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    Episode 44: A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special with Dr. Robert Kim-Farley

    Episode 44: A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special with Dr. Robert Kim-Farley

    Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

    In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

    With the recent pandemic of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading globally, and as the situation continues to unfold, I thought it would be timely to get Dr. Robert Kim-Farley on the Baha'i Blogcast. Dr. Kim-Farley is an epidemiologist and a dear Baha'i friend who currently serves as a Professor in both the Departments of Epidemiology, and the Community Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, and from 2004 to 2018, he served as the Director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

    In this episode, Dr. Kim-Farley (or Dr. Bob as I like to call him), tells us about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what we know about it so far. He shares some possible scenarios of what could happen in the coming months and gives examples of how certain countries are fighting it. he tells us how we can help slow down the spread of the virus, and he also shares his personal experience in how they were able to completely eliminate polio from Indonesia.

    Skip ahead to the 24-minute mark of the podcast if you don't want to hear any more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and find out how Dr. Bob got into epidemiology, how he discovered the Baha'i Faith, met his wife, and recently joined a rock band.

    I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did, and also find it helpful!

    To find out more about some of the things we covered in this episode, check out the following links:

    * You can learn more about COVID-19 and keep up to date at The World Health Organization website: https://www.who.int/

    * Find out more about Dr. Robert Kim-Farley's professional work here: https://ph.ucla.edu/faculty/kim-farley

    * Dr. Kim-Farley explains the idea of humanity being like the human body, and this concept was actually put into a small editorial in the American Journal of Public Health which you can read here: https://bit.ly/2Ql21I6

    * Dr. Kim-Farley refers to the following quote by Baha'u'llah: "Religion without science is superstition. Science without religion is materialism."

    * Dr. Kim-Farley relates a story about Abdu'l-Baha relating to science and religion. Find out more about Abdu'l-Baha here: https://www.bahai.org/abdul-baha/

    * Dr. Kim-Farley mentions the Universal House of Justice: https://universalhouseofjustice.bahai.org/

    * Dr. Kim-Farley talks about being a Baha'i pioneer: https://bit.ly/2w0jrD5

    * Rainn mentions the following quote from 'The Hidden Words' of Baha'u'llah (https://bit.ly/2Wg56Nu): "Say, O brethren! Let deeds, not words, be your adorning."

    * Dr. Kim-Farley mentions the word Allah-u-Abha: https://bit.ly/2U3xVKg

    * Dr. Kim-Farley mentions the following quote from Baha'ullah: "The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens."

    * Rainn mentions the following article from the Baha'i World News Service: 'Hope and Support in Italy During a Global Health Crisis': https://news.bahai.org/story/1401/

    * Dr. Kim-Farley mentions the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP) which you can learn more about here: https://www.bahaiblog.net/junior-youth/

    * And finally, you can watch this video with Dr. Kim-Farley performing as his alter ego named "Gage", singing "Born to be Wild" with Ryan and the Runaways: https://bit.ly/39WfJJo


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 43: Rhett Diessner

    Episode 43: Rhett Diessner

    Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

    In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

    In this episode, I'm at my home in Los Angeles with my uncle, Rhett Diessner, a Professor of Psychology who has a special interest in aesthetics and beauty. We talk about moral reasoning, materialism, and how he became a Baha'i. We discuss the psychology of beauty, how there's no love without beauty, and that love holds the whole universe together. Rhett tells me how humans are all intimately linked, and how beauty will literally help save the world. I hope you enjoy the conversation!

    To find out more about some of the things we covered in this episode, check out the following links:

    * I mention my podcast with Reza Aslan called 'Metaphysical Milkshake’: https://bit.ly/3avGT9K

    * Rhett mentions the Baha'i principle of the ‘independent investigation of truth’: https://bit.ly/39vceJv

    * Rhett mentions Baha’i Firesides: https://bit.ly/3arsZW2

    * Rhett and I talk about 'Some Answered Questions' by Abdu'l-Baha: https://bit.ly/39vc8S3

    * Rhett mentions the 'The Promise of World Peace’ by the Universal House of Justice: https://bit.ly/3aAKT98

    * Rhett mentions ‘The Book of Certitude (Kitab-i-Iqan)’ by Baha’u’llah: https://bit.ly/38qovxG

    * Rhett shares the following quote from 'The Most Holy Book (Kitab-i-Aqdas)’ by Baha'u'llah: "Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty.”: https://bit.ly/2IuKGbb

    * Rhett and I talk about Shoghi Effendi spending time in Switzerland. Find out more about Shoghi Effendi from this article: https://bit.ly/39rk9HW

    * View the photograph Rhett took of the bench he mentions in the podcast here: https://bit.ly/38tkmJh

