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Week of July 26, 2015

Segment 1: Women's Rights in Iran

Pahlavi monarchy - good for women .... Islamic Republic - bad for women. This is mostly true but there's more nuance says Iranian-American historian and author Nina Ansary. She's written a book, Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran that traces women's rights back to ancient Persia, clears up some misconceptions and introduces some very brave Iranian women advocating for equal rights.

"If you re-interpret those passages [of the Quran], to show a more progressive Islam, then there is that possibility - not fully. But the way Sharia law is embedded right now, there's no hope for women."

-Nina Ansary

Segment 2: Prisoner of Tehran

In 1979, Khomeini ousted the Shah and instituted the Islamic Republic of Iran. He rounded up thousands of children and accused them of being enemies of the state. Marina Nemat, "Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir" was arrested, along with thousands of other youngsters at the age of 16. She was tortured and sentenced to death but was saved at the last minute by one of her jailers.

"When you're in a place like Evin, there is no future. There's only the present and then you only have the past. So you really rely on your good memories from your home and the way your life use to be before here. And I would have done anything to protect that idea of home."

-Marina Nemat

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Week of July 19, 2015

Segment 1: The 60 Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City

Electronics giant Circuit City started as a Mom and Pop TV store in 1949 with a $13,000 investment. It became a multi-billion dollar company and the best performing Fortune 500 Company for any 15-year period between 1965 and 1995. Then it went bankrupt in 2009. Alan Wurtzel, son of Circuit City founder Sam Wurtzel, took over as CEO in 1972, then joined the board from 1986 to 2000. Good to Great to Gone: The 60 Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City.

"A significant contributing factor was hubris on the part of management during the decline of Circuit City. Lots of companies ... think they're smarter than the competition. And when you start thinking that way, you're making a big mistake."

-Alan Wurtzel

Segment 2: Historical Thriller Writer - Steve Berry

New York Times Bestselling novelist Steve Berry's books have been translated into 40 languages with 15 million copies in print. Steve Berry discusses his twelfth thriller called The Columbus Affair as well as how and why he writes. He’ll also talk about a foundation he created called which is dedicated to preserving historical places and documents.

"Every writer on the planet has a little voice in their head. ... It says, 'Sit down and write. If you write, I'll be very happy and I will hush. If you don't write, I'm going to nag you to death.'"

-Steve Berry
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