Eileen Maddocks

Podcast Release Date: Monday, April 22, 2019

Eileen is the author of 1844: Convergence in Prophecy for Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the Baha'i Faith. It is an interesting work that describes the millennial movement, and in particular the Millerite movement, in the 19th century; in which Christians had calculated the return of Christ around 1843 and 1844. When Christ did not return as they expected, the movement splintered and dissipated. Unbeknownst to these millenialists, a new messenger of God did appear at that time, but not in the Western Hemisphere, but in the Middle East. We talk about this fascinating phenomenon in the interview.

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Brian O'Toole

Podcast Release Date: Friday, April 5, 2019

Brian is the director of School of the Nations and Nations University in Guyana. He recently published a book entitled Educational Leadership: A Guyanese Perspective, which is a reflection on 40 years of effort in Guyana on a wide variety of development projects focused on education and health. He wrote the book in hopes that local people will be empowered to take an active leadership in these endeavors. Brian talks about the book and reads an excerpt in the interview. We also talk about a traumatic personal event of Brian's that occurred a few week prior to the interview and the learning he has found from the experience.

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Jaellayna Palmer

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 18, 2019

Jaellayna is the author of "Personal Path, Practical Feet", which is a collection of essays that capture the Jaellayna's spiritual jorney via everyday experiences. She reads a number of essays in the interview. Her websites are: and

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JoAnn Boravicka

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 25, 2019

JoAnn is a freelance writer and educational consultant who has been actively engaged in interfaith dialogue and religious education for over twenty-five years. She is the author of "Light of the Kingdom -- Biblical Topics in the Bahá'í Writings" and short works including the "Bahá'í Bible Study" series, “The Ten Plagues of Exodus in Light of the Bahá'í Writings” and “Parallels in the Ministries of Táhirih and Paul.” We discuss her book and her other writings in the interview. She is also active as an artist in residence with the South Carolina Arts Commission specializing in mythology and folktales of the ancient Near East, and serves as faculty for the Wilmette Institute, an Online Baha'i Learning Center. You can find her website at

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Hussein Ahdieh

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

I had interviewed Hussein in 2015 for his book Awakening: A History of the Bábi and Bahá'í Faiths in Nayriz. He has now produced a new work entitled "Foreigner, From an Iranian Village to New York City". It is an autobiography that tells his story as an Iranian Baha'i immigrant coming to the United States. The book is a series of vignettes set against the backdrop of a changing Iran, the plight of Baha'is there, and the tumult and of the 60's and 70's in the U.S. Hussein reads excerpts from his book.

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Patricia Verge

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019

Patricia is a writer and editor who lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. We discuss two books that she wrote. One is called Equals and Partners which records her decade-long friendship with the Stoney Nakoda Nation in Southern Alberta. The second she co-authored with Evelyn Loft Watts called Return to Tyendinaga: The Story of Jim and Melba Loft, which tells the story of the Lofts leaving the comfort of their middle-class life to live on the Tyendinaga Reserve in Ontario. We discuss these works and Patricia reads excerpts from both books in the interview.

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