Ambassador to Humanity – Episode One: The Early Years

Ambassador to Humanity is a podcast series of nine episodes in honor of the centenary of the passing of Abdu’l-Baha. The podcast was produced by BahaiTeachings.org and it 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.

This first episode 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 Khanum, 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.

Credits:

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.

You can find all the episodes here: bahaiteachings.org/podcasts/ambassador-to-humanity

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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