20 episodes

Providing an Iranian-American perspective on the current events and policies that shape U.S.-Iranian relations and affect the Iranian-American community.

Checkout the podcast on the NIAC website: https://www.niacouncil.org/tag/niacast/

NIACast National Iranian American Council (NIAC)

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    • 4.7, 28 Ratings

Providing an Iranian-American perspective on the current events and policies that shape U.S.-Iranian relations and affect the Iranian-American community.

Checkout the podcast on the NIAC website: https://www.niacouncil.org/tag/niacast/

    Book Talk: Darius Atefat-Peckham

    Book Talk: Darius Atefat-Peckham

    For the second part in our series of conversations with the authors featured in "My Shadow Is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora," Assal sat down with Darius Atefar-Peckham, an up and coming poet whose contribution to the anthology, "Learning Farsi," is a reflection on his mother's passing when he was just 3 and the Iranian identity she handed down to him.
    "My Shadow is My Skin" is available at your local bookstore or here: https://www.amazon.com/My-Shadow-Skin-Iranian-Diaspora-ebook/dp/B0813R56KR

    • 40 min
    Group chat: Two Years of Maximum Pressure

    Group chat: Two Years of Maximum Pressure

    On the two-year anniversary of the Trump administration's decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal in favor of "maximum pressure" sanctions -- and coinciding with the president's veto of anti-war legislation -- Mana, Ryan, Assal and Jamal reflect on how we got here and where things may be headed.

    • 22 min
    Book Talk: "My Shadow Is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora"

    Book Talk: "My Shadow Is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora"

    A new anthology, "My Shadow Is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora," presents 30 essays on the Iranian-American experience from a range of authors. Mana and Assal speak with the editors, Katherine Whitney and Leila Emery. Order your copy today through your local bookstore! Also available on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/My-Shadow-Skin-Iranian-Diaspora-ebook/dp/B0813R56KR

    • 46 min
    Episode 3: Pompeo wants back in the Iran deal...sort of

    Episode 3: Pompeo wants back in the Iran deal...sort of

    Mana, Assal and Jamal discuss the Trump administration's new campaign to kill the Iran deal at the UN by claiming the US. is still a participant in the agreement. Then they talk through a troubling update on Sirous Asgari, the Iranian scientist unjustly detained by ICE, who has now contracted coronavirus (16:40).

    • 28 min
    Episode 2: The curious case of Dr. Sirous Asgari

    Episode 2: The curious case of Dr. Sirous Asgari

    The U.S. government lost its case against Sirous Asgari. But just moments after a judge dismissed the charges against him, Dr. Asgari was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and is being held indefinitely. Now, as he fights for his freedom, he is sounding the alarm about the dangerous conditions in ICE detention facilities that put him and his fellow detainees at risk of contracting coronavirus. This week we speak with attorney Mehrnoush Yazdanyar who is working with Dr. Asgari to help secure his freedom.
    (You can sign the petition to ICE here: https://www.change.org/p/ice-field-office-director-new-orleans-save-my-dad-from-ice-s-virus-ridden-detention-centers)

    • 56 min
    Episode 1: Should the U.S. lift sanctions during the coronavirus pandemic?

    Episode 1: Should the U.S. lift sanctions during the coronavirus pandemic?

    Mana and Jamal discuss the campaign to suspend Iran sanctions during the corona crisis (1:50) and evaluate pro-sanctions talking points from the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board (5:10). Then physician Payam Parvinchiha joins Mana and Assal (15:18) for a group chat about the societal impact of coronavirus, why the U.S. was caught unprepared, and what we can do to fight the pandemic and support our health care workers.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

JooJam ,

Informative and insightful

Thank you for producing this podcast, especially this last episode on Iranian Doctor being detained by ICE. The last part of the discussion about our role and responsibility about other communities who have been impacted by US policies in sanctions and travel ban was particularly important. Thanks again for the great work

Uri@4 ,

Come back😭

I know and appreciate how much time and research has to go into every episode because I know y’all would deliver quality material but I just discovered this gem and really wish we could revive it!!

Horntmidtown ,

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The NIAC has absolutely no credibility when it comes to the subject of Iran because of what was revealed in their noted legal loss and court sanctions stemming from their failed attempts to silence one of their critics.

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