Clips and opinionated audio snapshots from our favourite episodes.

#93 

Dr. Maziar Behrooz

Author and historian Dr. Maziar Behrooz on the marginalized Left in the 1960s and why the Siahkal attack becomes a pivotal event…

 
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The Contemporary History of Iran – Part7

#92 

Sepehr Haddad

Recording artist and author Sepehr Haddad on teaching his kids that being from Iran is not a negative thing…

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 155

#91 

Kambiz Hosseini

Broadcaster Kambiz Hosseini on his frustrations with the behaviour of Iranians in Iran… 

 
 
 
 
 
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Episode. 99

#90 

Amir Taheri

Journalist and former Kayhan Editor Amir Taheri on his final visits with Shah at the time of revolution… 

 
 
 
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The Contemporary History of Iran – Part6

#89 

Dr. Abbas Ardehali

Surgeon and Professor Dr. Abbas Ardehali on pride in the accomplishments of the Iranian diaspora…

 
 
 
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Episode. 87

#88 

Lily Amir-Arjomand

Founder and former Managing Director of Kanoon, Lily Amir-Arjomand on her harrowing final days in Iran in 1979…

 
 
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The Contemporary History of Iran – Part5

#87 

Manoosh Nabavi

Producer and photographer Manoosh Nabavi on the perils of working with Persians…

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 153

#86 

Dr. Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh

Historian Dr. Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh on how Khomeini framed the Iran-Iran War as a religious mission and a “sacred defence”… 

 
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The Contemporary History of Iran – Part4

#85

Hamid Saeidi

Grammy Award-winning composer and musician Hamid Saeidi on the inspiration and emotional memory of his late mother…

 
 
 
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Episode. 145

#84

Dr. Layla Diba

Scholar and curator Dr. Layla Diba on Farah Diba’s attention to detail in supporting the arts in 1970s Iran…

 
 
 
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The Contemporary History of Iran – Part3

#83

Hadi Partovi

Tech visionary Hadi Partovi on post-revolutionary Iran being the ultimate example of “cancel culture”…

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 151

#82

Stephen Kinzer

Author and journalist Stephen Kinzer on the long-standing legacy of the 1953 coup in Iran…

 
 
 
 
 
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The Contemporary History of Iran – Part2

#81

Dr. Sharon Nazarian

Social activist and ADL VP Dr. Sharon Nazarian on the question of whether Iranians are “white” or not…

 
 
 
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Episode. 150

#80

Firooz Zahedi

Legendary photographer Firooz Zahedi on creating the iconic poster for Pulp Fiction…

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 125

#79

Dr. Talinn Grigor

Dr. Talinn Grigor on the sustaining symbolic appeal of the Shahyad/Azadi Tower…

 
 
 
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The Contemporary History of Iran – Part1

#78

Afta Hill

Hip hop recording artist Afta Hill on the question, “where the fuck do I belong?”

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 76

#77

Fardad Farahzad

Broadcaster Fardad Farahzad on choosing freedom over patriotism…

 

 
 
 
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Episode. 73

#76

Roya Hakakkian

Author and journalist Roya Hakakian on how cultural practices affect the understanding of democracy…

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 144

#75

Erfan Nasajpour

Former Iranian-Canadian basketball star Erfan Nasajpour on coming West as a refugee.

 
 
 
 
 
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Episode. 71

#74

Navid Khonsari

Video game guru and “1979 Revolution” creator Navid Khonsari on embracing his Iranian and American identities…

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 70

#73

Sara Safari

Mountaineer and Professor Sara Safari on surviving an avalanche while climbing Mt. Everest…

 

 
 
 
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Episode. 69

#72

Tara Tiba

Acclaimed singer Tara Tiba on the crushing pressure of the Konkoor exam…

 
 
 
 
 
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Episode. 143

#71

Ali Samadi Ahadi

Acclaimed “Green Wave” filmmaker Ali Samadi Ahadi on why Iranians have issues with trust…

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 68

#70

Sahraa Karimi

Pioneering Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi on her harrowing escape from Kabul and the Taliban this month…

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 140

#69

Sonita Alizadeh

Afghan rapper and activist Sonita Alizadeh on her dangerous escape from the Taliban…

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 63

#68

Car Guys (Ali Bekhradi and Vahid Amiri)

Car guys Ali Bekhradi and Vahid Amiri on why Persians are (still) so obsessed with BMW and Mercedes…

  

 
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Episode. 133

#67

Ali Parsa

Entrepreneur and billionaire Ali Parsa on what he looks for when hiring…

 
 
 
 
 
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Episode. 132

#66

Parviz Tanavoli

Legendary sculptor Parviz Tanavoli on still striving for his “masterpiece”…

 
 
 
 
