Kelly Monjazeb

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Kelly has been seeking solutions to problems related to human sexuality and issues of gender equality over the last three decades. As a Social Worker and trained Sexual Health Educator, Kelly offers a courageous but compassionate approach to challenging outdated cultural and social norms, with special attention to healing from the effects of pornography. Through conversation, story-telling, group and private coaching, Kelly supports people to heal sexual shame so they can give and receive love more fully. All her work is to nurture a vision of sexual wellbeing that honors the innate dignity of all people. You can find her work here. She recently co-authored piece on the website entitled How Porn is Affecting Us and What We Can Do About It. We focus the interview on this article.

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Sovaida Ma'ani

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

previously interviewed Sovaida back in April 2010 about her book "Collective Security Within Reach". Since then Sovaida has published two books. In 2015 she published "Building a World Federation: The Key to Resolving our Global Crises". Her second book that was recently published is "Bridge to Global Governance: Tackling Climate Change, Energy Distribution, and Nuclear Proliferation". We talk about both books in the interview. She is also founder of the Center for Peace and Global Governance.

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Elaine McCreary

Podcast Release Date: Monday, December 10, 2018

Elaine serves as the Bahá'í member of the University of Victoria's Multifaith Services team of chaplains. Her spiritual journey began as a devoted Christian, expanded as a devotee of Raj Yoga, and found the Baha'i Faith 25 years ago. After serving at the Baha'i World Centre in Haifa, Israel she returned to Canada where she continues to write and teach advanced life skills for global citizens.

Elaine authored the book Our Seven Families: Expanding and Enriching our Sense of Belonging. The book explores the value of human social life – why we need human connections. Drawing on her experience as a social scientist and on insights derived from a deep study of the Bahá'í Sacred Writings, Elaine offers a fresh perspective on human affairs, revealing new hope and opportunities for action. Her analysis expands our conception of the nature and range of human relationships, stresses the link between spiritual activities and social transformation.

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Chelsea Lee Smith

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018

Chelsea is an author, certified parent educator, blogger, and musician. She has two Baha'i-inspired websites about parenting. One is called and the other is She has authored two storybooks, "Garden of Virtues" and "Mason's Greatest Gems" which we discuss in the interview. We also talk about her teaching at the Wilmette Institute. She and her husband have put many of the Baha'i scriptures to music and we sample a couple.

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Sarah Perceval

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sarah is a classically trained actress and professional story teller. She has created a number of CD's of her story telling and we sample two in the interview. She is also creator of State of the Heart Story Telling which provides a platform for her story telling initiatives. Her most recent endeavor is called Stich-Story-Stillness which she explains in the interview.

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Neal McBride

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018

In this interview, Neal, who has been a Baha'i for many years, presents his insights on the Baha'i perspective on the state of the world. In this perspective, you will be surprised that there is a positive aspect that gives hope to those who dispair at the current affairs, particularly in this country at this time.

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John Sargent

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

John hails from the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in Ontario. Born of Mohawk and European descent, John discovered the Baha'i Faith at a young age and has devoted much of his life to the Canadian Baha'i community. He has been involved in outreach work in Africa, remote Indigenous communities, and throughout North America.

Retired from a career in architecture and first-nation administration he now lives in central British Columbia with his wife. John is the author of Stumbling in the Half-Light which is his first book. It chronicles his life from the Six Nations reservation as he embarks on a lifetime of spiritual adventures within the Baha'i community. Through fifty-two short, autobiographical stories, John retells a life of humor, humility, loss, and faith. John's openness leads him through a life of adventure—from a childhood on the reserve, to years in Africa, to a career in architecture and finally as an administrator of First Nations communities. John reads two stories from his book.

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Lex Musta

Podcast Release Date: Friday, August 10, 2018

Lex considers himself a Human Amity worker, and the projects he has been and is involved with testify to that moniker. In 2012 he co-authored "Some Reflections on Baha'i Approaches to Social Change" which we discuss in the interview. He has started a podcast called The Other Tradition, and he has a historical touring company called DC Time Travel Tours provides tourists with an opportunity to experience DC history not normally told. We talk about his podcast and touring company in the interview.

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Karim Rushdy

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Karim is a rapper and songwriter. We feature a number of his songs in the interview. He is also founder of Rap Camp. The way Karim sees it, Rap, as well as the use of technology in music making, are extremely quick paths to positive expression. Every voice deserves to be heard, but in our society, its the loudest voice that gets the stage. With The Rap Camp, Karim seeks to create spaces where every voice is able to sing out..or rap out! We talk about the Rap Camp in the interview. You can find his music on his website.

