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Bahia Odess-Gillett

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, July 06, 2006
Many times Bahá'í youth will take a year off between high school and college and do what Bahá'ís call a Year of Service. This typically involves volunteering at a Bahá'í inspired project of some kind in service to humanity. Bahia Odess-Gillett is a 19 year old who, after graduating from high school, went overseas to Northern Ireland to participate in a social issues-oriented dance workshop called Lights of Unity and to Kosovo where she worked for a non governmental organization called the Global Perspectives Development Centre. The interesting part of the story is her resistance to the idea of doing a year of service and the events in her life that led her to changing her mind.
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Minoo Moghaddam

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

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2006

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


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Bobbie Pollard

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, December 23, 2006

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


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Chet Makoski

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, December 09, 2006
A graphic designer who started his career & family in Ireland then returned to the US and established himself in CT. He joined an industrial design firm in Farmington, CT and ended up buying the firm with a partner.
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Sharon Dixon Peay

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, December 05, 2006

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


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Heather Cardin

Podcast Release Date: Monday, November 27, 2006

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

 


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Darlene Key

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

Podcast Release Date: Monday, November 20, 2006

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


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Frances Corgnati

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

Podcast Release Date: Monday, November 06, 2006
I did a telephone John Medina, a Native American descended from a Mexican tribe. He graduated valedictorian at his high school in Douglas, Arizona and got his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona. However he found himself needing more in life than working for a consumer electronics manufacturer. He decided to get his masters degree in education and is now teaching 6th graders. He also realized that there was something he had to put down on paper that was also inside him. The product of this effort is his book "Faith, Physics and Psychology: Understanding the Human Spirit". I started the interview by asking John to describe where he grew up.
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Patricia McGraw

Podcast Release Date: Monday, October 30, 2006

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


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Beatriz Ferreira

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

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

Podcast Release Date: Monday, October 09, 2006
Brian is a professor of law at the Univ. of Nebraska. He is the author of two books: Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention: A Fresh Legal Approach Based on Fundamental Ethical Principles in International Law and World Religions; and Hope For a Global Ethic: Shared Principles in Religious Scripture.
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Jeanine Sacco

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, October 07, 2006
Jeanine is an educator and is currently the co-administrator of the Green Acre Bahá'í Conference Center in Eliot, ME with her husband Jim. Together, when they were a young family with two pre-school children, they packed up their belongings and headed for South America. They eventually started a school inspired by the principles of the Bahá'í Faith called The School of Nations. They nurtured it for fifteen years, seeing the school mature and stand on its own.
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Dr. Holly Hanson

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, October 01, 2006
A Bahá'í from South Hadley, MA, who is a professor at Mt. Holyoke College of History and African and African-American Studies. She is the author of two books: Social and Economic Development, A Bahá'í Approach; and Landed Obligation: The Practice of Power in Buganda. She recently took a sabbatical to do research on the history of Kampala.
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Mary K. Makoski

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

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, January 07, 2006
A Bahá'í youth currently an undergraduate student at UMASS who did a year of service in India between high school and university.
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Ray Estes

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006
In this interview Ray shares a tender story about his mother who died when he was a young child.
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Gene and Phyllis Unterschuetz

Podcast Release Date: Monday, September 04, 2006
A Bahá'í couple from the Midwest, who, after their nest of children was emptied, decided to hit the road in service to communities throughout the US; promoting the principles of the Bahá'í Faith; primarily in the area of race unity.
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Manal Gillett

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, August 05, 2006
Manal Gillett is a Bahá'í of Iranian descent, but who was born in Iraq. She knew only Arabic when she moved back to Iran at the age of 22, and then moved to Africa a few years later teaching math and science for nearly 30 years in the country of Cameroon. I start the interview by asking Manal how it ended up that she, being of Iranian descent, was born and raised in Iraq?
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Ramin Gillett

Podcast Release Date: Friday, August 04, 2006
Ramin Gillett is a 25 year old Bahá'í youth who grew up in Africa, in the country of Cameroon, and came to the United States for university, and lost his way. His story describes the struggle he went through and the reward of finding his calling. He also describes his recent service trip to Rwanda with the service corps organization called the Orien Aid Foundation.
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David Gillett

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, August 03, 2006
A Bahá'í who has lived in Africa, in the country of Cameroon for thirty years teaching English in the public school system.
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Dr. Michael Penn

