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Rhett Diessner

Podcast Release Date: Monday, December 17, 2007

Although Rhett grew up in a Bahá'í family, he didn't claim the Bahá'í Faith as his own until going to college. He first became a nurse and worked on a Native-American reservation. Then he went back to school and got a degree in school psychology and then went back to the reservation to work in the school system for another three years, at which time he left to get his doctorate. He is the author of the book Psyche in Eros: Bahá'í Studies in Spiritual Psychology.


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William Collins

Podcast Release Date: Monday, December 10, 2007
At age 13 Bill read the Bible and started asking questions. At age 15 he read the Quran and recognized that same Voice from the Bible. At age 18, Bill knew that these and the other major world religions were linked together somehow, but didn't know what that link was. Bill describes his journey to discovering that linkage. He is a published author and has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Millennialism.
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Kahani Skydance

Podcast Release Date: Monday, December 3, 2007
A Bahá'í who basically made the Peace Corps her career after becoming a Bahá'í. Before the interview I play a piece from the radio program The State We're In produced by Radio Netherlands. This piece updates the plight of Bahá'ís and other religious minorities in Egypt.
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Erica Toussaint

Podcast Release Date: Monday, November 19, 2007
A Bahá'í whose great grandfather, Howard Colby Ives, was a Unitarian minister who became a Bahá'í in 1912.
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Dora Carlyn Horton

Podcast Release Date: Monday, November 12, 2007
A Bahá'í who lives both in NYC and in Florida. She is an actor, musician and composer, a makeup artist, a chef and a playwright. At the end of the program I play cuts from Dora's new CD, Pathway To Paradise.
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Susan Aude

Podcast Release Date: Monday, November 5, 2007
A Bahá'í and former television news anchor at the NBC-affiliate WIS in Columbia, SC.
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Kamran Hakim

Podcast Release Date: Monday, October 29, 2007

A Bahá'í who grew up in Iran and came to the United States when he was 18 to go to university just prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. It was during this time that Kamran investigated the Bahá'í Faith for himself even though he was raised as a Bahá'í. In the interview Kamran refers to three Bahá'í books and provides a concise summation of each. These books are Some Answered Questions,The Book of Certitude, and The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys.


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Marc Hensen

Podcast Release Date: Monday, October 22, 2007

A Bahá'í from Long Island, NY who discovered his calling in social work when in college. He discovered the Bahá'í Faith from an ad in the newspaper. He has written an introductory book on the Bahá'í Faith called Divine Journey: Exploring the Bahá'í Faith.


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Rich Pellegrino

Podcast Release Date: Monday, October 8, 2007
A Bahá'í who discovered the Bahá'í Faith when he was steeped in the hippie culture with all its attendant activities both positive and negative.
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Jacob Ayvazian

Podcast Release Date: Monday, October 1, 2007
A Bahá'í of Armenian descent. His parents grew up in Iran and moved to Brazil to help the Bahá'í Faith there. Jacob was born in Brazil and lived there until he decided to get his post graduate degree, so he moved to western Massachusetts with his young family in the early 1990's.
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Howard Menking

Podcast Release Date: Monday, September 24, 2007
An 83 year old Bahá'í now living in West Virginia. When he first became a Bahá'í just after World War II, he went to Brazil for a year. After returning from Brazil, he and his wife, Joanne, were the first Bahá'ís in Cape Verde, Africa. They stayed in Cape Verde until there was a Bahá'í community established there.
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Jackie Tobias

Podcast Release Date: Monday, September 17, 2007
A Bahá'í from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Jackie grew up in Michigan and moved to Florida when she was 29. It was in Florida that Jackie discovered the Bahá'í Faith, but it took her nine years before she got the courage to officially identify herself as a Bahá'í.
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Brett Gamboa

Podcast Release Date: Monday, September 10, 2007
Brett is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Harvard University, where he studies Shakespeare and directs plays. In this interview he speaks about growing up in a Catholic family in California, the disintegration of that family through divorce, and his first encounters with the Bahá'í Faith.
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Cara Williams

