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Raised in Tehran, Goli Taraghi attended university in the U.S. and, during the Iranian Revolution, moved to Paris, where she lives today. Her other works include Winter Sleep, Two Worlds and A Mansion in the Sky.
Goli Taraghi writes about life in Iran — about love, loss, alienation and exile. She is particularly equipped to the task, as her own exile from the country began in 1980 at the outset of the Iranian Revolution.
In 1979, she was a professor living in Tehran with her two young children, and initially supported the movement.
"Of course the turmoil started, and then the executions, and the university was closed, and I thought the best thing is to go abroad and stay just one year," says Taraghi.
In a rebroadcast from Sept. 28, 2013, Louie talks with George Johnson, author of "The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery." Johnson talks about his interest in the disease, which has been traced back to the days of the dinosaurs. He talks about why certain ethnic groups may be prone to certain kinds of cancers, and how a Western diet could drastically alter those risks. But during Johnson's research for the book, he also discovered that a high diet of fruits & vegetables doesn't always lead to reduced risks for cancer.
Johnson also shares the personal story that led him to want to write this book - his wife at the time, only 43 years old, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. (10 years later, she is cancer-free). Also, while writing the book, Johnson's brother was diagnosed with an aggressive mouth cancer which claimed his life within months. These memories are included in the book. http://talaya.net/
Bill, Denise, and Norma talk about about the latest hybrid plant to come on the market - a TomTato, which is the result of grafting the top of a tomato plant to the bottom part of a potato plant. It's a novel idea, but will it grow in El Paso? Potatoes, on the other hand, tend to thrive just fine on their own, and Bill & Denise will talk about the different ways to grow them below and above ground. Denise also talks about the growing popularity of growing microgreens.
Charles talks with Shaul Schwarz, director of the documentary "Narco Cultura," which explores the cultural impact the drug wars have had on both sides of the US/Mexico border. Shaul talks about his trips to the border and why he felt he had to address how the drug culture is reflected through the musicians who glorify cartels in their narcocorridos, and through the eyes of a Mexican crime scene investigator who experiences the results of cartel violence on the front lines. This online-exclusive extended interview includes a conversation about Latino identity, the disconnect felt by many Latinos who write and enjoy narcocorridos, and why the drug war is a war that no one will win. http://narcoculture.com/, https://www.facebook.com/NarcoCulturaFilm
Narco Cultura is currently being screened at El Paso's Cinemark Tinseltown (11855 Gateway Blvd W) and Cinemark Cielo Vista Theaters (8401 Gateway Blvd W).
Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 11:57 am
Saying this was a "great homecoming," Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Korean War veteran who had been held by North Korea for weeks, walked out of San Francisco International Airport with his wife on Saturday.
As we reported, Newman was deported by North Korea on Friday, days after he appeared on state TV reading an apology for alleged war crimes.