Produced by a group of Bahá’ís in 2012 for the centenary commemoration of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s travels westward, The Journey West is a 27-episode podcast that explores ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey to Europe and North America in 1911-1913: a mission not only to spread the teachings of His Father, Bahá’u’lláh, but also to exemplify what it means to be a Bahá’í.
Each episode is about half an hour long and is divided into three parts. The first part features a story about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, often with artfully re-enacted accounts of those who personally met Him as they describe their impressions of their encounters. The stories are brought to life with ambient sound effects of the time: the clopping of a horse’s hooves, train whistles and other sounds that set the various scenes of the early 1900s. The story is then followed by a relevant and reverent recitation of a portion of one of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s many talks given at a variety of venues during His journey. To wrap up the episode, a roundtable discussion of the theme presented by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in His talk explores how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s masterful articulation of His Father’s teachings guides us on a personal level, provides healing to our communities, and unites humankind.