Podcast Release Date: Monday, September 3, 2007
A Bahá'í who grew up in Bufort, SC. Before she became a Bahá'í she owned her own business and did a stint as a private investigator. She is currently the administrator for the non-profit organization One Human Family, as well as working for a non-profit called the Community Re-investment Association.
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Carol Rutstein

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, August 25, 2007

A Bahá'í from Amherst, MA who grew up with the Bahá'í Faith. Her father was Curtis Kelsey, who learned about the faith when he was a young man. Carol's husband, Nathan Rutstein, wrote the book, He Loved And Served, The Story of Curtis Kelsey. Carol talks about Nathan's writing career and talks about how his career got started when her daughter inspired him to write Go Watch TV. Carol was a professional singer performing in musical theater and spending about a year traveling with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. When I finished the interview, Carol handed me a CD recording of a talk her father gave in 1970. I took snippets from the talk and created a 20 minute excerpt which I play following Carol's interview.


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Daniel Lincoln

Podcast Release Date: Monday, August 20, 2007
A Bahá'í who, from an infant, grew up in Central Africa. He returned to his country of birthright (the U.S.) to live to complete high school and university. He went to England to get married and get his PhD. Before returning to the U.S., where he currently lives, his family lived in Australia and Rumania. In Rumania he worked for the U.N. organization UNESCO, and now he and a partner are consultants for Social and Economic Development projects.
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Jeff Bohnhoff

Podcast Release Date: Monday, August 13, 2007

A Bahá'í musician and musical producer who moved around a lot growing up, going to about 12 different schools. He became a Bahá'í after marrying Maya who was a Bahá'í. It was the Bahá'í book Thief In The Night by William Sears that lead him to becoming a Bahá'í. Jeff talks about filk music, as did Maya in her interview. Visit their website MysticFig.com.


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Maya Bohnhoff

Podcast Release Date: Monday, August 6, 2007

A Bahá'í musician and author of science fiction and fantasy works as well as short essays on issues related to the Bahá'í Faith. Her music is a joint venture with her husband, Jeff, and their musical styles include filk. The music in this podcast is all from Jeff and Maya's work. Their website is MysticFig.com.


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Sorour Payman

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 30, 2007
A Bahá'í from Iran whose paternal grandfather was a Zoroastrian in the 19th century. When her grandfather heard about the Bahá'í Faith he wrote to Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Bahá'í Faith and asked Him seven questions. In the Zoroastrian Faith, seven is a very holy number. Baha'u'llah responded to her grandfather in a tablet called "Seven Questions Answered". It has been recently translated into English and can be found in the Bahá'í compilation Tabernacle of Unity.
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Greg Dahl

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 23, 2007
An American Bahá'í now living in Bulgaria. Greg went to Harvard to study physics but ended up getting his PhD in Economics. After college Greg worked for the International Monetary Fund of the World Bank for 27 years. His work took him to such countries as Haiti, Sierra Leone and Madagascar. In the interview we discuss globalization and his new book One World, One People: How Globalization is Shaping Our Future. I apologize for the poor quality of the recording. I was having difficulty with VFR's studio telos (the thingy that transfers the output of the soundboard to the telephone line). Greg couldn't hear me, so I had to have the microphone way up, which created a terrible hum and allowed background noise to filter into the interview. However, the interview is still well worth listening to. I started our interview by asking Greg where he grew up and what was it like growing up there.
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Owen Allen

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 16, 2007
A Bahá'í who grew up in rural Australia; went to the big city for boarding high school and university where he studied physiotherapy. He returned to the rural life after university by settling in a rural part of Queensland, where he ran into the Bahá'í Faith. His mother's first reaction to Owen becoming a Bahá'í was "why did you join a religion whose members get killed!" referring to the persecution of the Bahá'ís in Iran. This is my first attempt at using Skype for the interview. I'm not thrilled about the quality, but it may be a tad clearer than through the telephone.
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Bahman Payman

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 9, 2007
A Bahá'í from Iran who came to the United States to finish his medical schooling. After completing his schooling, he returned to Iran and worked at a Bahá'í hospital called Red Lion Society. When the Khomeini regime took over, they confiscated the hospital, assassinated the chief of staff, Dr. Hakim, and arrested or killed other Bahá'í physicians working there. Bahman and his family happened to be in the US when this happened, so he stayed in the US and practiced medicine here. He's now retired and is volunteering for two Bahá'í-inspired institutions, Health for Humanity and the Tahirih Justice Center.
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Nosrat Scott

