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A Baha'i Perspective: Bharat Koirala
Bharat is one of the most prominent senior journalists of Nepal with a professional career of over four decades. He started his career in journalism as the chief reporter for the first english daily in Nepal called The Rising Nepal in 1965. He stayed with the Rising Nepal for 19 years becoming its chief editor. He then became editor of the parent newspaper and then ultimately the executive chairman and general manager of the newspaper corporation. Afterwards he joined the World View International foundation as Regional Director for Asia for two years, promoting video as a development tool. He is the founder of the Nepal Press Institute, nurturing and developing journalists native to Nepal. He was also instrumental in establishing the way for private, rural radio stations and became chairman of the first rural radio station in Katmandu. Now there are 450 such private radio stations in Nepal rivaling other neighboring countries such as India and Pakistan.
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:15:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Anne Pearson
Anne teaches a wide variety of courses in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University. Her area of specialty is Hinduism, but she also teaches other South Asian religions, as well as courses on gender, nonviolence, and ecology as they relate to religion. She has been an instructor at the Baha'i Wilmette Institute for about ten years.
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:11:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Lance Mead
Lance is a geologist who had the opportunity to travel around the world for his work. We don't talk so much about the Baha'i Faith in this interview,but I do learn alot about quarrying and the use of our rock resources, and an interesting tidbit about Palestian quarrying.
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:51:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Anne Perry
Anne and her husband created the production company Perry Productions and produced the documentary film Luminous Journey: 'Abdu'l-Baha in America, 1912. 'Abdu'l-Baha is the son of the prophet founder of the Baha'i Faith, Baha'u'llah. 'Abdu'l-Baha came to Americal in 1912 to promote his father's teachings. You can find the trailer for the film at LuminousJourney.org. Anne tells her story on how she found the Baha'i Faith and how arts is an important aspect of her expression of her faith
Tue, 27 May 2014 11:21:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Susanne Alexander
Susanne is president of her own marriage educational service company that conducts marriage workshops for singles, prospective marriage couples, and married couples. She maintains two websites. The first ishttp://marriagetransformation.com/ which is her business website, and her second ishttp://bahaimarriage.net/ which provides the Baha'i perspective on marriage.
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:19:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Alex Blakeson
Alex grew up in a Baha'i family that left the United States when he was 16 to live in St Vincent in the West Indies. This set the stage for Alex's life as an international traveler, serving humanity, mainly in South America. We talk about his work with youth and his current career as a Life Coach.
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:19:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Tim Perry
Tim is a videographer who co-produced a documentary about 'Abdu'l-Baha's visit to America in 1912. 'Abdu'l-Baha is the son of Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha'i Faith. The video is called Luminous Journey: 'Abdu'l-Baha in America 1912 and can be found at LuminousJourney.org.
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:39:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Aaron Emmel
A Baha'i and author of Human Rights in an Advancing Civilization; and Taking Action in a Changing World, a handbook for positive social change; and a graphic novel called Zanjan with illustrations by Aaron Kreader. He co-edited the compilation called On the Front Lines, which has interviews and essays about teenagers and college students who are changing the world.
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:18:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Arline (Turcotte) Bogie
Arline grew up during the depression as a devout Catholic. A tragedy struck Arline after starting a family that put her spiritual search into high gear. Soon after she became a Baha'i and became an international traveler.
Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Mark Moran
Mark is a web graphic designer. He describes his spiritual journey that includes his study of Wushu and his work with the actor Jet Li. Mark had several opportunities to live in China and describes his time there.
Sun, 08 Sep 2013 12:53:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Justin de Leon
Justin is a 1st generation Filipino-American. He is a documentary film maker who is devoted to the field of international development. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Delaware. He has done development work in in Belfast, Kenya, Tanzania, Honduras, and Uganda. You can find Justin's work here.
Tue, 13 Aug 2013 08:01:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Robert Stockman
Rob is a Baha'i and author of a number of books about the history of the Baha'i Faith in America including “Abdul-Baha in America”, “Baha'i Faith In America” Volumes 1 and 2, “Thorton Chase: First American Baha'i, and “The Baha'i Faith: A Guide for the Perplexed. Rob is also the Director of the Wilmette Institute, a Baha'i on-line learning center. We talk about Rob's books and the Wilmette Institute in the interview.
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:32:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Ed Bauman
Ed is a Baha'i and has been a pioneer in the field of holistic nutrition for over 35 years. His vision and leadership have inspired thousands of people to transform their lives in the form of wellness, community, and peace. He received his M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Health Promotion from the University of New Mexico. Ed created the Eating for Health model to teach individuals to make nutritionally comprehensive food choices and foundedBauman College in 1989, with a mission to change the world through better nutrition and healthful living.
Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:25:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Steven Boone
Steve is an artist who has an art gallery in Sante Fe. You can find his art work at stevenboonegallery.com. He also does photographic art and you can see this work at graphixshoot.com. Steve suffered a tragedy when his daughter died at a young age. He wrote a book about it called A Heart Traced in Sand. The book won a number of awards.
Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:25:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: John Hatcher
John is Professor Emeritus in English literature at the University of South Florida. He has published a number of works too many to list. His works include original poetry and novels, the translation of poetry from Persian and Arabic, and a sequence of works about the Baha'i view of physical reality. In the interview we focus primarily on the last area. The works related to the subject of physical reality include The Purpose of Physical Reality, The Arc of Ascent, The Ascent of Society, and Close Connections. We also had time to discuss his work on life after death.
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Gustaff Besungu
Gustaff hails from Cameroon. He is an accomplished hand drummer from a tradition of drummers from his family. He travels around the country sharing his music. In fact he is on the road more than he is at home. He calls himself a 21st century nomad. Gustaff collaborated with other Baha'i musicians to create the CD The Flight. In addition to hearing Gustaff's story, he explains the background for the songs on the CD. Gustaff's next project is to create a CD devoted to the equality of Men and Women. It will be called Shadows.
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 08:18:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Frances Worthington
Author of Baha'i Basics: A Guide to the Beliefs, Practices and History of the Baha'i Faith, and the bookAbraham: One God, Three Wives, Five Religions.
Sun, 12 May 2013 21:23:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Grace Reed
Grace is a mediator and author of the book Negotiating Shadows. Grace grew up in foster homes and eventually became an alcoholic. She describes her bottoming out and her road to recover and spiritual awakening. Grace shares excerpts from her book and insights for helping others with addictions.
Mon, 30 Apr 2013 21:30:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Vasu Mohan
Vasu grew up in Sri Lanka until he was 10 and then moved to India due to the civil war. He came to the US for a Environmental Sciences master program and ran into the Baha'is there. He found he can use his traditional Indian dance form, Bharata Natyam, to promote the teachings of the Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:30:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Nwandi Lawson
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Nwandi received a degree in broadcast journalism from Howard University. Upon graduating from Howard University, Nwandi began teaching eighth-grade social studies, literature and language arts in the San Francisco Bay Area before accepting a position at CNN in Atlanta in 1992. At CNN, she became Associate Producer for three prime-time news broadcasts. In 1994, she was hired as Associate Producer for the TBS children's series “Feed Your Mind.” For more than a decade, Nwandi has enjoyed working on all sides of many productions: anchoring Georgia Public Broadcasting's political series, “Lawmakers,” reporting for “Georgia Business Report” and “Success Track”. In 1999 Nwandi started her own production company called Reve Productions. One of her most successful productions was Atlanta Public Schools Today or just APS Today which aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations. We share her vision on a very interesting project she aspires to produce.
Mon, 01 Apr 2013 08:19:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Gissou Nia
Gissou is the Executive Director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. Before becoming the Executive Director, she was on a trial team at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Prior to that, she was a Legal Analyst at the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and led field investigations in Turkey and Europe to collect documentation and interview over 150 survivors of human rights abuses perpetrated by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Sat, 09 Mar 2013 14:15:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Peter Champoux
Peter is an investigator of geometric patterns that can be found throughout the planet and the universe. It all started when he was a mason and noticed patterns in the rock that he was fracturing. He realized that using these patterns to his advantage assisted him as a mason. He calls this science Gaiagraphic Life Studies and he says that it adds a dimension and connective tone to any community, individual, event, think tank, or conference. He tailors presentations to the people place and purpose of an event focus whether local or international in scope.He includes education on land survey techniques and land pattern discoveries as a context. He wrote a book called Gaia Matrix where he focused his attention to the small town of Shelburne Falls, MA when applying this science. Peter is not a Baha'i, but I requested he apply this science to aspects of the Baha'i Faith. In so doing, Peter developed a set of visuals to assist in his explanation of the convergence of this science with the Baha'i Faith. You can find this visual at geometryofplace.com/bahai. We will be refering to these visuals during the interview.
Sat, 02 Mar 2013 12:29:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: George Lord
George is a chiropractor who employs other alternative methods of healing including a method called Body Talk. George describes the mystical art of body talk in which the soul communicates the state of one's being.