 
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Episode. 62

#65

Sonita Alizadeh

Afghan rapper and activist Sonita Alizadeh on compassion for her mother who tried to sell her as a child bride…

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 63

#64

Dr. Shahin Nouri

Neurologist Dr. Shahin Nouri on the need for a stem cell bank for Iranians…

  

 
 
 
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Episode. 122

#62

Liraz Charhi

Singer and Actor Liraz Charhi on no longer apologizing for being Israeli…and Iranian…

 
 
 
 
 
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Episode. 60

#61

Niyaz

Acclaimed musical duo Niyaz on lamenting the term, “world music”…

 
 
 
 
 
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Episode. 56

#60

Sahar Fatemi

Tahdig Lover founder Sahar Fatemi on there being no fast-track to great tahdig…

 
 
 
 
 
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Episode. 116

#59

Rastak

Folk music supergroup Rastak on wanting to show the positive and joyous side of Iranians…  

 
 
 
 
 
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Episode. 113

#58

Maz Jobrani

Maz Jobrani on navigating the “stay in your lane” criticism…

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Episode. 50

#57

Danny Asadi

Persian TRAP music pioneer Danny Asadi on ambition, seeking power and admiring Elon Musk…

  
 
 
 
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Episode. 48

#56

Mehrdad Isvandi

Disney Animation designer Mehrdad Isvandi on overcoming dyslexia and finding his expression through drawing…

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 110

#55

Aravane Rezaei

Tennis star Aravane Rezaei on walking alone for miles to find her focus…

 
 
 
 
 
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Episode. 52

#54

Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam

Actor and dancer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam on losing his father and overcoming hopelessness…

 
 
 
 
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Episode. 47

#53

Max Amini

Max Amini on being an American kid moving to Iran in the 1980s…  

 
 
 
 
 
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Episode. 46

#52

Farid Zoland

Farid Zoland on the anger that comes with years of getting zero compensation…

 
 
 
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Episode. 44

#51

Bita Milanian

Bita Milanian on how her immigrant experience inspired her to give back…

 
 
 
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Episode. 43

#50

Jimmy Delshad

Mayor Jimmy Delshad on defending Iranian culture and unifying as a community…

 
 
 
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Episode. 42

#49

Homa Sarshar

Homa Sarshar on rejecting an ‘exilic’ mindset as an Iranian outside of Iran…

 
 
 
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Episode. 40

#48

Kambiz Hosseini

Groundbreaking Iranian-American political satirist, actor, TV/radio broadcaster, and monologist, Kambiz Hosseini. : “Happy People Are Stupid…

 
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Episode. 99

#47

Navid Negahban

Acclaimed actor Navid Negahban on typecasting and being told he was “not Iranian enough” to be cast in a film…

 
 
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Episode. 34

#46

Firouz Naderi

NASA scientist Firouz Naderi on the latest Mars mission and what to come next…




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Episode. 35

#45

Babak Amini

Musical virtuoso Babak Amini on losing everything upon returning to Iran… 




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Episode. 32

#44

Banafshe Akhlaghi

Human rights attorney Banafsheh Akhlaghi on the resistance of Iranians in being seen as minorities or “the other” …

 
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Episode. 31

#43

Ervin Khachikian

Musician and producer Erwin Khachikian on the limited nature of the Iranian music industry…

 
 
 
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Episode. 30

#42

Shiva Negar

Actress Shiva Negar on pursuing your passion with determination and resilience…

 
 
 
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Episode. 9

#41

Shally Zomorodi

Broadcaster Shally Zomorodi on growing up Iranian and wearing it with pride now…

 
 
 
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Episode. 28

#40

Babak Payami

Filmmaker Babak Payami on the authoritarian vision of “unity” in the Iranian diaspora community…

 
 
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Episode. 26

#39

Erin Bagheri

Iconoclastic artist Ebrin Bagheri on how censorship can sometimes feed creativity…




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Episode. 25

#38

Ahmad Kiarostami

Ahmad Kiarostami on his legendary father’s depression in the final year of his life…




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Episode. 22

#37

Natalie Amiri

Iranian-German Journalist Natalie Amiri on Iranian government duplicity and Covid-19… 

 
 
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Episode. 22

#36

Orly (Mojgan) Noy

Write/Translator Orly (Mojgan) Noy on needing to change her name upon moving from Iran to Israel as a kid…

 
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Episode. 21

#35

Mansour Bahrami

Tennis Icon Mansour Bahrami on Being bullied as a kid, and the destruction of his first tennis racket…

 
 
 
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Episode. 20

#34

Naghmeh Samini

Naghmeh Samini Screenwriter Naghmeh Samini on the “Tall poppy syndrome” culture of Iranians taking each other down…

 
 
 
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Episode. 19

#33

Amir Bahari

Music critic Amir Bahari on the class dimensions of the Iranian obsession with Pink Floyd…