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 2, 2007
A Bahá'í from Iran. In Iran, Nosrat had to suppress her desire to express her belief freely. So after university, she decided to leave Iran for the United States. She was included in Dan Rather's book, The American Dream.
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Bertha Petruski

Podcast Release Date: Monday, June 25, 2007
A Bahá'í now living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, who spent nine years in Bulgaria. In the interview Bertha refers to the Virtues Project. You can find information about the virtues project at these two websites: http://www.virtuesproject.com/index.php and http://www.virtueoftheweek.org/. Before playing the interview I play an audio clip of a statement by the Bahá'ís to the House of Representatives' International Relations Committee Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations on June 30, 2006
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Kathy Penn

Podcast Release Date: Monday, May 28, 2007
A Bahá'í from Lancaster, PA, who discovered the Bahá'í Faith in Bolivia, and found her true calling in teaching children.
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Rabi Musah

Podcast Release Date: Monday, May 21, 2007
An associate professor of biochemistry at the State University of New York, who grew up in Ghana.
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Bernard Streets

Podcast Release Date: Monday, May 14, 2007
A microbiologist who worked in industry, but when he retired, used his talents to help others in Costa Rica. Bernie refers to the Bahá'í Peace Statement in is stories about Costa Rica. You can find the complete text of The Promise of World Peace here: The Promise of World Peace
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Somava Stout

Podcast Release Date: Monday, May 7, 2007
A Bahá'í from the Boston area who is a pediatrician and founder of the children's organization, Raising Peacemakers
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Hal Williamson & Sharon Eakes

Podcast Release Date: Monday, April 30, 2007
With Sharon's help, Hal wrote the book Liberating Greatness, The Whole Brain Guide to An Extraordinary Life. Their website is http://www.hopellc.com/.
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Anthony Lopez

Podcast Release Date: Monday, April 16, 2007
A Bahá'í of both Italian and Puerto Rican descent. He grew up in New York City and found out that he could bring joy to the lives of children by bringing fictional characters to life. He now lives in Florida. Anthony's websites include: http://www.bahaiway.com/ and http://www.4allproductions.com/
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Jay Green

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, April 8, 2007
While I was at the Bahá'í Conference Center called Green Acre in Eliot Maine, attending a workshop called The Holy Spirit's Invitation to Perfect Unity, I contacted my friend Jay Green for an interview. Jay works at the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of New Hampshire.
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Phyllis Ring

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, April 7, 2007
I was at the Bahá'í Conference Center called Green Acre in Eliot Maine, attending a workshop called The Holy Spirit's Invitation to Perfect Unity. Phyllis Ring ( her website) was one of the facilitators of the workshop. She is a freelance writer living in Exeter New Hampshire.
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Lars Patenaude

Podcast Release Date: Monday, April 2, 2007
This is a continuation of my Lars Patenaude. In this second telephone interview Lars describes his journey from the point at which he became a Bahá'í at the Bahá'í Academy called Landegg in Switzerland. He describes his involvement with the World Summit for Sustainable Development in South Africa and his work for the non-governmental organization called Education for Peace in Bosnia.
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Jamshid Afnan

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 19, 2007
A Bahá'í from Wilbraham, MA and Vice President of Information Services for ISO New England an independent system operator that coordinates, controls and monitors the operation of the electrical power system for New England. Jamshid is a descendant from the family of the Persian prophet-founder of the Babi Faith titled the Bab, spelled B-a-b, which means Gate in Arabic. In 1844 the Bab declared his mission as the one announcing the coming of He Whom God Shall Make Manifest. Bahá'ís believe that this is a reference to Baha'u'llah the prophet-founder of the Bahá'í Faith. The Bab's life was quite miraculous and resembled the life of Christ in many ways including his dramatic martyrdom. I started the interview by asking Jamshid to give a brief synopsis on the Babi religion and its prophet-founder the Bab.
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Children's Theatre Company-Boston

