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July 6, 2006
Listen up, NPR geeks

One of our locally own will appear on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" (11.4 million listeners on an average night) on Monday to read a personal essay during a segment called "This I Believe."

Cynthia Santana Sommer, who lives in Folsom, beat out 14,000 other entrants for the chance to share some personal thoughts and beliefs.

Sommer, vice president of marketing for PRIDE Industries in Sacramento (the nation's largest employer of people with disabilities), joins an impressive list of past "This I Believe" contributors.

Oh, yeah, like who?

Try the likes of John McCain, Gloria Steinem, Bill Gates and Colin Powell.

"This I Believe" is a weekly series based on the landmark 1950s program created by Edward R. Murrow. Among the notables who delivered essays in the original: Albert Einstein, Helen Keller and Jackie Robinson.

NPR won't let us give you snippets of Sommer's essay, but it's tittled "Learning to Trust My Intuition," and lizards are featured prominently. Seriously.

"All Things Considered" airs locally between 4 and 6:30 p.m. on KXJZ (88.9 FM). We're not sure when during the broadcast Sommer's segment will air, though.

-- Sam McManis

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