Dan Gediman, Red Barber and This I Believe


Each week Bob is joined by Dan Gediman, the Executive Director of This I Believe, Inc. to discuss one of the original essays from the 1950s radio series. This week’s featured essay is by Walter Lanier “Red” Barber. He was a sportscaster and baseball play-by-play announcer from 1933 to 1966, working for the Cincinnati Reds, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees. In retirement, he wrote seven books and appeared in weekly conversations with Bob Edwards on NPR. Barber was among the first broadcasters honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Whether athlete, laborer, executive or artist, Barber believes man is, ultimately, a spiritual being. He writes in his essay that the spiritual aspects of how a person thinks guide how he lives, works, and grapples with mysteries of existence. Click here to read the transcript and to listen to the audio of Red Barber’s “This I Believe” essay.

And here’s a link to purchase the latest collection of the original 1950’s essays, edited by Dan Gediman.

Edward R. Murrow’s This I Believe