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 12, 2007
Somava Stout is the creator and director of the kids organization Raising Peacemakers, and the director of the Children's Theatre Company of Greater Boston.
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Sarah Page

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 5, 2007
Sarah is a Bahá'í whose work is clearly a service to humanity. She is currently the assistant executive director of fund development for HAP, a non-profit, Housing Partnership organization.
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Lars Patenaude

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 26, 2007
Like other folks I interview, Lars Patenaude has more to tell than one hour can allow. In this first telephone interview segment Lars describes his journey that lead him to becoming a Bahá'í. It includes dropping out of college, going back to college, being a rock'n'roll band manager, and going to graduate school.
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Steven Kolins

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 19, 2007
A Bahá'í who graduated from the University of Wisconsin with double majors in physics and philosophy, and double minors in psychology and math. He then went to NC to go to graduate school, and it is in NC where Steven met his wife, Sally. He now provides computer support for a school system. He and Sally have been involved in a number of service organizations, and Steven is a wikipedia enthusiast. Steven mentions two works by Baha'u'llah in the interview, "The Seven Valleys" and the "Kitab-i-Iqan" which means the Book of Certitude in English. Steven also makes reference to a 12 step organization called Bahá'ís In Recovery Fellowship or BIRF for short.
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William Smith

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 12, 2007
A Bahá'í and executive director of the Center for Diversity in the Communication Industries at Emerson College. In this interview, I barely scratched the service of Dr. Smith's life. In one hour we covered the very interesting story of how he ran into the Bahá'í Faith in high school, while living in a very rough neighborhood. I'll invite Dr. Smith back to talk about his many accomplishments including, founding a video, film and multimedia company called ComTel Productions; founding a non-profit organization called Pupil of the Eye: Vision for Unity in Education; and writing and producing the award winning documentary film "The Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voices", which aired on PBS; and many, many other endeavors.
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Susan Maneck

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 5, 2007
A Bahá'í who holds a masters degree in Oriental Studies and a PhD in history. She is currently an associate professor of history at Jackson State University in Mississippi.
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Stephanie Fielding

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Stephanie Fielding is a Bahá'í of Mohegan descent who lives in Uncasville, CT, where she helps to restore the nearly lost language of the Mohegan people. Her story begins in Hawaii where we learn that Stephanie's ancestry also includes Chinese, Hawaiian, African, and Irish heritage, along with her Native American ancestry. Once she married and became a Bahá'í at 18, she and her husband Dwayne, started their life together by going to Africa, after a chilly start in North Dakota. Her life adventures take her to such places as Nigeria, Lousiana, Colorado and then to her Native American roots in Uncasville, CT.
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Seals & Crofts

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, January 3, 2007
A Bahá'í friend of mine, Mike Andros, gave me a cassette tape labeled 1977/1978. When I listened to it, it was a recording of a dialogue between Jimmy Seals, Dash Crofts and their producer Marcia Day after a Seals and Crofts recording session, talking about the Bahá'í Faith. Seals and Crofts are best known for the 70's hits Summer Breeze and Hummingbird.
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Deborah Hampton

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A Bahá'í from Chattanooga, TN who found out she had cancer in 1994 and has written a book "Slapped Awake: Living with Breast Cancer; Journey in Poetry and Prose". Deborah mentions an article that she wrote that is an excerpt from her book. You can find that article here: Book Excerpt


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Bobbie Pollard

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, December 23, 2006

A 92 year old Bahá'í from Lima, OH, now living in Norwich CT, who in the 40's lost her daughter, Carrie, in a car accident when her daughter was only 11 years old. Her daughter, Carrie, had become a Bahá'í by hearing about it from their neighbor. Before Carrie died, Bobbie happened to pick up one of Carrie's Bahá'í books and got interested in the Bahá'í Faith too. In the interview, Bobbie refers to a well known Bahá'í historical figure named Dorothy Baker, and Baker's husband Frank. They lived in the same Bahá'í community in Lima. If any one is interested in learning more about Dorothy Baker, I recommend the book "From Copper to Gold: The Life of Dorothy Baker" by Dorothy Freeman. You'll hear background voices periodically in the interview. Bobbie always leaves her apartment door open, so once in a while hallway chatter comes through. I started the interview by asking Bobbie where she grew up, and what was it like growing up there.


