This I Believe - Rhode Island

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

This I Believe RI with Frederic Reamer
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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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Local Features
7:49 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Gravestones

Perhaps most of us have spent some time anticipating our own deaths, our own mortality.  Perhaps these are but fleeting moments, or maybe not.  Have you ever pictured the gravestone meant for you, and what it might mean to those who visit your gravesite?  For many of us this may be a macabre subject, one that’s hard to embrace.  But as we hear from Nicholas Benson, gravestones can host profound messages that convey so much about the stories of our lives – who we were, what we aimed to be, the very essence of our being.

Nicholas Benson owns the John Stevens Shop in Newport, RI, a small stone carving business founded in 1705, that specializes in the design and carving of one-of-a-kind inscriptions in stone.

Local Features
6:55 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Revision

 In Plato's Apology, Socrates asserts that the unexamined life is not worth living.  While that may be a bit of an overstatement, many of us have learned during the course of our lives that self-examination that has real depth is a virtue that pays impressive dividends.  We understand ourselves better and, one would hope, enhance the meaning and purpose of our lives.  Self-reflection, and the careful revision that results, also has the capacity to refine the profoundly important words we speak and write, as we hear from Kenneth Schneyer.

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Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Rewind

In A.A. Milne's classic children's story Winnie the Pooh, the beloved anthropomorphic bear asks Piglet, "What day is it?"  "It's today," squeaked Piglet.  "My favorite day," Pooh replied.  Pooh's profound message, it seems, is that it's so important for us to appreciate the moment we're in -- a moment that won't last forever -- despite whatever wishes we might have to hold tight to the most precious events in our lives.  And we hear compelling echoes of that very wise insight from Rabbi Sarah Mack.
 

   

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Local Features
11:11 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Miracles

The nineteenth century novelist Joseph Conrad once wrote, “My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see.”  And that is exactly what this NPR series aims to do.  Featured essayists stitch together words that let you peek inside their core beliefs, their struggles to understand their world, their insights about what matters most in life.  Sometimes these words are expressed in prose, sometimes in poetry.  And as we hear in this encore essay featuring Rhode Island's state poet Rick Benjamin, sometimes we enjoy both poetry and prose.

Rick Benjamin is the state poet of Rhode Island.  He works in a variety of educational and community settings, and especially enjoys working with people aged six to, at this moment, 99.  Benjamin lives with his family in Pawtuxet Village.

Local Features
10:02 am
Wed October 29, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Carnival

Youthful frolic.  Remember those days, filled with all manner of excursions on the wild side, curiosity-driven cavorting, and adolescent drama?  For sure, these sorts of endeavors often amount to nothing more than spontaneous delights, perhaps with a little hedonism in there for good measure.  But as we hear from Frederick Massie, on occasion these moments are filled with profound, sometimes deeply disquieting lessons.

Frederick Massie is the Rhode Island Bar Association's Director of Communications and Editor of the Rhode Island Bar Journal. A graduate of Brown University, his wide-ranging experience includes work as an educator, writer and advocate.

Local Features
5:50 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Imagination

Have you had those moments when you let your imagination run wild, conjuring up all manner of outside-the-box fantasies and alternate realities?  Isn't it fun at times to view the world through radically different lenses that take us out of the more prosaic lives we lead?  Leave it to Dr. Seuss to say it so well:  “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”  And we hear similar sentiments from Denis Roche.

Denis Roche is a children's book author and illustrator. She lives in South County with her husband, four daughters and a vast community of chipmunks. She is currently at work on a novel for children.

Local Features
9:46 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Middle Age

Middle age is such an odd phrase, with all of its complex connotations.  For some the term conjures up images of crisis that's met with the stereotypic purchase of, say, a red sports car or other misguided impulses.  For others middle age suggests a sort of quiescence that's too hard to achieve in adolescence and young adulthood.  As we hear from Tina Egnoski, middle age can bring with it its own special wisdom.

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Local Features
8:16 am
Wed October 8, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Plans

There's a well known Yiddish expression you may have heard:  Der mentsh trakht un Got lakht.  Translation: Man plans and God laughs.  How often does it happen that your best laid plans get turned upside down by some unexpected development in your life?  As Harry Sterling reminds us in this encore essay, sometimes what lands on our doorsteps -- both literally and figuratively --  has a way of reminding us not to be too confident when we map out our paths in life.

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Local Features
8:23 am
Wed October 1, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Nature’s Lessons

Nature’s lessons.  Often they teach us as much about the meaning of life as they do about the mysteries of plants and animals, flowers and fruit.  Albert Einstein said it so well: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” And we hear similar sentiments from Myra Ellen Edelstein.

Myra Ellen Edelstein is an Associate Professor of Business Studies and Economics at Salve Regina University in Newport, where she teaches Creative Problem Solving and Quality Management, certainly, she says, as a direct result of her parents’ influence.

Local Features
6:16 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Inspiration

Taking initiative.  Inspiring words.  Inspiring words about taking initiative – now that’s a great combination.  Isn’t it wonderful when we’re on the receiving end of inspiring words that truly move us into action, sage advice that turns out to last a lifetime? Audrey Hepburn once said, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!”  Bernie Luger tells us about a mere handful of words that brought that message home to him years ago.

Originally trained as a chemist, Bernie Luger became a casino manager.  In 2007, he left casino gaming to become an advocate for education reform for disadvantaged youth.  Currently Luger is the Chief Operating Officer of the Providence Public Schools.

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