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An Iranian woman living in Germany weeps during a protest against the results of the Presidential elections in her home country, in Berlin, Germany.  (AP)

An Iranian woman living in Germany weeps during a protest against the results of the Presidential elections in her home country, in Berlin, Germany. (AP)

More Election Fallout in Iran

While the bulk of Iranian citizens are now choosing to stay indoors, security forces have reportedly used tear gas on one crowd of protesters today, and Britain’s Foreign Office is evacuating the families of staff based there.  We speak with Scott Peterson of the Christian Science Monitor.

The Long View on Iran

Our guest is John’s Hopkins school of Advanced International Studies professor Azar Nafisi, a veteran of Iran’s 1979 revolution who says that the leaders of today’s reform movement were the oppressors in the early days of the Islamic Republic, but they have come around to where the people have been for a long time.  She also says that women are at the forefront of today’s movement because they have been the canaries of the Iranian system, the first to suffer and give warning about what the country was becoming.   She’s author of “Reading Lolita In Tehran.” Her new book is “Things I’ve been Silent About.”

Tehran Bureau

The new website “Tehran Bureau” has become a go-to source for information about the protests in Iran, according to the Boston Globe.   And it’s run by a woman, Kelly Niknejad, in Newton Massachusetts.  We speak with Niknejad about what she’s hearing today.

What Would You Do With a Billion Dollars?

Blackstone private equity founder, Pete Peterson, became a billionaire in 2007, when his company went public.  Already wealthy, he decided to donate a billion dollars to start an advocacy foundation to encourage Americans to demand fiscal accountability from Washington and from themselves.   Peterson is author of the new book “The Education of An American Dreamer: How a Son of Greek Immigrants Learned His Way From a Nebraska Diner to Washington, Wall Street, and Beyond,” and he tells us his ideas for reducing the deficit and fixing healthcare and social security.

Deep-Sea Treasure Hunting

The publicly-traded company Odyssey Marine Exploration says it will file an objection to a recommendation by a Florida judge that it return an estimated $500 million worth of undersea treasure to the Spanish government.  The treasure is believed to be from a 200-year old Spanish war ship known as the Mercedes. We speak with Odyssey CEO and co-founder Greg Stemm about running a company that makes money exploring the ocean’s floor.

Music from the show

  • Air, “Mike Mills”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Tito Puente, “Royal T”
  • The Lickets, “A Crowd of Pimps in the Rain”
  • The Wee Trio, “About a Girl”
  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”
  • Ashley MacIsaac, “Sleepy Maggie”
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