May 26, 2021
Cover to Cover Monthly Author Series:
The Heartbeat of Iran: Real Voices of a Country and Its People

TODAY, May 26, at 7:00 PM ET
The World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will host WACA's Cover to Cover webinar TODAY, May 26, at 7:00 PM ET, featuring award-winning journalist Tara Kangarlou.

Tara Kangarlou will discuss the role of media and society in the U.S. and Iran, and her insights about the Iranian people and culture as the western media seems to highlight only a slim view of this country of 80 million people.

Kangarlou's new book, The Heartbeat of Iran: Real Voices of a Country and Its People, will be released June 1. It captures the heart and soul of a country that's often seen through news headlines and a political fog that blurs the reality of life for millions of Iranians. Kangarlou was born and raised in Tehran and is fully bilingual in English and Farsi. Kangarlou will be interviewed by Todd Schwartz, former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. and current Executive Director with the European American Chamber of Commerce in Cincinnati.
In today’s interconnected global village, Iran remains a mystery to much of the rest of the world ― especially to those living in the United States and the west. While the country is often synonymous with rogue behavior on the world stage, there is also another, rarely seen side to this nation of 80 million, including being home to the greatest number of Jews in the Middle East outside of Israel, and having the largest transsexual population in the region, among other unexpected surprises.

The Heartbeat of Iran takes us on a journey into everyday life in Iran, where we meet the diverse people who make up the country’s delicate socio-cultural, political, and religious mosaic. Through textured portraits of regular Iranians―from a blind Sunni environmental activist to the gay son of a general, from Iran’s first female race car driver to a young rabbi who is training the future generation of Jewish rabbis in Israel’s enemy state―The Heartbeat of Iran reveals a people whose dreams and fears mirror that of millions of others worldwide, and who yearn to join an international community that often views them through the blur of a hostile political fog.