Rick Steves’ Iran Conversation
“Rick Steves’ Iran” is airing across the USA beginning January 11, 2009 (check local listings) to help us learn more about this perplexing nation. Join in this conversation by sharing your feedback and thoughts on Rick’s travel special. For more information on travel in Iran and beyond, please visit our Encounters with Islam resource page.
I was born in Teheran in 1963. I am a Canadian citizen, my Mother was American and my father German. Thank you so much for the episodes on Iran. I have been wanting to go back to visit my birth place, but am/was scared to book a trip due to the political tension. As the one woman in the show said, the governments have the issues, but not the people! Thank you Rick for a fantastic show. I also liked that this time you showcased the people, and not so much the sites, which I am sure are plentiful. A job well done.
Vancouver, BC Canada 06/14/2013
This episode was amazing. I loved it for many reasons. I am a Costa Rican citizen studying in Colorado, USA. We studied the history of Iran and the islamic culture. It was definitely my favorites subjects in that class. Oh and those poems are truly beautiful. I read them in books and in handouts given to us. Iran (Persia) is super rich in culture. I was fascinated by it. I couldn't even blink when I was watching this episode. I would watch it again. The people look really nice, welcoming, and friendly too. It was very nice to see them hanging out in parks, seeing children playing with their mothers, family and friends having a lovely time by the river. LOVED it. I definitely would like to go visit Iran and see those ruins. If we forget for a minute about our governments we get a great outcome, we get this beautiful episode of the Iranian people. Those smiles made a BIG difference. EVERYONE smiled in photos and on camera. It's about time we all come together and make peace with one another as people. B E A U T I F U L. Thank you.
Dillon, CO USA 06/06/2013
Iran TV program on PBS
Thank you for going to Iran and filming this exceptional program. Thanks to PBS for showing it. I have seen it twice and enjoyed it immensely. It deserves wider distribution in these trigger-happy times.
Boston, MA USA 04/05/2013
I had an opportunity to visit Iran in 2006. As an unmarried American male I was surprised to be invited by a married Iranian woman I met online 8 months earlier. I went with a little trepidation and have to admit it progressed to a bit of fear as I stood in line at 3 a.m. at the Tehran airport. From the moment I left the airport, I began one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Everywhere I went, as soon as it was discovered that I was an American' people gave me a thumbs up or clapped, some eve hugged me. The population is young, very westernized and loves Americans. The culture and history of Iran is truly wondrous, but their biggest asset is their loving people. Americans have no clue what a wonderful people they are. I sum up my trip by saying I arrived in fear and left in love--with the Iranian people. Please feel free to contact me about this.
Waltham, MA USA 02/24/2013
your trip to iran
thank u sso much Rick i enjoyed watching my country but i wish there was the full version of that video so i could show that to my American friends
glendale, CA USA 02/15/2013
Real face of Iran
Thank you so much, you revealed some facts inside Iran which is not easy to have access to it for outsiders and help them to see what is going on in Iran relatively
London, UK 02/05/2013
I'm really impressed and thankful for your document, which you have made with such open mindedness! It always hurts to see how much people hate my home country without even knowing much about it. And it makes me really happy to see such unbiased and open minded people like you. I really enjoyed watching this document! Thank you!
Leila (half Iranian)
Helsinki, Finland 01/31/2013
really nice program
thank you very much for showing iran as real
perth, wa australia 01/27/2013
Iran TV show
Loved it! The people reminded me of my experience in Jordan and Egypt. Thank you for showing how nice the people are.
Chicago, Il USA 01/09/2013
Excellent program. Why not more like this rather than the continual scare stories. He didn't honey coat it. Wish he had done the same for Iraq before 9/11.
Madison,, WI USA 12/31/2012
Great film on Iran Steve. I am Canadian born white male. What a beautiful country. Love Iran, Love the people! Thank you. Len
Toronto, Ont CAN 12/20/2012
I just want to thank you,It's pride of me as Iranian to see the reality . Thanks in advance
Tehran, Tehran Iran 12/18/2012
This is not iran
If you're going to Iran, show some real Iranians, Rick. What is this? A moslem mosque in Arabia? doesn't look like Iran or Iranians to me :)
Tehran, Iran 12/07/2012
true, there is much history in the middle east but what a bunch of propaganda. shame on you.
havre de grace, md USA 12/07/2012
thank u so much. but there are so many unsaid (good and bad) stories...
Hamedan, iran 11/29/2012
Greetings from Germany
As two Iranians who study aboard in Germany we would like to thank you for making this documentary. There has been a lot of misunderstandings about our culture and people among other nations. We would like to ask you to do more documentaries about Iran and its culture.
Best regards from Germany
Frankfurt, USA 11/24/2012
Message of appreciation about documentary on Iran
I deeply impressed when I saw your documentary on Iran as what it is in fact! There are many places that you missed, like Tabriz(NW) city, northern Iran, Kuedestan (West) and ...
