This I Believe - Rhode Island

Wednesday at 6:35 AM, 8:35 AM and 5:45 PM

Credit Scott Indermaur

Hosted by Frederic Reamer

Modeled on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow, This I Believe - Rhode Island, hosted by Frederic Reamer, is an effort to share the many stories of people of Rhode Island... the personal experiences that have helped form the opinions of your neighbors. This I Believe - Rhode Island is also an opportunity for you to share your own beliefs and experiences.

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Arts & Culture
12:04 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

This I Believe: Rooster

Providence, RI – For what seems like an eternity, we've been overwhelmed by a spate of bad news, what with a disastrous economy, terrifying terrorist attacks, swine flu, and sordid political scandals. Through it all, many of us struggle to find a reason to smile, to laugh out loud. Karen Lee Ziner wisely reminds us of the profound importance of humor in our lives.

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Arts & Culture
12:03 pm
Wed October 28, 2009

This I Believe: Bravery

Providence, RI – All of us have had terrifyingly stressful moments in our lives when we were not sure we had the strength, the intestinal fortitude to survive the crisis. Perhaps it was a genuine health scare, or receiving dreadful news about a loved one or a terrorist attack. Whatever the daunting challenge, what all of us hope, and want to believe, is that we have the courage to survive. Peter Mandel reflects on his very personal brush with bravery.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

This I Believe: September

Providence, RI – Try to imagine Rhode Island without Newport. It seems unthinkable, as if Juliet had no Romeo, or Fred Astaire had no Ginger Rogers. Newport is quintessential Rhode Island, vital threads in the Ocean State's rich fabric. Many of us know Newport best through the lens of summer, as we amble along the tranquil Cliff Walk or stroll through the vibrant harbor. But as Liz Doucette tells us, Newport's seasons have their own special rhythm.

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Arts & Culture
12:22 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

This I Believe: Books

Providence, RI – Stop for a moment and think about the books you've read that have changed your life - those remarkably compelling passages that stopped you in your tracks, the literary images that changed the way you understand the world, the thought-provoking dialogue that altered how you view yourself. I suspect that every one of us has at least a short list of life-changing books on that imaginary shelf. And that's especially true for Lisa Van Allsburg.

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Arts & Culture
12:25 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

This I Believe: A Century of Living

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Arts & Culture
12:27 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

This I Believe: Government

Providence, RI – It's no secret that for months we've been surrounded by intense, seemingly unending debate about health care reform, welfare reform, and myriad other forms of reform that strike at the heart of what it means to live in a civilized society. At their core, these controversies boil down to fundamental beliefs about the very purposes of government in our lives and the nature of civil liberty. Donald Breed shares his beliefs about what government truly means in his life.

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Arts & Culture
12:30 pm
Wed September 23, 2009

This I Believe: Supper

Providence, RI – For many of us, daily connection with family is at the center of our lives, the ballast that helps us navigate through life's complex and often unpredictable challenges. But it's not a clich to say that in modern times, we find it harder and harder to sustain these connections, what with our daunting job and social schedules, after-school calendars, electronic distractions. Mandy Twaddell reflects on her family's challenges . . . and . . . triumphs.

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Arts & Culture
12:32 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

This I Believe: Chance

Providence, RI – All of us have moments when we replay in our minds various times and events in our lives, wondering what would have happened had they not occurred, or had unfolded in some other way. Were these events meant to be? What if I handled those moments differently? Ben Castleman reflects on these times in his life, and on their profound meaning.

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Arts & Culture
12:33 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

This I Believe: Caution

Providence, RI – Most of us find that our perspectives change as we age. What was once a relatively trivial concern in our lives may begin to take on great meaning, or we may begin to relax about issues that once caused us great consternation and angst. Tom Doyle reflects on this very shift in his own life, and on its implications.

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Arts & Culture
12:35 pm
Wed September 2, 2009

This I Believe: Creativity

Providence, RI – One of the joys of spending time with children is the opportunity to witness their remarkable and spontaneous creativity - the kind of creativity that, sadly, seems to drift away from so many of us as we age. Jenny Peek lives in the world of children's creativity and shares her beliefs about what this should mean for all of us.

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