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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran, which continues to be the worst hit country in the Middle East. The virus has infected more than 76,000 people in Iran. More than 4,800 have died.


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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the US Assassination Of Iran's Qassem Soleimani and how many of the pundits who've appeared on national television or were quoted in major publications praising the assassination have undisclosed ties to the weapons industry.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the deadly crackdown on nationwide anti- governmnet protests in Iran, which were sparked by steep hikes in fuel prices.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about US foreign policy under the Trump administration.

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On the next Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Jeff Sessions’ tenure as Attorney General of the United States, and the future of Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. How did Sessions reshape the Justice Department?


On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the first round of US sanctions on Iran, which begin August 4th, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s talk signaling the Trump administration’s dangerous policy on Iran.

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Last weekend, Mohamad Bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince and the architect of the devastating war in Yemen, ordered the arrests of some of the country’s top political and business elites. On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the ongoing crackdowns in Saudi Arabia.

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Firuzeh Mahmoudi's organization United4Iran is using technology to improve civil liberties in Iran.

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Iranian-American writer Firoozeh Dumas who lives in Germany has written books like Funny in Farsi and It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel. Her commentaries about her hyphenated life have aired on NPR.



On this week's Friday Media Roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani’s legacy. He passed away on January 8.

Your Call: Nukes in your neighborhood?

Oct 5, 2016
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On the October 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with investigative journalist Eric Schlosser and filmmaker Robert Kenner about their new documentary Command and Control.

On the January 8th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the diplomatic crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia after the Saudi government executed a prominent Shiite dissident.



On the July 28, 2015 edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the historic deal with the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany.

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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.

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Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

May 31, 2013

Surprisingly, ‘Shahs of Sunset’ Sheds Some Light

Mar 14, 2012

If you missed the premiere of Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset” on Monday, you’re not alone. I did, as did another colleague who was planning to watch. Perhaps ethnic reality TV has become less of a must-see. Not that most of these shows have been must-sees in the first place, though some have tried harder than others.

On today's Your Call, we’ll have conversation about the recent rounds of sanctions on Iran. In response, Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz through which 20 percent of global oil supplies pass. How are the sanctions impacting Iran’s economy? Join us at 10 or email How alarming is the standoff between Iran and the West? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Kaveh Ehsani, assistant Professor of International Studies at DePaul University