Conversations from, to, and about the Iranian diaspora.
Roqe is hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.
Roqe Ep #234: Can a free Iran set a new standard for unity? - Saba Zameni, Nikahang Kowsar
A new edition of Roqe as part of the Uprising series with feature guests including anthemic singer Saba Zameni live in the Roqe Studio for an interview and riveting performance accompanied by Shaya and Jian, and journalist and cartoonist, Nikahang Kowsar, who joins us once again from Washington DC to discuss the environmental crisis in Iran and the latest dynamics of the ongoing battle for freedom against the Islamic Republic regime. Plus, Jian begins the show with an essay that imagines how a new free Iran could set an international standard for national unity. As well, the Roqe regulars convene for the Roundtable and discuss the news of drone strikes in Iran, the discontent amongst Iranians for U.S. special representative Robert Malley, and the most recent viral videos about Iran.
Roqe Ep#233 - Centuries before Ayatollahs, Iran was a preeminent scientific civilization
A new edition of Roqe as part of the Uprising series: Feature guests include Iranian-Canadian guitar maestro, composer and musician Babak Amini, who has been very active politically in recent months, and soprano opera singer Golrokh Aminian, both live in the Roqe studio. Jian begins the show with an essay suggesting that a revolution in Iran today is not only about the future but about returning to a proud pre-Ayatollah past. Plus, the Roqe regulars convene for the roundtable and discuss a new interview with Reza Pahlavi, the lackluster Fajr Film Festival currently taking place in Tehran, and the most recent viral videos about Iran.
Roqe Ep#232 - The Islamic Republic wins when we are divided - Reza Deghati, Hamid Saeidi
A big new edition of Roqe from The Uprising series including feature interviews with legendary photo-journalist Reza Deghati in Baku, and award-winning composer and musician Hamid Saeidi in LA. Jian starts the show with an audio essay about the importance of staying united in the face of forces trying to turn Iranians against each other, and the regulars convene for the Roqe Roundtable to discuss the latest from the EU, the social media momentum around Reza Pahlavi, the laughable “influential” conference held in Iran, and more.
Roqe Ep#231 - The Uprising: The Plight of Political Prisoners - Hila Sedighi, Shirin Amani Azari
A new edition of Roqe including a feature interview with acclaimed poet and activist, Hila Sedighi, recorded in-person with Jian in the Middle East last week. Hila makes the case for regime change in Iran and gives a personal perspective on the horrific conditions that political prisoners face in Iran right now and the trauma they are left with. Plus award-winning psychotherapist Shirin Amani Azeri joins from London to reflect on her remote work with political prisoners in Iran at present. In addition, Jian opens the show with an essay entitled, “Ok, Canadian government: You’re out of excuses. Finally put the IRGC on the terrorist list,” and discusses the European Parliament decision about the same issue as well as the new social media momentum around Reza Pahlavi.
Roqe Ep#230 - The Uprising: There are many frontlines in this Revolution
A new edition of Roqe as part of the Uprising series focused on the ongoing movement for regime change in Iran. Feature guests include actor and activist, Navid Negahban in Lisbon, and social media influencer and professional coach, Dr. Shahab Anari in the Roqe Studio. Plus Jian starts the show off with an essay about the many fronts upon which the new revolution is being fought, and the Roqe Roundtable convenes with Darya Emami to discuss the huge demonstration at the EU in Strasbourg today, the latest executions in Iran, and the prospective coalition of opposition leaders taking shape.
Roqe Ep#229 - Never Forget, Never Forgive
A special edition of Roqe commemorating the 3rd anniversary of the downing of flight PS752 by the Islamic Republic regime. Jian is joined for an emotional feature interview in the Roqe Studio by Amir Arsalani, who lost his sister, Evin, as well as his brother-in-law and niece on that flight.
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I’m actually in tears for realizing we have you guys as our voice while we have none here…I’m in tears and thankful for technology and humanity … thanks Zhian
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I’m an english language learner and have been busy finding a worth listening podcast to improve my english.
I’ve just listened to your 4-5episodes from when I searched for Max Amini and your interview was one of the results.
By the way hopefully Gian has a native like accent and topics are related to Iran, so beside learning english, we listen to the topic which may be interesting for us too.
Wish you all the best