Learn Persian with Chai and Conversation teaches you conversational Persian in a fun and casual manner in weekly lessons of about 15-20 minutes each. Check out our website chaiandconversation.com for more information.
Growing Up Irooni- Arian Moayed on the true purpose of art, and Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds
I’m so excited to share with you all my conversation with Emmy award nominated actor Arian Moayed- he really needs no introduction, but you probably have seen him as Stewy on Succession, Kian on love life, lawyer Todd on Inventing Anna, or in the new Ms. Marvel series- really, he’s been everywher...
Growing Up Irooni - Back Home Beer on rediscovering the tradition of Iranian beer
I’m so excited about sharing today’s interview with Zahra Tabatabai, the woman behind the Persian inspired beer brand Back Home Beer. You might have seen her instagram or Twitter profile by now- she boasts three different flavors of beer, named Sumac Gose, Persian Blue Lager, and New Day IPA. Alt...
Growing Up Irooni- Big Love Fierce Juju on openly discussing uncomfortable topics as an OBGYN
Dr. Shieva Ghofrany is an OBGYN better known as Big Love Fierce Juju on instagram, where she posts daily videos about topics like pregnancy, female hormones, stds, really all that good stuff that doesn’t often gets ...
Growing Up Irooni- Payam Banifaz and his journey to not becoming a lawyer
If you've been anywhere near Instagram in the last couple years, you will have come across Payam (also known as Peter) Banifaz's amazing videos depicting growing up in an Iranian American household with a very Iranian father. The father familiar is extremely relatable to a lot of us who grew up i...
Growing Up Irooni- Melody Moezzi on The Rumi Prescription
Melody Moezzi is most recently author of the book The Rumi Prescription, in which she talks about how the poetry of Rumi became a lifeline for her, helping her to gain wisdom and insight in the face of a creative and spiritual roadblock with the help of her father, a lifelong fan of Rumi’s poetry...
Raising Neem-Roonis- An Interview with Reza Aslan
(Originally published May 12th 2020) In this Raising Neem-Roonis edition of Chai and Conversation, we talk to author, commentator, producer, professor, and many other hat-wearer Iranian-American Reza Aslan about passing on the Persian culture and language to the next generation. Reza has four nee...
I absolutely love the interview series on Chai & Conversation. Unique Iranian diaspora voices, yet all are very down to earth and relatable. Leyla has such a warm and inclusive interview style. My favorite aspect is that she inquires about the guests’ childhoods and specific experiences with immigration, and doesn’t just stick to their professional lives. Can’t get enough.
These podcasts and the whole Chai and Conversations website and all the lessons are so well done and so quick and useful! Really wonderfully done! Thank you for creating this!!
Native English speaking white guy here. I was searching for a way to learn Farsi to show a close friend from work I can embrace her heritage (she didn’t believe I could) and this resource is spot on.
I started with the videos - learning to say happy birthday was a priority. I was able to do so well, making my friend’s day!
Now this has become a part of my morning routine and I’m thankful! I’ve been able to prove I can embrace the language and culture, btw. Thanks, Leyla, Chris and Matt!