Hooman Majd speaking at The London School of Economics September 2009
A brief summary of how Iran’s political system works, examples of what is most misunderstood about Iran, its leadership and the events leading up to the election.
Guests: * Hooman Majd, author of "The Ayatollah Begs Differ Paradox Modern Iran" * Dr. Fathali M. Moghaddam (Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University)
Journalist Hooman Majd’s new book, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, was inspired by the year he and his young American family spent in Tehran, where Majd was born. He tells Fresh Air about the country’s long-standing tradition of sulking, and what sets Tehran apart from most other Islamic metropolises.
Iranian American journalist Hooman Majd wrote a memoir about his family’s one-year sojourn in Tehran. Majd and host Scott Simon discuss his new book, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran.