Episode 13 – Bani Dugal

My guest today is Bani Dugal. Ms. Dugal is the Principal Representative of the Bahá’í International Community to the UN. As part of the community of international NGOs at the UN since 1994, she is currently the Vice Chairperson of the NGO Working Group on Security Council. She has served as President of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, as co-facilitator of the NGO Working Group on UN Access, co-facilitator of the GEAR campaign (Gender Equality Architecture Reform), Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, and Chair of the Global Forum of the NGO Committee on UNICEF and member of the Steering Committee of the NGO Committee on UNICEF’s Working Group on Girls, Convenor of the NGO Committee on UNIFEM and Convenor of the Advocates for African Food Security. Prior to relocating to the U.S. in 1988, she practiced law before the Supreme Court of India.

In this conversation, we discuss Ms. Dugal’s incredible upbringing in India, her transition to the Bahá’í faith, and her meditations on a united and peaceful world.

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Episode 12 – Micah Barnes

Our special guest today is Micah Barnes. Micah is a former member of A Cappella group The Nylons, best known for their covers of pop songs such as The Turtles’ “Happy Together”, Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”, and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. As a solo artist, Micah had the #1 international club hit “Welcome To My Head”. Micah is now a top jazz vocalist and a vocal coach, and has a series of critically acclaimed solo recordings including his most recent “New York Stories”  which pays homage to the rich musical history of the Big Apple.

Josh and Micah discuss his profound personal and musical journey and how his long relationship with René Highway – brother of acclaimed playwright Tomson Highway and a Canadian dancer and actor of Cree descent who sadly passed in 1990 – influenced his spirituality.

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Episode 11 – Fara Tabatabai

Our guest today is the wonderful Fara Tabatabai. Fara is counsel in Hughes Hubbard and Reed’s New York office and was one of the youngest lawyers in North America to pass the bar exam. Her practice focuses on complex commercial, products liability, securities, and employment litigation and arbitration.

Ms. Tabatabai is also committed to providing quality pro bono legal services. She has received several awards for her pro bono work, including two Legal Aid Society awards for her role in litigation against New York State to increase housing subsidies for low-income families and a Commitment to Justice Award for her work on an immigration case for Her Justice, an organization that provides legal services to low-income women.

Ms. Tabatabai currently serves as Vice President of the Iranian American Bar Association’s New York Chapter and as a Member of the Corporate Leadership Committee of the New York Women’s Foundation.

In this discussion, we talk about pretending for family, the importance of talking about secretive issues, and the motivation that comes from having a child.

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Episode 10 – Adam Cawley

My guest today is Adam Cawley. Adam is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award Winning actor, writer, improviser as well as an alumnus of The Second City Mainstage. TV Credits include:The Beaverton, Workin’ Moms, Mary Kills People, Spun Out, Odd Squad, Warehouse 13, Covert Affairs and more. In 2014 Adam won The Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Improviser in Canada. He is currently the co-host (along with Rob Norman) of The Backline.

Adam and I talk about Catholicism, inspiration, dogs, comedy, and how to be happy where you’re at.

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Episode 9 – David Miller

Our very special guest is former Toronto Mayor David Miller. David Miller was the president and CEO of WWF Canada, the Canadian division of the international World Wildlife Fund. A former politician, Miller was the 63rd Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010, and served as a Toronto Councillor before his role as Mayor. He is now the North American director for C40 Cities.

David has spent his life working for people in need, the environment, and doing the right thing – informed by his experiences growing up in the church.

This is an exciting episode, as I had the opportunity  to speak to somebody I very much admire about his faith and his drive to make the world a better place. We talked about David’s experience coming to Canada and sometimes feeling like an outsider, and his belief in the Golden Rule. Ultimately, his belief in doing the right thing and in his own ability led to his successful run as Mayor of Toronto. We also discussed the rituals in church and how his faith has evolved and helped to shape his views on social issues.

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