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This edition: Iran in Crisis, Peace Through Skateboards

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 8, 2012.

First aired: October 10, 2012.

Iran’s currency plummets causing hardship and unrest. Does hyper-inflation cause regime change or is that a western pipe dream? We are joined by Baruch College distinguished professor Ervand Abrahamian and 'Social Change in Iran' author Behzad Yaghmaian. Next, skateboarding for peace in Afghanistan with Skateistan.org senior US board member Kristoffer Nilaus Tarp. The photos bring tears, but some hope, too. Then on to crowd-sourcing the US patent office with StackExchange.com vp of community growth Jay Hanlon and Ars Technica tech policy editor Joe Mullin. Finally, here at home, are we looking for change in all the wrong places? We are joined by Industrial Areas Foundation co-director Mike Gecan and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism student Kizzy Cox as we consider federal power vs. grass roots organizing, which includes a few local victories in Brooklyn.

Guest List

Ervand Abrahamian Distinguished Professor of Iranian and Middle Eastern History and Politics, Baruch College/CUNY

Kizzy Cox Journalism Student, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Michael Gecan Co-Director, Industrial Areas Foundation

Jay Hanlon VP of Community Growth, StackExchange.com

Joe Mullin Tech Policy Editor, Arts Technica

Kristoffer Nilaus Tarp Senior US Board Member, Skateistan.org

Behzad Yaghmaian Author

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