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Tim McLane

Podcast Release Date: Monday, December 29, 2008
A Bahá'í 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 Bahá'í Faith. He left college after becoming a Bahá'í and became a professional musician. In 1977 Tim went to Guatemala to help the Bahá'í Faith there. It was there that he first started producing Latin music. Today he is writing music for films. His website is TimMcLaneMusic.com.
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Jack Gordon

Podcast Release Date: Monday, December 22, 2008
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 Bahá'ís, and it was through one of his cousins that Jack took more interest in the Bahá'í Faith while in college. Jack eventually ended up in Madagascar where he became confirmed in the Bahá'í 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.
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Louise Matthias

Podcast Release Date: Monday, December 8, 2008
Louise is the daughter of Dorothy Baker, a well-known historical figure in the Bahá'í Faith. Louise tells her story growing up as a Bahá'í, 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.
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Denali Weiler

Podcast Release Date: Monday, December 1, 2008
Denali grew up in the rural northwest. As a teenager she was caught up in the pressures of fitting in and the Bahá'í Faith wasn't conducive to that. When she graduated from high school, she decided to go on a Bahá'í year of service, which Denali explains is an opportunity for a young Bahá'í person to give a year of service to help the Bahá'í 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 Bahá'í 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.
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James Williams

Podcast Release Date: Monday, November 3, 2008
Before James became a Bahá'í he was working for a social agency promoting race unity. After becoming a Bahá'í, 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.
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Christina Quinn

Podcast Release Date: Monday, October 20, 2008
A Bahá'í musical artist whose CDs include Crimson Robe and He is the Healer.
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Janabe Caldwell

Podcast Release Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
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 Bahá'í 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.
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Randie Gottlieb

Podcast Release Date: Monday, September 29, 2008

Randie grew up in a culturally Jewish, but atheistic family. She describes her miraculous story on how she ended up becoming a Bahá'í. 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.


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William Smith

Podcast Release Date: Monday, September 22, 2008
A Bahá'í 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 Smitty back in February 2007, he described his growing up in Greenville SC and his encounter with the Bahá'í Faith.
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Phillipe Copeland

Podcast Release Date: Monday, September 15, 2008
A Bahá'í 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 Bahá'í Thought where he addresses current events from a Bahá'í 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.
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Ladjamaya

Podcast Release Date: Monday, August 25, 2008
A Bahá'í who started out being a teacher, then discovered the performer within while working at the Bahá'í 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 Bahá'ís. 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.
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Vivian Lee White Baravalle Gilliam & Stu Gilliam

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 28, 2008
This is a Skype 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.
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Robert Sylvester

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 21, 2008
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 2008the Bahá'ís of the United States held their 100th annual National Convention at the Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, when they elected their national governing council called the National Spiritual Assembly. Chicago Public Radio covered the convention.
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Donna Kime Jeffers

Podcast Release Date: Monday, June 30, 2008
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.
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Derek Cockshut

Podcast Release Date: Monday, June 16, 2008
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 Bahá'í 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 Bahá'í Faith.
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Carol Brooks

Podcast Release Date: Monday, June 2, 2008
Carol is a Bahá'í 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 Bahá'í Faith.
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Jean Thompson

Podcast Release Date: Monday, May 19, 2008
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 Bahá'í Faith.
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Bruce Randall

Podcast Release Date: Monday, May 12, 2008
Bruce is not a Bahá'í. He heard my program on Valley Free Radio and contacted me with an interesting proposal. What if we do an someone who is not a Bahá'í and has questions about the Bahá'í Faith. I thought this was an interesting idea, so I went along with it. It turned out to be a wonderful experience.
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Harry Logan

Podcast Release Date: Friday, May 9, 2008
Harry is a Bahá'í 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 Bahá'ís 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 Bahá'í Faith since Harry had touched on it briefly in the interview.
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Michael Lindsey

Podcast Release Date: Monday, May 5, 2008
Mike ran into the Bahá'í 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 Bahá'í Faith.
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Deb Rodgers

Podcast Release Date: Monday, April 28, 2008
A Bahá'í 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.
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Layli Miller-Muro

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, April 26, 2008
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.
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Dorothy Hansen

Podcast Release Date: Monday, April 21, 2008
An 82-year old Bahá'í 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 Bahá'í, Dorothy traveled to more than 50 countries.
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Allison Grover Khoury

Podcast Release Date: Monday, April 14, 2008
Allison was raised as a Bahá'í 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.
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Lou Meyer

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 31, 2008
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 Bahá'í Faith.
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Jafred & Christina Mato

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 24, 2008
A Bahá'í couple who met at the Bahá'í World Center in Haifa, Israel, she is an American and he is Kenyan. They currently reside in Wilbraham, MA. I started the Christina with her new baby on her lap.
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Vito Benenati

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 10, 2008
A Bahá'í from Long Island who was adrift after returning from the Vietnam War, but found direction after running into the Bahá'í Faith. Before playing this interview, I play a piece from National Public Radio about a Bahá'í family hosting an interfaith children's class focusing on virtues.
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Rainn Wilson

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, February 17, 2008
My son, Damian, was at the Northeast Bahá'í 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 Rainn. In the interview, Rain mentions his work with the non-profit organization the Mona Foundation.
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WLGI Baha'i Bookshelf

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, February 16, 2008
This is a rebroadcast of the radio program Bahá'í Bookshelf produced by the Bahá'í radio station WLGI in Hemmingway, SC. The interview is conducted by Susan Aude, former television news anchor at the NBC-affiliate WIS in Columbia, SC. In this segment, Susan is interviewing Bahá'í author Pamela Brode about her book The Power of Prayer: Make a Joyful Noise.
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Brande Watson

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 3, 2008
Brande's father taught at Wiley College at the same time that Professor Tolson lead his great debate team as depicted in the 2007movie, The Great Debaters, starring Denzel Washington. Brande describes how he became a Bahá'í 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 Bahá'í Institute in S.Carolina 1973 to 1975.
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Ken Jeffers

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 25, 2008
An 80 year old Bahá'í who now resides at the Desert Rose Bahá'í Institute. He's just started the World Peace Movement Project that promotes the Bahá'í statement The Promise of World Peace.
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Shay Cooper

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 18, 2008
A Bahá'í from Wendell, MA who is co-founder of the Prana Health and Yoga Center in Salem, MA.
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Bhakti Hough

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 11, 2008
General manager for the Bahá'í radio station WLGI at the Louis Gregory Bahá'í Institute in Hemmingway, SC.
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Richard Hoff

Podcast Release Date: Monday, January 28, 2008
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 Bahá'í Faith.
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Jeff Hajibandeh

Podcast Release Date: Monday, January 14, 2008
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 Bahá'í Faith while at college.
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WLGI Baha'i Bookshelf

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, January 10, 2008
This is an interview by Susan Aude, former television news anchor at the NBC-affiliate WIS in Columbia, SC with Bahá'í 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 Bahá'í Bookshelf produced by the Bahá'í radio station WLGI in Hemmingway South Carolina.
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Robin Chandler

Podcast Release Date: Monday, January 7, 2008
A Bahá'í from the Boston area who is both an artist and social scientist.
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