February 21, 2024
Shally Zomorodi is one of the more well-known and incredibly prolific members of the Iranian diaspora. Her day job is as a news anchor of Fox 5 San Diego Morning News where she’s been waking up San Diego for more than a decade now. However, her journalism career spans over two decades at this point, including a two-year stint in Texas where I live. But over the years, she’s also been heavily involved in the greater Iranian community, through her show Bereez o bepaz, through the many lives she does on her Instagram page interviewing other Iranians, or giving glimpses into her embrace of Iranian traditions in her home, through her Iranian gher breaks on her morning news show, and so much more. I had a lot of questions to ask Shally after having watched her develop into such a force in the past few years, and especially over the last year.
February 07, 2024
Hollay Ghadery is is an Iranian-Canadian writer living in Ontario on Anishinaabe land. She has her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Fuse, her memoir of mixed-race identity and mental health, was released by Guernica Editions (2021) and won the 2023 Canadian Bookclub Award for Nonfiction/Memoir. Her collection of poetry, Rebellion Box, came out Radiant Press in 2023 and her collection of short fiction, Widow Fantasies, is scheduled for release with Gordon Hill Press in fall 2024. Hollay is also a book publicist and the Poet Laureate of Scugog Township.
January 25, 2024
From the very beginning of this current stage of the conflict, after the horrific events of October 7th, the first person I turned to for an understanding of what was happening was Noam Shuster-Eliassi. I’d been following her for a long time because of her comedy about Israel and Palestine.
October 04, 2023
In this episode of Growing Up Irooni, host Leyla interviews Farnoosh Torabi, renowned podcast host and author of the book "A Healthy State of Panic." Leyla and Farnoosh delve into the world of finances, personal development, and the positive aspects of fear. Farnoosh shares her insights on fear and how it can be a powerful force in our lives when understood and harnessed correctly.
September 27, 2023
I am so excited to share with you my interview with Arya Shahi, author of the fantastic new debut novel, An Impossible Thing to Say. It’s coming out this week, September 26th 2023, so no matter when you’re listening to this interview, please drop everything and go buy it- you will love it.
September 13, 2023
So excited to share that Navied Mahdavian's incredible debut graphic memoir, This Country: Searching for Home in (Very) Rural America is NOW OUT and available for purchase! And to celebrate, I’m so excited to share with you all the conversation I had with Navied after reading his incredible his work.The book is set in rural Idaho where Navied moved with his wife and dog in November 2016- yes, the month Trump got elected. I could NOT put the book down and enjoyed reading it immensely- it brought up so many issues we all think about so much, like issues of identity, language, culture, and being “others”- I had so many questions for Navied and feel so lucky I got to sit down and ask him some of them. He’s delightful to talk to, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the conversation as much as I did.
September 08, 2023
In this episode, we dive into an enriching conversation with Samira Mohieddin, discussing her experiences growing up in a Persian family that migrated to Canada. We unpack the challenges and dynamics of navigating multiple cultures, languages, and political climates.
August 30, 2023
Gisue Hariri and her sister Mojgan are absolute heroes of mine as you’ll hear in the interview- I first learned about their practice as an architecture student at the University of Texas. They were one of the very few female led firms that we learned about in architecture school as it remains a very male dominated industry. And I was even more ecstatic to learn that they’re Iranian women. Every time I would visit New York City, I’d make sure to visit a coffee shop they designed there, and would leave feeling incredibly inspired.Gisue was the first person I contacted when deciding to live in New York this summer, and she graciously invited me into her own for a wide-ranging discussion about everything from finding inspiration growing up in a small town in Iran, her ambitious plans to study in the United States and return with a world-class education to make Iran better, to how she and her sister pivoted had the confidence to begin their own firm in the competitive New York landscape after the Islamic revolution thwarted their plans to return to Iran to much much more.I could have talked to Gisue for hours, but we managed to pack a lot into the short time we did have! Please enjoy the interview.
July 05, 2023
In the latest episode of our podcast, we're joined by Sierra Urrich, the director of this insightful documentary. In 'Joonam', Sierra embarks on a personal journey to understand her Iranian identity, bridging the gap between her upbringing in rural Vermont and her family's roots in Iran.