Joan Hernandez

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, December 30, 2017

Joan has spent most of her adult life in Guatemala and Bolivia . She has written several books, the most recent of which is The Baha'i Response to the Crisis of our Time: What Each of Us Can Do to Create a Better World. We discuss the book in the interview as well has having Joan read an excerpt.

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Roya Akhavan

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Roya serves as Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Mass Communications, St. Cloud State University. In addition to research and publication in the field of international mass communication, Dr. Akhavan has maintained a research interest in peace studies. She is a frequent speaker at national and international forums on gender issues, the root causes of war, and spirituality in the 21st century. Her most recent work is a book entitled Peace for Our Planet: A New Approach. We discuss the book and Roya reads an excerpt during the interview.

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Michael Day

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

Michael is the author of the book Journey To A Mountain (The Story of the Shrine of the Bab). It is an incredible story of the efforts to hide the remains of the martyred messenger of God, the Bab, for over 50 years, so that it could be entombed in a gold-domed shrine in the bosom of Mt. Carmel in Haifa, Israel. The story of the Bab itself is an incredibly parallel one to the life and crusifiction of Jesus.

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Kathleen Babb

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Kathleen is the author of the book "The Persian". A novel that takes place during the 19th century about a European professor and his experience in Persia and his fascination with the prophetic missions of the Bab and Baha'u'llah. Kathleen reads an excerpt from her novel in the interview.

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Donald Hawley

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, November 26, 2017

Don is the author of the book "Ginny: How Virginia Rogers went from broke to blessed" which is an interesting biography about a women who was penniless and left having to support two children, became a business success. Don reads an excerpt from the book in the interview.

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Bill Harley

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Bill and his wife Jean have written two books published by Calumet Editions, "Now that I am here, What should I be Doing?" and "Transformed: How to Make the Decisions That Change Your Life". It is their 2nd book, "Transformed" that describes the concept of compassionate consultation, and how important this idea in this divisive culture we currently live in. We talk about the concept of compassionate consultation in the interview.

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David Hunt

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

David is a singer songwriter with two published albums. His first album is called The Earth and the Eagle, and his second album is called Live at Erica's. We feature selections from both albums in the interview, plus one piece yet to be published. You can find his music at

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Kacie LeCompte Renfro

Podcast Release Date: Friday, September 1, 2017

Kacie is the author of the book Hot Air which is a young adult novel about Annie who comes from a broken family and decides to leave her home, but hasn't figured out how - until one day at a fair, she sees a hot air balloon, and gets an idea. Her experience teaches her about the people she meets and also about herself. You can find Kacie's book at

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Robert Atkinson

Podcast Release Date: Friday, August 25, 2017

Bob is a recognized authority on life story interviewing, personal mythmaking, and soul-making, and is professor emeritus of cross-cultural human development and religious studies at the University of Southern Maine. His latest book is The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness. He is online at

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Robert White

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bob completed his undergraduate education in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan in 1972 but the orientation to controlling nature for economic ends was dissonant with his own life experience of relating to the natural world. In response, he traveled around the world for two years searching to develop his own understanding of humanity's relationship to nature. During his travels, he met Richard St Barbe Baker (who was known as the Man of the Trees) and Bob felt an inner calling to understand St Barbe Baker's grand vision of a cooperative relationship with the earth. His intellectual inquiry and the St Barbe Baker influence led him to embrace the Baha'i Faith in 1982.

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Jaime Manfra

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Jaime is founder of the Service Learning School, a micro school in Florida. She explains what a micro school is as well as the inspiration behind the Service Learning School.

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Jana Hannigan

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Jana is an mother, educator, librarian and author. Her latest book is called What Good Will Come. We talk about the inspiration behind the book and she reads an excerpt.

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Katharine Key

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Katharine is a singer-songwriter who has recently produced a CD called What the Fire Is. Her whole discography can be found on sound cloud. In the interview, we feature songs from her various releases including a couple rough demos of songs that she hasn't released yet. If you want to contact Katharine, you can do so by using her contact request form on her website.

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Martin Newman

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Martin is a singer, song writer, acoustic and electric guitarist, a bassist, and a percussionist. He is also a graphic artist who likes to write. He has a modest history of performing / recording lyrical rock, acoustic, and swing styles alone and with others from a variety of cultures. In the interview, Martin refers to a tour he made throughout the UK. In the interview we feature selections from an album, Days of Certainty that represents the music he created for that tour. He is offering these tracks to listeners to download. You can find a more descriptive bio of Martin on his Facebook page.

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Badi Shams

Podcast Release Date: Friday, May 26, 2017

As a young man Badi left his home in Iran and pursued is higher education in India as a way to provide service to the Baha'i Faith there. He found himself a refugee when the Iranian Revolutionary government refused to renew his passport because he was a Baha'i. He thus had to leave India and take refuge in Canada. Just before leaving India he started an elementary school there called the Martha Root school, named after a famous Baha'i who traveled all over the world promoting the Baha'i teachings in the early part of the 20th century.

Badi's field of interest is economics and he has published a compilation "Economics of the Future" and also recently the book "Economics of the Future Begins Today". He is retired from the education system and lives with his wife on Vancouver Island where he tends his many varieties of fruit trees.

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Margaret Caton

Podcast Release Date: Friday, May 19, 2017

Peggy has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, and a Doctorate in Psychology. As an ethnomusicologist she is an accomplished musician that focused her research on Persian music and the Persian santur. She also did her research on a well-known Persian musician, Mirza Abdu'llah from the early part of the 20th century who happened to be a Baha'i. She talks about how she found out about Mirza Abdu'llah in the interview. She is a board certified music therapist and a registered dance therapist. She has taught in universities on ethnomusicology and has spent many years as a licensed psychologist working with children and adults. We talk about how she uses music and dance as a therapist.

