Jackie Villadsen

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011

Jackie did a year of service at the Native American Baha'i Institute in Arizona. She is now in graduate school studing astronomy.

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Homa Tavangar

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011

Homa is author of the book "Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World". She has spent her career helping governments develop globally oriented programs and advising businesses on how to thrive abroad.

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Nina Lembcke Harvey

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Baha'i now living in England who grew up in Colombia and is the former care taker for the Baha'i House of Worship in Panama. Nina had a near death experience when she was 3 or 4 years old which seemed to drive the direction of her life. She takes us through her spiritual journey in this interview.

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Tyree Byndom

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tyree refers to himself as a spiritual rapper. He and his wife have a recording label called Koppa2Gold. He also hosts a radio program on KOPN in Columbia MO called KORE Issues.

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Lee Ann Edwards

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lee Ann started out as a professional musician before switching to teaching. She has traveled all over the world and shares her experiences in the interview.

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Bill Barnes

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011

Educator who writes about integrating the spiritual into education. His blog can be found at

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Cary Enoch Reinstein

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cary is a photographic artist who uses a variety of both traditional and digital darkroom techniques to, "go beyond the limitations of the camera to achieve a personal style." You can find his work on his website

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Joye Braun

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, September 3, 2011

Joye grew up, on and off, the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation. She was raised as a Baha'i and used her religious background to spread the teachings of unity and diversity among the Sioux people. She provides an interesting historical perspective on native American history. To this day she works to preserve the native Lakota ceremonies.

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Roya Movafegh

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, August 27, 2011

Born in Austria to Iranian parents, Roya and her family moved to Iran in 1976 only to escape it five years later due to the persecutions they faced as Bahá'ís. Roya is a multi-media artist and an author of the book People With No Camel. She is currently working on her photo-based installation piece "Search for Simurgh", a sequel to her novel “The People With No Camel”.

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Pascal Akimana

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pascal grew up in Burundi under extreme violent conditions, both within his family and out. He provides an enlightening historical perspective on the situation both in Burundi and Rwanda.  He is now in the US finishing his education.

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Josephine Javier-Johnson

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, August 6, 2011

A woman who pursued a 9 year search for truth and feels that she has now found her spiritual home.

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Munirih Sparrow

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, July 23, 2011

Munirih is a musician who actually goes by two names: Farideh and Munirih Sparrow. Under her name Farideh she has made two CDs: Seasons of Loving and Symphony of Chemistry. Under her name Munirih Sparrow she will be releasing a new CD called Morning to Midnight in September.  I play cuts from all three CDs in the interview.


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Esther Bradley-DeTally

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, July 3, 2011

Esther is an author of two books: Without A Net: A Sojourn in Russia, and You Carry the Heavy Stuff. She also has a blog.

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Ronnie Tomanio

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ronnie tells the story of how he was legally blind as a kid and his Mom was so determined to find a cure for her son that she quit her job and moved out to Iowa to a chiropractic school. In addition to Ronnie's eyesight returning, his mother became a chiropractor. Ronnie is a writer who has published two children's books, Lillie and Peggy, and The Unexpected Day and Trust. He now hosts a radio program on the Portsmouth community radio station called Don't Dis My Ability. He also made a film about suicide among the disability community called Just One More Day. Ronnie is also a poet and he shares some of his poetry in the interview.

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Blair Nichols

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Baha'i who grew up in the projects in Detroit and family was her life, and once she became a Baha'i it broadened her view to be world embracing.

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Fereshteh Bethel

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fereshteh grew up in a Baha'i family in Iran until she was 15. Her family decided to leave Iran to serve the Baha'i Faith elsewhere and ended up in El Paso, Texas. Fereshteh married an American and had an opportunity to return to Iran with her new family by way of her husband's company. While in Iran, she completed her four year college degree. She and her family returned to the US in 1976 and she continued her education, getting her PhD in psychology. Her thesis was on the psychology of martyrdom, which we talk about in the interview.

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Alejandro Jarquin

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011

Alejandro is a Baha'i from LA.  He grew up in Nicarauga.  He talks about growing up in a very Catholic country and what it was like being a Baha'i in that environment.  He reads some of his poetry at the end of the interview.  I apologize for the sound quality.  I didn't get the balance right between his voice and mine.

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Parvaneh Edraki

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, May 21, 2011

Parvaneh grew up in Iran prior to the Islamic Revolution. She shares with us what was life like growing up as a Baha'i in a country that is very prejudiced against the religion.

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Sandy Simmons

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sandy is a professional musician who has a CD called Prayers that you can find on iTunes.  I include a couple of songs during the interview and I play two more of Sandy's songs after the close of the interview.

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Lillie Abercrombie

Podcast Release Date: Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lillie is a 90 year old woman who became a Baha'i in the 60s in the south as a result of her son becoming a Baha'i. She talks about the effects of segregation on the Baha'i community at that time. You can hear her son, Rick, in the background helping Lillie in the interview.

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Red Grammer

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011

Red is a professional musician with a focus on family music. He has released award winning CDs such as his classic recording Teaching Peace.  We include several of Red's songs in the interview and along with his commentary. Red's website is

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Gail Owens

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, April 2, 2011

Gail describes her life growing up and also in Estonia where she went after getting married.  She worked with the elderly after returning from Estonia. She is now working on two books, one about her work with terminal patients and the other about her father, Fletcher Bennett.  She shares excerpts from these in the interview.

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Joanne Marian

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011

Joanne describes how she almost became a Christian minister until she met her husband in seminary school. After becoming a Baha'i she and her family have lived in the Crow Creek reservation in South Dakota, South Carolina, Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii, the Navajo Reservation, and Maine; plus traveling in Siberia and plans to travel in Greenland.

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Jamie Findlay

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011

a professional musician and a teacher of music at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. His website is Jamie

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Mary Helen Brown

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, February 12, 2011

For the 1st 20 years of Mary Helen's life, she grew up near a small historically black college associated with the Texas A&M system. Then she became a Baha'i. After that, Mary Helen finds her self in Samoa, Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, the Navajo Indian Nation, and Africa.

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Deborah van den Hoonaard

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011

Deborah is a Canada Research Chair, and professor at St. Thomas University. She is the author of three books: The Widowed Self: The Older Woman's Journey Through Widowhood; By Himself: The Older Man's Experience of Widowhood; and Equality of Women and Men: The Experience of the Baha'i Community of Canada which she is co-author with her husband Will.

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Darlene Gait

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011

Darlene is a painter from Canada. We discuss her painting and the source for her inspiration.  You can find her work at

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Michael Kuehlwein

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, January 15, 2011

Michael did a stint at the Brookings Institue before getting his PhD in Economics. He now teaches economics at Pamona College in California. In this interview we talk about the economic teachings of the Baha'i Faith.

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Judy Cobb

Podcast Release Date: Saturday, January 8, 2011

Judy is a retired social worker who specialized in hospice care.  She is also the author of two children's books, The Elegant Osa Bearly and The Gift.  We discussed how the Baha'i principles on the soul and life after death helped her in her work in hospice care.

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