    * Rhett mentions Dr. Hossein Danesh, and you can listen to some of his talks here:
    - ‘Making Peace Our New Year's Resolution’: https://bit.ly/3cDTyJt
    - ‘Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: The Challenge of Making Right Decisions’: https://bit.ly/2Ipz2hT

    * Rhett mentions working with the renowned American psychologist, Lawrence Kohlberg: https://bit.ly/2TJ7XeY

    * Rhett mentions the works of Carol Gilligan and her book 'In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development’: https://amzn.to/2PO9UFQ

    * Rhett and I mention Dr. Steven Phelps, who was a guest on the Baha'i Blogcast twice:
    - Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 7: Steven Phelps: https://bit.ly/2PTN7Zf
    - [VIDEO] Baha'i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson - Episode 37: Physics and Mysticism with Steven Phelps: https://bit.ly/2VWea9Q

    * Rhett mentions the ‘Baha’i World Centre’ (http://www.bwc.org/), and you may find this Baha’i Blog article ‘Why is the Baha’i World Centre in Israel?’ interesting: https://bit.ly/2IsLihu

    * Rhett mentions 'The Tablet of Ahmad' by Baha'u'llah which you can read here: https://bit.ly/2vxvM1j and also read about in this article called ‘The Tablet of Ahmad: Who Was Ahmad?’: https://bit.ly/2ImpgwT

    * Rhett mentions the 'Long Obligatory Prayer' by Baha'u'llah, which you can read here: https://bit.ly/2v25HqQ and also read about in this article called 'A Prayer to Power Up Your Day: The Long Obligatory Prayer': https://bit.ly/38vTvw2

    * Rhett quotes from the 'The Seven Valleys' by Baha'u'llah: "...see every face with the beauty of a friend...". You can read 'The Seven Valleys' here: https://bit.ly/32VC46Z and learn more about it from this article called ‘An Introduction to The Seven Valleys’: https://bit.ly/38yX0SI

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    • 59 min
    Episode 42: Brukty Tigabu

    Episode 42: Brukty Tigabu

    Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

    In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

    In this episode, I'm at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where I interview Brukty Tigabu, a dear Baha'i friend from Ethiopia, and winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. As a school teacher, Brukty was concerned with the lack of early childhood education in Ethiopia, so 15 years ago, her and her husband started 'Tsehai Loves Learning', now the most viewed and award-winning children's TV show in Ethiopia. In this conversation, we talk about how the show first started, what is was like being raised an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian, and how she became a Baha'i. She tells us about Ethiopia, what she's currently working on, and she shares some of the challenges she's trying to overcome. I hope you enjoy the conversation!

    To find out more about some of the things we covered in this episode, check out the following links:

    * Check out episodes of 'Tsehai Loves Learning' here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TsehaiLovesLearning

    * Find out more about Brukty's educational media company called 'Whiz Kids Workshop' here: http://www.whizkidsworkshop.com/

    * Check out Brukty's new TV show called 'Tibeb Girls' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft4ALYtM5OQ

    * Find out more about the World Economic Forum here: https://www.weforum.org/

    * Rainn is at the World Economic Forum with 'Arctic Basecamp': https://arcticbasecamp.org/

    * Rainn talks about Shoghi Effendi spending time in Switzerland. Find out more about Shoghi Effendi here: https://www.bahaiblog.net/2013/11/shoghi-effendi-a-bridge-to-the-world/

    * Rainn mentions the book 'The Magic Mountain' by Thomas Mann: https://amzn.to/39geQdS

    * Brukty mentions Baha'i Firesides: https://www.whyunite.com/questions/what-is-a-bahai-fireside/

    * Brukty mentions she met her husband while he was doing a "year of service" and says they could use more people to come on a "year of service". You can find out more about this concept here: https://bahaiteachings.org/youth-give-a-year-of-service-to-humanity/

    * You can find the famous photo Rainn refers to of French kids watching a puppet show here: https://time.com/3879428/children-at-a-puppet-show-paris-1963/

    * Rainn mentions Mary Wollstonecraft (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Wollstonecraft), early feminist and mother of Mary Shelley, author of 'Frankenstein' (https://amzn.to/374Spqn).

    * We talk about the Baha'i 'core activities': https://bahaipedia.org/Core_activities

    * We talk about Devotional Gatherings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iop-CFOdgFg

    * We talk about Junior Youth Groups: https://www.bahaiblog.net/junior-youth/

    * Brukty mentions Baha'i pioneers: https://bahaipedia.org/Pioneer

    * Brukty shares a prayer by the Bab in Amharic. Here is the English translation: "Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!"