Edmonton, canda 11/22/2012
Mr. Steves, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for your great documentary and this inspiring lecture on our country and culture. I thank you for showing what my people are really like, and I truly enjoy watching you having a great time in Iran. The hospitality that you were welcomed with truly reflects the friendly desire of our nation, and I'm glad that you had the willing to show this in your interesting documentary.
Vejle, Denmark 10/27/2012
It was a really fair documentary.
The people of a country and the government of that country are separate issues.
Because in a non-democratic country,the people haven't chosen the government.
Peace be with you.
Love you all.
I enjoy each of your episodes, none more so than the Iran episode. The intrigue of these "holed in" people were curious indeed. The Iranians, as all people of the world, did not disappoint. They seem so friendly. I am from India and we were once the nemesis and friend to Persians. (Zoarastrians)
Cary, NC USA 10/12/2012
Great Work Mr. Steves. I very much enjoyed it. I hope and wish politics will stop using and abusing people for their own gains. I also hope you may go back to Iran and give us a second look. Thank you.
Vancouver, BC, Canada 10/10/2012
Excellent program. Needs to be shown to every high school civics class. Can you imagine those cities and those people as bloated corpses from a foolish and unecessary war! Let us pray the people of America and Iran and Jerusalem will prevent such a foolish war from taking place. Keep up the good work, Mr. Steves.
Amandilo M Cuzan
Chicago, IL USA 10/02/2012
Glad to see this show on air. It's something like this that more people need to see rather than get sucked into the typical propaganda from the major media. Travel and interaction with people is far more productive and enjoyable. I only wish we could see more because the country is far bigger than only one show could do ever do it justice.
Boise, ID USA 09/30/2012
Kindness is Easier
Thank you so much for this show on Iran and their people. I have learned so much. I want the people of Iran to know we (non politicals) also just want peace in the world and would cherish their friendship. If only governments would rule for their people and not for their own personal ends.
To the good people of Iran we (people who understand) extent our hands in friendship too.
There is no room in the future of the world to not evolve and join together as humans not as close minded extremist or politicians that maneuver only for their own good.
Steve I am so proud that it was you that represented the US there. You are a good man!
Yousef from Tehran seems to hold the Iranian government viewpoint: Israel is a country "stolen" from Palestinians, and is involved with killing people. Unfortunately, those lies are all the Iranian government will allow its people to read. The Iranian government has killed more Iranians in one week, who were peacefully protesting their government's policies, than Israel has killed Palestinian terrorists who have shot rockets into Israel in the last 15 years!
Los Angeles, CA USA 08/26/2012
General Iranian Point of View About Israel
You know, we are grouped to many sub-societies, as anywhere in the world. Some of them like Israel in a harsh way! That they like to be an Israeli and kill people. I know two of them among my acquaintances. Even one of them when he was twelve wrote a letter to Israel to accept him as a inventor for making new weapons, and actually he was smart, we were studying in a NODET school.
Think about that and you'll get what the point of view of most Iranian about not the people of Israel, but the government.
I am trying to say that I like to have a Jewish or Israeli in my home. I have no problem and I would love them, as a friend! ;). But Israel, in all Iranian minds, is a phenomenon that captured a country, and now is killing people, and the United States is supporting its actions. So most Iranian have no reason to love government of Israel who wants to kill, and dominate everywhere, which recently are saying that wants to bomb Iran. And of course Iran says that will return with fire.
(P.S. Most Iranians didn't like George Bush, but love the Obama, I liked his page on facebook, and I found that 32 people from my list of friend liked him too.)
That is the point of view about the Israeli government. And don't make the mistake that I like my government.
And about the peoples. Israelis, Palestinian and Americans! We have no problem with you, and really like you.
That's it. Have a nice time. ;) :)
Tehran, Tehran Iran 08/25/2012
Innocence of Iran - US Nations
Hi, I'm European citizen since more than 10 years ago because my husband is a European native. My both sons were born here and I've had no chance to travel to my country because of stupid rules (despite my marriage is legally recognized by the Iranian government) for at least 12 years. This year I finished my studies and as the obligatory training I applied in an advertisement I received through the school in order to make it in US. The answer I receive was that (very politely, of course) for the American establishments it is not only important the CV and the nationality, but also the origin of the applicant. So, again very politely, suggested me to try it in another country! It was disappointing. In fact I have no words to express who I felt. After nearly 20 years, not having even a traffic fine, it seems as if I was born in an ineradicable black list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for trying to open the mind of such individuals. Also, I would like to point at one more thing: the Persians do not like to be confused with Arabs to the same extent as the Arabs do not like that the no body confuses no other nation with them. I mean that, other than 28 letters (4 extra letters in Persian), we have one more thing in common which is being proud of our Identity. Thank you again. (Yes, we love Americans, we love the human kind)
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Hi Steve, Kudos on the good show on Iran. It is really necessary to inform western audience about the country. I notice in the part when you describe "Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam)" Square in Esfahan you mention the smaller eastern mosque (Sheikh Lotfollah) is for women which is not true. This was a more private chapel made for Sheikh Lotfollah who was Shah Abbas's son-in-law. The main mosque on the southern side of the square (Masjid Shah) is for regular public prayer both men and women. In fact, as a Muslim I have never heard of any gender specific mosque. It happens that in mosques men normally are in front of praying rows and women are on behind but they follow the same Imam anyway.
