Conversations from, to, and about the Iranian diaspora.
Roqe is hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.
Roqe - Ep#147 - Sitara Attaei
A feature interview with Afghan actress, choreographer, and advocate, Sitara Attaie. Sitara joins Jian from California to discuss the heartbreak of the current situation in Afghanistan, her journey through many countries and fluency in multiple languages, and her TV roles on Homeland and United States of Al. Plus the Roqe Team is surprised that Captain Reza has a fan, and Jian makes an unplanned admission about his birth in England.
Roqe - Ep#146 - Arash Sobhani
A feature interview with acclaimed Iranian musician, TV host and producer, Arash Sobhani. Arash joins Jian from San Francisco to discuss his politics, his art, his years with the popular rock band, Kiosk, his role as a TV producer (“Persia’s Got Talent”) and host (“Replay”), and his ambitious new musical project that is both album and film, Sweet Destiny. Plus the Roqe On-Air Team contends with animal names, Jian’s NYC trip, the Canadian election, and the Letters of the Week.
Roqe - Ep#145 - Roqe Roundtable Feat. Behzad Bolour And Azam Ali, Hamid Saeidi
A feature interview with santoor master and composer, Hamid Saeidi, a Grammy Award winner with his group, Opium Moon. Plus broadcaster Behzad Bolour and recording artist Azam Ali join the Roqe Roundtable to remember the late Abbas Chamanara and his legendary music stores - Beethoven Music in Tehran and Music Box in Los Angeles.
Roqe Ep#144 - The Immigrant Handbook - Roya Hakakian
A feature interview with award-winning Iranian-American author, poet, academic, and journalist Roya Hakakian. Roya joins Jian from Connecticut to discuss the complexities and comedy of being a first generation immigrant, owning her dual identity, growing up in Iran as a Jewish kid, and her latest book, “A Beginner’s Guide to America for the Immigrant and the Curious.” Plus the Roqe Team discusses trips to Niagara Falls, their own immigrant identities, and the Letters of the Week.
Roqe - Ep #143 - Tara Tiba
A feature interview with Iranian-Australian singer and composer, Tara Tiba. Tara joins Jian from Perth to discuss her musical journey that included a convergence of styles - classical, jazz, pop and latin - culminating in her most recent award-winning album, Omid. She also discusses growing up in Iran, her identity as an immigrant, and physical and mental health struggles. Plus the Roqe Team talks cars, konkours, and caricatures.
Roqe - Ep #142 - The Allure of Dictatorship - Dr. Fathali Moghaddam
A feature interview wtih popular Iranian-British psychologist and author, Dr. Fathali Moghaddam. Fathali joins Jian from Washington DC to explore the psychology of authoritarianism, why humans gravitate towards dictatorship, the current plight of democracy around the world, and the prospect of democratic change for Iran and Iranians. Dr. Moghaddam is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science at Georgetown University, and has most recently been featured on the new Netflix series, “How to Become a Tyrant.” Plus the Roqe On-Air Team read the Letters of the Week.
A fantastic program to laugh and learn 🤗
Love hearing You Jian always!
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Thank you for your time. Overall i am enjoying this...