60 My Name is Iran Podcasts http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/ en-us 2006 Copyright Davar Ardalan Audio and Video Podcasts by Davar Ardalan By Davar Ardalan Audio and video podcasts by Davar Ardalan in connection to her book, My Name is Iran. Davar Ardalan davar@mynameisiran.com Poetry From Iran, One Tweet At A Time Davar Ardalan Persians are known for their poetry. So it is not surprising that as recent dramatic events have unfolded in Iran, so many Iranians who have been alerting the world have written poetically — even in their tweets. Meet 26-year-old Parham Baghestani. I reached Baghestani in the fabled Iranian city of Isfahan, where he lives. Isfahan is known for its exquisite turquoise domes and rich history in poetry and philosophy. These past two weeks, Isfahan was also the scene of dissent as protesters took to the streets following Iran’s disputed elections. Baghestani tweeted frequently, sometimes several times an hour; he even tweeted from the voting line on June 12.  But what’s striking about Baghestani is not his politics — it’s his prose. His tweets range from the mundane to the spiritual, and offer a window into the psyche and everyday life of an Iranian. Baghestani is an engineering student and Web developer specializing in e-learning and user-interface engineering. Here’s a translation from his twitterverse — or better yet, his Persianverse. It took the legendary 10th century Persian poet Ferdowsi 35 years to write his epic, the Shahnameh (Book of Kings). I asked Baghestani what Ferdowsi would have thought about Twitter. Listen to the story on npr.org http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/poetry_from_iran_one_tweet_at_a_time/ Tue, 6 Apr 2010 14:30:00 +00:00 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast Simin Behbahani’s poem for Neda Davar Ardalan June 26, 2009 - Simin Behbahani, Iran’s national poet, spoke with NPR’s Davar Iran Ardalan from Tehran on Friday June 26th. She recites two poems inspired by the protests—one dedicated to the people of Iran and the other dedicated to Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman mourned around the world because her death during last Saturday’s protests was viewed by millions on the Web and TV…Watch the YouTube interview http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/simin_behbahanis_poem_for_neda1/ Tue, 6 Apr 2010 13:46:00 +00:00 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast Email from Iran: We are in a “terrible” situation - female University of Tehran Student Davar Ardalan June 17, 2009 - NPR’s Davar Iran Ardalan has received another e-mail from a contact in Iran—a student who attends Tehran University. It describes a desperate situation for some of those who are protesting last Friday’s election results, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner in a landslide: “We lost everything on the Internet; they’ve blocked Yahoo mail and Yahoo messenger and g-mail to us. ... I can hardly come and check Facebook. ... I can’t upload my videos that I’ve been taking for the last 4 days. ... We have very low-speed Internet. ... “We are in a terrible situation ... you have to help us more than just writing and posting pictures! People are being killed every single day. ... “Every night HIS (supporters of Ahmadinejad) people go in different parts of the cities and break all the glasses and traffic lights and windows and shops and yell and beat people with metal sticks. ... “They’ve attacked students in their dorm rooms and killed and beaten many. ... About 300 are missing! (Note from The Two-Way: Tehran University tells Reuters there have been no deaths.) “Last night they set fire in a gas station. ... I was watching ... and shivering and didn’t know what to do. ... People helped and put it out ... but death seemed so close!” Full entry on npr.org http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/email_from_iran_we_are_in_a_terrible_situation_female_university_of_tehran_/ Tue, 6 Apr 2010 13:43:00 +00:00 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast Email from Iran: One Iranian Mom Davar Ardalan June 16, 2009 - More observations from inside Iran, this time from a mother in Tehran: “People say these things are going to continue for 3-4 months, (but) nobody knows what will be the outcome. If the demonstrations continue, the government would be forced to do something. ... “(Reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein) Mousavi has ordered quiet and peaceful demonstrations, but some youngsters who are hotheads are burning things and breaking windows of stores and stealing things and breaking windows of banks. ... So the police are trying to protect things. “But tar va khoshk ba ham misoozand. (When