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 10:51:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Greg Shaw
Greg grew up in West Virginia. He became a Baha'i when he was a young man in the late 60's.. He traveled throughout South and Central America early in his Baha'i career. He has since returned to his roots in West Virginia. Greg is a song writer. Some of his songs have traveled all over the world and he finds them in the most unexpected places. We talk about this and play some of his songs during the interview. You can find his songs here. You can also see Greg playing on this YouTube video.
Sun, 14 Oct 2012 11:22:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Barbara Loeding
Since the age of 4, Barbara has wanted to live in another country. Although that was her childhood wish, she wasn't able to live in another country, but she has had opportunities to travel around the world. Barbara is an Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of South Florida.
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 19:03:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Marilyn Raubitschek
Marilyn grew up with a grand piano in her home but her mother never thought to offer piano lessons to her. When Marilyn was 9 she asked her mom for piano lessons. She ultimately became an accomplished pianist playing her first public concert when she was ten and played with an orchestra when she was 12. She has played for Arthur Fiedler and was compared to Rachmaninoff by one critic. She is now 87 years old.
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:55:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Tom Stevens
Tom has a mission. His mission is to let the world know about generating power by water. The process is called electrolyzing in which you produce what is called hydroxy gas. An electrolyzer takes water and by way of a low power source and pulsing that power source, you create a hydrogen/oxygen gas mixture called hydroxy gas that stays in a gaseous form for a short period of time. This hydroxy gas has a faster flash point than gasoline which can be ignited to produce power. The interesting phenomenon is that if you pulsate the power source to the electrolyzer producing the hydroxy gas at the same natural frequency of water, you maximize the quantity of the hydroxy gas. Tom's first effort is to fit up an old oldsmobile with an electrolyzer to demonstrate the feasibility of powering a car with water. Very interesting stuff.
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:25:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Talibah Sun
Talibah's history includes the Black Panter movement and Stokley Carmichael's All African Peoples Revolutionary Party. Today, Talibah is an educator. Among other topics, she talks about how being an educator helped her quickly get the Baha'i principle of progressive revelation. She also describes how she integrates the Baha'i principle, independent investigation of truth, in the classroom.
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:55:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Darrel Rogers
A Singer/songwriter, Darrell's most recent CD is called Plain and Simple. He has a trio that includes Rick Heyman on bass and Michael Parker on drums. I had Darrell select a few songs to play and talk about in the interview. Some of which come from his new CD. You can also find Darrell on his youtube channel. He's played at the Tucson Arizona Folk Festival for a number of years now. Check out his website, DarrellSongs.com
Sun, 08 Jul 2012 09:48:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Michael Winger
A Baha'i now living in Croatia. Michael wrote a book called Changing Patterns: Friendship, Fellowship and Transformation. The book addresses what it means to share the teachings of the Baha'i Faith with others. We also talk about the human potential and the positive outlook the Baha'i Faith brings for the destiny of human civilization.
Fri, 07 Jul 2012 12:12:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Mona Mahmoudi
Mona's parents got swept up in the 1979 Iranian revolution. Mona's father was a member of the first Baha'i National Spiritual Assembly after the revolution. One day in August of 1980 all the members of the assembly just disappeared never to be heard from again. Immediately a second assembly was formed. Mona's mother was a member of this subsequent assembly. That assembly was arrested a year and a half later. The whole assembly was executed soon after the arrest. So Mona lost both her parents within three years of the revolution. A third assembly was put in place and all members of that body were subsequently executed. Since the 3rd Baha'i national assemly, there has been no Baha'i administration allowed by the authorities. During the interview we discuss the current movement Education Under Fire protesting the Iranian government's disbanding of the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education in Iran. Mona has contributed to BIHE as an instructor.
Tue, 08 May 2012 06:47:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Adib Khozouee
Adib is a Baha'i from Haiti who is currently an engineering student at the University of Massachusetts. Adib has the unique distinction of being born in Haiti and grew up there all his life, yet his parents are Iranian. Adib was in Haiti at the time the earthquake struck. We talk about the earthquake and other aspects of Haiti.
Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:51:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Glenn Darling
Glenn is a Baha'i from Canada who has been in the broadcasting business for 35 years and is now retired. He has recently used his wonderful voice to recite Baha'u'llah's work the Tablet of Carmel which you can find on YouTube. He is currently working on an audio book called The Second Coming.
Sun, 08 Apr 2012 11:14:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Kathy Hogenson
Kathy is an attorney by trade. She practiced family law in Richmond and also provided assistance to the Baha'i National Center. She spent 18 years in Haifa Israel in service to the Baha'i World Center. During that time she published a book, "Lighting the Western Sky - The Hearst Pilgrimage & Establishment of the Baha'i Faith in the West". We talk about her book and she reads an excerpt in the interview.
Sun, 25 Mar 2012 15:43:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Terry Spratt
Terry is a retired educator who has taught internationally. He's contemplating writing an introductory to the Baha'i Faith tieing current events to the teachings. In the latter part of the interview we discuss the economic situation and the associated Baha'i teachings.
Sun, 04 Mar 2012 10:00:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jane Faily
A Baha'i who intentionally went to a black college in the early '60s in the segregated south because she felt the need to promote racial integration. Today she is a psychotherapist. We discuss her time in the south as well as her psychotherapy practice.
Sun, 05 Feb 2012 10:05:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Calvin Terrell
Calvin is founder and lead facilitator of Social Centric; an organization he designed to provide education and training for all ages to enhance human interactions and global progress. He is a former Assistant Director of the National Conference for Community Justice/Anytown USA Arizona Region. He has taught for Upward Bound at Arizona State University and the Arizona National Guard's Freedom Academy.
Sun, 22 Jan 2012 19:28:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Homa Tavangar
Homa is author of the book "Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World". She has spent her career helping governments develop globally oriented programs and advising businesses on how to thrive abroad.
Sun, 20 Nov 2011 11:20:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Nina Lembcke Harvey
A Baha'i now living in England who grew up in Colombia and is the former care taker for the Baha'i House of Worship in Panama. Nina had a near death experience when she was 3 or 4 years old which seemed to drive the direction of her life. She takes us through her spiritual journey in this interview.
Sun, 30 Oct 2011 11:20:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Lee Ann Edwards
Lee Ann started out as a professional musician before switching to teaching. She has traveled all over the world and shares her experiences in the interview.
Sun, 16 Oct 2011 21:20:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Cary Enoch Reinstein
Cary is a photographic artist who uses a variety of both traditional and digital darkroom techniques to, "go beyond the limitations of the camera to achieve a personal style."e; You can find his work on his website EnochsVision.com.
Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:23:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Joye Braun
Joye grew up, on and off, the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation. She was raised as a Baha'i and used her religious background to spread the teachings of unity and diversity among the Sioux people. She provides an interesting historical perspective on native American history. To this day she works to preserve the native Lakota ceremonies.
Tue, 06 Sep 2011 09:58:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Roya Movafegh
Born in Austria to Iranian parents, Roya and her family moved to Iran in 1976 only to escape it five years later due to the persecutions they faced as Bahá'ís. Roya is a multi-media artist and an author of the book People With No Camel. She is currently working on her photo-based installation piece "Search for Simurgh", a sequel to her novel "The People With No Camel".
Sun, 28 Aug 2011 21:50:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Pascal Akimana
Pascal grew up in Burundi under extreme violent conditions, both within his family and out. He provides an enlightening historical perspective on the situation both in Burundi and Rwanda. He is now in the US finishing his education.
Sun, 21 Aug 2011 19:50:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Josephine Javier-Johnson
A woman who pursued a 9 year search for truth and feels that she has now found her spiritual home.
Mon, 08 Aug 2011 01:05:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Munirih Sparrow
Munirih is a musician who actually goes by two names: Farideh and Munirih Sparrow. Under her name Farideh she has made two CDs: Seasons of Loving and Symphony of Chemistry. Under her name Munirih Sparrow she will be releasing a new CD called Morning to Midnight in September. I play cuts from all three CDs in the interview.
Sun, 24 Jul 2011 23:18:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Ronnie Tomanio
Ronnie tells the story of how he was legally blind as a kid and his Mom was so determined to find a cure for her son that she quit her job and moved out to Iowa to a chiropractic school. In addition to Ronnie's eyesight returning, his mother became a chiropractor. Ronnie is a writer who has published two children's books, Lillie and Peggy, and The Unexpected Day and Trust. He now hosts a radio program on the Portsmouth community radio station called Don't Dis My Ability. He also made a film about suicide among the disability community called Just One More Day. Ronnie is also a poet and he shares some of his poetry in the interview.
Sat, 25 Jun 2011 23:10:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Blair Nichols
A Baha'i who grew up in the projects in Detroit and family was her life, and once she became a Baha'i it broadened her view to be world embracing.
