can make living in that particular moment more pleasant. Here, we celebrate a variety of kind acts with this selection of essays from This I Believe: Life Lessons, which has just been released in paperback.

  1. The Power of Hello
  2. A Lesson I Hold Dear
  3. Opening the Door of Mercy
  4. Everyone Is Included
  5. Caring Makes Us Human

Be Mine


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Valentine’s Day is this week, and a lot of people will be buying flowers and chocolates for their sweethearts. But love is much bigger than the romantic variety. This week, we are featuring a selection of essays from our book, This I Believe: On Love, that illustrate the many other facets of this most fundamental human emotion.

  1. Sam’s Valentine
  2. Love on Aisle Three
  3. Love Like a Child
  4. A New Kind of Love
  5. Brotherly Love

2012 in Review


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It’s the dawn of a new year and time to reflect on the last twelve months. In 2012, we featured 52 new personal stories about the beliefs that matter most in our lives. We’ve included some wonderful essays about love, resilience, courage, parenthood, and more. Click on the links below to revisit some of the beliefs we’ve featured in the past year.

  1. Never Give Up
  2. My Time and Place Among the Cows
  3. Bessie Mae: Nobody Famous
  4. Evolution
  5. Peace Can Happen
  6. The Courage and the Strength



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You know them, the things that go bump in the night. Is it the wind, the house settling, or something more? Ghosts and spirits play prominent roles in the lives of many people and in a number of the world’s cultures. The work of these possibly otherworldly beings also inspires belief among those they touch. Click the links below to learn how.

  1. Saying Thanks To My Ghosts
  2. Life Is Infused With Magic
  3. It’s A Big Universe Out There
  4. Magic And Mystery
  5. My Ghosts Remind Me

Beliefs from the Campaign Trail


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As the campaign season rolls on and the candidates jockey for victory in November, we remember some politicians from the first half of the 20th Century. From governors to senators to former presidents, a number of political leaders recorded their statements of belief for the original This I Believe radio series. Please click the links below to hear and read what they believed.

  1. A Public Man
  2. Finding Security in Fundamental Freedoms
  3. The Only Way to Make a Friend
  4. The Roots of Our Progress
  5. The People Know
  6. Standing Fast in Liberty

Gone Fishing


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For many people, fishing is a sport. For others, it’s an excuse to spend some quiet time in nature. And for some people, fishing is a metaphor for life and a source of belief. Click the links below to read some fishing stories from This I Believe essayists.

  1. How Do You Believe in a Mystery
  2. The Power of Fishing
  3. Moby Dick Is Out There Somewhere
  4. No Place I’d Rather Be
  5. The Creel

After The Storm


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Once the thunderstorm, the hurricane, the tornado or the flood passes, the hard work of restoring “normal” life begins. Amidst the rubble of home and community, there are lessons to be found. Click the links below to explore the beliefs these essayists discovered in the wake of the storm.

  1. The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home
  2. From Devastation to Recovery
  3. A Different Kind of Hero
  4. Living Life to the Fullest
  5. The Power of Presence

Actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age


For the original version of This I Believe, host Edward R. Murrow invited a number of movie stars to share their beliefs with the listening audience. This roster of essayists included a number of legendary actresses working in Hollywood at that time, including Helen Hayes, Edith Evans and Barbara Stanwyck. Click the links below to hear what these leading ladies had to say.

  1. Faith Is Stronger Than Fear
  2. No Dream Is Impossible
  3. The Power of Good
  4. A Morning Prayer In A Little Church
  5. Freedom from Fear