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Chet Makoski

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, December 9, 2006
A graphic designer who started his career & family in Ireland then returned to the US and established himself in CT. He joined an industrial design firm in Farmington, CT and ended up buying the firm with a partner.
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Sharon Dixon Peay

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2006

A Bahá'í who grew up in the Hartford, CT area. When Sharon finished high school a year early, she went to Yale to study economics. She now works for the CT State Treasurer's Office. In the interview, Sharon refers to the Bahá'í peace statement. The document is entitled "The Promise of World Peace"


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Heather Cardin

Podcast Release Date: Monday, November 27, 2006

A Bahá'í and author of the book "Partners in Spirit: What Couples Say About Marriages That Work". We also find out in the interview that she is a poet and has other works in the pipeline for publication. You can find her blog here: Heather's Blog

 


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Darlene Key

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2006
A Bahá'í who grew up in the southside of Chicago. She moved to Hartford, CT when she started working at Travelers Insurance Co. She soon got married and became a stay-at-home mom in New London, CT, where she became a neighborhood activist. She got involved with the Multicultural Coalition of Southeast CT and the Institute for the Healing of Racism. Now she is a social worker for the state of CT.
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Druzelle Cederquist

Podcast Release Date: Monday, November 20, 2006

A Bahá'í and author of the book, The Story of Baha'u'llah: Promised One of All Religions. You can find her book here. She also has a blog.


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Frances Corgnati

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Here is a story of the good little Catholic girl that asked too many questions, so she became a social activist, and then a political radical, before eventually becoming a Bahá'í. As a Bahá'í her horizons broadened and she felt a calling to go to Africa.
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John Medina

Podcast Release Date: Monday, November 6, 2006
I did a telephone John Medina, a Native American descended from a Mexican tribe. He graduated valedictorian at his high school in Douglas, Arizona and got his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona. However he found himself needing more in life than working for a consumer electronics manufacturer. He decided to get his masters degree in education and is now teaching 6th graders. He also realized that there was something he had to put down on paper that was also inside him. The product of this effort is his book "Faith, Physics and Psychology: Understanding the Human Spirit". I started the interview by asking John to describe where he grew up.
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Patricia McGraw

Podcast Release Date: Monday, October 30, 2006

A Bahá'í who has provided individual and group psychotherapy to victims of trauma and abuse for more than 25 years. She is a forensic expert in post-traumatic stress disorder and interpersonal violence and its effects. She has written two books; It's Not Your Fault: How Healing Relationships Change Your Brain & Can Help You Overcome a Painful Past, and her second book is called Seeking the Wisdom of the Heart: The Journey Doesn't End.


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Beatriz Ferreira

Podcast Release Date: Monday, October 23, 2006
Here is an incredible story of a woman, from a Mexican-American migrant farm-working family; traveling from place to place, season to season, picking crops with her family until she was 19. From these roots, Beatriz Fereira becomes a lawyer defending the rights of those in circumstances from which she grew up. I started the interview by asking Beatriz to describe what it was like growing up as a migrant farmer. I apologize for the sound quality of the interview, the phone connection was not very good.
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Karen Perry James

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2006
A Bahá'í who grew up in New York City; moved to CT after getting married and raised her two kids in New London, CT. She was instrumental in bringing the Institute for the Healing of Racism to New London as a member of the Multicultural Coalition of SE CT.
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Brian Lepard

Podcast Release Date: Monday, October 9, 2006
Brian is a professor of law at the Univ. of Nebraska. He is the author of two books: Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention: A Fresh Legal Approach Based on Fundamental Ethical Principles in International Law and World Religions; and Hope For a Global Ethic: Shared Principles in Religious Scripture.
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Jeanine Sacco

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, October 7, 2006
Jeanine is an educator and is currently the co-administrator of the Green Acre Bahá'í Conference Center in Eliot, ME with her husband Jim. Together, when they were a young family with two pre-school children, they packed up their belongings and headed for South America. They eventually started a school inspired by the principles of the Bahá'í Faith called The School of Nations. They nurtured it for fifteen years, seeing the school mature and stand on its own.
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Dr. Holly Hanson

