Why ask an Iranian?

Iran’s #1 English-language podcast — we tackle tricky questions on occasionally taboo topics, helping you get comically clued up on Iran, Iranians and their take on things.

How much do Iranians tip?

You do it. We do it. Even educated Iranian PhDs do it. Let’s do it. Let’s show a little extra gratitude. So yes, Iranians do have a culture of tipping, but there are difference.

Do you make any money?

We definitively answer a question that we get asked ALL OF THE TIME! It’s a question that our nearest and dearest especially like to ask. Listen to learn the answer — then please don’t ask again, baba!

Does voting in Iran’s presidential elections make a difference?

We explain how Iran’s political structure is both similar and different between sharing stories of how voting goes down in Iran.

What doesn’t happen at Iranian birthday parties?

Birthdays are about making a fuss for the ones we love. Yes, every culture makes its own fuss, in its own way. Listen to us, make a fuss, about how Iranians make their fuss.

Can women play football… in Iran?

Listen to Iran’s former U19 women’s football coach, Katayoun Khosrowyar, explain how Iranian female footballers face restrictions in and out of Iran.

Are all Iranians hairy?

We reveal all — well, our chest hair at least — to help you learn if we, and other Iranians, are hairy.

Flight stories… what’s Iran got?

Listen to weird and wonderful Iran related flight stories and learn what to expect and what to be aware of when travelling with Iranians.

No? “Noch”!

Iranians are not ones for saying no, but when they do say no, they don’t actually say no. Listen to learn about the Iranian “noch” — when to do it, and how to do it.

How do I propose to an Iranian girl?

Traditionally, Iranians show their intent to marry, with a “khaastegaari”. In times past, this moment may have been the 1st time the potential partners would have met. Listen to how Amir did it differently though.

Which Iranian national anthem is which?

Ask two Iranians to sing the Iranian national anthem and you’ll likely get two differing results. Also, they’ll probably both be wrong. Listen to us explain why.

How do I “fakefast”?

Join us for Iftar as we taste-test foods for the faster and “fakefaster” all between explaining almost everything you need to know about Ramadan in Iran.

Norooz, Norouz, Nowruz?

Nooruz, Nowrouz, Noruz… Bah! Humbug! Listen to learn about the many bizarre ways by which Iranians mark the measurement of the concept commonly known as ‘time’.

Why do Iranians blackface? (feat. Tehran Von Ghasri)

In this episode, we get schooled by comedian-great, Tehran Von Ghasri. He/They joined us for a chat, and a chuckle on subjects such as Iranian black-facing, racial intersectionality and contemporary changes in comedy.

Why do Iranians “hamash” code-switch?

“Khob”, UI expert, Reza joins us to discuss how and why Iranians “hamash” alternate between languages, “va” we also read listener examples of this practice, also known as code-switch, “kholaaseh”.

How do I “hodl” Bitcoin in Iran?

Learn from tech expert, Mostafa, as to why Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are beneficial to visitors to Iran, as well as Iranians traveling abroad.

What $#!± should I not say in Persian?

Listen to us give translations of the many peculiar Persian insults, innuendos and inappropriate words used by Iranians around the world.

[redacted] in Iran?

Listen to Shanay as she joins us to discuss how living in Iran affects the choices made by you and others in restricting expression.

What are the weirdest Iranian names?

Learn about the weird, the wonderful and the unpronounceable names used by Iranians. Also — bonus content! — listen to learn what you shouldn’t call your Iranian child.

What’s the deal with Iran?

Listen to Michael Hilliard, of The Red Line podcast, discuss his Iran visit, the JCPOA ‘nuclear deal’, the complex regional geopolitics, and Iranian ice-cream.

Do Iranians do it louder?

Listen to us, and friends of the show, give their examples of ‘beshkans’ and listen to learn how you, too, can do the Iranian finger-snap.

Persians vs. Iranians… who wins?

The Persian Girl Podcast joined us to discuss what it means to be Persian and why some Iranians identify as such.

How much English can Iranians e’speak?

We called various places in Tehran, and ask stupid questions… but in English. Listen to see how Iranians responded.

What do Iranians think of America?

We discuss the defining points in the decades of drama between Iran and America, while reading what Iranians think about America.