Pak Han

In 1963, Duke Ellington made a famous tour and on that stop was Iran. He played jazz clubs in Tehran and Isfahan, and later produced his album Isfahan Blues.

At that same time, Vida Ghahremani, was living in Tehran.  She was a film star there, and decided to open the country's first dance club. Jazz was big in Iran then. Vida Ghahremani is now in California. Her daughter Torange Yaghiazarian is a playwright and Founding Artistic Director of Golden Thread Theatre in San Francisco.

Your Call Weekly Kudos: April 3rd, 2015

Apr 3, 2015


Every week on Your Call's Friday Media Roundtable, we ask the journalists on our panel to recommend great reporting they've seen this week.

Joining us this week:


Chris Toensing, editor of the Middle East Report and Information Project

David Sirota, senior investigations editor with the International Business Times

On the March 3, 2015 edition of Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the United States’ $3 trillion dollar pension system. Cities and states are investing a larger portion of their worker pensions in high-risk Wall Street investments. We’ll also discuss the nuclear deal with Iran. We’ll be joined by International Business Times’ David Sirota, and MERIP’s Chris Toensing. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with me Rose Aguilar, and you.


Your Call:Netanyahu's speech to Congress

Mar 6, 2015

  On the March 6th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and his attacks on president Obama over Iran/US nuclear talks. What forces are influencing US/Iran relations? And how serious are diplomatic tensions between Washington and Tel Aviv?  We’ll be joined by the Nation’s Eli Clifton, the Guardian’s Chris McCreal and Bloomberg’s Golnar Motevalli. What grabbed your attention this week? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Shane Bauer