there is a fire, the wet wood and dry wood burn together.)” Question: “Has your daily routine changed?” Full entry on npr.org http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/email_from_iran_one_iranian_mom/ Tue, 6 Apr 2010 13:42:00 +00:00 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast Interview with Shirin Ebadi Davar Ardalan June 16, 2009 Interview with Shirin Ebadi - Security officials posing as clients entered the Tehran offices of one of Iran’s leading human rights lawyers today and arrested him, Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi just told NPR’s Davar Iran Ardalan. That lawyer, Abdolfattah Soltani, spoke with Davar just yesterday—telling her that the Iranian government should recount all the votes in last Friday’s disputed presidential election, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner by a 2-1 margin… Full entry on npr.org http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/interview_with_shirin_ebadi/ Tue, 6 Apr 2010 13:40:00 +00:00 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast “A significant red line has been drawn” Davar Ardalan June 16. 2009 - I reached Babak Rahimi in Tehran. He teaches Iranian and Islamic Studies, including Shia Islam, at the University of California, San Diego—but has been in Iran since March, researching and writing about the development of the Internet there. He says he never expected to be in the middle of all this! Question: “What are your observations about what has happened the past couple days?” Rahimi: “It seems as though the opposition is fully aware that it has a chance to challenge the status quo. The way they are challenging is through orderly means of demonstrations and symbolic acts of defiance. “For example in the past few nights, the sounds of people just shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Great) on their rooftops. They are in their private homes and it is difficult for the government to control. This harkens back to the 1979 revolution when similar chants could be heard at night.” Question: Talk about the role of the internet and new media. How is that playing itself out? Rahimi: “I would make an argument that Iranians have an alternate social space now. Full entry on npr.org http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/a_significant_red_line_has_been_drawn/ Tue, 6 Apr 2010 13:35:00 +00:00 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast “It just felt great to scream and protest” - female University of Tehran Student Davar Ardalan June 15, 2009 - From Tehran, here is an update from the same person who e-mailed me earlier today. This person, who asks not to be identified for his/her protection, was at the protest in Azadi Square by those who say incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was not fairly elected in Friday’s voting: We took part in the big rally today, it just felt great to be there among those people and yell and scream and protest! We had to walk for three hours to get to Azadi Square and that was really exhausting, but everyone was so happy and energetic! Not only students, but also many housewives and old people participated! I wish I had a camera! We were thousands, or I guess maybe a million! ... And this was despite the fact that we have very little (in the way of Internet) networks to connect to other people. Many people just didn’t know about today. ... I got home before (the shootings), but a friend of mine was there. I’ve heard they shot more than a hundred times. ... People have decided to take tomorrow off. ... No one is going to work or school. I’m not sure how successful it will be. Also, we’re gathering in our universities (only in the yards and mosques, not the buildings) from 9:00 a.m. until nobody knows when! Leaders say not to leave our schools since school is still a holly place and THEY would not break in. Full entry on npr.org http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/it_just_felt_great_to_scream_and_protest_female_university_of_tehran_studen/ Tue, 6 Apr 2010 13:32:00 +00:00 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast Iran Needs No Heroes Davar Ardalan June 10, 2009 - I was 14 years old in 1979 when my mother, brother, sister and I took to the streets of Tehran along with millions of other Iranians to welcome Ayatollah Khomeini back from exile. The cleric had overthrown the monarchy, and to the masses who were welcoming him, Khomeini was the hero who was going to save Iran. Thirty years later, Iranians hit the streets again with the same zeal, hoping that another four years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Mir Hossein Mousavi will be the answer to their prayers. It looks now like the hard-liner Ahmadenijad will get four