Rick Steves' Iran on WXXI-TV

Rick Steves' Iran on WXXI-TV

Sat, 06/05/2010 - 5:30pm

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Rick Steves' travels have taught him the power of people-to-people diplomacy. Now as tensions rise between the U.S. and Iran, he's taking action.

In this one-hour, ground-breaking travel special Steves will go beyond Europe to Iran for a rare, candid, and humanizing look at this powerful and perplexing nation. Rick Steves' Iran airs Saturday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011/cable11), Steves’ journey of discovery will provide a glimpse of a culture few of us understand. The special is filled with never before seen content, covering a topic with daily presence in the news: U.S. relations with Iran.

Shot in high-definition, viewers will see the splendid monuments of Iran’s rich past, as well as Iranian life today-- from countryside villages and workaday towns to its giant metropolis and historic capitol.

Steves captures Persian culture vividly: from Friday prayer in a mosque to the popular hangouts of its savvy youth; from anti-American murals to the hospitality of a family dinner; and from the tranquility of rural life to the crazy traffic of modern Tehran.

Rather than a political documentary dealing with the complex issues that confront our governments, Rick Steves' Iran is a travelogue designed to increase our understanding of an ancient nation that has been a leader in its corner of the world for more than 2,500 years.

Steves says, "After 30 years of world travel, I've learned that the best way to understand an unfamiliar culture is to meet its people. My impressions were striking: the intensity of the streets of Tehran, the crowds of women covered head-to-toe in chadors, and the overwhelming friendliness of the people. I was awed by the domed mosques, saddened by the conformity of the university, energized by the youthfulness of the population, and impressed by the dramatic ancient sites."

Enjoying ice cream with religious leaders, marveling at the popularity of nose jobs for women, and witnessing the sorrow that blankets martyrs' cemeteries, Steves and his crew provide an intimate glimpse of Iran never before shown on American television. Steves believes that, while there are no easy solutions to the problems confronting our two countries, surely getting to know more about this culture is a step in the right direction.

To lean more about the special, including a behind-the-screens look at Steves’ filming trip, visit www.ricksteves.com/iran.