This I Believe airs on NPR starting April 4

In 1951, radio pioneer Edward R. Murrow embarked on a remarkable project. He asked Americans from all walks of life -- including former U.S. presidents, captains of industry, taxi drivers, actors and homemakers -- to write brief essays about their most fundamental and closely held beliefs. The series, This I Believe, was an extraordinary success. Eleanor Roosevelt, Presidents Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and Albert Einstein were just a few of the hundreds who participated.

Now, NPR, Atlantic Public Media, This I Believe, Inc. and Farmers Insurance are partnering to re-create the project with host Jay Allison. We invite you to tell us about the principles by which you live and the people and events that have shaped your beliefs in an essay to be considered for broadcast on NPR. For more information visit

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