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Amy Smith

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, December 26, 2009

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.


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Steve Ader

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, December 12, 2009

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.


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Mehr Mansuri

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, November 28, 2009

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.


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Adrienne Carter

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, November 21, 2009

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.


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Jane Jensen

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, November 14, 2009

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.


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Paul Jensen

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, November 7, 2009

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.


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Margaret Tash

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009

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.


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Jack McCants

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009

Jack was an ordained Methodist minister when he ran into the Baha'i Faith.


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Robert Sapiro

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009

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 Bahá'í art of consultation that attracted him to the Bahá'í Faith


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Tahereh Daliri-Sherafat

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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.


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Raymond Greer

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, October 11, 2009

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.


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Scott Tyler

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, August 29, 2009
Scott is a Native American who grew up on the Makah Indian reservation in Washington state. His mother became a Bahá'í when Scott was very young, so Scott grew up as a Bahá'í. 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.
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Ruth Forman

Podcast Release Date: Monday, August 24, 2009
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.
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Luke Slott

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, August 22, 2009
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 Bahá'ís 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
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Barbara West

Podcast Release Date: Monday, August 17, 2009
I play two items in this episode. The first is a telephone Barbara West, a 91 year old Bahá'í 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 Bahá'í 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 Bahá'í holy sites around the world.
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Tom Price

Podcast Release Date: Monday, August 10, 2009
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 Bahá'í Distribution Service.
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Mary-Anne Graham

Podcast Release Date: Monday, August 3, 2009
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 Bahá'í Faith in her 20's. She tells the story of how she was able to transcend her fundamentalist Christian beliefs to become a Bahá'í. She is currently completing her B.S. in Elementary Education; lived in China for over a year and taught English at two universities; she is on the Board of Directors of MicroSteps, a non-profit that provides educational opportunities to under-served populations; and she is on the Board of the Sino-Judaic Institute, a non-denominational, non-political and non-profit organization which was founded in 1985 by a group of international scholars and lay persons for the purpose of promoting understanding between Chinese and Jewish peoples and to encourage and develop their cooperation in matters of mutual historic and cultural interest.
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Mahnaz Javid

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 27, 2009
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 Bahá'í high school student by the name of Mona Mahmudnizhad, who was executed in Iran for her beliefs.
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Elden Kelly

Podcast Release Date: Friday, July 24, 2009
Elden is an accomplished musician who graduated from the New England Conservatory. He produced a CD called 1000 Doors which are original musical compositions using the Bahá'í writings. You can find his CD on his website EldenKelly.com.
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Joyce Watanabe

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 13, 2009
Joyce was born in a World War II 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 Bahá'í.
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Ray Zimmerman

Podcast Release Date: Monday, July 6, 2009
Ray grew up as an atheist. He explains how he could become a Bahá'í from such a perspective.
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Kurt Hein

Podcast Release Date: Monday, June 8, 2009
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 Bahá'í Faith, and how it informed what he would do for the rest of his life.
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Phil Christensen

Podcast Release Date: Monday, June 1, 2009
After getting his PhD in education at the University of Massachusetts, Phil worked at the Bahá'í 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.
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Jess Firth

Podcast Release Date: Monday, May 18, 2009

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 Bahá'í Faith by traveling around the world.


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Juli Redson-Smith

Podcast Release Date: Monday, May 4, 2009
Juli grew up as a Bahá'í 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 Bahá'í Youth Dance Workshop called NINE, which stands for Now Is The New Era.
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Nina Dini

Podcast Release Date: Monday, April 27, 2009
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 Bahá'ís 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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Steve Hemingway

Podcast Release Date: Monday, April 6, 2009
Steve describes himself as growing up to become a "marginal" man not completely integrated with his surroundings. His first encounter with Bahá'ís was when he was 20 years old returning from England on board a boat in 1957. On the boat were Bahá'ís returning from the funeral of Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá'í 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.
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Snatam

Podcast Release Date: Monday, April 13, 2009
For this interview I did something different for A Bahá'í 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 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.
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Judy Soaring Hawk

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 30, 2009
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 Bahá'í Faith.
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Van Gilmer

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 23, 2009
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 Bahá'í scripture at the Bahá'í World Congress in NYC. He is now the musical director at the Bahá'í House of Worship in Willmette, IL.
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Charles Cooper

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 16, 2009
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 Bahá'í Faith.
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Kevin Locke

Podcast Release Date: Monday, March 9, 2009
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.
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Dell Campbell

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 23, 2009
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 Bahá'í Faith. His biggest project was starting up the Bahá'í radio station WLGI.
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Bradford Baker

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 16, 2009
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 Bahá'í and dedicate his life to service toward humanity.
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Osmar Ramos-Caballero

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 9, 2009
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 Bahá'í Faith. Osmar became a Bahá'í after his family moved to the Midwest and he stayed behind to attend Holyoke Community College. After posting the interview Osmar emailed me a demo of his band.
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Nina Gordon

Podcast Release Date: Monday, February 2, 2009
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 Bahá'í Faith.
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