more years. But it is time for Iranians to leave heroes to the realm of mythology and look for change from within themselves. Full entry on npr.org http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/iran_needs_no_heroes/ Tue, 6 Apr 2010 13:31:00 +00:00 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast Despite the Odds, Women’s Movement Persists In Iran Davar Ardalan February 1, 2009 - Comprehensive story on 15 years of struggle for women’s rights One of the most remarkable and under-reported stories in Iran is the strength and character of its women’s movement. Through politics, literature, religion and poetry, women’s voices have at times been like roars, and at others, like whispers of dissent. Women continue to be both targets of persecution and agents of change, and for more than a decade, NPR’s Davar Ardalan and Jacki Lyden have been tracking those changes. It began in 1995 when Jacki went to Iran at a time when not many female reporters had been there…Read full story on npr.org http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/despite_the_odds_womens_movement_persists_in_iran/ Tue, 6 Apr 2010 13:22:00 +00:00 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast The Leonard Lopate Show - WNYC - New York February 19, 2007 Davar Ardalan Davar Ardalan has spent her whole life navigating the cultural differences between the US and Iran—from adolescence in America to an arranged marriage in Tehran to becoming senior producer at NPR’s Morning Edition. She talks about her experiences in My Name is Iran. Listen to the audio of my interview with WNYC’s Leonard Lopate - lopate021907apod.mp3 http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video// Fri, 23 Feb 2007 12:56:01 +00:00 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan Davar Ardalan Talk of the Nation Click here for Neal Conan’s interview on My Name Is Iran http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6885109 http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/talk_of_the_nation_with_neal_conan/ Mon, 5 Feb 2007 18:11:02 +00:00 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast WYPR Radio with Marc Steiner Davar Ardalan Interview with WYPR’s Marc Steiner Listen to the audio of my interview with WYPR’s Marc Steiner from Baltimore, MD. WYPR http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wypr/local-wypr-561479.mp3" length="" type="audio/mpeg" /> http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/wypr_radio_with_marc_steiner1/ Mon, 5 Feb 2007 18:01:00 +00:00 57:00 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast Interview with the BBC Persian Service Davar Ardalan Interview with the BBC Persian Service Listen to the audio of my interview with the BBC’s Persian Service. bbc.mp3 http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/interview_with_the_bbc_persian_service/ Fri, 2 Feb 2007 04:58:00 +00:00 3:26 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast Interview with Radio Farda Davar Ardalan Interview with Radio Farda You can listen to the audio of my interview with Radio Farda on January 20, 2007. radio_farda.mp3 http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/interview_with_radio_farda/ Fri, 2 Feb 2007 04:44:01 +00:00 4:27 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast Website Announcement - Video Blog Davar Ardalan Website Announcement I begin my on-line video journey with the roots of my family tree and an ode to my grandparents Helen Jeffreys of Boise, Idaho and Abol Ghassem of Borujen, Iran - I owe so much of my spirit to them. http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/introductory_video/ Mon, 4 Dec 2006 21:08:00 +00:00 0:36 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast Episode 1: The Persian Lion Davar Ardalan Episode 1: The Persian Lion My Uncle Jamshid, or Jim as he is also known, came to America from Iran in 1946 when he was 11 years old.  Here he speaks about his first experience playing football with the Washington D.C. Boys Club. He then became the Captain of the football team at Western High School in Washington D.C. and later in 1957 became All American Football Player at the University of Virginia, where some referred to him as “The Persian Lion.” ABC featured him in a special called Cingular All-American on December 9th.  Here he also talks about his memories of his mother Helen and father Abol Ghassem.  Uncle Jamshid has been an inspirational force in my life. Notice he calls me Iran, my birthname.  He is now a Psychiatrist and lives in West Virginia.  We recorded this podcast on October 21, 2006 at my home. http://www.civicjournalist.com/index.php/audio_video/the_persian_lion/ Sat, 25 Nov 2006 17:45:00 +00:00 16:44 iran,davar,ardalan,family,history,podcast