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47 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
25. Kicking It With Tehran
In this episode Will & Dezy chat with international comedian Tehran Von Ghasri about #kermlife, being Black and Persian, how to improve your Farsi skills, his first time visiting Iran and more. Be sure to follow @iamtehran on Instagram and check out some of his hilarious comedy.
36 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
24. Sex, Booze, and موسیقی
In this episode Will & Dezy talk about how to get invited to underground parties, the best places in Tehran to cruise for chicks, how to dodge the morality police and more.
27 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
23. Ghosts جن و روح
In this episode Will & Dezy talk about ghosts and demons in Iran, what beliefs and practices are most common, and Dezy's theory about the root of these beliefs. Within the first few minutes we discuss an overview of the topic in English. Then a longer discussion in Farsi and then we listen in on an authentic ghost story from within Iran to get a different perspective.
32 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
22. Bloody November آبان خونین
In this episode Will & Dezy (our new co-host!) look back at the events of Aban 1398 and what that means for Iran's present state and potential future. Within the first few minutes we discuss an overview of the topic in English. Then a longer discussion in Farsi and then we listen in on two authentic passages from within Iran to get a different perspective.
26 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
21. Opposing the Regime in Exile - Bijan's Battle with Injustice
Bijan Khalili was imprisoned at the start of the revolution. He's battled injustice and as a Jewish Iranian experienced blatant discrimination at the hands of the Islamic Republic. In this episode, he joins the show to tell his story and how he came to overcome it all and oppose the regime from afar by providing Farsi language books and media that had been otherwise censored within Iran.
17 minutes | Aug 8, 2020
20. Arash the Archer and Your Friendly Neighborhood Web-Slinger
In part two of this three-part series on the most epic Persian stories, Farsi Legend covers the story of Arash the Archer and its importance to the modern Iranian populace. The story is retold in a beautiful Persian Farsi narration that compares a familiar web-slinging comic book character with a famous ancient Persian hero.
31 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
19. Shahnameh - Rostam va Sohrab
As non-native Farsi speakers, we always hear about this great story that saved the Persian language (the Shahnameh). But very rarely do we get the opportunity to actually read and analyze the stories within. In the first of three-part Shahnameh series, Farsi Legend breaks down the story of Rostam and Sohrab and tunes into a dramatic retelling of the final battle that concludes their epic story.
27 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
18. Iranian Law Enforcement - Same issues or nah?
In this episode of Farsi Legend we cover the role of Police (NAJA) in Iranian Society. Tune into speeches from Commanders and even a secretly recorded conversation between a Sepah Intelligence official and a politician (released on BBC Persian via Creative Commons) which eventually led to the politician's arrest and eventual transfer to Evin Prison..
25 minutes | May 13, 2020
17. It's all in the Family - Jamhooree Islamee Style
In this episode, in honor of mother’s day recently passing and father’s day coming up here shortly we’re going to be talking about the modern Iranian family. Specifically the role of the parents. This episode takes a dive into the role of Islam in Iranian parenting, how the Iranian clergy views parental responsibilities, and how some of the pitfalls and challenges facing Iranian families today.
26 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
16. The Hidden Imam and the End of Days
The Hidden Imam is an essential topic for anyone aiming to learn about modern Iranian society and the religious beliefs that drive the Islamic Republic's theocracy. This episode will explain critical details of the hidden Imam, judgment day, and the perceptions of normal Iranians and experts as it relates to the Imam.
21 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
15. The Armenian-Iranian-American Experience
Imagine growing up Christian in an Islamic Theocracy where in many circles one's devotion to Islam is like a type of currency. The substantial Armenian population in Iran is faced with that very circumstance today. Linda Avanessian, friend of the show and professor of Persian-Farsi, joins the Farsi Legend crew to discuss her experience growing up as an Armenian minority in Iran and drops some danesh on a number of modern proverbs.
15 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
14. Coronavirus and the Mob Mentality
In this edition of Farsi Legend, we talk about Coronavirus, how the Iranian government is handling it, the effect on Iranian society, and how one misconception about virus protection ended up killing a lot of people.
21 minutes | Mar 5, 2020
13. Dog horns and Bear Grass - Fun Persian Proverbs and Phrases Part II
In this episode, we address a number of new phrases and proverbs, dive into their origins and provide examples of their usage in modern Persian. The phrases are: علف خرس بوق سگ آب حیات نوشیدن
19 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
12. Proverbs And Phrases pt. 1
This episode will be the first of many that address common phrases, proverbs, and colloquialisms in Persian Farsi by diving into their origins and providing examples of their usage in modern Persian. In this episode, we discuss the phrases: پدرت در میآرم پدر سوخته لعنت به کار دستپاچه هرقرونی زیرهزارمن سنگ است
21 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
11. Nazanin Nour - Anti-Valentine's Day Special 🎆
In this episode, we chat with Nazanin Nour, actress, writer, social activist, comedian, and judge on Persia’s Got Talent the hit MBC television show. Kamelan beh Farsi, we talk about the inspiration for comedy, her experiences with the language, her first time visiting Iran as a young girl that grew up in the US, social activism, and we'll also cover a few cultural phrases. Check out her new show "Persia's Got Talent" 👇 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC55IAn14LqbyY3BKu9F0hZw/featured
19 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
10. "There's no such thing as discrimination in Iran" 🤥
As a society, does Iran face the same sort of racial divide that our country has faced? Or does that look a little different? What does discrimination look like within Iranian society? What is it driven by? In this episode, we’re going to cover the source of much of the discrimination within the Islamic Republic of Iran, what Iranian discrimination looks like - yanee how different it is from the way we’ve experienced discrimination in the US, how Iran perceives their treatment of minorities, and the degree to which it affects Iranian society as a whole.
27 minutes | Feb 4, 2020
09. Seegheh: Prostitution or Temporary Marriage?
Some call it a temporary marriage. Others call it an excuse for premarital sex and prostitution. This episode explores the uniquely Shi'a concept of Seegheh, its early Islam beginnings, and its current role in modern Iranian society.
23 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
08, Societal Differences in Modern Iran
One of the main objectives of the Iranian revolution was to get rid of social classes. But how effective was that undertaking exactly? There are still major gaps between the haves and the have-nots within Iran. So in that case, it’s very much a worthwhile endeavor to explore the inner workings of Iranian society and to be able to view the post-revolution Iranian government and their approach to society management through the eyes of someone that’s been there.
21 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
07. Qasem Soleimani and the Goat Force
Quds Force NOT Goat Force. My bad 😅 [Same root as the Arabic word for holy: مقدس] In this episode of Farsi Legend we'll talk about Qasem Soleimani’s influence on modern Iranian tactics, Quds force integration with proxy terrorist groups, and Soleimani's polarizing legacy and what that represents within modern Iranian society.
20 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
06. Superstition cheest? The Salty Eye edition
What does it mean to have salty eyes? How long should you wait to move after someone sneezes? Find out next time on Dra.. Sorry, mixed up the show I was narrating. This episode of Farsi Legend will explore the most common superstitions in Iran. The good. The bad. As well as some of the expressions and figures of speech that derive from them.
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