"This I believe." Edward R. Murrow popularized the phrase back in the 1950s with his popular radio show by the same name. On it, he interviewed well-known entertainers, politicians and celebrities about their guiding influences. The result was a well-crafted and beautifully produced essay where the subject comments on the "...values that guide their daily lives."
Dan Gediman, executive director of This I Believe, Inc., has revived the popular show, now allowing average citizens to write and record their own essays. Some of the best essays are even aired on Fridays during the popular Bob Edwards Show on Sirius/XM Radio's XMPR and on Public Radio International.
I love the old show and love listening to the incredibly famous comment on everything from The Bible to growing up with 10 siblings. However, the idea of opening up the exclusive list to the "common man" is brilliant. I listen to Bob Edwards almost religiously each morning in my car. I love his interview style, his sense of humor, his obvious deep knowledge on a plethora of topics. But mostly I love his interview subjects. I've learned about new music from artists like Trombone Shorty. I've cried when he interviews the families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. I've been inspired when he interviews Yo-Yo Ma.
The addition of the "new" This I Believe to the Friday morning show at first seemed strange to me, but I quickly warmed to it when I heard actual stories of love, loss and redemption. Families joined by their love of a baseball team. Marriages surprisingly saved with a cancer diagnosis. While the celebrity stories are interesting and beautiful, it's these real-life stories that grab my attention and make me think.
If you haven't checked them out, I highly encourage you to do so.