First Topic – A Memoir of the Iran Hostage Crisis
This week we commemorate 29 years since the end of the Iran hostage crisis. Debra Johanyak, a young American wife with an Iranian husband, gives a moving account of her experiences in the early days of the Iranian revolution. She not only vividly recounts the fears that the hostage crisis ignited in her, but also fondly recalls the deep bonds she formed with her Iranian in-laws. Behind the Veil: An American Woman’s Memoir of the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis
Second Topic – The Costs of Containing Iran
The U.N. Security Council's permanent members and Germany agreed today on the contents of a new draft resolution on sanctions against Iran after talks on its nuclear program. It’s an embracing of the Bush administration strategy of containing Iran by rallying the support of Sunni Arab states - seeing Iran's containment as the heart of U.S. Middle East policy: a way to stabilize Iraq, declaw Hezbollah, and restart the Arab-Israeli peace process. But our guest argues that the strategy is unsound and impractical, and it will probably further destabilize an already volatile region. Dr. Vali Nasr is our guest.