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The talented musical duo behind the alternative fusion group, Azam Ali and Loga Ramin Torkian.

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Azam Ali and Loga Ramin Torkian.

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the talented musical duo behind the alternative fusion group, Azam Ali and Loga Ramin Torkian.

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The popular Iranian-Canadian fashion blogger and journalist, Bahar Eslami – her first ever interview in English.

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The popular Iranian-Canadian fashion blogger and journalist, Bahar Eslami – her first ever interview in English.

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A feature interview with composer, producer, pianist.

A feature interview with composer, producer, pianist.

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Ep. #102: Pooneh Ghoddoosi

On the first anniversary of the launch of Roqe, a feature interview with world-renowned television anchor, radio presenter, and senior producer, Pooneh Ghoddoosi. Pooneh has spent over two decades at the BBC as a TV presenter on BBC World in English, a host on BBC Persian TV and radio in Persian, and now a business head of Global Partnerships at the BBC World Service. Pooneh joins Jian for an insider chat about broadcasting, changing media, and the delta between presenting news and reporting on BBC World versus doing so in Persian

Faramarz Aslani: I First Fell in Love at Six Years Old… (با زیرنویس)

 

Iranian music icon, Faramarz Aslani.

The beloved and respected composer, songwriter, instrumentalist and man with a “satin voice”

 

Faramarz Aslani: I Was Told I Should Not Write My Own Lyrics… (با زیرنویس فارسی)

 

Iranian music icon, Faramarz Aslani.

The beloved and respected composer, songwriter, instrumentalist and man with a “satin voice”

 

❀✿Nowruz 2021 Home Video! - Farsi with Subtitles ✿❀

A feature interview with acclaimed Iranian-American surgeon, Dr. Abbas Ardehali, Surgical Director of the UCLA Heart-Lung Transplant programs, and Professor of Surgery and Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine. Abbas joins Jian to discuss his journey from Iran as a young man, excelling in engineering and medicine in America, his passion for helping people, and the story of becoming the first surgeon in the United States to perform a “breathing lung” transplant – a procedure he was instrumental in developing. Abbas, who is the winner of numerous awards including being named, “Best Doctor in America,” 2006-2017, discusses his pride in being Iranian and his observations of how the Persian community in the diaspora has evolved in recent years. 

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An interview with Iranian-American communications strategist, radio host, and national chair of Iranians Count, Bita Milanian, about the campaign to have people of Iranian descent in the United States sign up for the 2020 census. 

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An interview with German-Iranian journalist and foreign correspondent, Natalie Amiri.

She joins Jian to discuss being the Chief of the Tehran Bureau of German broadcaster ARD in recent years, and her journey to becoming the only female international reporter permanently stationed in Iran since 2007.

Shahrnush Parsipur engages in a wide-ranging conversation with Jian on everything from writer’s block, to years in prison, to resilience, and not fearing Khomeini. 

An in-depth interview with legendary songwriter/composer Farid Zoland about compensation, copyright, and hoping to finally be paid what he deserves. The man behind dozens and dozens of hit songs in Persian music by icons like Googoosh, Dariush, Ebi and Hayedeh, joins Jian to talk about how he has received little to no significant compensation and recognition for a catalogue of melodies that most Iranians know by heart. The interview is conducted in both English and Farsi (with English subtitles).

An interview with globally-acclaimed classical pianist,

Layla Ramezan (Lausanne, Switzerland).

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The feature interview with Dr. Javad Mashreghi, President of the Canadian Mathematical SocietyJavad joins Jian from Quebec to discuss his journey from Tehran to the top of the math world, the artistry of mathematics in his eyes, and the differences he sees between Western students and those from Iran. 

“WHY PINK FLOYD” – A ROQE ORIGINAL SERIES

Exploring the deep and surprising connection between Iranians and the legendary British rock band.

 
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  • Part one is entitled, “Fandom and Context” and features Ali Azimi (London), Dara Daraee (Tehran), Ramin Sadighi (Tehran) and Roya Arab (London).
  • Part Two  is entitled, “Sonics, Class, and Connection” and features Reza Moghaddas (Toronto), Amir Bahari (Tehran), and Sepp Osley (London).
  • Part Three  is entitled, “Drugs, Access and Melancholy” and features Arash Sobhani (Stockholm), Siamak Shirazi (Portland), Maral Mohammadi (London), and Ehsan Sadigh (Toronto)
  • Part Four  is entitled, “Storytelling, Classics and Conclusions” and features Loga Ramin Torkian (Los Angeles), Anoush Saboktakin (New York), Sanaz Sotoudeh (Dubai), and Arash Mitooie (Tehran).

 
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The special recap and summary of the full 4-part Roqe seriesWhy Pink Floyd: An Iranian Obsession.

Jian presides over a countdown of the top ten elements discovered upon evaluating the deep connection between the Iranian people and the legendary British rock band, Pink Floyd.

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A feature interview with pioneering Iranian-American food blogger Azita Houshiar.

Azita joins Jian to discuss food as culture and identity, and the growing prominence of Persian cuisine in the online space, as well as her love for Iran, her TEDx talk in Tehran, and her decision to stay in Iran more permanently.

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