This I Believe - Rhode Island

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 - 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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Providence, RI – All of us have found ourselves in a library at some point in our lives. On their surface, libraries are bricks and mortar structures that house books and other publications. Yet, as Deborah Barchi tells us, libraries serve a much larger purpose in our lives, a purpose that extends far beyond their physical holdings.

Providence, RI – Seasoned Rhode Islanders know that Roger Williams' legacy runs deep. His place in the Ocean State's history is woven inextricably into our fabric. And, as Mike Fink notes, Roger Williams lives in our hearts as well.

Providence, RI – NPR listeners love the stories we air that feature in-depth analysis of complex and nuanced issues examined from every possible angle. These are the stories that inform, the stories that tax our brains. But most of us feel saturated at times, even burdened, by hard news stories, no matter how skillfully they're constructed. As Kim Baker reminds us, sometimes we need to simply let go, let our hair down, and let loose.

Providence, RI – Death. It's not a pleasant subject, of course, yet all of us know of its inevitability, in our own lives and those of the people we love. Sadly, for many the end of life is filled with a toxic mix of pain, suffering, and an agonizing loss of control. But, as Dr. Joan Teno notes, life does not have to end this way. Indeed, we know better.

Providence, RI – As we race around in our lives, between hither and yon, and between our mundane daily tasks and life's occasional crises, how many of us really notice nature's creatures and its other assorted bounty that cross our paths - the flowers, the birds, the insects, even the neighbor's pet? Cara Murray certainly notices, and she has her own very special way of showing it.

Providence, RI – Perhaps you have noticed that endearing bumper sticker pasted to the rear end of some cars that advises all of us to "Commit Random Acts of Kindness." Maybe you read that line and snicker, or maybe you take the advice to heart, believing that our world could be a better place if all of us committed random acts of kindness. Bill Miles surely believes in this bumper sticker's wisdom.

Providence, RI – How often have you uttered the phrase, "out of the mouths of babes," or some such sentiment about the remarkable wisdom that children often display? Haven't all of us had moments when we've been stunned by children's stunning insights about the workings of the world and about the people in their lives? Jim Stahl shares his insights about listening to children.

Providence, RI – How often do you have this fleeting, or perhaps even nagging, thought that you tend to take life too seriously, that you'd like to regain that childlike sense of fun and frolic? How often does genuine play find its way into your life? Sam White shares his passion for play, and about its importance in our lives.

Providence, RI – Every one of us has had moments in life when we weren't sure whether we were up to the challenge that stared straight at us. Perhaps it was in the face of sudden news about a loved one's death, the end of a profoundly important relationship, or bad news about our health. Nicole Purcell reflects on just such a time in her life, and on the lessons she has learned along the way.

Providence, RI – How often do you walk the streets of Rhode Island's cities and towns and notice - really notice - the architecture that surrounds you? What do Rhode Island's buildings mean to you - their height, their texture, their aesthetics? How do they shape your life? Ross Cann reflects on the profound meaning that Rhode Island's buildings have in his life.

Providence, RI – At one time or another, most of us have received bad news - the kind of news that stops us in our tracks and, possibly, alters our path in life, our priorities, the way we cope with adversity, indeed our most basic understanding of what life really means. And that's exactly what happened to Kathi Kolb.

Providence, RI – It's probably not hard to imagine a time in your life when you felt something that was profoundly precious to you was slipping away, perhaps the last moments of your college career, a glorious vacation, or a very special relationship. Lauren Birnie reflects on just such an experience in her life, and on the beliefs she formed along the way.

Providence, RI – The phrase sounds so plain and simple. Yet all of us know how complex and challenging our human - and our sometimes inhumane - connections can be. Barbara Schweitzer reflects on the profound, and complicated, meaning of connections in our lives.

Providence, RI – How do the most important people in your life view you? How do you want to be viewed by others? Do you aim for some sort of ideal persona? As Cathleen Calbert notes, sometimes our answers to these questions come from a very unusual source.

Providence, RI – One of the joys of living in Rhode Island and in New England is that we get to experience the poignant changes in the seasons, the shift from summer's sweetness to the bucolic fall, and from winter's chill to spring's bountiful beauty. Yet, as Henri Flikier notes, shifting seasons - in New England and in our own lives - are filled with complexity.