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, October 1, 2006
A Bahá'í from South Hadley, MA, who is a professor at Mt. Holyoke College of History and African and African-American Studies. She is the author of two books: Social and Economic Development, A Bahá'í Approach; and Landed Obligation: The Practice of Power in Buganda. She recently took a sabbatical to do research on the history of Kampala.
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Mary K. Makoski

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, September 30, 2006
A Bahá'í from Suffield, CT who is an actor by training. In the interview she describes how after meeting her husband they soon went to Ireland and when they returned they settled in Suffield, CT. Mary K. has been in plays with the Suffield Players as far back as 1983. She describes how she used her acting talent to help create and perform the two-woman production, Amazing Grace: Stories of Personal Transformation. I started the interview by asking Mary K. where she grew up and what was it like growing up there.
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Gene and Phyllis Unterschuetz

Podcast Release Date: Monday, September 4, 2006
A Bahá'í couple from the Midwest, who, after their nest of children was emptied, decided to hit the road in service to communities throughout the US; promoting the principles of the Bahá'í Faith; primarily in the area of race unity.
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Manal Gillett

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, August 5, 2006
Manal Gillett is a Bahá'í of Iranian descent, but who was born in Iraq. She knew only Arabic when she moved back to Iran at the age of 22, and then moved to Africa a few years later teaching math and science for nearly 30 years in the country of Cameroon. I start the interview by asking Manal how it ended up that she, being of Iranian descent, was born and raised in Iraq?
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Ramin Gillett

Podcast Release Date: Friday, August 4, 2006
Ramin Gillett is a 25 year old Bahá'í youth who grew up in Africa, in the country of Cameroon, and came to the United States for university, and lost his way. His story describes the struggle he went through and the reward of finding his calling. He also describes his recent service trip to Rwanda with the service corps organization called the Orien Aid Foundation.
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David Gillett

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, August 3, 2006
A Bahá'í who has lived in Africa, in the country of Cameroon for thirty years teaching English in the public school system.
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Bahia Odess-Gillett

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, July 6, 2006
Many times Bahá'í youth will take a year off between high school and college and do what Bahá'ís call a Year of Service. This typically involves volunteering at a Bahá'í inspired project of some kind in service to humanity. Bahia Odess-Gillett is a 19 year old who, after graduating from high school, went overseas to Northern Ireland to participate in a social issues-oriented dance workshop called Lights of Unity and to Kosovo where she worked for a non governmental organization called the Global Perspectives Development Centre. The interesting part of the story is her resistance to the idea of doing a year of service and the events in her life that led her to changing her mind.
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Dr. Michael Penn

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 3, 2006
An African-American professor of psychology at Franklin & Marshall college, the oldest college in PA founded soon after the birth of this nation. He teaches psychopathology with courses related to the development of mental illness; and his interests include the relationship between culture and psychopathology; hope and hopelessness; and human spiritual development.
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Dr. Jim Sacco

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 3, 2006
The co-administrator of the Green Acre Bahá'í Conference Center in Eliot ME with his wife, Jeanine. Jim got his doctorate in education at the University of Mass. After getting married and having two small children, Jim quit his job as an assistant professor at the University of MD to go to serve the Bahá'í Faith in Paraquay. Eventually the Saccos ended up in Brazil starting up a school called the School of Nations, which is a Bahá'í inspired school in the town of Brazilia. In this interview Jim shares his thoughts and experiences of living as an American in Brazil.
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Mary K. Radpour

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, July 2, 2006
A Bahá'í from Chattanooga TN who is a licensed clinical social worker. In addition to her private practice, she is one of the founders of the Authenticity Project which she describes in the interview.
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Elena Mustakova-Possardt

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, July 1, 2006
I was at a conference called Cultivating Spirituality at the Bahá'í conference center, Green Acre, in Eliot Maine. One of the presenters at the conference was Elena Mustakova-Possardt, a Bulgarian-born educator who came to the United States when communism fell in Eastern Europe, to study at the University of Mass. She focused her doctoral studies on the subject of critical conscientiousness, integrating the heart with the intellect. I was able to pull her aside during the conference to have a few minutes to interview her for A Bahá'í Perspective. The interview is very "on location" so you hear the comings and goings of the conference participants during the interview.
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Alfred Kikoti

