Ask An Iranian - What's the deal with Iran? - Iranian map and red lines

Are you bored with the long-running spat between Iran and everyone? Us neither! It’s so long-running that academia has kinda coined a word for it. Yes, don’t be surprised if you later find out that some Iranian, in some Western university decided to summarise all this hoohaa as “geopolitics“. Anywhats, who does geopolitics better than academia? Well, Michael does! The Red Line podcast is Michael Hilliard‘s baby, and it’s grown up fast. This “deep-dive” political podcast recently surpassed 1m downloads — impressive for a show that is just a year old.

Michael kindly took a break from interviewing high-profile brainy sorts to chat with us. He joined us to discuss his visit to Iran, as well as how he feels America will politically navigate between the ’20-’21 elections of America and Iran. He also tells us about his love for Iran, Iranians and their ice-cream (his word!). So, if you wanna know what the deal is with Iran, or learn a little about the ‘Iran Deal’, be sure to listen to this episode.

Michael Hilliard of The Red Line podcast - over a red lined Australian map - Ask An Iranian

Questions we also get answers to in this episode

  • Can you navigate the Tehran Grand Bazaar using the stars?
  • What serious hard-hitting geopolitical podcast should you listen to?
  • Is Iran trying to kill the West through overfeeding it?
  • How many different animals have bitten Michael Hilliard, to date?
  • Is the Caspian Sea warm, wet and salty?

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Be sure to subscribe to Michael’s podcast, The Red Line — quoting from it will make you the centre of attention at any soirée! He does a fortnightly “deep-dive” into geopolitical issues, with the help of differing, high-profile guests, with each episode. In around a year of podcasting, The Red Line podcast has reached the impressive milestone of 1m downloads — a testament to the quality of the show.

Cover of the book 'Ruhnama', also known as "The Book of the Soul", written by Saparmurat Niyazov, the President of Turkmenistan.

Michael informed us that he is looking for an English version of the book, ‘Ruhnama‘, and we kinda said we’d help him find a copy. The book is also known as ‘The Book of the Soul’, and is written by Saparmurat Niyazov, the President of Turkmenistan. If anyone is reading this, and knows of how to get hold of a copy, get in touch.

Translations of Persian (Farsi) words used in this episode

PersianEnglish translations
Havij bastani:“Carrot and ice-cream” – meaning carrot juice and traditional Iranian ice-cream, served in a cup
“a” appearing alone, is pronounced as a short-a — double ‘aa’s are long, as used in the word “water”

Image credit: Iranian map and the multiple red lines surrounding it, made by Ask An Iranian, 2021