2008 Falmouth Reads Together


About the book: Based on the NPR series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty Americans—from the famous to the unknown—completing the thought that the book’s title begins. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.

This book is based on a series created in 1951 by Edward R. Murrow. He felt that Americans and their values were being challenged as never before and he wanted a vehicle “to point to the common meeting grounds of beliefs, which is the essence of brotherhood and the floor of our civilization.” He urged people to express a single theme from their personal philosophy in essay form and then broadcast it over the airwaves.

About the editors: 

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 a long-time writer, editor, and public radio producer whose work has been heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, Jazz Profiles, and This American Life. During his 30-year radio career, he has won many of public broadcasting’s most prestigious awards including the duPont-Columbia Award.

Falmouth Residents Who Contributed Essays to This I Believe:

Christopher, Falmouth The Rope That Ties Me To the Natural World
Dennis Downey, Falmouth We Never Go Away
Sandro, Falmouth This I Believe
Geralyn, East Falmouth This I Believe
Emily, East Falmouth I Believe In Heaven
Elias, East Falmouth A Few Years Ago…
Ed, West Falmouth This I Believe
Michaela, North Falmouth I Believe In Messy Bathrooms
Jonathan, East Falmouth Where is heaven?
Jennifer, Falmouth I believe in my best friend Patti
Richard, Falmouth I believe in the power of the garden.
Lauren, East Falmouth I believe that everyone has a story to tell.
Elizabeth, Woods Hole I believe that in our current academic envirnonment…
Jim, Woods Hole I believe in integrals.
Andrew, Woods Hole This I believe