This I Believe - Rhode Island

Wednesday at 6:35 AM, 8:35 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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Local Features
10:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

This I Believe Rhode Island: Device Distractions

In her poem How Heron Comes acclaimed poet Mary Oliver observes, “It is a negligence of the mind not to notice how at dusk heron comes to the pond and stands there in his death robes, perfect servant of the system, hungry, his eyes full of attention, his wings pure light.”  How many of us no longer see the heron, so to speak, because of the rush of our lives and the relentless distractions that surround us moment to moment?  Fortunately, Scott Turner has slowed down his own life in order to share his thoughts about this ever-present challenge.


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This I Believe Rhode Island
8:26 am
Wed February 6, 2013

This I Believe RI: Pigeons

Conjure up in your mind one of those lovely, bucolic Rhode Island days where you are lounging on the shore overlooking Narragansett Bay, a sumptuous meal laid out on a blanket, and all of a sudden, bam, your gourmet meal has been invaded by a parade of ants.  Or perhaps you are gazing at a beautiful array of birds nibbling at your backyard feeder when, bam, some dastardly squirrel chases your feathered friends away.  Don't we just detest these common annoyances, those pesky creatures that dare to invade our tranquil moments?  Mike Fink tells us that such common irritations are in the eye of the beholder.

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Local Features
10:36 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Hope in the Midst of Tragedy

All of us have certain days and dates seared into our memories because of their profound impact.  The assassination of a U.S. president.  The adoption of a child.  A devastating hurricane. Our wedding date.  Sadly, December 14th, 2012 has already become one of those dates, not only for the survivors of the shooting victims in Newtown, Connecticut, but for all of us who have been but distant witnesses of such unspeakable cruelty.  And that's certainly the case for

, who struggles mightily to find hope in the midst of such tragedy.

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Local Features
10:08 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Steel

When Rhode Islanders think about the Ocean State's remarkably rich collection of art and artists, we tend to conjure up images of art gallery and museum paintings, photography exhibits, glass and ceramic sculptures, and the like. But how often do we think about how the very process of artistic creation is a metaphor for the challenges we face in life? That's how Nicole Purcell has come to think about her artistic endeavors, as we hear in this encore essay.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
10:13 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

This I Believe Rhode Island: Books

Imagine the excitement when you get an electronically breathless Twitter message from a dear friend announcing that she just posted a link on Facebook to a stunningly engaging novel she just listened to wirelessly on her electronic tablet.  Does this make you feel warm and fuzzy all over, and just desperate to curl up all nice and cozy with your Kindle?  Or, as we hear in Eileen Landay's encore essay, does this all-too-common scenario lead you to wonder where we're headed as a literate society?

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Local Features
6:05 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Water

Have you noticed how a bit of travel can do so much to help us gain perspective on our lives?  Stepping into another culture teaches us about our own, which all of a sudden appears in sharp contrast.  Even traveling across the U.S. can help us view our day-to-day lives through a very different lens, where what was once routine and prosaic now seems much more profound.  As we hear in this encore essay, Daniel Combs discovered this during his own travels, drip by drip.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
10:11 am
Wed January 2, 2013

This I Believe RI: Midlife Motherhood

Women over 40 come into motherhood in several different ways. What they share is a fierceness of spirit, perseverance and a host of other qualities. Cyma Shapiro, in her work with midlife mothers, aims to dispel myths about this group; redefine women and middle age; and provide these mothers with a voice, face and forum. Her essay about her own midlife-motherhood journey also speaks to this group’s singular truths about the breakdown of all relational obstacles, and love and life choices.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
2:09 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Learning from Past Mistakes

RIPR – William Cullen Bryant -- the 19th century American poet and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post -- once said, "remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are roots of innocence and blessedness." Surely, all of us can recall misdeeds from our youth, those painful memories of our missteps and insensitivities toward others. True maturation, it seems, occurs when we are able to acknowledge our blunders and learn from them. And this is the stuff of Brian Shanley's poignant reflections.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
2:33 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Stories

RIPR – 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.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
9:33 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

A Poem Remembering the Station Fire

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