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Max Weigert

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Max is a singer-songwriter. His most recent endeavors have been in collaboration with Faye Dupras on a puppet series called Cozy Corner . In the interview we feature music in which he puts the Baha'i writings to music and other songs that he has composed. You can find his music at these links:
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Steven Ellis

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020

Steve is a life-long student of spirituality and comparative religion. He was born in Oregon where he resides with his wife and practices his profession as a Chiropractic Physician. He is the author of forty-five study-guides and two booklets on the Bahá'í Faith. One collection of these study guides is called Baha'i Essentials. Steve has now published his first novel called Road Trip Home: A Baha'i Vision of Hope. We talk about the inspiration behind writing a novel and this one in particular. He covers the storyline of the book and reads an excerpt.


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Roya Yazdanmehr & Roshan Gervais

Podcast Release Date: Friday, July 17, 2020

Roya and Roshan have been collaborating for five years, putting the Baha'i writings to song. They have yet to publish an album, but they offered to perform live for the interview. They've selected six pieces to feature and so, sit back and enjoy the concert. You can find Roya's work here.


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Hussein Ahdieh

Podcast Release Date: Friday, July 10, 2020

I have had the wonderful opportunity to interview Hussein Ahdieh a number of times whenever he produces a new work. And this is no exception. Hussein, in collaboration with Hilary Chapman, created the book The Chosen Path: Tahirih of Persia and Her Search for God, targeted for young adults. We talk extensively about the history of Tahirih in Persia in the 19th century and her impact today. In the interview Hussein refers to a number of, what are referred to as, "orientalists". Some of them were scholarly historians in the 19th century that focused their endeavors in researching the Persian culture. And others had less academic credentials, but had directly experienced the Persian culture and wrote about it. These "orientalists" discovered the eventful history of the Babi Faith and its renowned heroine, Tahirih, and wrote about her, thus introducing the Babi movement to the western world. The orientalists Hussein refers to in the interview are: Alphonse Louis Marie Nicolas who was a Persian-born French historian and orientalist, Edward Granville Browne who was a British orientalist and spent time in Peria, Joseph Arthur de Gobineau - a French diplomat who lived in Persia, and Lord George Curzon - a British statesman who had spent time and wrote about Persia.


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Elizabeth Acosta-Krug

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, July 5, 2020

Tania Nordli

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020

Tania is a family physician and an assistant clinical professor in Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. For over twenty years she has been treating patients afflicted by chronic pain, using diet change as one way of ameliorating their condition. In her practice she treats addiction as well, and describes her unique ability to address it. She describes the intersection of pain and addiction in the interview.


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Bijan Masumian

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Bijan co-authored a book with his wife Farnaz and his son Adib called The Secrets of True Happiness. Bijan explains the scientific research behind the book and the fundamental prerequisites for true happiness. I have Bijan read an excerpt from the book in the interview.


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Chitra Golestani

Podcast Release Date: Monday, June 1, 2020

Chitra started her graduate career by conducting research at the Columbian educational foundation known as FUNDAEC.  Later, while pursuing her graduate degree, she co-founded the UCLA branch of the Paulo Freire Institute. She is now a faculty member of the Institute for Humane Education, although she is taking a leave of absence to devote her time to an associate directorship at the Wilmette Institute. She explains how all these phases in her career represent a progressive, evolutionary process in her understanding of the potential for education to change humanity and the world.


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David Hoffman

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020

David was a successful entrepreneur who was able to retire at 50 and devote his time and resources in service to humanity. He began by initiating a video series called Angels of Iran to make aware the persecutions of the Baha'is in Iran. During this endeavor he conceived the Education Under Fire Campaign. This campaign inspired universities across the globe to accept accreditation of an underground higher education institution established by the Baha'is of Iran, who are denied the right to attend university by the government of the country. Soon after, he was approached to be executive director of the Association of the Peasants of Fondwa (APF) - USA Foundation, which he renamed Raising Haiti Foundation. He talks about the work of the foundation and its alliances with Parish Twinnings and Small Holder Farmers.


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Augusto Lopez-Claros

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Augusto has been an international economist for over 30 years working with international organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He and Ms. Bahiyyih Nakhjavani have collaborated on a book entitled Equality for Women = Prosperity for All; a book about the direct relationship between a woman's rights and freedoms and the economic prosperity of her country. We talk extensively about this subject and Augusto reads a moving except from the book in the interview.


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Robert Cacchioni

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020

Rob is the author of the book Eagles in the Dust: Alcohol and Other Pastimes. Rob explains that most of us have grown up in a culture where alcohol is commonplace. Eagle and the Dust describes how many people believe it to be harmless, and only in severe substance abuse is it considered then harmful. He disputes that moderate drinking is responsible or even beneficial. He explains this is some detail in the interview. Rob also has a YouTube channel called Bridging Beliefs.


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Jay Tyson

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Jay is the author of the historical novel, "The Wise Men of the West: A Search for the Promised One in the Latter Days". This is a two volume work. The story takes place during the millennial movement when William Miller was proclaiming that the return of Christ was to occur in 1844. The two main characters in the novel realize that the event was not to take place in the West but in the East and the story chronicles their realization and pursuit, what they finally discover, and what they must do once they make their discovery. Jay reads an excerpt in the interview. You can find his book here.
 


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Ania Telfer

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Ania is an artist and a musician. With her art she provides venues for collaborative painting and she performs live painting at live public events. In the interview Ania describes these for us. With her music she composes songs, the lyrics of which, are from the Baha'i writitings. For the interview she demonstrates some of the songs she has written especially for her children to help them learn these spiritual writings. She describes how it is important to tap into the creativity in us to reach and understand spiritual reality. You can find her work at AniaTelfer.com.


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Earl Redman

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 2, 2020

Earl has written several books on the Baha'i Faith published through the UK publisher George Ronald. Two of his books are about Abdu'l-Baha. Abdu'l-Baha is one of the central figures of the Baha'i Faith and is the son of the prophet-founder of the Baha'i Faith, Baha'u'llah. Earl explains why Abdu'l-Baha is an important figure to Baha'is and tells a number of stories about Abdul'l-Baha in the interview. Earl's wife, Sharon O'Toole is an active participant in the interview who tells her story about her spiritual search and reads excerpts from Earl's stories about Abdu'l-Baha.


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Richard Abercrombie

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020

Richard grew up and became a Baha'i in the 60's. He and Joann Boravicka together recorded his story in a book called Crossing the Line: A memoir of race, religion, and change . His story starts with him turning away from the church and becoming a delinquent. He tells the remarkable story of the influences that turned his life around.


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Susan Engle - Dizzy Gillespie

Podcast Release Date: Friday, January 31, 2020

Susan is a singer, song writer, and author who has now written two books for the Baha'i Change Maker Series. The Change Maker Series is a series of biographies targeted toward middle schoolers. Her first one is Robert Abbott who founded the Chicago Defender newspaper. Her most recent, to be published February 8th of this same year, is "John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie: A Man, a Trumpet, and a Journey to Bebop". We talk about Dizzy Gillespie's life and I feature recordings of Dizzy Gillespie in the program.


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Emily Sadeghi

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, January 12, 2020

Emily is a singer songwriter and speech pathologist who uses music to help kids with speech difficulties. We share a number of her compositions in the interview in which she puts the Baha'i writings to song. She also describes in the interview how she incorporates music  into her work as a speech pathologist and we share one example in the interview.


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