This I Believe - New England

Wednesday at 6:45 AM, 8:45 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 - New England, hosted by Frederic Reamer, is an effort to share the many stories of people of New England... the personal experiences that have helped form the opinions of your neighbors. This I Believe - New England is also an opportunity for you to share your own beliefs and experiences.

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This I Believe New England: Persistence

Jul 17, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Life is both fragile and unpredictable.  That we know.  No doubt all of us have dear friends and relatives whose lives changed in a flash as a result of a serious accident or health trauma.  Or maybe it's our own lives that pivoted without even a moment's notice.

This I Believe New England: Diversity

Jul 10, 2018
Scott Indermaur

What is it that draws so many of us to the Ocean State and keeps us here, even when opportunities elsewhere beckon?  In a word, community.  Somehow Rhode Island’s intimate and quirky scale, its mix of neighborhood and neighborhood characters – even with their sometimes rough edges – manage to pull us in and get ahold of us, a bit like flypaper.  For so many of us, Rhode Island’s complex richness seeps into our bones and, even with all its challenges, becomes part of who we are.  And that’s just what we hear from Karen Lee Ziner. 


Scott Indermaur

How often do we stop and notice – really notice – the symbols and structures that surround us and shape our understanding of the world?  

This I Believe New England: Spreading Hope

Jun 26, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Hope, true hope, can be so elusive.  The most fortunate among us are able to find it and hold tight, especially during life's inevitable moments of despair.  For some of us, hope is fleeting, slipping through our fingers much too fast.  For others, hope lingers and sustains us as we muddle through life's challenges.  In her book Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver wrote “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope.

This I Believe New England: Facing Demons

Jun 19, 2018
Scott Indermaur

How many of us have been tempted to rush to judgment when we come upon displays of ugly behavior, whether on the smartphone or television screen, during radio broadcasts, or up close and personal in our daily encounters?  We may wince when a spokesperson for the opposing political party opines in ways that seem completely irrational and designed to obfuscate.  Maybe we shriek when we're cut off by an aggressive driver, or curse when a neighbor blasts heavy metal music late into the night.

This I Believe New England: Living After Loss

Jun 13, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Those of us who have been blessed with long-term marriages or partners often wonder what life will be like if we outlive our mate.  Will I ever know happiness again? Can I survive on my own, without those all-too-familiar glances, comforting words, and embraces?  Might life lose its meaning?  Somehow, some way, most people manage to cope.  The gifted writer Anne Lamott put it so beautifully: "You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news.

Scott Indermaur

Perhaps it sounds trite to say that health crises produce much needed wake-up calls for those of us who need to make significant lifestyle adjustments.  But for many, this is a truism; there's nothing like awakening in an intensive care unit – surrounded by loved ones and scurrying professionals – to send that compelling and poignant message.  Dodging the proverbial health care bullet means that some of us get a second chance, often with a renewed sense of purpose.

This I Believe New England: Good News

May 29, 2018
Scott Indermaur

It's hard to know which metaphor to use to describe the daily onslaught of news.  Our radios, smartphones, smart speakers, televisions, laptops, and, yes, newspapers bring us an avalanche of gripping headlines and sordid details. Or is it a vortex, a deluge, or a whipsaw?  Perhaps it's all beginning to sound like a cliché.  The reality, of course, is that so many of us are drawn in, perhaps with some reluctance, because we feel compelled to know, to be informed, and, perhaps, to be entertained by what may seem at times to be political and journalistic theatrics.

This I Believe New England: Searching for Roots

May 22, 2018
Scott Indermaur

No doubt you've noticed the proliferation of companies that offer us the opportunity to trace our genealogical roots. This burgeoning phenomenon seems to tap into a fundamental wish that so many of us have to understand our ethnic, racial, religious, and geographical origins. 

This I Believe New England: Hospice Care

May 15, 2018
Scott Indermaur

It may seem all too hackneyed to say that death is a mysterious, often anxiety-producing, subject. The truth, of course, is that so many of us struggle to wrap our hearts and minds around the meaning of dying and death. When will I die?  How will I die?  Will I have the opportunity to choose to die on my terms? Some of us are able to confront these questions. Others of us shy away from them, whether for psychological, cultural, or spiritual reasons. Dr.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Mentoring

May 9, 2018

Today we feature two Rhode Islanders whose paths crossed by happenstance years ago and who have forged a remarkable relationship.  Rommy Morel spent his early years in the Dominican Republic, grew up in Providence, and now attends Rhode Island College.  Thomas Verdi is a 30-year veteran of the Providence Police Department, which he currently serves as Deputy Chief and Commander.  

Scott Indermaur

One of life's painful certainties is that we will lose our parents.  It is part of the natural order of existence.  Many of our parents leave us when they are deep into old age, the result of their bodies' inevitable decline.  But too often, parents leave us prematurely, following an unbidden and untimely illness or, perhaps, grim tragedy. 

This I Believe New England: Poems

Apr 24, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Words matter.  They matter a lot.  We string words together in myriad ways.  Sentences filled with compelling prose.  Catchy phrases that inspire us.  One-word exclamations, some of which are unprintable and can't be said on the air.  And then there's poetry: the exquisitely careful, often delicate, assemblage of words that linger together artfully in ways that are sometimes hard to anticipate when we try out their juxtaposition.  Robert Frost wrote, "I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew.

This I Believe New England: Seasons

Apr 17, 2018
Scott Indermaur

No doubt you have noticed how our lives ebb and flow, much like the seasons.  Both literally and figuratively we get to experience the wonder of stunningly beautiful spring days and the bitter assault delivered by the occasional winter blizzard.  Such is life.  Indeed, seasons seem to be able to teach us so much about coping with life's inevitable ups and downs, including its bittersweet moments.

This I Believe New England: Ride The Bus

Apr 11, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Several years ago, political scientist Robert Putnam wrote a compelling book with the intriguing title Bowling Alone. Based on tens of thousands of interviews, Putnam astutely argued that over the last quarter century Americans have begun living much more fragmented lives.