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Christopher Buck

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christopher is an attorney and independent scholar. Prior to becoming an attorney he taught at Michigan State University, Quincy University, Millikin University, and Carleton University. He is the author of various book chapters, encyclopedia articles, journal articles, and books. His notably works related to religion include "Religious Myths and Visions of America: How Minority Faiths Redefined America's World Role"; "Alain Locke: Faith and Philosophy; "Paradise and Paradigm: Key Symbols in Persian Christianity and the Bahá'í Faith"; and "Symbol and Secret: Qur'an Commentary in Bahá'u'lláh's Kitáb-i Íqán". He is also on the faculty of the Wilmette Institute. We talk about Christopher's works and the Wilmette Institute in the interview.


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Phyllis Peterson

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014

Phyllis is President and creator of Skylark Publishing Company (www.skylarkpubl.com), which has offered materials to Family Violence Shelters across the United States since 1989. Phyllis has conducted workshops internationally on Anger Alternatives, Protective Behaviors for Children, Stories of Women and Girls as Heroes, and How Acknowledgement Heals Families. She is also an illustrator and author of several books including: “Assisting the Traumatized Soul” and “Healing the Wounded Soul”, “The Heroic Female Spirit: A Collection of 9 Tales, and ”Remaining Faithful. We talk about these works in the interview.


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Leona Hosack

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014

Leona is a musician and an author. She has written and illustrated two children's books. One is a picture book titled Kamal's Day, that has been produced by the US Baha'i Publishing Trust and is available on www.bahaibookstore.com. The other is a book titled Babysitter Blues for older children of junior youth age, which was also produced as an ebook by One Voice Press last year and made available through amazon.com. We talk about these works and her music in the interview. Leona's website is LeonaHosack.com.


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Sherlock Graham-Haynes

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sherlock grew up in Jaimaca and graduated from Williams College with a BA im Moral Philosophy and he got his Masters Degree in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard. He has developed a program called Rose Garden Forum. The Rose Garden Forum was initially designed as an education and community development program to close the academic achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students in US high schools. It accomplished this by addressing the root causes of this gap, namely by working to bridge the more fundamental “gaps” between students of different ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds, between teachers, parents and students, and between schools and communities. The Rose Garden Forum intentionally brings together diverse groups of students, later joined by parents, teachers, school administrators and community members, for guided conversations to establish a new paradigm of communication.
The Forum creates a “safe space” in which participants develop relationships that transcend race and class. Participants experience what it means to be “seen”, to be “held-well” and to be “met,” possibly for the first time. Building on the foundation of this experience, the Forum then guides participants to co-create solutions to the challenges they face in their school community. The Forum helps schools foster a climate in which excellence in character, caring and academic achievement is encouraged through a variety of means. We talk about the Rose Garden Forum in the interview.


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Baharieh Rouhani Maani

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Baharieh is the author of the work Leaves of the Twin Divine Trees, an In-depth Study of the Lives of Women Closely Related to the Bab and Baha'u'llah, central figures of the Baha'i Faith. She also wrote the book Against Incredible Odds, Life of a 20th Century Iranian Baha'i Family which is the story of her own life; and co-authored the book Laws of the Kitab-i-Aqdas, Tracing Their Evolution in Religious History a book about the Laws of the Baha'i Faith; and finally she wrote a work called Asiyijh Khanum, the Most Exalted Leaf, the wife of Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha'i Faith..

She was born in Shiraz to Baha'i parents from the lineage of early martyrs of the Faith. She studied Persian literary works at the University of Shiraz, Iran, before settling as a Baha'i pioneer in Kenya. Ultimately she joined the staff of the Baha'i World Centre in Haifa Israel and served as Coordinator in the Department of Holy Places, and as a Special Project Aide to the Aqdas Translation Committee that translated the Baha'i book of Laws into English for publication in 1992.


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Justice Saint Rain

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014

Justice has been a Baha'i since 1974, and started Special Ideas in 1981 after working at the Baha'i Publishing Trust and then going on Baha'i Pilgrimage in Haifa Israel. Special Ideas is an on-line market place devoted to creating materials to spread the Baha'i teachings. He has written several books, including "Falling Into Grace - The Trials and Triumphs of Being a Baha'i," "Why Me - A Spiritual Guide to Growing Through Tests," "My Baha'i Faith," and "Love, Lust and the Longing for God."


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Stephen Friberg

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Stephen is a physicist living in the Silicon Valley and working in the semiconductor industry. He has done pioneering experiments in quantum optics, optical telecommunications, and photonics, and is author of 46 technical papers, seven patents, and numerous scientific conference presentations. He has written and spoken frequently on science and religion and its relationship to the Bahá'í teachings, and is cofounder of the Science and Religion Special Interest Group of the Association for Bahá'í Studies. He also is a cofounder of Common Ground, a blog devoted to faith, reason, science, and religion, and Japan's Association for Bahá'í Studies.


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Ed DeLiberto

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014

Ed holds a BA and MA from California State University. He also holds the Credential of Bilingual Education, Spanish-English, (1980) from the California State Board of Education. He served in various educational positions in California, Central America and South America over the years. He was formerly the director of the Bosch Baha'i Retreat and Conference Center. Most recently, he served for six years on the Advisory Board assigned to collaborate with the Center for Baha'i Studies in Beijing, where he presented various papers correlating Chinese philosophy with the Baha'i teachings. He has been to 26 countries as a consultant on developing human resources for the Baha'i Faith. He is the author of the book, “Heroes of the New Age” published by George Ronald Publications.


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Lisa Ortuno

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lisa joined the Baha'i Faith the day her daughter,Zoe, was born in August of 2007. She has an M.S. and Ph.D. in biology from the University of South Carolina where she specialized in population genetics and molecular biology. She has worked with three international biotech companies since 2002 specializing in training and technical support for academic, government, clinical and forensic laboratories. She loves to engage in discussions about the intersection of science and religion and participates in interfaith events, one of which is an organization called Sinai and Synapses.


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Bharat Koirala

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014

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.


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Anne Pearson

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014

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.


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Lance Mead

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014

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.


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Anne Perry

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, May 25, 2014

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


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Susanne Alexander

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014

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 is http://marriagetransformation.com/ which is her business website, and her second is http://bahaimarriage.net/ which provides the Baha'i perspective on marriage.


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Alex Blakeson

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014

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.


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Tim Perry

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014

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.


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