Sun, 19 Jun 2011 23:10:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Fereshteh Bethel
Fereshteh grew up in a Baha'i family in Iran until she was 15. Her family decided to leave Iran to serve the Baha'i Faith elsewhere and ended up in El Paso, Texas. Fereshteh married an American and had an opportunity to return to Iran with her new family by way of her husband's company. While in Iran, she completed her four year college degree. She and her family returned to the US in 1976 and she continued her education, getting her PhD in psychology. Her thesis was on the psychology of martyrdom, which we talk about in the interview.
Sun, 12 Jun 2011 09:12:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Alejandro Jarquin
Alejandro is a Baha'i from LA. He grew up in Nicarauga. He talks about growing up in a very Catholic country and what it was like being a Baha'i in that environment. He reads some of his poetry at the end of the interview. I apologize for the sound quality. I didn't get the balance right between his voice and mine.
Sun, 05 Jun 2011 10:12:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Parvaneh Edraki
Parvaneh grew up in Iran prior to the Islamic Revolution. She shares with us what was life like growing up as a Baha'i in a country that is very prejudiced against the religion.
Mon, 23 May 2011 21:09:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Sandy Simmons
Sandy is a professional musician who has a CD called Prayers that you can find on iTunes. I include a couple of songs during the interview and I play two more of Sandy's songs after the close of the interview.
Sun, 15 May 2011 09:26:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Lillie Abercrombie
Lillie is a 90 year old woman who became a Baha'i in the 60s in the south as a result of her son becoming a Baha'i. She talks about the effects of segregation on the Baha'i community at that time. You can hear her son, Rick, in the background helping Lillie in the interview.
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:06:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Red Grammer
Red is a professional musician with a focus on family music. He has released award winning CDs such as his classic recording Teaching Peace. We include several of Red's songs in the interview and along with his commentary. Red's website is RedGrammer.com.
Sun, 10 Apr 2011 21:19:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Gail Owens
Gail describes her life growing up and also in Estonia where she went after getting married. She worked with the elderly after returning from Estonia. She is now working on two books, one about her work with terminal patients and the other about her father, Fletcher Bennett. She shares excerpts from these in the interview.
Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:27:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Joanne Mariam
Joanne describes how she almost became a Christian minister until she met her husband in seminary school. After becoming a Baha'i she and her family have lived in the Crow Creek reservation in South Dakota, South Carolina, Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii, the Navajo Reservation, and Maine; plus traveling in Siberia and plans to travel in Greenland.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:35:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Mary Helen Brown
For the 1st 20 years of Mary Helen's life, she grew up near a small historically black college associated with the Texas A&M system. Then she became a Baha'i. After that, Mary Helen finds her self in Samoa, Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, the Navajo Indian Nation, and Africa.
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 21:11:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Deborah van den Hoonaard
Deborah is a Canada Research Chair, and professor at St. Thomas University. She is the author of three books: The Widowed Self: The Older Woman's Journey Through Widowhood; By Himself: The Older Man's Experience of Widowhood; and Equality of Women and Men: The Experience of the Baha'i Community of Canada which she is co-author with her husband Will.
Sun, 06 Feb 2011 23:07:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Michael Kuehlwein
Michael did a stint at the Brookings Institue before getting his PhD in Economics. He now teaches economics at Pamona College in California. In this interview we talk about the economic teachings of the Baha'i Faith.
Sun, 16 Jan 2011 20:44:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Judy Cobb
Judy is a retired social worker who specialized in hospice care. She is also the author of two children's books, The Elegant Osa Bearly and The Gift. We discussed how the Baha'i principles on the soul and life after death helped her in her work in hospice care.
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:48:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Travis Williams
Travis for many of his younger years devoted his life to his music, but eventually had to abandon it to support a budding family. Later in life Travis was inspired to compile a book on the subject of happiness which he makes available for free from his website happyspirit.info.
Sun, 19 Dec 2010 08:41:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Kloud Jawad
At the age of 11, Kloud converted from Islam to a Baha'i while growing up in Baghdad. Both she and her older sister were imprisoned for becoming Baha'is while under the Saddam Hussein regime. She now lives in the US.
Sat, 11 Dec 2010 20:36:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Leanne Eleff
Leanne was raised as a BahÃ¡'Ã in Northern Virginia, near Washington D.C. Her career path has been somewhat unconventional, starting off in engineering at Motorola, jumping tracks to Human Communication and a short teaching job at a local community college, and finally leading to her starting a business of her own, creating BahÃ¡'Ã audiobooks. Today she explains what led to her decision to start that business, and what kinds of things she had to learn in order to take it from an idea to reality. She has published the audio book Advent of Divine Justice.
Mon,06 Dec 2010 20:41:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Phyllis and Gene Unterscheutz
Four years ago I interviewed Phyllis and Gene and at that time they were traveling the US in their RV and drafting stories about the work in the field of race unity to be developed into a book. Well they're back this time on a road trip promoting their just published book Longing: Stories of Racial Healing.
Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:26:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Mona Rowshan
Mona was raised in a Persian Baha'i family that immigrated to the United States in the early 1970's before the revolution in Iran. She grew up in a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA. Her professional career included working several years in the broadcasting industry as a television news reporter for an ABC-affiliate in upstate New York. She shares with us her story of how being a Baha'i has shaped and defined both her professional and personal life.
Sun, 21 Nov 2010 22:49:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Nabil Moghaddam
Nabil was raised in Portugal but now lives in Stratford, ON where he is pursuing a career as a singer, song-writer and recording engineer. In 2006 Nabil graduated from Metalworks Institute with a diploma in Audio Engineering and Music Production. He has since started an independent music label, Nkindle Productions, and has been busy with writing and recording projects.
Sun, 11 Oct 2010 21:09:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Margaret Varner
Peggy's Mom was involved with UNICEF and had instilled in Peggy the concept of helping others in need and the oneness of mankind at a very early age. Peggy describes how she became a Baha'i and her experience being in an inter-racial marriage.
Tue, 19 Oct 2010 07:47:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jacqueline Left Hand Bull
Jacqueline is a Lakota who was born on the Sioux Rosebud Reservation, and grew up in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. I apologize in advance for the quality of the sound. Please hang in there as you listen to the interview. Jacqueline's story about the internal conflict she had to deal with in regards to her native spiritual upbringing and her catholic education, her becoming a Baha'i which is a "lesson to be learned" for those who teach the Baha'i Faith, and her explanation of the origin of her family name are all worth listening to. Enjoy!
Mon, 16 Aug 2010 20:50:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Ray and LaNelma Johnson
Baha'is who have dedicated their lives to the education of children all over the world.
Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:42:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Adalia Ellis
Adalia grew up as a Baha'i in rural SC in the 70's. She is now an educator who spent six years in Korea in service to promote the oneness of humanity.
Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:23:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Zabine Van Ness
Zabine grew up in Germany. She left Germany at 17 and settled in Hawaii and lived there for 30 years, running a social agency for 10 of those years. She nows lives in the Seattle area. She has created a website conveying the message of the Baha'i Faith called Heart to Heart.
Mon, 31 May 2010 22:43:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Deloria Bighorn
Deloria's heritage hails from two native tribes, Yankton Sioux on her father's side and Chickasaw on her mother's. Before starting a family, Deloria worked for United Indians for all Tribes Foundation. She is now the interim director of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs for the Baha'i Community in Canada.
Mon, 17 May 2010 18:22:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Dwight Allen
A Baha'i who has dedicated his life to innovating teacher education. He was the dean of the college of education at the University of Mass. from 1968 - 1978. He is co-author of the book American Schools: The 100 Billion Dollar Challenge with Bill Cosby.
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 207:02:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Ryan Abeyo
Born and bred in Louisville, KY, Ryan became a Baha'i while in high school, but it was when he was in Zambia that he realized what it was to serve the Baha'i Faith. At around 12, Ryan got interested in rap music. He is now a professional musician and is in a group called Common Market. They have produced 4 projects either as CDs or as digital downloads. I caught Ryan on the go, so he's conducting the interview while traversing Seattle. So you hear a lot of traffic in the background. Ryan says he is constantly around traffic.
Mon, 29 Mar 2010 21:59:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Robert Reid
Bob grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His parents had him on a tight leash growing up, so when his parents died when he was 18, Bob decided to travel all over the world. Unfortunately he found his life heading downhill for the next 20 years as he was searching for something. He's now retired and feels that he's found what he was looking for.
Mon, 08 Mar 2010 21:59:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Anita Chapman
A 3rd generation American Baha'i now living in Washington DC. She had traveled all over the world and one of her occupations was to write and broadcast for the Voice of America.
Mon, 01 Mar 2010 07:47:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Paul Hoff
Paul was born and raised on the north shore of Boston. Growing up Paul was a tinkerer from an early age and is now an industrial modeler. Paul became disillusioned with Christianity and rejected religion totally. It was not until he shared a paranormal experience with his young daughter that triggered his spiritual search
Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:05:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Alex Gottdank
An educator, who at a young age was driven to understand the basis of Judaism and Christianity and all the world's religions. Alex wrote a book that introduces Christians to the relationship between the Bible and the Baha'i Faith, called "Preparing for Christ's New Name".
