This I Believe

The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

By Jay Allison (Editor); Dan Gediman (Editor); Studs Terkel (Foreword by)
MacMillan Audio, Compact Disc, 9781593979782, 5pp.

Publication Date: October 3, 2006

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Based on the NPR series of the same name, "This I Believe" features 80 Americans--from the famous to the unknown--completing the thought that begins with the book's title. The pieces that make up the program compel listeners to re-think not only what and how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
Featuring a star-studded list of contributors that includes John McCain, Isabel Allende, and Colin Powell (as well as pieces from the original 1950's series including Helen Keller and Jackie Robinson), the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer, a woman who sells yellow pages advertising in Fort Worth, TX and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island's parole board. The result is a stirring, funny and always provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of Americans whose beliefs, and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them, reveal the American spirit at its best.

About the Author
Jay Allison is one of public radio's most honored producers. He has produced hundreds of nationally broadcast documentaries and features for radio and television. His work has earned him the duPont-Columbia and five Peabody Awards, and he was the 1996 recipient of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio, the industry's highest honor. He was the curator and producer of This I Believe on NPR and he produces The Moth Radio Hour. Before his career in broadcasting, Jay was a theater director in Washington, D.C. He is also the founder of the public radio stations for Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod where he lives.

Dan Gediman is executive director of This I Believe, Inc., a non-profit organization that engages people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. These short statements of belief have been featured on public radio nationally since 2005. Gediman is co-editor of the New York Times bestseller This I Believe, as well as seven other This I Believe essay anthologies.

Mary Jo Gediman is editorial director of This I Believe, Inc., and is co-editor of the books This I Believe: On Love, This I Believe: On Motherhood, This I Believe: On Fatherhood, This I Believe: Life Lessons, and This I Believe: Kentucky.

Ed Cray is a professor at the University of Southern California. He lives in Santa Monica.
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