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    If you would like to find out more about the Baha'i Faith visit BAHAI.ORG, and for more great Baha'i-inspired content check out BAHAIBLOG.NET: bahaiblog.net/

    Thanks for listening!

    -Rainn Wilson

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 41: Halldor Thorgeirsson

    Episode 41: Halldor Thorgeirsson

    Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

    In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

    In this episode, I'm in Reykjavik, Iceland with Halldor Thorgeirsson, the Chair of Iceland’s Climate Council, and retired Senior Director of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC). We talk about the environment, and Halldor teaches me about how Carbon Matter really matters. He tells me about Iceland, his work, how he became a Baha'i, the importance of consultation and accompaniment, Baha'is who have influenced his life, and the importance of moral leadership and engaging in constructive forces in our society. I hope you enjoy the conversation!

    To find out more about some of the things we covered in this episode, check out the following links:

    * Find out more about the UNFCCC here: https://unfccc.int/about-us/about-the-secretariat

    * Here's the official website for the Baha'is of Iceland: https://www.bahai.is/node/51?language=en

    * I mention that I'm in Iceland for SoulPancake: https://soulpancake.com/

    * At the beginning of the podcast, Halldor shares the following prayer by Baha'u'llah in Icelandic:

    "Ég ber því vitni, ó Guð minn, að Þú hefur skapað mig til að þekkja Þig og tilbiðja Þig. Ég staðfesti á þessu andartaki vanmátt minn og mátt Þinn, fátækt mína og auðlegð Þína.
    Enginn er Guð nema Þú, hjálpin í nauðum, hinn sjálfumnógi."

    Here's the English translation of that prayer:

    "I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth.
    There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting."

    * Halldor makes reference to the following Writings of Baha'u'llah: "Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant."

    * Halldor mentions Baha'i pioneers: https://bahaipedia.org/Pioneer

    * Halldor mentions the following Hands of the Cause (https://www.bahaiblog.net/2014/06/hands-cause/):

    - Ugo Giachery (https://bit.ly/2uUhAyH)
    - William Sears (https://bit.ly/36WiFE5)
    - Abu'l-Qasim Faizi (https://bit.ly/384fRVE)
    - Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum (https://bit.ly/2RjaET7)
    - Rahmatu’llah Muhajir (https://bit.ly/2tacvln)

    * Halldor talks about the Kyoto Protocol: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol

    * Halldor mentions the Universal House of Justice: https://bit.ly/2tnb6aX

    * Halldor mentions the "Mashriqu’l Adhkar", which means a Baha'i "House of Worship", also commonly referred to as a Baha'i temple. Find out more about Baha'i temples here: https://bit.ly/2Nu4rCO

    * We talk about Devotional Gatherings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iop-CFOdgFg

    * Halldor talks about Richard St. Barbe Baker "The Man of the Trees", who was the first global conservationist and was a Baha'i. You can read this book about him by Paul Hanley: https://amzn.to/36Xi4SH

    * Halldor talks about this book by Arthur Dahl 'Unless and Until': https://amzn.to/35ZFJ3P

    Be sure to subscribe to the Baha’i Blogcast for more episodes on:

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    If you would like to find out more about the Baha'i Faith visit BAHAI.ORG, and for more great Baha'i-inspired content check out BAHAIBLOG.NET: bahaiblog.net/

    Thanks for listening!

    -Rainn Wilson

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 40: An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith

    Episode 40: An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith

    Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

    In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

    In our 40th episode of the Baha'i Blogcast, we thought we'd do something a little different by sharing an audio version of an animation called 'An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith'. I worked on this animation with Baha'i Blog and our friends at BahaiTeachings.org and SwissVBS, and we published it about a month ago – just in time for the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab celebrations happening around the world. It's been really well received with over a million views so far, and seeing as so many of us are consuming content in audio format nowadays, we thought it would be useful to create an audio version for the Baha'i Blogcast with a little personal commentary from yours truly, at the beginning and at the end. I hope you find this episode both interesting and useful!

    Watch the animation, and check out other related links below:

    *Here's the animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLSaDVG4yBE

    * Here's a link to the article I wrote explaining the project and the thought process behind the script: https://bit.ly/2LYFvmm

    * And here's Naysan Naraqi's article about some of the behind-the-scenes as well: https://bit.ly/35pVqSf

    *Find out more about SwissVBS here: https://swissvbs.com/

    * Find out more about the Bab and the bicentenary celebrations of His Birth happening around the world here: https://bicentenary.bahai.org/the-bab/

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    If you would like to find out more about the Baha'i Faith visit BAHAI.ORG, and for more great Baha'i-inspired content check out BAHAIBLOG.NET: bahaiblog.net/

    Thanks for listening!