Mon, 18 Jan 2010 23:36:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: William Diehl
Bill is the former director of the Louhelen Baha'i School in Davison, Michigan. He is now the executive director of a 501[c] organization called Diploma Plus.
Mon, 11 Jan 2010 19:17:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Hans Peterson
A Baha'i currently residing in Budapest who directed the film Mocha Frapuchino and has started a Baha'i audio books project. You can see the trailer for Mocha Frapuchino at www.mochafrapuchino.com, and you can see his audio book project at www.voicesdivine.com.
Sun, 03 Jan 2010 21:01:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Amy Smith
Amy is a young woman who grew up in Honduras. soon to graduate and pursue a life of service. When Amy was 16, a tragic event confirmed her faith.
Mon, 28 Dec 2009 07:01:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Steve Ader
Steve grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. His parents were singers active in the Lutheran Church, so music was a very important part of Steve's growing up. He was actually going to study to become a concert pianist but was discouraged. Steve tells his very interesting story on how he ran into the Baha'i Faith.
Sun, 13 Dec 2009 20:26:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Mehr Mansuri
Mehr grew up in Iran, England and the US. She left Iran to go to boarding school in England just before the Islamic Revolution. She came to the US after high school to go to university. After university she developed a thriving acting career. She also uses her voice over talents for audio books, one of which is Saffron Kitchen, where she provides about eight characters. She recently helped in the film "Precious" casting the children and directing the children. She is the co-founder of the non-profit organization Children's Theatre Company.
Sun, 29 Nov 2009 20:32:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Adrienne Carter
A mental health counselor who has worked with Doctors without Borders in Kosovo, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Malaysia, Russia, South Africa, and, Myanmar.
Mon, 23 Nov 2009 07:56:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jane Jensen
My interview with Jane is a sequel to my interview with Paul Jensen. Jane's sister became a Baha'i first. At first Jane gave no thought to her sister's belief, even as she passed and ignored the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, IL just about every day. Once her sister got married, her brother-in-law gave her a book called "Thief In The Night". It was that book that got her to consider the Baha'i Faith more seriously. Her life totally took a different turn after becoming a Baha'i.
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 07:47:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Paul Jensen
Paul grew up in Denmark during WWII. He had a very adventurous spirit that took him first to Canada, then to the US, and then after becoming a Baha'i to the Bahamas and Panama.
Mon, 09 Nov 2009 06:47:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Margaret Tash
This week is fund raiser week at Valley Free Radio so there is no interview to post this week. Instead I am posting a piece by Margaret Tash about the Baha'i perspective on nutrition. Enjoy! I'll have an interview for next week.
Mon, 02 Nov 2009 21:09:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jack McCants
Jack was an ordained Methodist minister when he ran into the Baha'i Faith.
Wed, 28 Oct 2009 08:15:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Robert Sapiro
Rob loved both sports and acting, but acting became his predominant interest growing up. Then the last few years in high school he also discovered his enjoyment in painting. Rob went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston studying painting. During his last year there, he became very interested in poetry. After college, he discovered the inner-comedian inside him. Rob describes how it was the BahÃ¡'Ã art of consultation that attracted him to the BahÃ¡'Ã Faith
Tue, 20 Oct 2009 21:19:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Tahereh Daliri-Sherafat
Tahereh is of Persian heritage. She was born in Brazil and grew up there. Tahereh tells a very interesting story about, as a teenager, narrowly escaping a life-long affliction. After graduating from university, Tahereh went to Tanzania to work for a non-governmental organization or NGO. The NGO is called Chipua and it works with children who are expelled from school because they fail their entrance exams.
Mon, 12 Oct 2009 18:56:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Raymond Greer
Raymond grew up in the Watts area of LA. He was in the movie business in the early 70's first as an actor and then as a casting director. The last movie he was in was the Nutty Professor I with Eddy Murphy. After his acting career Raymond got involved with street youth counseling.
Mon, 05 Oct 2009 07:40:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Scott Tyler
Scott is a Native American who grew up on the Makah Indian reservation in Washington state. His mother became a Baha'I when Scott was very young, so Scott grew up as a Baha'i. Scott went to college and got his degree in museology. He helped establish a museum at the Makah reservation. After finishing the project, he realized he wanted to be a doctor, so he went back to school and got his medical degree. He is now a family practice physician.
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 21:04:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Ruth Forman
Ruth is a published poet whose works include "We Are The Young Magicians" [which was the result of her winning the prestigious Barnard New Women Poets Prize], "Renaissance", "Young Cornrows Callin' Out The Moon", and "Prayers Like Shoes". You can also find her work on the Dawnbreaker Collective Anthology "Arise". Ruth was interviewed on NPR where she had the opportunity to read her work "Cornrows Callin' Out The Moon". I play the interview later in the program.
Mon, 21 Sep 2009 23:35:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Luke Slott
Luke Slott is a musician from Dublin, who has just released his first CD "Don't Go Back To Sleep". He is now in the US working on a second CD project with the producer Kelly Snook. Before playing the interview, I play a clip from CSpan on the subject of the US Congress House Resolution 1008 that condemns the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran. The first speaker is Democratic representative Mark Burman of California. He is the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. The second speaker is Republican representative Steve Chabut of Ohio. The resolution was passed in the House of Representatives in August 2008.
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 07:10:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Barbara West
I play two items in this episode. The first is a telephone interview with Barbara West, a 91 year old Baha'i from California. The other is 2 parts of a 7 part series of Oprah Winfrey interviewing Rainn Wilson, star in the hit sitcom series The Office. Barbara West is 91 years old and lives in California. Barbara's mother, Ramona Allen Brown [1889-1975], became a Baha'i when Barbara was an infant, by going to teas hosted by Helen Goodall and her daughter Ella Goodall Cooper. The tea group was called the peaches and Barbara was referred to as the baby peach. Ramona Brown authored the book about her experiences with 'Abdu'l-Baha when he was in the country in 1912 called Memories of 'Abdu'l-Baha. After Barbara's children were grown up, she traveled with Tony Lee's Tours which arranged travel tours to Baha'i holy sites around the world.
Mon, 09 Sep 2009 22:59:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Tom Price
Tom grew up in southern California. Tom's initial life goal was to become a lawyer, but circumstances prevented him from pursuing that career. Instead he found himself in Australia, where he studied music and became quite successful as a music producer there. Tom moved back to the US in the late 80's. His CDs include Songs of the Ancient Beauty. For a selection of other CDs Tom has produced you can go to the website Baha'i Distribution Service.
Mon, 31 Aug 2009 07:39:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Mary-Anne Graham
At a very early age, Mary-Anne was drawn to the church community even though her parents were not. In high school she became a Southern Baptist. She ran into the Baha'i Faith in her 20's. She tells the story of how she was able to transcend her fundamentalist Christian beliefs to become a Baha'i.
Mon, 24 Aug 2009 07:21:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Mahnaz Javid
Mahnaz came to the US from Iran as an exchange high school student. After the Islamic revolution in Iran, Mahnaz ended up staying in the US. She is a co-founder of the educational service organization called the Mona Foundation, named after a Baha'i high school student by the name of Mona Mahmudnizhad, who was executed in Iran for her beliefs.
Mon, 17 Aug 2009 07:11:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Joyce Watanabe
Joyce was born in a World War 2 Japanese internment camp. When she was 2 her family moved to Seabrook, NJ. When she was 12 her family returned to Gardena, CA where they had lived before the war. Joyce's life experiences dramatically expanded after she became a Baha'i.
Mon, 03 Aug 2009 17:00:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Ray Zimmerman
Ray grew up as an atheist. He explains how he could become a Baha'i from such a perspective.
Mon, 20 Jul 2009 17:00:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Kurt Hein
When Kurt was 18, doing his freshman year at Chapman College, he participated in the Seven Seas division -- a four-month semester circling the globe on a ship. It was a transforming experience for him, allowing him to discover his world community. Kurt describes his finding the Baha'i Faith, and how it informed what he would do for the rest of his life.
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 07:38:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Phil Christensen
After getting his PhD in education at the University of Massachusetts, Phil worked at the Baha'i National Center [as Secretary of the National Youth and Teaching Committees], then spent five years in Canada before going to Kenya in 1980 to develop and implement US Agency for International Development funded social and economic development projects. He and his family have been in Africa ever since. Most of Phil's work in Africa has been on educational development projects. Currently he is about to start up a project for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to enhance the use of radio for agricultural extension to small farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Phil had used radio before in Africa for social and economic development. His first project in Kenya used radio to teach English to children in rural primary schools.
Mon, 15 Jun 2009 18:06:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jess Firth
Jess was born in New Zealand and studied film at university there. He then moved to London and started a film production company called Quest Media Productions. Their first production is called "The Wayfarer" which documents his investigation of the Baha'i Faith by traveling around the world.
