This I Believe - Rhode Island

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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
7:27 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.

Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Violent Toys and Culture

All of us lament the violence that seems to saturate so many corners of our international and more personal worlds. Bullet exchanges in the Middle East, Central Asia, the south side of Chicago, and the south side of Providence. Sniper attacks.  School shootings. Stabbings that spring out of domestic violence.  And now cyber-bullying that, sadly, has led to a stunning number of adolescent suicides.  We know we want this madness to stop, and we want to know how it starts in the first place.  Dr. Joanna Brown has seen the fallout of violence up close, and has compelling thoughts about where some of it begins.

Joanna Brown is medical director at the Rhode Island Training School and also leads primary care innovation efforts out of the Brown University Family Medicine Department.  She lives in Providence with her spouse, Rebecca, and their two sons.

Local Features
6:00 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Injustice In Gambia

We’ve all heard and seen too many news stories about international horror: executions of political activists in China; imprisonment of visiting journalists in Sri Lanka and Pakistan; detention of dissenters in Myanmar and North Korea.  Torture and mind-numbing oppression are all too common throughout the globe.   For most of us, these are horrific news stories about true strangers; but for others of us, these gripping tales are deeply personal and hit much too close to home, as with Omar Bah.

Omar Bah is a Gambian journalist who was tortured and declared ‘wanted’ for writing about corruption and injustice in Gambia. He is the author of the book, Africa’s Hell on Earth.

Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Say When

All of us experience painful losses during the course of our lives.  The beloved family pet who dies after years of comforting companionship.  The dreadful breakup of a decades-long marriage.  The inevitable, but nonetheless agonizing, death of a nurturing parent.  At times these losses seem overwhelming and nearly impossible to bear.  Yet sometimes profound loss opens windows to new and remarkable insights and appreciations.  And that's what we hear from Bev Wright.

Bev Mondillo Wright  dedicated her life’s work to promoting public health.  After leaving her career recently, Wright now pursues her many passions – writing, above all.  She lives in Providence with her husband Steve.

Local Features
6:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Second Chances

All of us have had one of those really bad days during the course of our lives -- the kind of day that turns into a genuine nightmare, the kind of day that haunts us until our last breath, the kind of day we'd like to erase from our lives if only it were possible.  If we're fortunate, we figure out a way to move on, and if we're really fortunate, we manage to turn tragedy into a rich collection of compelling lessons that last a lifetime.  And that's what happened with Miguel Rosario, who shares his beliefs in this encore broadcast.

 

Miguel Rosario spent his earliest years growing up in the Caribbean and Providence. His passion for photography started in 2009, when he began documenting life in his ancestral Dominican town of Moncion. Rosario continues to pursue his commercial and art photography projects, especially at AS220, a non-profit home for the arts in Rhode Island that offers residential and work studios, galleries, and performance and educational spaces.

Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Holocaust Remembrance

Holocaust.  For most of us this haunting word conjures up ghastly and painful images of concentration camp inmates, train cars filled with passengers bound for extermination, and tales of torture that defy comprehension.  The Holocaust gave new meaning to man’s capacity for cruelty.  And yet, somehow, the Holocaust has also managed to teach us so much about the possibility of stunning courage, resilience, and hope in the face of true horror.  And that’s what we hear from Rabbi Wayne Franklin.

Rabbi Wayne Franklin has been the Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El  in Providence since 1981.  Since 1984 he has chaired the committee which organizes the Rhode Island Interfaith Commemoration of Holocaust and Heroes Remembrance Day. This year the event will be held on April 27th at 3:00 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.  Jewish and Christian choirs, along with the Sophia Academy chorus and the Gay Men's Chorus of Rhode Island, will participate in the program, joining together to demonstrate the freedom and multi-cultural cooperation that we celebrate here in America, but which was forbidden in Nazi Germany.

Local Features
6:55 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Momentos

Family mementos and memories.  For many of us they’re vitally important – and full of vitality, keeping loved ones near to our hearts, especially once they’re no longer with us.  Precious trinkets, heirlooms, one-of-a-kind photographs, this is the stuff that binds us to the people we care about. The novelist Saul Bellow once wrote, “Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.”  And as we hear from Reed Caster, profound connections are sometimes forged from the most modest inheritances. 

A lifelong Rhode Islander, Reed Caster was the third generation to run the family business – Caster’s Bicycles. He’s the devoted husband of his wife Mindy and the proud father of his two children, Ruby and West.

Local Features
6:20 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: The Power of Poetry

Who doesn't love a good story?  We begin hearing stories when we're tiny children and then develop our own. Sometimes joyful. Sometimes painful.  For most of us, there's a rich and compelling mix. As the poet and writer Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  And Nancy Jasper feels much the same.

Nancy Jasper is a clinical social worker at Child and Family, a comprehensive social service agency in Middletown, Rhode Island.  Nancy publishes chapbooks with the Rhode Island-based Origami Poems Project.

Local Features
7:45 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Bees

You know that aphorism about how in life it’s the little things that count?  Chance encounters with profoundly influential strangers we never expected to meet.  An aromatic cup of coffee sipped while listening to a Bach concerto on the radio. Or noticing nature’s tiny creatures that are so vitally important to our well-being. The poet Emily Dickinson once wrote, “To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee—one clover, and a bee, and revery.” And we hear similar sentiments from Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban.

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Local Features
4:51 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Seasons

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.  Consider the quote penned by the French Nobel existentialist Albert Camus: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."  These are the sentiments echoed by Terry Ward.

For more than two decades, Terry Ward has enjoyed working as a college counseling director, currently at the Providence Country Day School. He is also a religious studies teacher and loves music of all kinds.  Ward has sung with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus for more than 20 years.

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