 

 

 
 
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Why Pink Floyd an Iranian obsession

#32

Maral Mohammadi

Maral Mohammadi on the exuberant Iranian experience of a Roger Waters concert…

 

 

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Why Pink Floyd an Iranian obsession

#31

Ramin Sadighi

Ramin Sadighi (Hermes Records Founder) on the rise of Pink Floyd, and a lack of better options in the period preceding revolution in Iran…

 

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Why Pink Floyd an Iranian obsession

#30

Dara Dadaee

Dara Daraee on Pink Floyd and why Iranians love ‘Progressive Rock’ music…

 

 

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Why Pink Floyd an Iranian obsession

#29

Erfan

Erfan on the ‘fucked up’ reality of censorship, music and hip hop in Iran…

 

 

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Episode. 18

#28

K-von

K-von on using comedy to undermine ethnic and political generalizations…

 

 

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Episode. 17

#27

Layla Ramazan

Layla Ramezan on coming to terms with finding her home outside of Iran… –

 

 

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Episode. 17

#26

Tehran Von Ghasri

Tehran Von Ghasri on the need for us to wake up and speak out about injustice…

 

 

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Episode. 15

#25

Ali Azimi

Ali Azimi on loving Iran but not nationalism…

 

 

 

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Episode. 14

#24

Cyrus Nowrasteh

Cyrus Nowrasteh on the industrious nature of Iranians consuming banned cultural materials…

 

 

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Episode. 45

#23

Kaveh Madani

Kaveh Madani on First world privilege and environmentalism…

 

 

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Episode. 13

#22

Bahman Farmanara

Bahman Farmanara on mortality and not fearing death…

 

 

 

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Episode. 12

#21

Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Mehrzad Boroujerdi on the critical role on intellectuals in contemporary society…

 

 

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Episode. 7

#20

Jane Lewisohn

Jane Lewisohn (Director of Golha project) on not talking Persian culture for granted…

 

 

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Episode. 53

#19

Mandana Karimi

Mandana Karimi on a message she would want to send to Iranians back in Iran…

 

 

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Episode. 8

#18

Reza Rohani

Reza Rohani on constructive criticism and collaboration with his legendary dad, Anoushirvan…

 

 

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Episode. 54

#17

Reza Khandan

Reza Khandan on current health of Nasrin Sotoudeh…

 

 

 

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Episode. 57

#16

Tina Parsamand

Tina Parsamand on Iranians and “Learned helplessness”…

 

 

 

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Episode. 53

#15

Hooman Khalatbari

Hooman Khalatbari on Maestro Shajarian as a man of the people…

 

 

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Episode. 51 (special edition a tribute to shajarian)

#14

Erfan

Erfan Paydar on Shajarian being the G.O.A.T

 

 

 

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Episode. 51 (special edition a tribute to shajarian)

#13

Babak Amini

Babak Amini on Shajarian being a universal teacher…

 

 

 

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Episode. 51 (special edition a tribute to shajarian)

#12

Hamed Nikpay

Hamed Nikpay on how Shajarian gave him singing advice…

 

 

 

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Episode. 51 (special edition a tribute to shajarian)

#11

Arsalan Kamkar

Arsalan Kamkar on the untouchable voice of Shajarian…

 

 

 

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Episode. 51 (special edition a tribute to shajarian)

#10

Abbas Milani 

Abbas Milani on how Shajarian was inspiring him on a daily basis… 

 

 

 

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Episode. 51 (special edition a tribute to shajarian)

#9

Shahrnoush Parsipour

Shahrnoush Parsipour on the terrifying sounds of executions…

 

 

 

 

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Episode. 45

#8

Shahrnoush Parsipour

Shahrnoush Parsipour on refusing to be intimidated by Khomeyni…

 

 

 

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Episode. 45
 

#7

Behdad Esfahbod

Behdad Esfahbod on the Iranian regime using fear as a weapon…

 

 

 

 

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Episode. 41

#6

Behdad Esfahbod

Behdad Esfahbod on the IRGC puppets…

 

 

 

 

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Episode. 41

#5

Mohammad Amini

Mohammad Amini on regrets and the end of the Shah…

 

 

 

 

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Episode. 39

#4

Nassim Varasteh

A Roqe Minute #4 – Nassim Varasteh on final words with her father…

 

 

 

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Episode. 33

#3

Abbas Milani

Abbas Milani on Iran, if the revolution never had happened…

 

 

 

 

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Episode. 38

#2

Abbas Milani

Abbas Milani on the Islamic regime, deception and propaganda…

 

 

 

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Episode. 38

#1

Hamed Esmaeilion

Hamed Esmaeilion on the need for justice…

 

 

 

 

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Episode. 1
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