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006
A Bahá'í from Tanzania who has been drawn to the protection of the wildlife in his country. He started his career as a game warden in a nature conservancy park, but realized more had to be done to protect Tanzania's wildlife. He developed a unique way to have villagers see the wild animals as a resource rather than a liability to their farms and family. He has just completed his first phase of academic work for his doctorate in Elephant Ecology & Conservation at the University of Massachussetts and is returning to Tanzania for a two year stint to perform field work in support of his doctorate studies.
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Ray Estes

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006
In this interview Ray shares a tender story about his mother who died when he was a young child.
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Greg Kagira-Watson

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006
Greg is a Bahá'í from the midwest who has recently finished a doctoral program at Harvard in Education and is now in Atlanta with his wife Waithera.
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Waithera Kagira-Watson

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006
I went to Cambridge, MA to interview Greg and Waithera Kagira-Watson for A Bahá'í Perspective. Waithera was a bit reticent about doing an interview, so I did the Greg first. Well by the time I was through with Greg, Waithera was willing to share her story. I happen to have Waithera's interview ready before Greg's, but Greg's will be coming soon. Waithera is a Bahá'í from Kenya who followed her sister to the US and ended up getting a Bachelor's degree here and she and her husband, Greg, are relocating to Atlanta Georgia in June. Before the interview I play an excerpt from the podcast Interfaith Voices hosted by Maureen Fiedler. This interview is of Kit Bigelow, Director of the Office of External Affairs for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, discussing the persecution of the Bahá'ís in Iran.
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Jacki Odess-Gillett

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006
My wife and a Bahá'í from Hadley MA who has lived in New England all her life and describes her spiritual journey that includes spending 8 years in a commune in Western Mass. We started the interview by her describing how this journey began.
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Soheil Samari

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, April 23, 2006
A Bahá'í originally from Iran who left for the US soon after the Islamic Revolution and started a family. After about ten years in the US he and his wife decided to move to Saipan and have lived there ever since. I started the interview by asking Soheil, where he grew up and what was it like growing up there.
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Dr. Jeanne Swinney

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, April 16, 2006
A Bahá'í from Amherst, MA who ran into the Bahá'í Faith in California after finishing nursing school, then went to Africa for 8 years and when she returned got her doctorate at the University of Texas.
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George Goding

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, April 9, 2006
A Bahá'í from Rochester, VT, who had a rough childhood, left home at an early age, served in World War II and the Korean War, and an engineer job-shopper who traveled throughout New England and as far south as Richmond, VA.
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Paul Robbins

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, April 2, 2006
Paul is a Bahá'í from Wilbraham Massachusetts who was formerly a political consultant and is now a public relations consultant for both corporate and non-profit organizations.
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Dr. Fides Ushe

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, March 4, 2006
A Bahá'í originally from Malawi who is now a professor of mathematics at Springfield College.
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Minoo Moghaddam

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, February 11, 2006
A Bahá'í from Wilbraham, MA who escaped Iran with her family after the Islamic Revolution.
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Ash Hartwell

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2006
In the 2nd segment Ash continued his journey by describing how he ended up in Amherst, MA and ultimately to Uganda and Botswana. In this final segment Ash describes his work in Egypt and finally in Afghanistan.
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Ash Hartwell

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 6, 2006
In the first segment Ash described his experiences as one of the first peace corps volunteers, and his adventures in Ethiopia for that assignment. Ash concluded that segment by describing his experience as an educator in the Washington DC school system and the start of the Upward Bound organization. In this segment Ash continues his journey by describing how he ended up in Amherst, MA and ultimately to Uganda and Botswana.
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Ash Hartwell

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, February 5, 2006
Ash is an educator and a Bahá'í who has spent 25 years in Africa and is now residing in Amherst, MA on the faculty of the Center for International Education at the University of Mass. The stories that Ash has to tell are too many to capture in a one hour segment, so this is the first in a series.
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Ray Estes

