90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

US And Iranian Climbers Practice Mountain Diplomacy

At a time when we hear talk of war between the United States and Iran, there is also talk of future mountain climbing expeditions.

The American Alpine Club’s Southern Appalachian Section organized climbs in the Soviet Union before the Iron Curtain fell, and now it has ventured into Iran.

A group of American and Iranian mountaineers climbed together in Iran last summer, and a group from Iran will climb in the U.S. with Americans this coming summer.

Gregory Crouch, who took part in the climb in Iran last summer and writes about it for The Atlantic magazine says, “Chafing against restrictions, many Iranians find outlet in the spacious, rugged landscapes of their ancient and beautiful country.”

Guest:

  • Abbas Sabetian, president of the Alpine Club of Iran
  • Gregory Crouch, author who took part in the climb in Iran last summer and writes about it for The Atlantic magazine

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
  • Gregory Richards

    Having served with Gregory Crouch in the US Army Infantry myself, Lieutenant Crouch as he was known to us back then…   If earth were visited by aliens from space, Gregory Crouch would be the person we’d all want making first contact. -true Statesman!

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

September 1 5 Comments

Breastfeeding Gets A Boost From Philadelphia Hospitals

The city's major birthing hospitals have stopped sending new moms home with baby formula, to encourage breastfeeding.

August 29 Comment

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

August 29 Comment

Repelling Mosquitoes With A Natural Sticky Patch

The Kite Patch releases odors that block the bug's carbon dioxide receptors, sending them in another direction.

August 28 3 Comments

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.