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"My Name is Iran"

Series Chronicles Personal Journey, Struggle for Change in Iran
Morning Edition, February 2, 2004 · Her great-grandfather—Ali Akbar Davar—created Iran’s legal code in the late 1920s. NPR’s Davar Ardalan has lived in Iran under both the Shah’s reign and that of the Ayatollahs. In a three-part Morning Edition series produced with American RadioWorks, she traces her personal journey and Iran’s struggle for a lawful society, 25 years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.


"Between Faith & Country - Muslims in America"

September 11, 2006 · The Sept. 11 attacks started an intense debate among American Muslims. Five years later, it isn’t over. In Chicago, that most American of cities, tens of thousands of Muslim Americans gathered for a conference in early September. They simultaneously debated questions about Western-style dating, the application of Islamic law, the role of Muslim Americans in the war on terrorism, and even perspectives on torture.  The debate took place in a city where Muslim immigrants have thrived for decades. An estimated 400,000 Muslims live in the Chicago area, home to about 90 mosques, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The city’s greatest icon—the Sears Tower—was designed by a Muslim American structural engineer.  Produced with Joel Riddle - Series Senior Producer Madhulika Sikka.


"Sheikh Hamza Yusuf"

Convert Plays Leadership Role in Muslim Community
Morning Edition, September 12, 2006 · Sheikh Hamza Yusuf is one of the most prominent American Muslim leaders today, but he’s not well-known outside the Muslim community. He’s an American convert to Islam who has very publicly attacked American foreign policy. He has also denounced Islamic extremism, while defending Muslims against what he sees as prejudice.  Produced with Joel Riddle and Cindy Carpien.


"Iraqi President Jalal Talabani"

September 26, 2006 · Jalal Talabani is president of Iraq, a country that many of his fellow Kurds don’t believe in. The autonomy of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq is making it harder to resist demands for other autonomous regions in Iraq. That, in turn, adds to fears that Iraq could break apart. Last week, at the United Nations, Talabani issued a warning about the constant violence that threatens to split Iraq into three distinct parts.


"General Antonio Taguba"

All Things Considered, May 8, 2004 · U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba authored the investigative report about abuses of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison at the hands of American soldiers. His report has proved embarrassing to the Pentagon and the White House. But Taguba, the second-highest ranking Filipino-American officer in the U.S. Army, is a source of pride to the Filipino-American community. NPR’s Cheryl Corley reports.


"Gertrude Bell"

All Things Considered, May 15, 2004 · The U.S.-led effort to bring stability and democracy to Iraq resonates with echoes of recent history. William Beeman is director of Middle East studies at Brown University and has written about the tumultuous period after World War I, when Britain and France divided the remnants of the Ottoman Empire. New countries emerged, including Iraq, forged by arbitrary political boundaries.


"City of Fallujah"

All Things Considered, November 13, 2004 · NPR’s Jennifer Ludden reviews the troubled history of Fallujah.  Fallujah literally means divided or division, and the division really refers to the Euphrates river cutting right through the heart of the city. Iraqi-American Annas Shallal is our guide to the history of Fallujah


"Actor Paul Newman"

All Things Considered - December 21, 1997 - This holiday season, Daniel takes you inside the Connecticut headquarters of “Newman’s Own,” where actor, race car driver and philanthropist Paul Newman talks about his career, explores his motives for giving and taste- tests his latest salad dressing. Since 1982, “Newman’s Own” food company has been selling spaghetti sauce, salsa and popcorn in supermarkets around the world, all emblazoned with Newman’s picture. But not many realize that Newman donates 100 percent of the after-tax profits to charitable causes—schools for the deaf, theaters for low-income children, camps for kids with serious diseases and civil rights groups. As of this month, Newman’s company has given away more than $90 million—and it remains the only company in the nation that gives away every cent of its profits.


"Empress Farah Pahlavi"

All Things Considered, February 7, 1999 · This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Iranian revolution and the ousting of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi - the Shah of Iran. For one look back we spoke to Farah Pahlavi, the only woman ever crowned queen in 2500 years of Persian history. The Shah’s widow has been in exile since 1979 and she speaks to us from her apartment in Paris. She says she too was as surprised by the rapid turn of events as history was. 


"Literature Professor Azar Nafisi"

Weekend Edition Saturday April 2, 1995 Literature Professor. This past month, National Public Radio has been airing a series titled `Iran at the Crossroads’. This last story tells us about an unusual literature professor, a woman named Azar Nafisi who uses what she calls the subtle subversion of writers Jane Austen, Vladimir Nabokov, Henry James and others to challenge conventional thinking in Iran. Dr. Nafisi holds one of the few Ph.D.s in English literature in Iran. Jacki Lyden visited the professor in Tehran and has this portrait. Alice Winkler Producer - Davar Ardalan Series Producer.


"Criticism and Self-Expression Re-emerging in Iran"

All Things Considered - March 20, 1995 Because of Iran’s support for international terrorism, the U.S. has tried to isolate Iran economically. Last week, President Clinton decided to ban American companies from producing oil in Iran, and halted plans by Conoco to develop two of Iran’s oil fields. The U.S. is also trying to block a planned Russian nuclear reactor sale to Iran because of the fear that country is attempting to build atomic weapons. Since 1979 when the Shah of Iran was deposed, there have been a great many changes there. The country became the Islamic Republic of Iran, a theocracy, led by charismatic Ayatollah Khomeini. Under Khomeini, the American Embassy staff was held hostage for over a year. Now, many Iranians - even those who still support the revolution - say the government is badly in need of reform. NPR’s Jacki Lyden visited Iran and found it to be a nation at a crossroads.


"Iranian Women Struggle to Gain Rights"

Morning Edition May 21, 1997 Iran holds its presidential election this Friday. There are four candidates running to replace the outgoing president, Hashemi Rafsanjani. It’s expected to be a close election between two of the men. The current speaker of parliament is leading in the polls. He has the support of conservative voters, the army, and business interests. Iran’s former culture minister is considered less hardline. He appeals to women and younger, more educated Iranians. There are 30 million Iranian women, but the country’s Islamist rulers largely have excluded them from power. Iranian women have fewer rights and privileges than the country’s male population. They’re challenging the candidates to do something about that.


"Iran’s Writers in Constant Peril"

All Things Considered - June 1, 1997 - When Iranians went to the polls in historic numbers last weekend, it was clear that they were expressing a desire for more cultural freedom. The past few years have been a dark era for Iran in this regard, although the country certainly knew cultural repression under the Shah, and even before. Intellectuals are the target of the current crackdown. Books have been banned, book stores attacked, editors and authors have died under mysterious circumstances. Some have been imprisoned. Others have gone into exile. There’s been tremendous fear in Iran’s literary world about who may be next. And as NPR’s Jacki Lyden reports, writers are waiting to see whether the change of government will bring tolerance.


"Cyber Islam"

Three-Part Series Explores Intersection of Faith and Technology
In the six months that have passed since Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans have had a crash course on global terrorism, Osama bin Laden, and Islam, the world’s fastest-growing religion. Bin Laden claimed to have found inspiration for his attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in his interpretation of the Koran and the lessons of Mohammed, the Muslim prophet who founded the religion.  Many turned to the Internet looking for answers or inspiration. What they found was a diverse Muslim world.


"Loss & Its Aftermath, Israeli and Arab Families"

All Things Considered (weekend) June 9, 2001 Our story explores how the death of children during armed conflict and political struggle affects Israeli and Palestinian families. NPR News correspondent Jacki Lyden spoke with four families to discover what the loss of each child has meant. Their stories are about sorrow and the steps families take to overcome such a tragic loss. Loss and Its Aftermath, produced by Davar Ardalan and edited by Doug Roberts, presents an often forgotten interpretation of the human cost of the conflict in the Middle East. Winner of the 2002 Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television – documentary.


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