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What Iranian Protesters Need Now

In past years, Iran’s ruling elite have shrugged off protests as a result of economic hardships imposed by the West. Will this time be different as demonstrators set their hijabs on fire—striking at a core pillar of Iran’s repressive regime?


Episode Notes

What began as a revolt in the wake of an overstep by Iran’s morality police has evolved into a mass movement calling for “death to the dictator.” Protests in Iran are nothing new, but these demonstrations strike at the heart of the Islamic Republic’s repressive regime. Could the nascent movement change a sclerotic regime?

Guest: Gissou Nia, director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Litigation Project.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, Madeline Ducharme, Anna Rubanova and Jared Downing.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.