This I Believe - Rhode Island

Wednesday at 6:35 AM, 8:35 AM and 5:45 PM

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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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This I Believe Rhode Island
7:51 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Remarkable Rhode Island Kids

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This I Believe Rhode Island
8:33 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Complicated Parent-child Relationships

RIPR – In the nineteenth century, playwright Oscar Wilde once said, "Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them." That's a provocative, perhaps disturbing claim, of course. Yet the reality is that many parent-child relationships are complicated -- sometimes filled with love and nurture and sometimes surrounded by very sharp edges. For Scott Turner this intense complexity in his own life has shaped the person he is today.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
1:48 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

A Sacred Plot

RIPR – Rhode Island has an indelible link to refuge and rescue, beginning with Roger Williams' first steps in what is now the Ocean State. Rhode Island's residents and forebears include a remarkable mix of the oppressed, the vulnerable, and the triumphant. Mike Fink reflects on a unique space -- a sacred plot -- that says so much about Rhode Island's soul.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
9:11 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Profound Loss

RIPR – In the early twentieth century, the poet Kahlil Gibran wrote, "When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." This is a poignant, inspiring, and, yes, complicated sentiment for those of us who struggle with profound loss during our lifetimes. As Seychelle Hoffer notes, grief is remarkably complex and one of life's most enduring challenges.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
9:34 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The joy of life-long learning

PROVIDENCE, RI – In one of Plato's dialogues, the Athenian general Laches is known to say, "that I would fain grow old, learning many things." Although this insight may seem hackneyed, as we age most of us seem to discover an exquisite richness about learning that was hard, perhaps impossible, to appreciate when we were younger. That's certainly the case with Ed Iannuccilli.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
9:34 am
Wed August 8, 2012

This I Believe RI: The value of good teachers

PROVIDENCE, RI – In this week's This I Believe--Rhode Island essay, high school student Andrew Miner reflects on the profound impact that teachers can have on our lives.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
5:40 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Silver Lining

RIPR – You know those moments in life when everything seems to be humming along just fine and then, boom, out of nowhere your world gets turned upside down? This sort of bad fortune can happen to any of us, of course, and without any warning whatsoever. Sometimes, under the best of circumstances, we're able to recover with a newfound appreciation of life itself and of some very special people in our lives. And that's exactly what happened to Andrew Miner.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
8:03 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Identity

RIPR – The famed writer and poet Gertrude Stein once said, ''Growing has no connection with audience. Audience has no connection with identity." Stein's claim, it seems, is that our true identity is embedded deep within each of us and develops over the years in its own inexorable way. It's a complex, even debatable phenomenon, as Alex Myers knows very, very well.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
7:53 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Discovery of pure joy

PROVIDENCE, RI – Unmitigated joy. How often do we get to experience that in life? For most of us, our daily activities are filled with a rather unpredictable mix of satisfying moments, annoyances, intriguing challenges, and mundane tasks. But unmitigated joy? Not so often. And, yet, as Sue Abbotson reminds us, unmitigated joy is a real possibility, and sometimes comes to us in unexpected ways.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
10:42 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Resilience in the Face of Despair.

RIPR – All of our lives include some dark moments, some that are much darker than others. We do the best we can to cope during difficult times, hoping that the shadows will lift. Sadly, some people are so overwhelmed by life's daunting challenges that they can't seem to find a way out. Others, like Wendy Shapiro, manage not only to climb out of the dark hole, but truly flourish along the way.

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