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Ambassador to Humanity

This series of nine podcasts, produced especially for the centenary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, recounts the life and work of this unique figure in human history, celebrating his life, his legacy, and his enduring influence on humanity. It includes eyewitness accounts from those who encountered Abdu’l-Baha and commentary from those who have studied his life and example.

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This series of nine podcasts, produced especially for the centenary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha, recounts the life and work of this unique figure in human history, celebrating his life, his legacy, and his enduring influence on humanity. It includes eyewitness accounts from those who encountered Abdu’l-Baha and commentary from those who have studied his life and example.

Ambassador to Humanity — Episode 9: The Exemplar for Today

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This ninth and final episode in our Ambassador to Humanity podcast series reflects on the passing of this unique personality as well as the legacy of his life of sacrificial service for humankind today.

Any person who strives to follow Abdu’l-Baha’s example, in whatever measure, takes part in his ongoing conversation with humanity – which has resulted, so far, in the devotion of millions of followers in every part of the world.  Hopefully, this series of podcasts has offered listeners insights into the life and character, thinking and action, of this extraordinary figure, inspiring all who have heard it to continue their investigation into how this Ambassador to Humanity can continue to influence human life today.   


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Narrated by Parisa Fitz-Henley and Rainn Wilson, with contributions from Ann Boyles, Michael Day, Hooper Dunbar, Kathryn Jewett Hogenson, Nwandi Lawson, Moojan Momen, Wendi Momen, Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, Anne Perry, Robert Stockman, Lesley Taherzadeh O’Mara, and Shinji Yamamoto.

Featuring the voices of Anthony Azizi, Penn Badgley, Emily Baldoni, Justin Baldoni, Beverley Evans Matthews, James Gillies, Dana Haqjoo, Carmel Irandoust, and Masud Olufani.

Written and produced by Rob Weinberg and Nathan Rainsford.

Assistant Editor: Noah Matthews

Executive producers include Rainn Wilson, Shahin Sobhani, Steve Sarowitz, Maia Reneau, and Ford Bowers for Spring Green Media, in collaboration with 239Days.com and BahaiTeachings.org.

Jan 25 2022

25mins

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Ambassador to Humanity – Episode 8: The Life of the Spirit

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What does it mean to be spiritual in a material world? How do we develop noble human qualities like generosity, kindness, and forgiveness? What is the value of prayer? What is the relationship between religion and spirituality? 

We explore these essential questions in this episode of Ambassador to Humanity.
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Narrated by Parisa Fitz-Henley and Rainn Wilson, with contributions from Ann Boyles, Michael Day, Wendi Momen, Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, Anne Perry, Steven Phelps, Robert Stockman, and Lesley Taherzadeh O’Mara

 Featuring the voice of Penn Badgley

Written and produced by Rob Weinberg and Nathan Rainsford

Assistant Editor: Noah Matthews

Executive producers include Rainn Wilson, Shahin Sobhani, Steve Sarowitz, Maia Reneau, and Ford Bowers for Spring Green Media, in collaboration with 239Days.com and BahaiTeachings.org.

Jan 13 2022

22mins

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Ambassador to Humanity – Episode 7: Servant to All Humanity

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This episode of Ambassador to Humanity describes how Abdu’l-Baha dedicated every waking moment of his life to serving those around him and how, through his example, he encouraged others to do the same.

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Narrated by Parisa Fitz-Henley and Rainn Wilson, with contributions from Hooper Dunbar, Nwandi Lawson, Wendi Momen, Robert Stockman, and Lesley Taherzadeh O’Mara

Featuring the voices of Anthony Azizi, Penn Badgley, Justin Baldoni, James Gillies, Beverley Evans Matthews, Adam Mondschein, Sarah Perceval, and Shirin Youseffian-Maanian

 Written and produced by Rob Weinberg and Nathan Rainsford

Assistant Editor: Noah Matthews

Executive producers include Rainn Wilson, Shahin Sobhani, Steve Sarowitz, Maia Reneau, and Ford Bowers for Spring Green Media, in collaboration with 239Days.com and BahaiTeachings.org.

Jan 04 2022

28mins

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Ambassador to Humanity – Episode 6: The Road to World Peace

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Episode 6 of Ambassador to Humanity explores how Abdu’l-Baha clearly delineated the deep spiritual principles and attitudinal and behavioral changes required to end war and build an enduring global peace.

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Narrated by Parisa Fitz-Henley and Rainn Wilson, with contributions from Amin Egea, Kathy Hogenson, Moojan Momen, and Tim Perry

Featuring the voices of Emily Baldoni, Justin Baldoni, Carmel Irandoust, Adam Mondschein, and Rob Weinberg

Written and produced by Rob Weinberg and Nathan Rainsford

Assistant Editor: Noah Matthews

Executive producers include Rainn Wilson, Shahin Sobhani, Steve Sarowitz, Maia Reneau, and Ford Bowers for Spring Green Media, in collaboration with 239Days.com and BahaiTeachings.org.

Dec 30 2021

31mins

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Ambassador to Humanity – Episode 5: The March of Women

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This episode of Ambassador to Humanity explores how Abdu’l-Baha consistently promoted the equality of the sexes as one of the fundamental teachings of the Baha’i Faith. In his writings, his father Baha’u’llah had unequivocally proclaimed the equality of women and men, and Abdu’l-Baha set out to describe the many implications of that equality in his own talks and correspondence. 

