“A Bahá’í Perspective” Radio Show and Podcast: A Resource for Interviews with Wilmette Institute Faculty and Others

Would you like to know more about Wilmette Institute faculty than a short biographical sketch on the Wilmette Institute website provides? On http://www.ABahaiPerspective.com you can hear a number of faculty talk about their early lives, their education, and how the Bahá’í writings affect their lives and their vocations.

“A Bahá’í Perspective” is a radio and podcast show hosted by Warren Odess-Gillett, a Bahá’í for more than three decades, on station WXOJ-LP in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. His aim is to interview people who have either chosen the Bahá’í Faith as a way of life or who have a relationship with the Bahá’í Faith. He interviews his guests over the telephone and posts the interviews to the website listed above. Odess-Gillett is a skillful interviewer who prepares a number of open-ended questions and then lets his guests talk. He is always alert to Bahá’í terms with which his audience may not be familiar and asks his guests to provide definitions and context. The interviews vary from guest to guest, but they often focus on the guest’s early spiritual life (or not) and education, his or her later education, how they became Bahá’ís, and how each applies the Bahá’í teaching in their life and their profession.

When you access http://www.ABahaiPerspective.com, click on “Archives.” Then click on a year. For example, in 2014, you will find interviews by the following Wilmette Institute faculty:

  • Susanne Alexander (lead faculty for a series of courses on preparing for and strengthening one’s marriage).
  • Alex Blakeson (faculty for courses on preparing for and strengthening marriage).
  • Ed Diliberto (faculty for Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation: A Systematic Survey and courses on the writings of Shoghi Effendi).
  • Stephen Friberg (faculty for science and religion courses).
  • Baharieh Rouhani Maani (faculty for a course on her book Leaves of the Twin Divine Trees).
  • Anne Pearson (faculty for Hinduism for Deepening and Dialogue and Buddhism for Deepening and Dialogue).
  • Anne Perry (faculty for The Bahá’í Faith and the Arts and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: His Life and Ministry)

In 2013: Robert Stockman (faculty for history and religion courses and for the upcoming course on the Badí` calendar)

In 2010: Sovaida Ma’ani Ewing (faculty for courses on world federation).

In 2009: Kurt Hein (faculty for courses on the writings of Shoghi Effendi).

In 2007: William (Bill) Collins (faculty for courses on the writings of Shoghi Effendi and for the upcoming course on the Badí` calendar) and Susan Maneck (faculty for religion courses).

As you browse the site, you will find other Bahá’ís you may know, including musician Red Grammar, actor Rainn Wilson, author John Hatcher, and psychologist Michael Penn.

If you find yourself near Northampton, Massachusetts, on a Saturday morning, you can listen to “A Bahá’í Perspective” at 10 a.m. on WXOJ-LP at 103.3FM. On the Bahá’í Perspective website you can listen to broadcasts going back to the debut of program in 2005, sign up for Podcasts, and download MP3 files of the interviews.