26 episodes

This is an independent, non-partisan podcast for discussing Iran-related topics, hosted by Saman Askari, an Iranian-American professional from the San Francisco Bay Area.

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    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

This is an independent, non-partisan podcast for discussing Iran-related topics, hosted by Saman Askari, an Iranian-American professional from the San Francisco Bay Area.

    A Conversation with John Ghazvinian

    A Conversation with John Ghazvinian

    In this episode, I speak with John Ghazvinian, an author, historian and a former journalist. He's considered a foremost expert on US-Iran relations and has written a comprehensive book about the subject. John and I start off by talking about his book and the relationship between the US and Iran, going all the way back to the 1720’s up until the current times.In the first half of the episode, we look at this interesting relationship in various phases and try to go beyond the narratives of...

    • 46 min
    Another Conversation with Amir Afkhami - COVID-19 Edition

    Another Conversation with Amir Afkhami - COVID-19 Edition

    In this episode, I speak again with a previous guest, Dr. Amir Afkhami, a health policy expert, historian and trained physician. This episode is all about COVID-19! Early in the episode, we discuss the nature of this coronavirus and how it affects the body. Then, we get into the subject of Iran and how the country became one of the epicenters of the disease, its government’s response, the historical parallels with Iran’s past health crises, why the city of Qom was where the virus got its foot...

    • 1 hr 13 min
    A Conversation with Afshon Ostovar

    A Conversation with Afshon Ostovar

    In this episode, I speak with Afshon Ostovar, a historian, author and a foremost expert on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Afshon and I cover a lot of ground. We start by talking about the historical context around the IRGC, when and how it was started, its role in the Iran-Iraq war, how the organization evolved through the years, how it is different than Iran’s regular military, its Quds Force and the Islamic Republic’s foreign involvements, where Qasem Soleimani fit into the p...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    A Conversation with Naz Deravian

    A Conversation with Naz Deravian

    In this episode, I speak with Naz Deravian, a cookbook author and Persian food expert. Naz and I discuss her background, her transition into the culinary world, the magic of tahdig and Iranian rice, regional varieties and diversity of Iranian cuisine, spiciness of Persian food or rather the lack thereof and of course kabab! As a warning, you’re going to get really really hungry if you already aren’t!

    • 50 min
    A Coversation with Amir Afkhami

    A Coversation with Amir Afkhami

    In this episode, I speak with Amir Akhami, a psychiatrist and a historian of medicine, about the history of cholera in Iran. We talk about his multi-disciplinary career and how his various areas of knowledge converge in his work. We discuss what Cholera is, its history starting in the 19th century and its role in the history of Iran in particular, from a medical, social and political perspective. He takes us through a historical journey all the way from the Qajar era to today’s Iran and its c...

    • 58 min
    A Conversation with Narges Bajoghli

    A Conversation with Narges Bajoghli

    In this episode, I speak with Narges Bajoghli, an award-winning anthropologist, filmmaker, writer and an Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. We mostly talk about the topics in her upcoming book titled 'Iran Reframed,' which is about the state-controlled media in the Islamic Republic of Iran. We discuss what it means to be pro-regime in Iran and the debates around the future of the Islamic Republic taking place in tha...

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

PersianDoc ,

drsaniwa

Excellent series! Engaging, thoughtful topics and informative conversations that keep your interest all episode long. Sheds light on cultural, political and socioeconomic complexities of the Iranian-American people all across the globe. Nothing else out there like this!

Uri@4 ,

Suggestion: I want more!!

I really wish y’all could come out with a new episode every week but I know and appreciate how much time and research is put into every one of your episodes. Truly this is quality material that is not being put out there as much as it should! Y’all synthesize exactly everything what I’ve been trying to find. Thank you for helping me understand my new Iranian husband’s background more. (Also if you enjoy new music checkout the rising Iranian punk band: The Finches)

NY6365 ,

Great interviews

I like the way interviewer ask questions: simple, candid and without common exaggerations common between Iranians when speaking to high profile people.

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