Taking It to the Streets: Election Rallies in Iran

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For the past three weeks Iranians have been out on the streets in the tens of thousands, with a fervor many say hasn't been seen since the toppling of the Shah thirty years ago. Tomorrow, voters in Iran head to the polls in what has become an almost free-for-all presidential election between incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and reformist candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. Text messages, Facebook and television debates are all part of the fray. What are the issues driving voters? What role will women play in the vote's outcome? Will this new spirit of debate and openness continue? Would a new president take a different tack in dealing with the West?

Credits

Guests:
Borzou Daragahi - BuzzFeed News - @borzou, Warren Strobel - Reuters - @WStrobel, Mariam Memarsadeghi - Tavaana E-learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society, Mohsen Milani - Professor of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida

Host:
Sara Terry

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal, Karen Radziner