When NPR revived Edward R. Murrow's 1950's tribute to the personal philosophies of every day people, it was expected to be a one year project. Four years and 60,000 essay submissions later, NPR is ending its weekly This I Believe broadcasts.
According to an internal memo from NPR's Ellen Weiss, the final episode of This I Believe will air in April. But don't lose sight of the This I Believe website. New essays will be published there, along with curricula aids for teachers who want to inspire students to document their own personal beliefs.
This I Believe's four year run is a testament to the passion and determination of average Americans. Most importantly, it documented the moments in people's lives when they were forced to reconsider what really matters. We have so much to gain when we take the time to formulate our own beliefs and truly listen to each other's stories.