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August 05, 2008

Remembering The Iran Massacre


This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the 1988 Iran Massacre, when thousands of dissidents and activists were imprisoned and executed by the theocratic state.

Iranian activist Shahla Talebi survived the massacre. She’d been arrested and imprisoned, and she expected to be executed, like her husband. But after she enduring beatings and torture during her eight years in jail, she was eventually released and managed to flee the country. She tells guest host Aaron Henkin about her experiences and explains why she wants people to know about the events she often wishes she could forget.


Nancy Poole started working in a piano shop mostly to keep herself afloat during a rough time. Then she fell in love with a piano - a rosewood grand concert piano she nicknamed "Big Red." As she spent more time at the shop, Nancy learned the piano's history. As she tells Dick Gordon, she ended up learning something of herself from the story of "Big Red."

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