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The Heartbeat of Iran

  • 08 Jun 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online


The Heartbeat of Iran

Featuring Tara Kangarlou

Award-winning journalist Tara Kangarlou will join the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations for a timely discussion on Iran and her new book "The Heartbeat of Iran", through which she takes readers into the heart and soul of a country often viewed through a narrow political lens, and enables readers to travel into Iran through incredibly intimate and nuanced stories of its people.

The conversation will mark an extremely important time in Iran-US relations and what's at stake for a country of 80 Million and the region.

The Heartbeat of Iran is available on Amazon, Ig Pub, as well as local bookstores nationwide.



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$10 for Non-Members


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am MST

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST


Zoom Meeting

The link for this webinar will be included in your registration confirmation email.


Tara Kangarlou

Journalist, Humanitarian, Author

Tara Kangarlou is an award-winning journalist who has reported, written, and produced breaking news, investigative pieces, and broadcast stories for NBC-LA, CNN, CNN International and Al Jazeera America. Her writing and reporting has also appeared in digital news outlets such as TIME, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and Al Monitor. She previously served as a fellow at the East West Institute, is a contributor to Al Jazeera, and a frequent commentator on various news outlets covering the MENA region and humanitarian issues worldwide. In 2015, she led Al Jazeera America's team with unprecedented access to report from inside Iran during the nuclear negotiations. In recent years, she has reported extensively from the Syrian border regions of Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan covering issues that impact Syrian refugees, host countries, and the Middle East at large.

In 2016, Tara founded Art of Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the psychosocial and mental health needs of refugees in Lebanon. Her forthcoming book, The Heartbeat of Iran will be released on June 1st, and 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 inside the country. Each chapter is an incredibly nuanced, textured, and intimate journey into the diversity of beliefs, struggles, and complexities of life in today's Iran - all told through the real stories of its people. Tara was born and raised in Tehran and is fully bilingual in English and Farsi. Tara received her BA in English from UCLA and MA in Journalism from USC.


Kendal Blust

Senior Field Correspondent

KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk

Kendal Blust is a senior field correspondent with NPR member station KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk at the station’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora. She covers a wide range of stories from northern Mexico including cross-border business and trade, immigration, education, women's movements and the environment. She recently won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting about families in Sonora struggling to adapt to the challenges of distance learning amid the pandemic. She was also part of the Fronteras Desk team that won regional and national Murrow awards for “Tracing the Migrant Journey,” an ambitious, transnational reporting project that traced the experiences of migrants from Honduras, through Guatemala and Mexico and into the United States.

Before joining KJZZ, Kendal worked for the Nogales International, an award-winning community newspaper on the Arizona-Sonora border. She received an MA in journalism from the University of Arizona.

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