Iran Journal

Series produced by Vermont Public Radio

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Audio journal by an American reporter in search of his family's roots in Iran.

An American journalist in search of his family roots provides an intimate look behind the scenes in Iran. In this five-part series, we travel with reporter Steve Zind of Vermont Public Radio, who traces his lineage to the ruler of Persia in the 1700s. As the search moves from town to town, the listener gains insight into a personal Iran that is rarely seen. The visit includes poignant interactions with Iranians who were seeing their first American, a close call with the local police and a special meeting with the 95 year old family patriarch. The rich sounds of the city and the countryside are ever-present.

A five-part series appropriate to air daily during an NPR news magazine (Morning Edition or All Things Considered); each part runs approx. 5 minutes and requires local host to read a live Intro and Outro.

The series oringially ran on Vermont Public Radio as a daily feature July 19-23, 2004.

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An American journalist in search of his family roots provides an intimate look behind the scenes in Iran. In this five-part series, we travel with reporter Steve Zind of Vermont Public Radio, who traces his lineage to the ruler of Persia in the 1700s. As the search moves from town to town, the listener gains insight into a personal Iran that is rarely seen. The visit includes poignant interactions with Iranians who were seeing their first American, a close call with the local police and a special meeting with the 95 year old family patriarch. The rich sounds of the city and the countryside are ever-present. A five-part series appropriate to air daily during an NPR news magazine (Morning Edition or All Things Considered); each part runs approx. 5 minutes and requires local host to... Show full description


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In an intimate meeting, the reporter comes face to face with the 95-year-old keeper of the family flame, himself a direct descendant of the 18th ce...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2004
  • Length: 04:48
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Ancient traditions and today's religious government foster tension among Iranians, expressed carefully in quiet conversations. (Fourth of five Parts)

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2004
  • Length: 05:05
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The reporter sits his ancestral home and finds hospitable villagers and suspicious police. (Third of five Parts)

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2004
  • Length: 04:28
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City life is a pastiche of old and new as we hear the call to prayer, the carpetsellers in the bazaar and the chaotic traffic on the streets - and ...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2004
  • Length: 04:52
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Even with family ties to this country and preparation, a reporter finds Tehran to be a foreign and intimidating place upon arrival. (First of five ...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2004
  • Length: 04:52
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