Mon, 01 Jun 2009 07:19:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Juli Redson-Smith
Juli grew up as a Baha'i and pursued two careers: Computer Information Systems and Singer/Songwriter. Juli recorded a CD in 1998 called Jules From The Heart. Since 1997, Juli has been directing a Baha'i Youth Dance Workshop called NINE, which stands for Now Is The New Era.
Mon, 25 May 2009 19:14:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Nina Dini
"Nina is Iranian and came to this country in the late 70's with her husband to continue their education. Soon after arriving, the Islamic Revolution took place, and because they were Baha'is their funds for continuing school were completely cut off. They ultimately completed their education and Nina now teaches at Springfield College in MA."
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A Baha'i Perspective: Steve Hemingway
"Steve describes himself as growing up to become a "marginal" man - not completely integrated with his surroundings. His first encounter with Baha'is was when he was 20 years old returning from England on board a boat in 1957. On the boat were Baha'is returning from the funeral of Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Baha'i Faith. Steve has a number of websites. He mentions his work with laughing yoga, that site is SpiritOfLaughter.com. His website promoting his writing is SLHemingway.com. And the website for his music is SLHemingway.Homestead.com. "
"Mon, 11 May 2009 07:28:00 GMT"
A Baha'i Perspective: Snatam
For this interview I did something different for A Baha'i Perspective. A listener asked if I would interview a Sikh performer. I thought this was an interesting proposition, so I took it on. So here is a telephone interview with Snatam, a Sikh musical performer. Snatam is an American. Her family became Sikhs when she was young and so grew up with the Sikh way of life. She has now started a family and travels performing her music and teaching yoga to children. You can find Snatam's music on the website spiritvoyage.com.
Mon, 05 May 2009 22:28:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Judy Soaring Hawk
Judy is the product of a mixed marriage. Her father is native American and her mother is white. She grew up as a pentacostal christian but she had nagging questions even as she preached the gospel. She found herself in an abusive marriage and decided to leave Kansas and go to LA. It was in LA that Judy ran into the Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 20 Apr 2009 07:40:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Van Gilmer
Although growing up, his community knew him as a musician, he went to college to study architectural engineering. However, music stayed with him throughout his life. In 1992 Van introduced the merging of the Gospel musical form and Baha'i scripture at the Baha'i World Congress in NYC. He is now the musical director at the Baha'i House of Worship in Willmette, IL.
Mon, 13 Apr 2009 07:10:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Charles Cooper
Charles was going through life moving up the food chain when the Vietnam War and other personal tragedy hit. This caused him to start questioning the purpose of life and it was the beginning of his spiritual search. When he was about to think there was nothing out there that would feed his spiritual need, he ran into the Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 06 Apr 2009 07:03:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Kevin Locke
A Native American who shares his Lakota heritage with audiences all over the world, including the traditional hoop dance and Northern Plains flute playing. You can learn more about Kevin at his website KevinLocke.com. After the close of this program you will hear excerpts from Kevin Locke's CDs Hoop of Life and Midnight Strong Heart.
Mon, 23 Mar 2009 23:05:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Dell Campbell
Dell grew up in a musical family in Ohio and was a musician himself. He branched out into audio engineering for radio and then got involved in the movie industry. It was while he was working at Warner Bros. that he ran into the Baha'i Faith. His biggest project was starting up the Baha'i radio station WLGI.
Mon, 16 Mar 2009 23:34:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Bradford Baker
A young man who grew up in a completely dysfunctional family and was heavily into gang activity during his youth, yet was able to rise above this history to become a Baha'i and dedicate his life to service toward humanity.
Mon, 02 Mar 2009 07:21:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Osmar Ramos-Caballero
Osmar is African-Cuban and came to the States when he was 11 years old. In 1999, his family settled in Holyoke, MA where they ran into the Baha'i Faith. Osmar became a Baha'i after his family moved to the Midwest and he stayed behind to attend Holyoke Community College.
Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:35:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Nina Gordon
Nina grew up in the south, and when a young women at the time of World War II, she was very angry on how African-Americans were treated, so she left the south for CA. She tells a funny story on how she manipulated her husband into going back into the service so she could find what she was looking for [you'll have to listen to the interview to understand what I'm talking about]. It was when they were in Guam that Nina ran into the Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 17:43:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Tim McLane
A Baha'i from the San Francisco bay area. He grew up in a very religious and social activist family. When Tim went to college his intention was to become a minister like his father. It was in college that Tim ran into the Baha'i Faith. He left college after becoming a Baha'i and became a professional musician. In 1977 Tim went to Guatemala to help the Baha'i Faith there. It was there that he first started producing Latin music. Today he is writing music for films. His website is TimMcLaneMusic.com.
Mon, 26 Jan 2009 07:46:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jack Gordon
Although, Jack grew up in a religiously blended family, his Jewish culture from his father's side, allowed him to grow up with a Jewish identity. As it so happened his mother's extended family were Baha'is, and it was through one of his cousins that Jack took more interest in the Baha'i Faith while in college. Jack eventually ended up in Madagascar where he became confirmed in the Baha'i Faith. He recently returned to the US and is in the D.C. area watching over his uncle and working on a project called Payam-e-Doost, which in Farsi means "the message from the friend", which he explains in the interview.
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 07:36:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Louise Matthias
Louise is the daughter of Dorothy Baker, a well-known historical figure in the Baha'i Faith. Louise tells her story growing up as a Baha'i, and tells us the details surrounding her mother's tragic death. Louise's daughter, Dorothy Freeman Gilstrap, wrote a book about Dorothy Baker called From Copper To Gold: The Life of Dorothy Baker.
Mon, 12 Jan 2009 08:45:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Denali Weiler
Denali grew up in the rural northwest. As a teenager she was caught up in the pressures of fitting in and the Baha'i Faith wasn't conducive to that. When she graduated from high school, she decided to go on a Baha'i year of service, which Denali explains is an opportunity for a young Baha'i person to give a year of service to help the Baha'i Faith somewhere. She chose Ecuador because it sounded like a great place to travel and she had certain expectations of what her experience would be like serving in Ecuador. The experience was much different than her expectations, and the hardship of the year of service actually confirmed her in the Baha'i Faith. She wrote a book about her experience titled Arising: A Year of Service Handbook for Volunteers. Before playing Denali's interview, I play an excerpt from the podcast Interfaith Voices by Maureen Fiedler. Maureen interviewed Rainn Wilson in one of her sessions. You can find the Interfaith Voices podcast at InterfaithRadio. org.
Mon, 05 Jan 2009 07:53:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: James Williams
Before James became a Baha'i he was working for a social agency promoting race unity. After becoming a Baha'i, James branched out into a multititude of endeavors. One of them being the sole producer of a local TV news program called "The World Today" in Roanoke, VA.
Mon, 22 Dec 2008 08:01:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Janabe Caldwell
A Knight of Baha'u'llah who, after World War II, got his engineering degree and became a research scientist. Soon after, he and his wife and young children moved to the Aleutian Islands to help the Baha'i Faith. Janabe describes the difficulties of living on the Aleutian Islands, and the miraculous circumstances of his departure. Janabe is also an author. His books include The Aleut, From Night to Knight, and In the Heart of Words.
Mon, 27 Oct 2008 00:07:38 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Randie Gotlieb
Randie grew up in a culturally Jewish, but atheistic family. She describes her miraculous story on how she ended up becoming a Baha'i. She, along with her husband, Steve, is the author of the book Once To Every Man and Nation. She is now a diversity trainer. Her website is unityworks.net.
Mon, 20 Oct 2008 00:07:22 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: William Smith
A Baha'i and executive director of the Center for Diversity in the Communication Industries at Emerson College. Among his many accomplishments is his 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 now he is working on a memoir called Remembering The Pupil of the Eye: Stories of Faith, Race and Patriotism. In my first interview with Smitty back in February 2007, he described his growing up in Greenville SC and his encounter with the Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 13 Oct 2008 00:07:39 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Phillipe Copeland
A Baha'i who grew up in search of a spiritual community that recognized what he had recognized which was the oneness of all religions. He has a blog called Baha'i Thought where he addresses current events from a Baha'i perspective. It took me a minute or so to get the sound right, so it sounds a little funky at the beginning. But be patient, you'll enjoy this interview.
Mon, 06 Oct 2008 00:07:15 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Ladjamaya
A Baha'i who started out being a teacher, then discovered the performer within while working at the Baha'i UN office in NY, and is back to being a teacher in Arizona. Before I played the interview, I played a speech by Congressman Kirk. On July 30th, 2008, Congressman Kirk of Illinois spoke on the House floor in support of his resolution #1008 condemning Iran for its persecution of Baha'is. The resolution overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives. After the interview portion of the program I play two selections from Ladjamaya's CD "Intone My Servants" which can be found at Special-Ideas.
Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:07:12 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Vivian Lee White Baravalle Gilliam & Stu Gilliam
This is a Skype interview with Vivian and Stu Gilliam. Vivian grew up in New Rochelle NY when the school district was segregated. After a stint in the TV industry, Vivian married and moved to Italy. Vivian now resides in the Czech Republic. Stu Gilliam has been an entertainer all his life. He started as a magician then a ventriloquist with the act Stu & Oscar. It was the Stu & Oscar act that got Stu into television. He ultimately became a stand-up comic on such shows as the Ed Sullivan Show, the Dean Martin Show, Hollywood Squares and the Arthur Godfrey Show to mention a few. Vivian & Stu live near an airport so you'll hear planes flying overhead once in a while during the interview.
Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:01:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Robert Sylvester
Bob is an educator who spent 24 years in Africa living in Zambia and Botswana. Before playing Bob's interview, I play a news piece by Chicago Public Radio. In May 2008 the Baha'is of the United States held their 100th annual National Convention at the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, when they elected their national governing council called the National Spiritual Assembly. Chicago Public Radio covered the convention.
Mon, 11 Aug 2008 18:08:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Sujata & Mukul Acharya
BahÃ¡'Ãs from Nepal currently living in Amherst, MA
Mon, 04 Aug 2008 07:08:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Fanny Efuo-Dontoh
A member of the Amherst, MA BahÃ¡'Ã community who emigrated to the US from Ghana many years ago.
Mon, 28 Jul 2008 07:08:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Kenith Wilson
A BahÃ¡'Ã from India who is currently living in Amherst, MA.
Mon, 21 Jul 2008 07:03:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Donna Kime Jeffers
Donna started singing professionally when she was 16, starting with Ray Anthony and other bands. After touring with these bands, Donna got the opportunity to debut the Doublemint Gum jingle. Donna returned to working with a band making a couple of albums for the Command label.
Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:27:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Derek Cockshut
Derek grew up in Lancashire England. At about the age of 15, Derek started looking at other religions such as Buddhism, Zoroastrianism and Islam. He also ran into the Baha'i Faith at that time but didn't seriously look into it until he returned from Cambridge where he had studied economics. Derek tells a funny story about his introduction to the Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 07 Jul 2008 21:29:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Ray Elliott
A member of the Amherst, MA BahÃ¡'Ã community who is involved in a number of community associations including the local chapter of the NAACP and the Interfaith Council.
Mon, 30 Jun 2008 07:08:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Carol Brooks
Carol is a Baha'i from the Denver area. She grew up in Buffalo, NY, then moved to NJ and finally settled in the Denver metropolitan area in her teenage years. It was while she was in middle school in Denver that she and her mother discovered the Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 23 Jun 2008 07:08:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jean Thompson
Jean grew up in the segregated south and became involved with the civil rights movement, starting in the early sixties with the NAACP and then later with the Congress Of Racial Equality [CORE]. When she moved to California her social activism widened to include the antiwar and antipoverty movements. She eventually moved to western Massachusetts where she ran into the Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 16 Jun 2008 07:25:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Bruce Randall
Bruce is not a Baha'i. He heard my program on Valley Free Radio and contacted me with an interesting proposal. What if we do an interview with someone who is not a Baha'i and has questions about the Baha'i Faith. I thought this was an interesting idea, so I went along with it. It turned out to be a wonderful experience.
Mon, 09 Jun 2008 07:45:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Harry Logan
Harry is a Baha'i from Jamaica that was passing through after being in Haifa, Israel as a delegate from his country to elect the world governing body of the Baha'is called the Universal House of Justice. Since I had some time after Harry's interview, I decided to play the audio from an information video on the history of the Baha'i Faith since Harry had touched on it briefly in the interview.
Mon, 02 Jun 2008 08:08:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Michael Lindsey
Mike ran into the Baha'i Faith when he and his best friend from high school were seekers of spiritual truth. This search lead Mike to Sufism and then ultimately to the Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 26 May 2008 22:25:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Deb Rodgers
A Baha'i who grew up in a little town called Camphill, AL during the segregated '60s. She was despised both by the white and the black members of her community because of the lightness of the color of her skin, so she turned to books. However, her mother would beat her when she found out she was reading. When she turned 18 she went off to college to be as far away as possible. She majored in English and became an accomplished journalist.
Mon, 19 May 2008 08:00:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Layli Miller-Muro
My son, Damian, was in the Washington, DC area and had an opportunity to interview Layli Miller-Muro at the Tahirih Justice Center. Layli is the founder and executive director of the Tahirih Justice Center, which is a free legal service for women and girls who are fleeing human rights abuses. She co-wrote a book titled Do They Hear You When You Cry? which describes the immigration case involving female genital mutilation that inspired the creation of the Tahirih Justice Center.
Mon, 12 May 2008 08:08:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Dorothy Hansen
An 82-year old Baha'i who had a career in television in the fifties with a TV show in California called Dottie Hansen's High Time, which was a teenage dance show. The unique thing about Dorothy's show at that time was that it was racially integrated, which at times got her into trouble. Like the time she danced with an African-American on the show. She was threatened to be taken off the air. Her show ultimately won an Emmy. After becoming a Baha'i, Dorothy traveled to more than 50 countries.
Mon, 05 May 2008 08:54:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Allison Khoury Grover
Allison was raised as a Baha'i and she spent her formative years living in India where she went to the New Era High School, where her parents were administrators. Allison speaks of her time there and the adjustment she had to make coming back to the states.
Mon, 28 Apr 2008 20:39:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Lou Meyer
A former priest who realized while teaching at a catholic high school, that he know longer believed in the tenets of his faith. He later ran into the Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 21 Apr 2008 07:36:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jafred & Christina Mato
A Baha'i couple who met at the Baha'i World Center in Haifa, Israel, she is an American and he is Kenyan. They currently reside in Wilbraham, MA. I started the interview with Christina with her new baby on her lap.
Mon, 14 Apr 2008 11:12:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Vito Benenati
A Baha'i from Long Island who was adrift after returning from the Vietnam War, but found direction after running into the Baha'i Faith. Before playing this interview, I play a piece from National Public Radio about a Baha'i family hosting an interfaith children's class focusing on virtues.
Mon, 07 Apr 2008 21:29:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Rainn Wilson
My son, Damian, was at the Northeast Baha'i Youth Conference this year where 1000 young people gathered in Stamford CT. At this conference, Rainn Wilson, who plays the supporting character role of Dwight Shrute in the hit TV sitcom, The Office, was there as the keynote speaker. Damian had the opportunity to have a one-on-one interview with Rainn. In the interview, Rain mentions his work with the non-profit organization the Mona Foundation.
Mon, 31 Mar 2008 01:21:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Heather Cardin
This is an interview by Susan Aude, former television news anchor at the NBC-affiliate WIF in Columbia, SC with Baha'i author Heather Cardin who wrote the book "Partners in Spirit: What Couples Say About Marriages That Work". This is a rebroadcast of the radio program Baha'i Bookshelf produced by the Baha'i radio station WLGI in Hemmingway South Carolina.
Mon, 24 Mar 2008 00:01:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Brande Watson
Brande's father taught at Wiley College at the same time that Professor Tolson lead his great debate team as depicted in the 2007 movie, The Great Debaters, starring Denzel Washington. Brande describes how he became a Baha'i in Austin, TX in 1960. Brande dedicates this interview to the memory of "my dearest, beautiful wife, Evelyn [Breckenridge] Watson, whom I had seen in a most vivid vision in 1955 at a very low point in my life, but whose corporeal self I first saw in 1987. She passed away April 3, 2003 in my arms." Brande's list of accomplishments include: Listed in 'WHO'S WHO OF INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONALS' vol 2 1998 edition, p. 1439, was national champion sprinter [100 yard dash and 220 yard dash] in 1952, college professor [International Business] at Central State Univ. and Antioch College in Ohio [also debate team coach], dean of the Louis G. Gregory Baha'i Institute in S.Carolina 1973 to 1975.
Mon, 17 Mar 2008 08:46:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Richard Hoff
Richard had a tragic upbringing. At 18 he moved to his uncle's farm and found out he was a great salesman. It was when he was a salesman that he ran into the Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 18 Feb 2008 11:35:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jeff Hajibandeh
In high school, Jeff was reborn as a Christian. When he went off to college he became the worship leader for the on campus Christian fellowship. Jeff tells his story on how he ran into the Baha'i Faith while at college.
Mon, 11 Feb 2008 08:00:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspectiive: Pamela Brode
This is a rebroadcast of the radio program Baha'i Bookshelf produced by the Baha'i radio station WLGI in Hemmingway, SC. The interview is conducted by Susan Aude, former television news anchor at the NBC-affiliate WIF in Columbia, SC. In this segment, Susan is interviewing Baha'i author Pamela Brode about her book The Power of Prayer: Make a Joyful Noise.
Mon, 04 Feb 2008 22:13:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Robin Chandler
A Baha'i from the Boston area who is both an artist and social scientist.
Mon, 27 Jan 2008 00:03:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Rhett Diessner
Although Rhett grew up in a Baha'i family, he didn't claim the Baha'i 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: Baha'i Studies in Spiritual Psychology.
Mon, 20 Jan 2008 00:03:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: William Collins
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.
