Episode 1192: Run Russia Run, Balloons In St Petersburg, American Reporter Held Hostage in Tehran For 18 Months On Why He’s Shouting For Iran
Jason Rezaian is a Washington Post reporter who, in 2014, while based in Tehran, was arrested by Iranian government security forces and after a secretive trial was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
There was no evidence to support a case against him, besides a letter sent to President Obama’s transition team in 2008 offering assistance with improving Iran-US relations. While in jail Jason suffered mental and physical abuse at the hands of his captors, before President Obama and then-Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated his release in January 2016.
Here’s a report on our first Iran #WorldCup18 watch party. https://t.co/8oFBkIpoQM
— Jason Rezaian (@jrezaian) June 19, 2018
We talk to him on the show today about separating the Iranian people and their football team from their government, his support of the Iran team despite that horrific experience, and the campaign to allow women attend football games in Iran.
“This will be my first-ever live game,” she said. “Of course I want us to win, but being there is victory for me.” Female Iranian at #WorldCup18 in Russia. https://t.co/PClTGw3Rvf
— Jason Rezaian (@jrezaian) June 17, 2018
Ken was at Russia/Egypt yesterday, and he casts an eye over Russia’s extraordinary running stats. Eoin has fallen in love with Artem Dzyuba, their burly centre-forward, and Ken runs the rule over Russian Arthur’s Day, queering the pitch, and laughing gas.
great to see the host nation playing with such energy and enthusiasm. russia have collectively run further in their two matches – 118km and 115km – than any other team has done in any game. https://t.co/SeBevy40Tl
— Ken Early (@kenearlys) June 20, 2018
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We report on some wildly over-the-top reactions to VAR from some of the pillars of the English game, we throw some love Romelu Lukaku’s way, and bask in the glow of Liam Brady’s excited face.
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