National Public Radio gives access to recorded archives from the original 1950s broadcasts of This I Believe ...
Some of the more intriguing records are from the not-so-famous. If you're interested, however, the NPR archive has 2-4 min. essays from Pres. Harry Truman, Martha Graham, Margaret Meade, Sen. Margaret Chase-Smith, Justice William Douglas, and Jackie Robinson.
I particularly enjoyed one on a Doubting, Questioning Mind.
The page will lead you to the modern essays produced for NPR (rather than the originals for Edward R. Murrow/).
From someone I can honestly say I admire a great deal: Health is Human Right, by Paul Farmer.
Out of the mouths of babes: Thirty Things I Believe In.
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