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
8:15 am
Wed March 13, 2013


Most of us have found that metaphors help us make sense of our complicated world, pushing us to view life’s complexities through alternate lenses and images.  Metaphors are the creative tools of writers, artists, and therapists.  The renowned author and anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson once said, “there are few things as toxic as a bad metaphor. You can’t think without metaphors.”  Lindsay Aromin surely has made good use of metaphors in her life.

Lindsay Aromin is an English teacher at North Smithfield High School, where each year her ninth grade students write their own “This I Believe” essays.  Aromin has been a member of the Pawtucket and Providence Figure Skating Club for over twenty years.  She also coaches private and group skating lessons in Pawtucket.

Local Features
3:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Neighbors Looking Out for Each Other

One of the painful realities of modern life is that neighbors can live near each other for years, cheek by jowl, and barely know one another. How many of us do little more than nod our heads or, perhaps, wave to people who frequently cross our paths as we make our way through the day? In this encore essay, Janine Weisman reminds us how important it is to take it one step further.

Janine Weisman is editor of Mercury, a weekly arts, culture, and lifestyle publication in Newport. She is also an actress and singer who has appeared on stage at 2nd Story Theatre and the Courthouse Center for the Arts.

Local Features
11:11 am
Wed February 27, 2013


You've probably noticed that wake-up calls in life come from lots of sources, and usually not from hotel operators. For all of us, life is full of unpredictable and unexpected, often unbidden, events that teach us enduring lessons. That was certainly the case for encore essayist Jack Galvin.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
10:23 am
Wed February 20, 2013

This I Believe Rhode Island: Truth

Sadly, many of us have experienced profound trauma in our lives - trauma that, over time, has a great deal to do with the people we become, the struggles we face, our triumphs in life, and our passions. In her encore essay, Kim Baker tells us about trauma in her life that, until very recently, was a deep, dark secret. Today, she is empowered by her past.

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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


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


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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