Podcast Release Date: Friday, January 27, 2006
A Bahá'í from Chapel Hill, NC who is a commercial designer by trade, but his first love is discovering spiritual truths from the Bible and the Bahá'í writings. This interview is the first in a series. In this interview, Ray describes his upbringing and his spiritual journey leading him to the discovery of the Bahá'í Faith. To him "Life is an adventure".
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Ray Estes

Podcast Release Date: Friday, January 27, 2006
This is the 2nd in a series of interviews with Ray Estes, a Bahá'í for many years who comes from a background of a born-again Christian, who has studied the Bible for many years and has developed new understandings of some of the Bible stories now that he is a Bahá'í. In this interview Ray talks about the Bible story of Adam and Eve. I start out the interview asking Ray what the Bahá'í perspective is regarding the story of Adam and Eve; a story that can be found in the religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
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Ray Estes

Podcast Release Date: Friday, January 27, 2006
This is the 4th in a series of interviews in which Ray discusses how one can reconcile what seemingly appears to be a contradiction between science and religion.
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Ray Estes

Podcast Release Date: Friday, January 27, 2006

This is the 3rd in a series of interviews with Ray Estes, a Bahá'í for many years who comes from a background of a born-again Christian. The Bible story that Ray talks about in this interview is the story about Noah's Ark.


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Ray Estes

Podcast Release Date: Friday, January 27, 2006
This is the 5th in a series of interviews in which Ray discusses the prophesies in the Bible regarding the 2nd coming of Christ and how he interprets these passages.
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Katherine Knaplund

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, January 7, 2006
A Bahá'í youth currently an undergraduate student at UMASS who did a year of service in India between high school and university.
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Kenith Wilson

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, December 18, 2005
A Bahá'í from India who is currently living in Amherst, MA.
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Martha Martinez

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, December 11, 2005
A Bahá'í youth currently living in South Hadley, MA and is a student at Springfield Technical Community College. A very interesting and moving interview
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Juan Caban

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, December 4, 2005
A member of the Amherst, MA Bahá'í Community who was the former Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Massachusetts
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Sujata and Mukul Acharya

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, November 20, 2005
Bahá'ís from Nepal currently living in Amherst, MA
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Fanny Efuo-Dontoh

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, November 13, 2005
A member of the Amherst, MA Bahá'í community who emigrated to the US from Ghana many years ago.
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Dr. John Woodall

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, November 6, 2005
A Bahá'í from Lunenburg, MA, who is a psychiatrist who assisted in trauma facilitation in Bosnia and is founder of the Unity Project.
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Marjan Hajibandeh

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, October 30, 2005
A UMASS student who chose to take a year off from her studies to do a Bahá'í year of service in Africa.
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Sita Roohi

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, October 23, 2005
A Bahá'í from India now living in the US teaching pre-school.
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Pasha Mohajer-Jasbi

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Pasha tells her humorous story about how she found the Bahá'í Faith.
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Shirin Selph

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, October 16, 2005
A Bahá'í from Western MA who was the former Multi-cultural Specialist for the Springfield Public Schools and Global Educator of the Year in 2000.
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Roohina Seihoun

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, September 25, 2005
A Bahá'í who escaped Iran with her small children soon after the Islamic Republic was formed.
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Mabel Garis

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, September 18, 2005
Author of the Uncle Wiggly Series and other books. Former Bahá'í NGO Representative to the United Nations.
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Nathan Rutstein

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, September 11, 2005
A dear friend of the Bahá'í Community, Nathan Rutstein, passed away, two hours after sunset on May 22, 2006 . Nathan Rutstein was an author of some 20 books, taught at the University of Mass in Amherst, and at Springfield Technical Community College. And before that, he was the International News Editor for NBC during the Huntley-Brinkley era. I started the interview by asking Nat where he grew up and what was it like growing up there? . We will miss him dearly. In honor of our brother who has moved on to the next world, I'm replaying an interview that I recorded with Nat on September 11, 2005.
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Ray Elliott

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, August 25, 2005
A member of the Amherst, MA Bahá'í community who is involved in a number of community associations including the local chapter of the NAACP and the Interfaith Council.
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