Mon, 14 Jan 2008 00:03:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Kahani Skydance
A Baha'i who basically made the Peace Corps her career after becoming a Baha'i. 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 Baha'is and other religious minorities in Egypt.
Mon, 07 Jan 2008 10:23:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Sita Roohi
A BahÃ¡'Ã from India now living in the US teaching pre-school.
Mon, 31 Dec 2007 08:03:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Dora Carlyn Horton
A Baha'i 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.
Mon, 10 Dec 2007 21:19:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Susan Aude
A Baha'i and former television news anchor at the NBC-affiliate WIF in Columbia, SC.
Mon, 03 Dec 2007 08:43:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Kamran Hakim
A Baha'i 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 Baha'i Faith for himself even though he was raised as a Baha'i. In the interview Kamran refers to three Baha'i 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.
Mon, 26 Nov 2007 08:10:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Shirin Selph
A BahÃ¡'Ã from Western MA who was the former Multi-cultural Specialist for the Springfield Public Schools and Global Educator of the Year in 2000.
Mon, 19 Nov 2007 01:44:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Marc Hensen
A Baha'i from Long Island, NY who discovered his calling in social work when in college. He discovered the Baha'i Faith from an ad in the newspaper. He has written an introductory book on the Baha'i Faith called Divine Journey: Exploring the Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 12 Nov 2007 08:11:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Roohina Seihoun
A BahÃ¡'Ã who escaped Iran with her small children soon after the Islamic Republic was formed.
Mon, 05 Nov 2007 07:36:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Rich Pellegrino
A Baha'i who discovered the Baha'i Faith when he was steeped in the hippie culture with all its attendant activities both positive and negative.
Tue, 30 Oct 2007 00:16:01 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jacob Ayvazian
A Baha'i of Armenian descent. His parents grew up in Iran and moved to Brazil to help the Baha'i 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 1990s.
Mon, 22 Oct 2007 00:14:01 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Howard Menking
An 83 year old Baha'i now living in West Virginia. When he first became a Baha'i just after World War II, he went to Brazil for a year. After returning from Brazil, he and his wife, Joanne, were the first Baha'is in Cape Verde, Africa. They stayed in Cape Verde until there was a Baha'i community established there.
Mon, 15 Oct 2007 08:06:01 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jackie Tobias
A Baha'i 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 Baha'i Faith, but it took her nine years before she got the courage to officially identify herself as a Baha'i.
Mon, 08 Oct 2007 09:08:01 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Carol Rutstein
A Baha'i from Amherst, MA who grew up with the Baha'i 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.
Mon, 01 Oct 2007 07:35:01 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Brett Gamboa
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 Baha'i Faith.
Mon, 24 Sep 2007 21:30:01 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Cara Williams
A Baha'i who grew up in Bufort, SC. Before she became a Baha'i 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.
Mon, 17 Sep 2007 00:00:01 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Daniel Lincoln
A Baha'i 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.
Mon, 10 Sep 2007 08:00:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jeff Bohnhoff
"A Baha'i musician and musical producer who moved around a lot growing up, going to about 12 different schools. He became a Baha'i after marrying Maya who was a Baha'i. It was the Baha'i book Thief In The Night by William Sears that lead him to becoming a Baha'i. Jeff, talks about filk music, as did Maya in her interview. Visit their website MysticFig.com."
"Mon, 03 Sep 2007 06:32:00 GMT"
A Baha'i Perspective: Maya Bohnhoff
"A Baha'i musician and author of science fiction and fantasy works as well as short essays on issues related to the Baha'i 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 "
"Mon, 27 Aug 2007 08:30:00 GMT"
A Baha'i Perspective: Sorour Payman
"A Baha'i from Iran whose paternal grandfather was a Zoroastrian in the 19th century. When her grandfather heard about the Baha'i Faith he wrote to Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha'i 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 Baha'i compilation Tabernacle of Unity."
"Wed, 22 Aug 2007 11:37:00 GMT"
A Baha'i Perspective: Greg Dahl
An American Baha'i 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. Greg has two short interviews posted on line at the First Business Morning News website: Interview 1 and Interview 2. I started our interview by asking Greg where he grew up and what was it like growing up there.
Mon, 13 Aug 2007 08:29:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Owen Allen
A Baha'i 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 Baha'i Faith. His mother's first reaction to Owen becoming a Baha'i was "why did you join a religion whose members get killed!" referring to the persecution of the Baha'is 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.
Mon, 30 Jul 2007 07:53:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Bahman Payman
A Baha'i 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 Baha'i 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 Baha'i 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 Baha'i-inspired institutions, Health for Humanity and the Tahirih Justice Center.
Mon, 22 Jul 2007 01:20:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Bertha Petruski
A Baha'i 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 Baha'is to the House of Representatives' International Relations Committee Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations on June 30, 2006. What Ms. Kit Bigelow describes in this statement is unchanged since this statement was made.
Mon, 09 Jul 2007 22:53:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Mabel Garis
Author of the Uncle Wiggly Series and other books. Former BahÃ¡'Ã NGO Representative to the United Nations.
Mon, 02 Jul 2007 00:22:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Minoo Moghaddam
A Baha¡' from Wilbraham, MA who escaped Iran with her family after the Islamic Revolution.
Mon, 25 Jun 2007 07:12:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Kathy Penn
A Baha'i from Lancaster, PA, who discovered the Baha'i Faith in Bolivia, and found her true calling in teaching children.
Mon, 18 Jun 2007 07:55:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Rabi Musah
An associate professor of biochemistry at the State University of New York, who grew up in Ghana.
Mon, 11 Jun 2007 10:10:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Bernard Streets
A microbiologist who worked in industry, but when he retired, used his talents to help others in Costa Rica.
Mon, 04 Jun 2007 08:09:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Hal Williamson & Sharon Eakes
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/.
Mon, 21 May 2007 10:44:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jay Green
While I was at the Baha'i Conference Center, 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.
Mon, 14 May 2007 11:59:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Anthony Lopez
A Baha'i 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. Anthonys websites include: http://www.bahaiway.com/ and http://www.4allproductions.com/.
Mon, 07 May 2007 05:11:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Phyllis Ring
I was at the Baha'i Conference Center called Green Acre in Eliot Maine, attending a workshop called The Holy Spirit's Invitation to Perfect Unity. Phyllis Ring -http://www.phyllisring.com/- was one of the facilitators of the workshop. She is a freelance writer living in Exeter New Hampshire.
Mon, 30 Apr 2007 04:47:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Lars Patenaude Part 2
This is part 2 of my interview with Lars Patenaude. In this second telephone interview Lars describes his journey from the point at which he became a Baha'i at the Baha'i Academy called Landegg in Switzerland. He describes his involvement with World Summit for Sustainable Development in South Africa and his work for the non-governmental organization called Education for Peace in Bosnia.
Mon, 23 Apr 2007 10:19:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jamshid Afnan
A Baha'i 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. Baha'is believe that this is a reference to Baha'u'llah the prophet-founder of the Baha'i 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.
Mon, 16 Apr 2007 10:19:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Children's Theatre Company of Greater Boston
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.
Mon, 09 Apr 2007 08:41:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Sarah Page
Sarah is a Baha'i 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.
Mon, 02 Apr 2007 22:51:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Lars Patenaude
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 Baha'i. It includes dropping out of college, going back to college, being a rock'n'roll band manager, and going to graduate school.
Tue, 27 Mar 2007 00:28:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Steven Kolins
A Baha'i 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 Baha'is In Recovery Fellowship or BIRF for short.
Mon, 19 Mar 2007 12:47:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: William Smith
A Baha'i 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 Baha'i 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.
Tue, 13 Mar 2007 09:00:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Susan Maneck
A Baha'i 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.
Mon, 05 Mar 2007 10:53:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Stephanie Fielding
A Baha'i 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 Baha'i 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.
Mon, 19 Feb 2007 13:47:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Seals & Crofts
A Baha'i 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 Baha'i Faith. Seals and Crofts are best known for the '70s hits Summer Breeze and Hummingbird.
Mon, 12 Feb 2007 08:25:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Jennifer Hampton
Jennifer tells her story of her spiritual transformation. She begins her story by describing her constant moving from place to place during primary school. By the age of 18 she had become the mother of two children and trying to deal with a failing marriage. She describes her spiritual flowering as she endures these trials and tribulations.
Mon, 05 Feb 2007 14:09:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Deborah Hampton
A Baha'i 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: http://www.curetoday.com/backissues/v5n2/departments/readers/index.html
Mon, 29 Jan 2007 13:13:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Bobbie Pollard
A 92 year old Baha'i from Lima, OH, now living in Norwich CT, who in the 1940s lost her daughter, Carrie, in a car accident when her daughter was only 11 1/2 years old. Her daughter, Carrie, had become a Baha'i by hearing about it from their neighbor. Before Carrie died, Bobbie happened to pick up one of Carrie's Baha'i books and got interested in the Baha'i Faith too. In the interview, Bobbie refers to a well known Baha'i historical figure named Dorothy Baker, and Baker's husband Frank. They lived in the same Baha'i 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.
