This I Believe - Rhode Island

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This I Believe RI with Frederic Reamer
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Hosted by Frederic Reamer  |  Podcast Available HERE

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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Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Empathy

Sometimes in life we learn remarkably important lessons from unlikely sources.  Perhaps a passing comment from a taxicab driver that resonates in profound ways.  An eye-opening anecdote shared by the stranger in the adjacent airplane seat.  Or the spur-of-the-moment comment made by the new neighbor who’s out walking her dog as we’re weeding the garden.  Isn’t it wonderful how these surprise moments in our lives have the capacity to teach us true life lessons?  And that’s what happened to Jill Pfitzenmayer.

 

Jill Pfitzenmayer is vice president for the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence at the Rhode Island Foundation. A licensed psychologist, she also works with adults in private practice.

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Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Graduation

Tell the truth.  How many of you can recall the names of your graduation or commencement speakers?  Most likely, many of us just came up empty.  Perhaps graduates let their minds drift during these all-too-predictable speeches.  Or they reflect on precious memories that are bound to fade, or fantasize about our uncertain futures.  How many of us really focused on the graduation speaker’s skillfully crafted words?  Well, graduation season is fast approaching.  Listen very carefully to a very unusual graduation speech imagined by Sarah Morenon.

Sarah Morenon went to the University of Rhode Island at age 40 to get a library masters degree to become a school librarian. She lives in Providence with her husband and has three grown children.

Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Father's Love

Is it really possible to say something about love that hasn’t already been said?  Our lives have been saturated with thousands of love poems, love stories, and love scripts played out on stage and screen.  Yet every once in awhile we hear a fresh take on the subject, as in this well-timed essay by Kelly Vail, whose words anticipate the Father’s Day that’s just around the corner.

Kelly Vail grew up in Franklin, Massachusetts and is a senior majoring in management at Providence College.

Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Becoming a Teenager

Ah, the joys of growing up.  Looming independence.  Escaping the clutches of parental supervision.  Pursuing one’s dreams, no matter how fanciful.  And then, of course, reality manages to rear its head.  As the playwright Tom Stoppard said, “Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.”  But the wisest among us learn that even the dashed dreams of our lives as they unfold offer opportunities for wisdom, as we hear from a remarkably insightful 13-year-old, Jacob Wassouf.

Jacob Wassouf is a seventh grade student at the Gordon School in East Providence.  Jacob lives with his family in Bristol and reports that he recently completed his very first novel.

Local Features
7:27 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Stories

Every one of us has a story - make that lots of stories - that define who we are. There are those life-altering events during childhood, perhaps our first love or our first heartbreak, or the stories that come out of our adult lives that are so very complex. Some of us are eager to share our stories with anyone who will listen, but as Bill Harley reflects in this encore essay, others of us are much more quiet about the stories that shape our lives.

 

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy award-winning artist who uses song and story to paint a vibrant picture of growing up, schooling, and family life. A longtime commentator for NPR's news program "All Things Considered" and recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote, speaker.

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