    -Rainn Wilson

    • 24 min
    Episode 39: Derik Smith

    Episode 39: Derik Smith

    Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

    In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

    In this episode, I'm at my home in LA with Derik Smith, a professor in the Department of Literature at Claremont McKenna College in California, and his work focuses on African American literary culture, with a particular interest in poetry. We talk about African American poet and Baha'i, Robert Hayden, plus we look at the concept of black people being likened to the "pupil of the eye" in the Baha'i Writings. We also discuss racism, the prison system, constructive resilience, and the role each one of us can play in ensuring individual and social transformation and justice. I hope you enjoy the conversation!

    Dr. Smith also teaches and writes about representations of blackness in American film and musical culture. His 2018 monograph, 'Robert Hayden In Verse: New Histories of African American Poetry and the Black Arts Era', recently won the College Language Association's annual book award. His current scholarship focuses on the poetics of rap, and the rise of the genre during the final decades of the twentieth century, as well as the connection between critical race studies and the Baha’i Faith. Smith regularly teaches courses in American prisons and nurtures activist interests in prison studies and pedagogy. He and his family live in Southern California, USA.

    To find out more about Derik Smith and some of the things we covered in this episode, check out the following links:

    * Read Derek's essay 'Centering the “Pupil of the Eye”: Blackness, Modernity, and the Revelation of Baha’u’llah' (https://bit.ly/35aHafr) found in The Journal of Baha'i Studies (https://bit.ly/35cS1pe), Volume 29, Number 1 Spring-Summer 2019.

    * We discuss the following quote: "Thou art like unto the pupil of the eye which is dark in color, yet it is the fount of light and the revealer of the contingent world". –Abdu’l-Baha

    * We mention the following books:
    i. 'Robert Hayden in Verse: New Histories of African American Poetry and the Black Arts Era' by Derik Smith: https://amzn.to/378YZxt
    ii. 'The Book of Certitude (Kitab-i-Iqan)' by Baha'u'llah: https://bit.ly/2XpuDT1
    iii. 'The Dawn-Breakers' by Nabil-i-Azam: https://bit.ly/2pqWB40 (Baha'i Blog article: https://bit.ly/33UM1S0)
    iv. 'God Passes By' by Shoghi Effendi: https://bit.ly/37eIqAf
    v. 'The Most Holy Book (Kitab-i-Aqdas)' by Baha'u'llah: https://bit.ly/33XC5Hk
    vi. 'The Advent of Divine Justice' by Shoghi Effendi: https://bit.ly/340xgwM
    vii. 'Tablets of Baha'u'llah' by Baha'u'llah: https://bit.ly/37pdsFI
    viii. 'The Writings and Talks of Abdu'l-Baha' by Abdu'l-Baha: https://bit.ly/2r0LAHe

    * Learn more about Robert Hayden here on Wikipedia: https://bit.ly/2psQ8FT

    * A collection of poems by Robert Hayden here on Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/37i0uJy

    * Rainn mentions the writer Anand Giridharadas, author of 'Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World': https://amzn.to/2CM6JHF

    * Derek talks about volunteering at the Baha'i World Centre: http://www.bwc.org/ and from this Baha'i Blog article: https://bit.ly/2NYILPT

    * We discuss "Constructive Resilience", an example of which you can read about from this article by Michael Karlberg: https://bit.ly/37hs1eo

    * Listen to Michael Karlberg here on the Baha'i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson: https://bit.ly/2KxZXcK

    Be sure to subscribe to the Baha’i Blogcast for more episodes on:

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    If you would like to find out more about the Baha'i Faith visit BAHAI.ORG, and for more great Baha'i-inspired content check out BAHAIBLOG.NET: bahai

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

anwenlinlithgow ,

Truly uplifting and enlightening

Cannot thank Rainn enough for allowing me to benefit from these conversations. They have dealt with so many of my own questions, and allowed me renew my sense of awe at the “Greatness of This Day”. Scholarly themes dealt with in a very accessible and often humorous way. I hope there will be many, many more podcasts to come!

Robhain ,

Earbuds!

This may seem like an odd way to describe Rainn‘s fantastic, amazing, so beautiful, spiritual conversations. I am a painter and I have just worked my way through the entire series through earbuds connected to my iPhone.
The inspirational quality of the dialogue has had such a profound effect on me. I am looking at things from not just one alternative perspective but many. It helps to build a picture of where I am in relation to my faith.
Rainn is refreshingly candid about his spiritual health which I find so empathetic to my own struggles. All podcasts have an intimacy but these seem to go further, into your very soul.
Thank you Rainn

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Meaningful entertainment

Such an interesting, meaningful and entertaining podcast.

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