This I Believe - Rhode Island

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

This I Believe RI with Frederic Reamer
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
2:47 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

This I Believe RI: Emotional Support

There are ten words none of us ever wants to hear about a loved one: "I have some very difficult news to share with you." What comes next can't possibly be good; we hope, and perhaps pray, that we have the strength to cope with whatever we are about to hear. In this encore essay, Audrey Kupchan tells us what sustained her after she received bad news about the person who is at the center of her world.

Dr. Audrey Kupchan is a transplanted New Yorker who has been practicing Primary Care Internal Medicine in Rhode Island since 1984. She is a physician with Coastal Medical in East Providence. She lives with her family in Barrington.

Local Features
12:55 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Life Changed by a Cat

There's a well known Yiddish expression you may have heard:  Der mentsh trakht un Got lakht.  Translation: Man plans and God laughs.  How often does it happen that your best laid plans get turned upside down by some unexpected development in your life?  As Harry Sterling reminds us, sometimes what lands on our doorsteps -- both literally and figuratively --  has a way of reminding us not to be too confident when we map out our paths.

The Rev. Dr. Harry Sterling retired in 2003 from a career conducting research in health and human services and lives with his wife on Prudence Island.  Sterling learned to sail in a small cat boat; these days he reads, writes, and volunteers in a variety of community organizations. He and his wife were adopted by a feral kitten, who, after a violent storm, decided to live inside.

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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