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Erin Wagner

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Erin was a devout Mormon when she encountered the Baha'i Faith for the first time. She explains how a devout Mormon could become a Baha'i and still love the Mormon Church as much as she does.

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Joany Lincoln

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Joany is a classically trained musician and was attending Mills College when she was introduced to the Baha'i Faith. After becoming a Baha'i she aspired to travel about the world promoting the teachings of the Baha'i Faith. She explains how she had to transform her music abilities to more informal genres like singer-songer writer and jazz as she was living abroad . We play her music that she had written during her life time traveling for the Baha'i Faith.

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Bahiyyih Nakhjavani

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bahiyyih is an author that has written three books. Her first book is titled The Saddlebag: A Fable for Doubters and Seekers. It is a novel based on an historic event related to the Bab, the martyred prophet of the Babi Faith that prepared the way for the Baha'i Faith. Her second book is titled Paper. It is a novel tracing the origin of paper and reveals the interesting fact that the Bab produced one of His most significant works on British paper. Her third book is The Woman Who Read Too Much. It is a novel centered around a significant historic figure in the Baha'i Faith, Tahireh, who was a courageous woman who proclaimed the message of the Bab in a country hostile to any teaching deviating from Shiah Islam, and was also a renowned poetess. Bahiyyih will be releasing a new book which will be quite different from the other three, called Us &Them, which speaks to the current dilemma that Europe and the US are struggling with, namely immigration. In the interview, Bahiyyih reads excerpts from each of her first 3 novels.

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David Khorram

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

David is an ophthalmologist, a writer and an educator. He left the US after getting his medical degree and proceeded to eventually start an eye clinic and co-found the Brilliant Star Montessori School in Saipan. He's written two books and is now teaching at the Townsend International School in the Czech Republic.

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Ramona Reyhani

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ramona is the cofounder of Townsend International School in the Czech Republic and is the author of "Simply Noble: A step-by-step guide to cultivating the best in your child". (To get the book, email at We talk about the genesis of Townsend International School and her book.

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Martin Kerr

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Martin is a singer songwriter that has produced a number of albums which you can find on his website We feature six songs from his various albums in the interview.

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Carl Murrell

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Carl is the Principal United Nations Representative at the Baha'i Office of Public Affairs. He works with the UN and other non-governmental organizations in areas such as: the advancement of women, sustainable development and human rights.

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Arthur Dahl

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017

Arthur worked in the field of sustainable development for over 50 years. He worked for many years for the United Nations Environment Programme, and a consultant to international organizations and research programmes on environmental assessment, coral reefs, biodiversity, environmental education, and social and economic development. During the interview, we talk about his work at UNEP, his early work in his career his involvment in two Baha'i inspired organizations, the International Environment Forum and the organization Ethical Business Building the Future, and his books, Unless and Until: A Baha'i Focus on the Environment and The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis.

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Cindy Savage

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cindy has been an educator for more than 35 years in the U.S., South America and China. While in China Cindy implemented the World Ambassador Program, a joint venture with BestWay International. It's an educational program that expands the student's perspective to be world embracing. As a World Ambassador Teacher and trainer, Cindy teaches global awareness through a unique blend of stories, biographies of people making the world a better place, songs, games and art. She talks more about the program in the interview. She's written 40+ novels for young people and 100+ textbooks. We talk about Cindy's Youth Wave book series as well as her newest works in the interview. We also talk about her latest endeavor called Spirit Play, that combines activity with meditation. She talks about a recent Spirit Play workshop she conducted.

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Hoda Mahmoudi

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hoda has held a number of positions in academia including Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Northeaster Illinois University and Vice President and Dean of Olivet College. She describes her work in the aftermath of the racial incident at Olivet that hit the news in 1992 to help avoid such an incident occurring again. Hoda is now head of the Baha'i Chair for World Peace at the University of MD. She describes for us what a university chair is and what is the mission of the Baha'i Chair for World Peace.

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Todd Lawson

Podcast Release Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Todd is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Thought at the University of Toronto. Todd has published numerous articles and books on the relationship between the Bahá'í Faith and Islam. Todd's most recent publication is a large two-volume reference collection on Islamic eschatology entitled Roads to Paradise which he edited with his colleague, Sebastian Guenther, Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Goettingen in Germany. Todd is now finishing a new book on the Báb's earliest writings, and a book on the Qur'an. Two volumes on the wriitngs of the Bab and Baha'u'lláh - a collection of previously published material newly edited and revised, will be published by Kalimat in early 2018. We talk about who the Bab was in the interview.

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David Langness

Podcast Release Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 is a collection of essays on innumerable topics providing an individual Baha'i's perspective on contemporary issues. David writes and edits for and was a journalist and literary critic for Paste Magazine. He discusses how the site began, its content and his work as managing editor.

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Paul Hanley

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017

Paul has published four books and more than 1500 articles on the environment, agriculture, and other topics. He has been the environment columnist with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix since 1989. Paul is a recipient of the Canadian Environment Award, the Organic Connections Pioneer Organic Communicator Award, and the Meewasin Conservation Award. Paul's latest work is called Eleven which discusses the impact of the projected 11 billion people that will reside on this planet at the end of this century. We discuss his book in the interview.

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Albert Lincoln

Podcast Release Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017

Al went to law school in the US but almost immediately he moved outside the United States and never ended up practicing law here. He first went to Paris and then to Africa. He describes his work in Africa in the interview. He was then asked to serve at the Baha'i world center in Haifa Israel. Of his achievements, one was to have the Baha'i holy places in Haifa and Acca placed on UNESCO's prestigious World Heritage List in 2008. Al explains how it is that the Baha'i holy places are located in Israel.

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