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Narrated by Parisa Fitz-Henley and Rainn Wilson, with contributions from Ann Boyles, Moojan Momen, and Wendi Momen

Featuring the voices of Justin Baldoni, Beverley Evans Matthews, Naim Rastani, Maia Reneau, and Stéphane Zahrai

Written and produced by Rob Weinberg and Nathan Rainsford

Assistant Editor: Noah Matthews

Executive producers include Rainn Wilson, Shahin Sobhani, Steve Sarowitz, Maia Reneau, and Ford Bowers for Spring Green Media, in collaboration with 239Days.com and BahaiTeachings.org.

Dec 23 2021

20mins

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Ambassador to Humanity — Episode 4: A Vision of Racial Equality

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In this episode of the Ambassador to Humanity podcast, we learn how Abdu’l-Baha harbored no illusions about the systemic crisis that racism posed — and indeed continues to pose — for America’s social fabric, and how after his visit to the West, the matter remained at the forefront of his mind throughout the rest of his earthly life.

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Narrated by Parisa Fitz-Henley and Rainn Wilson, with contributions from Amin Egea, Nwandi Lawson and Robert Stockman

Featuring the voices of Annabel Knight, Adam Mondschein, Patrick O’Mara, and Masud Olufani

Written and produced by Rob Weinberg and Nathan Rainsford

Assistant Editor: Noah Matthews

Executive producers include Rainn Wilson, Shahin Sobhani, Steve Sarowitz, Maia Reneau, and Ford Bowers for Spring Green Media, in collaboration with 239Days.com and BahaiTeachings.org.

Dec 13 2021

32mins

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Ambassador to Humanity – Episode 3: The Journey West

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When Abdu’l-Baha went West, the world changed, because he brought Baha’u’llah’s message of oneness and unity to all people.

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Narrated by Parisa Fitz-Henley and Rainn Wilson

with contributions from Michael Day, Hooper Dunbar, Kathryn Jewett Hogensen, Nwandi Lawson, Moojan Momen, Anne Perry, Tim Perry, Robert Stockman, and Lesley Taherzadeh O’Mara; and historical reminiscences from Jean Bonn, Joseph Ioas, Monroe Ioas, Sylvia Paine Parmalee, Bahiyyih Randall-Winckler, Eva Swingle, Isabelle Windust, Shinji Yamamoto, and Aziz Yazdi 

featuring the voices of Valerie Atwood, Anthony Azizi, Beverley Evans Matthews, Nathan Rainsford, and Paul Taylor 

Extracts from Baha'i Blogcast with Anne and Tim Perry used with the permission of Baha'i Blog

Extracts from Luminous Journey: Abdu'l-Baha in America, 1912, courtesy of Anne and Tim Perry, Perry Productions

Written and produced by Rob Weinberg and Nathan Rainsford

Assistant Editor: Noah Matthews

Executive producers include Rainn Wilson, Shahin Sobhani, Steve Sarowitz, Maia Reneau, and Ford Bowers for Spring Green Media, in collaboration with 239Days.com and BahaiTeachings.org.

Dec 10 2021

25mins

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Ambassador to Humanity – Episode 2: The Master of Akka

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How could Abdu’l-Baha possibly spend four decades in one of the world’s worst prisons – and still be supremely happy?

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Narrated by Parisa Fitz-Henley and Rainn Wilson 

with contributions from Michael Day, Kathryn Jewett Hogensen, Mona Khademi, Robert Stockman, and Lesley Taherzadeh O'Mara

Featuring the voices of Penn Badgely, Justin Baldoni, Ford Bowers, James Gillies, Nava Kavelin, Beverley Evans Matthews, Adam Mondschein, Siria Rutstein, and Jordan Wilkinson-Smith

Written and produced by Rob Weinberg and Nathan Rainsford

Assistant Editor: Noah Matthews

Executive producers include Rainn Wilson, Shahin Sobhani, Steve Sarowitz, Maia Reneau, and Ford Bowers for Spring Green Media, in collaboration with 239Days.com and BahaiTeachings.org.

Dec 05 2021

29mins

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Ambassador to Humanity — Episode 1: The Early Years

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Episode One opens at Abdu’l-Baha’s funeral, a funeral unlike any the Holy Land had ever seen. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Haifa to pay homage to one they considered as the benevolent father to all. The series recounts Abdu’l-Baha’s early years using the words of his devoted sister Bahiyyih, and tells the story of Baha’u’llah’s acceptance of the message of the Bab, which caused the family’s life to be thrown into turmoil. 

Baha’u’llah – cruelly incarcerated for four months in a dark underground dungeon – received the first intimations of his own Divine mission there. Abdu’l-Baha was the first to recognize his father’s station as a messenger of God. For the next 40 years of exile and banishment and thereafter, the personal and tender care for others that was already a part of Abdul-Baha’s personality became a daily, defining feature of the rest of his life. Join us as we explore the powerful life and profound teachings of Abdu’l-Baha.

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Narrated by Parisa Fitz-Henley and Rainn Wilson, with contributions from Michael Day, Hooper Dunbar, and Lesley Taherzadeh O’Mara

Featuring the voices of Penn Badgely, James Gillies, and Forouz Masrour

Written and produced by Rob Weinberg and Nathan Rainsford

Assistant Editor: Noah Matthews

Executive producers include Rainn Wilson, Shahin Sobhani, Steve Sarowitz 

Maia Reneau and Ford Bowers for Spring Green Media, in collaboration with 239Days.com and BahaiTeachings.org.

Nov 25 2021

24mins

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