This I Believe - New England

Wednesday at 6:45 AM, 8:45 AM and 5:45 PM

Credit Scott Indermaur

Hosted by Frederic Reamer

Modeled on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow, This I Believe - New England, hosted by Frederic Reamer, is an effort to share the many stories of people of New England... the personal experiences that have helped form the opinions of your neighbors. This I Believe - New England is also an opportunity for you to share your own beliefs and experiences.

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Scott Indermaur

Perhaps it sounds trite to say that health crises produce much needed wake-up calls for those of us who need to make significant lifestyle adjustments.  But for many, this is a truism; there's nothing like awakening in an intensive care unit – surrounded by loved ones and scurrying professionals – to send that compelling and poignant message.  Dodging the proverbial health care bullet means that some of us get a second chance, often with a renewed sense of purpose.

This I Believe New England: Good News

May 29, 2018
Scott Indermaur

It's hard to know which metaphor to use to describe the daily onslaught of news.  Our radios, smartphones, smart speakers, televisions, laptops, and, yes, newspapers bring us an avalanche of gripping headlines and sordid details. Or is it a vortex, a deluge, or a whipsaw?  Perhaps it's all beginning to sound like a cliché.  The reality, of course, is that so many of us are drawn in, perhaps with some reluctance, because we feel compelled to know, to be informed, and, perhaps, to be entertained by what may seem at times to be political and journalistic theatrics.

This I Believe New England: Searching for Roots

May 22, 2018
Scott Indermaur

No doubt you've noticed the proliferation of companies that offer us the opportunity to trace our genealogical roots. This burgeoning phenomenon seems to tap into a fundamental wish that so many of us have to understand our ethnic, racial, religious, and geographical origins. 

This I Believe New England: Hospice Care

May 15, 2018
Scott Indermaur

It may seem all too hackneyed to say that death is a mysterious, often anxiety-producing, subject. The truth, of course, is that so many of us struggle to wrap our hearts and minds around the meaning of dying and death. When will I die?  How will I die?  Will I have the opportunity to choose to die on my terms? Some of us are able to confront these questions. Others of us shy away from them, whether for psychological, cultural, or spiritual reasons. Dr.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Mentoring

May 9, 2018

Today we feature two Rhode Islanders whose paths crossed by happenstance years ago and who have forged a remarkable relationship.  Rommy Morel spent his early years in the Dominican Republic, grew up in Providence, and now attends Rhode Island College.  Thomas Verdi is a 30-year veteran of the Providence Police Department, which he currently serves as Deputy Chief and Commander.  

Scott Indermaur

One of life's painful certainties is that we will lose our parents.  It is part of the natural order of existence.  Many of our parents leave us when they are deep into old age, the result of their bodies' inevitable decline.  But too often, parents leave us prematurely, following an unbidden and untimely illness or, perhaps, grim tragedy. 

This I Believe New England: Poems

Apr 24, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Words matter.  They matter a lot.  We string words together in myriad ways.  Sentences filled with compelling prose.  Catchy phrases that inspire us.  One-word exclamations, some of which are unprintable and can't be said on the air.  And then there's poetry: the exquisitely careful, often delicate, assemblage of words that linger together artfully in ways that are sometimes hard to anticipate when we try out their juxtaposition.  Robert Frost wrote, "I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew.

This I Believe New England: Seasons

Apr 17, 2018
Scott Indermaur

No doubt you have noticed how our lives ebb and flow, much like the seasons.  Both literally and figuratively we get to experience the wonder of stunningly beautiful spring days and the bitter assault delivered by the occasional winter blizzard.  Such is life.  Indeed, seasons seem to be able to teach us so much about coping with life's inevitable ups and downs, including its bittersweet moments.

This I Believe New England: Ride The Bus

Apr 11, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Several years ago, political scientist Robert Putnam wrote a compelling book with the intriguing title Bowling Alone. Based on tens of thousands of interviews, Putnam astutely argued that over the last quarter century Americans have begun living much more fragmented lives.

This I Believe New England: Beyond Our Coast

Apr 3, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Rhode Islanders think of themselves as residents of the Ocean State for good reason.  We're surrounded.  Maybe not literally surrounded at every border, but certainly by any objective measure water pervades our rich culture.

This I Believe New England: Paying Attention

Mar 27, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Paying attention.  Two words.  Five syllables.  It sounds so simple.  But if we're completely honest with ourselves, how many of us would have a hard time raising our hands claiming that we're good at paying attention, really paying attention, as we march through our lives?  Are we staring at our smartphone screens in lieu of connecting with the people we really care about?  Are we racing from Point A to Point B without noticing the remarkable moon hanging right above us or the tree blossoms unfolding right in front of our eyes?

Scott Indermaur

So many moments in life call for courage and grit. Managing a bad medical diagnosis. Absorbing the unexpected news that you’ve just been laid off from the job you've loved for years. Having your romantic fantasies dashed by the startling text message informing you that your partner has decided it's best to part ways.

This I Believe New England: Value Of A Dollar

Mar 13, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Life is full of mundane and not-so-mundane things that many of us get quite used to and, over time, take for granted.

This I Believe New England: Showing Up

Mar 6, 2018
Scott Indermaur

We've all been there: Those times when the people we care most about need us badly, perhaps in the face of dreadful news.  Of course, the tables sometimes turn, and we need others to provide succor and solace.  Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."  But being present in these difficult, sometimes overwhelming moments, isn't always easy.  Tears, trauma, and anguish can be hard to bear.  Yet sometimes simply being there is all we can offer, and might even be all that's needed, as we hear from Patricia Liberty. 


This I Believe New England: Dawdling

Feb 27, 2018
Scott Indermaur

So many of us, perhaps all of us, do our best to cope with the rush of life.  The pressures and pace seem relentless, the push to move it, move it, move it!  Race to pick up the kids on time!  Check those text messages!  Get that final draft in by noon!  And on and on.