Mon, 22 Jan 2007 09:19:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Chet Makoski
A graphic designer that 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.
Mon, 15 Jan 2007 08:04:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Sharon Dixon Peay
A Baha'i 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 Baha'i peace statement. The document is entitled "The Promise of World Peace". You can find the document here: http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/uhj/PWP/pwp-1.html#pg1.
Tue, 09 Jan 2007 07:52:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Heather Cardin
A Baha'i 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.
Mon, 01 Jan 2007 10:59:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Darlene Key
A Baha'i from the south side 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.
Mon, 25 Dec 2006 14:21:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Frances Corgnati
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 Baha'i. As a Baha'i her horizons broadened and she felt a calling to go to Africa.
Mon, 1 Dec 2006 10:17:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: John Medina
A telephone interview with 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.
Mon, 04 Dec 2006 08:43:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Patricia McGraw
A Baha'i 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.
Mon, 27 Nov 2006 07:53:00 GMT
BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Beatriz Ferreira
A 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 Ferreira 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.
Mon, 20 Nov 2006 10:01:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Karen Perry James
A Baha'i 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.
Tue, 14 Nov 2006 08:14:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Brian Lepard
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.
Tue, 07 Nov 2006 08:03:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Jeanine Sacco
Jeanine is an educator and is currently the co-administrator of the Green Acre Baha'i 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 Baha'i Faith called The School of Nations. They nurtured it for fifteen years, seeing the school mature and stand on its own.
Tue, 31 Oct 2006 08:11:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Holly Hanson
A Baha'i 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 Baha'i Approach; and Landed Obligation: The Practice of Power in Buganda. She recently took a sabbatical to do research on the history of Kampala.
Mon, 23 Oct 2006 17:04:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Mary K. Makoski
A Baha'i 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.
Mon, 16 Oct 2006 16:21:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Katherine Knaplund
A BahÃ¡'Ã youth currently an undergraduate student at the University of Mass. who did a year of service in India between high school and university.
Tue, 10 Oct 2006 07:56:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Marjan Hajibandeh
A University of Mass. student who chose to take a year off from her studies to do a BahÃ¡'Ã year of service in Africa.
Mon, 02 Oct 2006 21:29:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Ray Estes Part 6
In this interview Ray shares a tender story about his mother who died when he was a young child.
Mon, 25 Sep 2006 13:49:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Phyllis & Gene Unterschuetz
A Baha'i 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 Baha'i Faith; primarily in the area of race unity.
Mon, 18 Sep 2006 08:25:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Manal Gillett
Manal Gillett is a BahÃ¡'Ã 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?
Tue, 12 Sep 2006 07:52:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Ramin Gillett
Ramin Gillett is a 25 year old BahÃ¡'Ã 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.
Mon, 04 Sep 2006 08:50:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: David Gillett
A BahÃ¡'Ã who has lived in Africa, in the country of Cameroon for thirty years teaching English in the public school system.
Tue, 29 Aug 2006 08:00:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Dr. Michael Penn
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.
Mon, 14 Aug 2006 08:11:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Ray Estes Part 5
This is the 5th in a series of interviews with Ray Estes, a Baha'i for many years who comes from a background of a born-again Christian. In this segment Ray discusses the prophesies in the Bible regarding the 2nd coming of Christ and how he interprets these passages.
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 07:35:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Dr. Jim Sacco
The co-administrator of the Green Acre Baha'i Conference Center in Eliot ME with his wife, Jeannine. 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 Baha'i Faith in Paraquay. Eventually the Saccos ended up in Brazil starting up a school called the School of Nations, which is a Baha'i inspired school in the town of Brazilia. In this interview Jim shares his thoughts and experiences of living as an American in Brazil.
Mon, 31 Jul 2006 23:46:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Mary K. Radpour
A Baha'i 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.
Mon, 24 Jul 2006 17:03:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Elena Mustakova-Possardt
I was at a conference called Cultivating Spirituality at the BahÃ¡'Ã 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 BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective. The interview is very "on location" so you hear the comings and goings of the conference participants during the interview.
Thu, 20 Jul 2006 22:57:00 GMT
A BahÃ¡'Ã Perspective: Greg Kagira-Watson
Greg is a BahÃ¡'Ã from the mid-west who has recently finished a doctoral program at Harvard in Education and is now in Atlanta with his wife Waithera.
Wed, Jul 12 2006 16:69:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Ray Estes Part 4
This is the 4th in a series of interviews with Ray Estes, a Baha'i for many years who comes from a background of a born-again Christian. In this segment Ray discusses how one can reconcile what seemingly appears to be a contradiction between science and religion.
Mon, Jul 03 2006 21:07:00 GMT
A Bahá'í Perspective: Waithera Kagira-Watson
"I went to Cambridge, MA to interview Greg and Waithera Kagira-Watson for A Baha'i Perspective. Waithera was a bit reticent about doing an interview, so I did the interview with 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 Baha'i 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 Baha'is of the United States, discussing the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran. You can find the Interfaith Voices podcast at http://www.interfaithradio.org"
"Mon, Jun 26 2006 21:25:00 GMT"
"A Bahá'í Perspective: Ray Estes, Part 3"
"A Bahá'í Perspective: Ray Estes, Part 3 - This is the 3rd in a series of interviews with Ray Estes, a Baha'i 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."
"Mon, Jun 19 2006 20:47:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: Alfred Kikoti
"A Bahá'í Perspective: Alfred Kikoti - A Baha'i 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."
"Sun, Jun 11 2006 20:41:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: Nathan Rutstein
"A Bahá'í Perspective: Nathan Rutstein - A dear friend of the Baha'i Community, Nathan Rutstein, passed away, two hours after sunset on May 22, 2006. 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. 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."
"Sun, Jun 04 2006 20:29:00 GMT"
"A Bahá'í Perspective: Ray Estes, Part 2"
"A Bahá'í Perspective: Ray Estes Part 2 - 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 Baha'i. 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."
"Mon, May 29 2006 11:16:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: Ray Estes
"A Bahá'í Perspective: Ray Estes - 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"."
"Mon, May 22 2006 07:01:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: Soheil Samari
A Bahá'í Perspective: Soheil Samari – A Baha'i from Iran who left for the US and started a family soon after the Islamic Revolution. 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.
"Mon, 15 May 2006 10:21:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: Jacki Odess-Gillett
A Bahá'í Perspective: Jacki Odess-Gillett – 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.
"Mon, 08 May 2006 22:31:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: Jeanne Swinney
"A Bahá'í Perspective: Dr. Jeanne Swinney - A Bahá'í from Amherst, MA who ran into the Baha'i 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."
"Tue, 02 May 2006 21:08:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: George Goding
"A Bahá'í Perspective: George Goding – George Goding is a Bahá'í from Rochester, VT who lost his mother at birth, left home at an early age due to troubles at home, served in World War II and the Korean War, and was an engineer job shopper all over New England and as far south as Richmond, VA."
"Mon, 24 Apr 2006 11:05:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: Paul Robbins
"Paul Robbins is a Baha'i from Wilbraham, Massachusets who was formerly a political consultant and is now a public relations consultant for both corporate and non-profit organizations."
"Mon, 17 Apr 2006 13:58:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: Michael Greenlee
"Michael Greenlee is a young man who, at the age of 16, went off to college at Simons-Rock to pursue his interests in music and religious studies. As part of his studies, Michael fulfilled his thesis requirement by composing a cantata, which I play the first movement of later in the broadcast. Due to legal reasons, the version I can broadcast is computer generated. To hear the live version of the cantata go to http://www.simons-rock.edu/~mgreen01/thesis. I started the interview by asking Michael where he grew up and what was it like growing up there."
"Mon, 10 Apr 2006 15:40:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: Ash Hartwell
"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."
"Mon, 03 Apr 2006 16:06:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: Dr. Fides Ushe
"Dr. Fides Ushe, a Baha'i originally from Malawi who is now a professor of mathematics at Springfield College. She talks about how she came to America and how she now gives back to her home country."
"Mon, 27 Mar 2006 08:45:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: Ash Hartwell Part 2
"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 back to Africa to Uganda and Botswana."
"Mon, 20 Mar 2006 08:58:00 GMT"
A Bahá'í Perspective: Ash Hartwell
"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."
"Mon, 13 Mar 2006 23:10:00 GMT"
A Baha'i Perspective: Martha Martinez
A Baha'i youth currently living in South Hadley, MA and is a student at Springfield Technical Community College. A very interesting and moving interview.
Mon, 06 Mar 2006 08:21:00 GMT
A Baha'i Perspective: Owen Allen
A Baha'i 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 Baha'i Faith. His mother's first reaction to Owen becoming a Baha'i was "why did you join a religion whose members get killed!" referring to the persecution of the Baha'is 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.
Mon, 30 Jul 2007 07:53:00 GMT
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