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 03, 2006
An African-American professor of psychology at Franklin & Marshall college, the oldest college in PA founded soon after the birth of this nation. He teaches psychopathology with courses related to the development of mental illness; and his interests include the relationship between culture and psychopathology; hope and hopelessness; and human spiritual development.
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Ray Estes

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

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 03, 2006
The co-administrator of the Green Acre Bahá'í Conference Center in Eliot ME with his wife, Jeanine. Jim got his doctorate in education at the University of Mass. After getting married and having two small children, Jim quit his job as an assistant professor at the University of MD to go to serve the Bahá'í Faith in Paraquay. Eventually the Saccos ended up in Brazil starting up a school called the School of Nations, which is a Bahá'í inspired school in the town of Brazilia. In this interview Jim shares his thoughts and experiences of living as an American in Brazil.
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Mary K. Radpour

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, July 02, 2006
A Bahá'í from Chattanooga TN who is a licensed clinical social worker. In addition to her private practice, she is one of the founders of the Authenticity Project which she describes in the interview.
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Elena Mustakova-Possardt

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, July 01, 2006
I was at a conference called Cultivating Spirituality at the Bahá'í conference center, Green Acre, in Eliot Maine. One of the presenters at the conference was Elena Mustakova-Possardt, a Bulgarian-born educator who came to the United States when communism fell in Eastern Europe, to study at the University of Mass. She focused her doctoral studies on the subject of critical conscientiousness, integrating the heart with the intellect. I was able to pull her aside during the conference to have a few minutes to interview her for A Bahá'í Perspective. The interview is very "on location" so you hear the comings and goings of the conference participants during the interview.
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Greg Kagira-Watson

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, May 07, 2006
Greg is a Bahá'í from the midwest who has recently finished a doctoral program at Harvard in Education and is now in Atlanta with his wife Waithera.
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Ray Estes

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

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, May 07, 2006
I went to Cambridge, MA to interview Greg and Waithera Kagira-Watson for A Bahá'í Perspective. Waithera was a bit reticent about doing an interview, so I did the Greg first. Well by the time I was through with Greg, Waithera was willing to share her story. I happen to have Waithera's interview ready before Greg's, but Greg's will be coming soon. Waithera is a Bahá'í from Kenya who followed her sister to the US and ended up getting a Bachelor's degree here and she and her husband, Greg, are relocating to Atlanta Georgia in June. Before the interview I play an excerpt from the podcast Interfaith Voices hosted by Maureen Fiedler. This interview is of Kit Bigelow, Director of the Office of External Affairs for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, discussing the persecution of the Bahá'ís in Iran.
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Ray Estes

Podcast Release Date: Friday, January 27, 2006

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


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Alfred Kikoti

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

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

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

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

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, May 06, 2006
My wife and a Bahá'í from Hadley MA who has lived in New England all her life and describes her spiritual journey that includes spending 8 years in a commune in Western Mass. We started the interview by her describing how this journey began.
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Dr. Jeanne Swinney

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

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, April 09, 2006
A Bahá'í from Rochester, VT, who had a rough childhood, left home at an early age, served in World War II and the Korean War, and an engineer job-shopper who traveled throughout New England and as far south as Richmond, VA.
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Paul Robbins

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, April 02, 2006
Paul is a Bahá'í from Wilbraham Massachusetts who was formerly a political consultant and is now a public relations consultant for both corporate and non-profit organizations.
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Ash Hartwell

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, February 07, 2006
In the 2nd segment Ash continued his journey by describing how he ended up in Amherst, MA and ultimately to Uganda and Botswana. In this final segment Ash describes his work in Egypt and finally in Afghanistan.
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Dr. Fides Ushe

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, March 04, 2006
A Bahá'í originally from Malawi who is now a professor of mathematics at Springfield College.
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Ash Hartwell

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 06, 2006
In the first segment Ash described his experiences as one of the first peace corps volunteers, and his adventures in Ethiopia for that assignment. Ash concluded that segment by describing his experience as an educator in the Washington DC school system and the start of the Upward Bound organization. In this segment Ash continues his journey by describing how he ended up in Amherst, MA and ultimately to Uganda and Botswana.
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Ash Hartwell

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, February 05, 2006
Ash is an educator and a Bahá'í who has spent 25 years in Africa and is now residing in Amherst, MA on the faculty of the Center for International Education at the University of Mass. The stories that Ash has to tell are too many to capture in a one hour segment, so this is the first in a series.
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