May 13, 2015

When journalist Maziar Bahari was arrested following his coverage of Iran’s 2009 election, he figured he’d be released quickly. He saw his work as fair and focused on helping the West understand Iran. But the government charged him as a spy, with “evidence” that included everything from his reporting to a satirical interview with The Daily Show. Bahari is in Utah, and joins guest host Elaine Clark to talk about his months in prison and to explain how his torturer became a vicious muse.

Maziar Bahari is a journalist and a filmmaker. His book is called Rosewater: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival. [Indiebound|Amazon]. It's the basis for the film Rosewater, directed by Jon Stewart. The film is available on Amazon and iTunes.

Learn more about Maziar Bahari's work to help imprisoned journalists by visiting and

Bahari is in Utah as a guest of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, which is is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the University of Utah. For information on events as part of their celebration throughout the year, visit them at