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Alan Manifold

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018

Alan is a musician, choral composer and author of the mystery novel Consulting Detective. Alan explains that since college his intention was to become a writer, and he was an avid reader of science fiction and mystery novels. So it seemed natural that he would eventually put these two together to produce his first mystery novel. Alan explains the significance of the book title and shares an excerpt from the novel in the interview.

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Jenina Lepard

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, July 1, 2018

Jenina is a musician, clinical social worker and author of two books. The first is called Diamonds in the Rough, which is a young person's novel about a group of friends who discover what it means to live out one's faith in action and service to the community and come to understand that they themselves can be important agents of change in the world. Her second book is entitled The Fashioner: Reflections on the Role of Music and the Arts in Building a Global Community. We discuss both books in the interview and she reads excerpts from each.

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David Douglas

Podcast Release Date: Monday, June 25, 2018

David is an educator and author of the book Marriage Beyond Black and White: An Interracial Family Portrait. The book is about David's parents' interracial marriage. David explains how, after his father died, his mother began writing this book. After about six months of writing, she passed away, and so David took up the mantle to complete the book. He reads two excerpts from the book: one from the pen of his mother, and the second, his telling of an episode in their lives.

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Richard Thomas

Podcast Release Date: Friday, June 8, 2018

Richard is Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University. He is the author of several books on the subject of race unity. His latest work with Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis is entitled "Lights of the Spirit: Historical Portraits of Black Baha'is in North America 1898-2000". This work uncovers the role played by black people in the emergence of the Baha'i faith in North America. Drawing on a wide range of sources including personal essays, letters, and journals, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of some extraordinary individuals. I have Richard read excerpts from the book in the interview.

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John Kolstoe

Podcast Release Date: Monday, May 14, 2018

John is an author of several books. His latest work is called Compassionate Woman: The Life and Legacy of Patricia Locke. He explains what inspired him to write about Patricia Locke and reads excerpts from his work in the interview.

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Edward Price

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Edward has started authoring a 6 volume set entitled The Divine Curriculum. He has published his first volume entitled Divine Design. Edward explains what inspired him to write this 6-volume set and what the reader should expect when reading the first volume and subsequent volumes. He reads two excerpts from Divine Design.

Edward is also co-writer and co-producer of the film The Gate: Dawn of the Baha'i Faith. It is a documentary film on the epic life of the The Bab, who, in 1844 declared His Messianic mission in Persia, while Christians in the US were waiting for Jesus to arrive on the clouds. Edward talks about the film in the interview.

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Elizabeth Gatorano

Podcast Release Date: Friday, April 27, 2018

Elizabeth is the author of the book, Waiting for the Sunrise, an incredible story of how she and her Rwandan husband, Phanuel helped Phenuel's family escape the genocide and come to the US, and the fallout as a result. In the interview Elizabeth talks about the ordeal and reads an excerpt from her account. She also reads an excerpt of her book in which she honestly assesses her own inherent racism. You can also visit her web page at

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Corinne Padilla McLoughlin

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Corinne recently produced a CD called Remember My Days. This is her first foray into musical production. She describes the process and explains why she picked the songs for this project. She also explains why she endeavored to make a CD. During the interview we play some of the songs from the CD. You can also find her CD on Facebook.

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Kelly Snook

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

Kelly is a scientist who worked for NASA for 19 years. She is also a musician, songwriter, and music producer. Her current project is putting all of these disciplines together in what she calls the Concordia Project. We talk about this project that brings the work of Johannes Kepler into the 21st century. We also share in the interview her love for putting sacred writings to music and her recent endeavor to put Kepler's writings to song.

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Dalton Garis

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Dalton is the author of the book Manna from Heaven: From Divine Speech to Economic Science. Correlating the Bahá'í and Muslim teachings with economics, Dalton uses the concept of 'prophetic dialogues' or 'divine speech' to indicate true religion (as opposed to ideology) and demonstrates how it harmonizes with science. His exposition of the elements of economics is reinforced by the liberal use of passages from the Qur'án and the Bahá'í scriptures, providing unique insights into economics, society and religion and stimulating a much-needed discussion on the harmony of science and spiritual teachings. Dalton reads an excerpt from his book in the interview.

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Matthew Levine

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Matthew is a singer songwriter that has produced a number of CDs including A House Divided, A Sacrifice to Thee, and Acquiescence. We sample a number of his songs from these CDs in the interview along with some that have not been published yet. Visit Matthew's website for information about him.

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