Toronto, Canada 08/14/2012
Dear Rick - My husband and I purchased your Iran video and are completely blown away. I wish more Americans would expose themselves to this beautiful country from a cultural and historical perspective as apposed to believing the propaganda that is continuously drilled into our minds. We have contacted the Iranian government in the past to inquire about touring the country and your video has reaffirmed our desire to visit this beautiful nation. Thank you for such an excellent special. I will continue to watch this video, to vicariously experience Iran until I am fortunate enough to visit it for my place.
Round Lake, IL USA 08/09/2012
I really impressed by your humanistic perspective, Steve. We need to reinforce such great point of view among ourselves, especially in respect of those countries like Iran that has been buried under the dust of political propaganda. I really thank you. Not for making a beautiful film about my country but for your impressive and extraordinary perspective towards human beings.
Khorramabad, Iran 08/04/2012
Israel IS real too....
Thank you for your open mind capture of Iran and its many ethnic people who we call Iran/Iranian. VEry true that Iranians love Americans, we also love Israel.However it is our governments who draw up this hateful dividing line between our people. There is almost 50 000 Jews who live in Iran and receive first class service and protection from Islamic republic. It is very important for the the government to keep us(Jews) protectected.there is more jewish holy site in Iran than anywhere else in the world. Now what I do not understand is why is Saudi Arabian government is so protected by the USA government. 9/11 terrorist were mostly from Saudia Arabia and usama bin laden was a Saudi.could you make the same movie about Saudia Arabia so that we also be able to understand them.as far as I know they hate all religions including the Iranian Shia Muslems. Thank you
Esfahan, Iran 07/29/2012
I am a 48 year old man and I cried when the girl said, "We love Americans". Of course, I also cried at the video called Promises which connected Palestinian and Israeli children.
How about Rick Steves for Secretary of State in 2012?
Washington, DC USA 07/15/2012
Contrary to what Mike Boileau from Canada seems to believe, the news items we read about Iran are not lies perpetrated by Israel. Rick showed us young women who said that they love Americans, and they seemed sincere. The people whose home in which he ate dinner, and who presented him with a birthday cake, seemed friendly and open. However, he was also in a mosque with a big yellow banner proclaiming "Death to Israel", which is a disgusting thing to hang anywhere, but especially in a house of religion. I am wondering if he brought up the subject of Israel with anyone. Did people treat him differently if he mentioned Israel? I am just guessing here, but I think if you mentioned Israel or Jews to anyone, their smiles and friendly demeanor would have disappeared.
I would like to know what the "typical" Iranian citizen thinks of cultures other than their own, whether the culture is Sunni Islam, as in Iran's adversary Saudi Arabia, or a mix of secularism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam as they have in Israel. Do they think in the same manner as their clerics and political leaders, or is the leadership not representative of the people? Do they approve of the terrorist organizations, like Hezbollah, that their government sponsors?
I saw an earlier episode in which Rick went to Israel. Did he come across any banners that said anything like "Death to Iran"? Is this "Death to..." idea unilateral on the part of Iran, and do most Iranians buy into it? I am sure that, as one will find anywhere, even in 1930s-40s Nazi Germany, you can find nice people, and those who want to appear nice for the sake of propaganda. Even Hitler had a sense of humor. It seems to me that if these people pray in a mosque with a banner spouting hate and death, there is a lot behind their smiles that we are not seeing.
N. Hollywood, CA USA 07/12/2012
Ricks comments on imam khomeni
Hi mr rick it was amazing the programme and your talk show but I would like to condemn peacefully about your comment for imam khomeni at one place you referred to him as dictator which is not true and you can come to know by comparing no of people gathered on his funeral and no of people turned up when he came back with power !!!!!! I think and hope it is rational to see the power of his teachings which brought the biggest ever funeral in the world and not some dictatorship if you understand it! Thanks
London, UK 07/02/2012
Another enthusiastic endorsement!
I particularly want to say a profound "thank you" to this show – since it's directly because of viewing it that my long-standing desire to visit Iran was re-activated. In short, I returned only a week ago from a 15-day trip and had an amazing time! Everything good that anyone says about the country, including Rick, is absolutely true! I have never been made to feel so welcome anywhere! I'll never forget the hospitality of the wonderful people. I'd read many anecdotes of people going "over the top" (as one person had put it) to make Americans feel welcome – and I began to lose count of how many people, in several different cities, did just that. People have a very skewed idea of what the country is like and how they'd be treated. Americans are definitely stuck in a time warp from 33 years ago! But I've been trying to set people straight since I returned.
In addition to the incredibly friendly people, the variety of beautiful scenes and so many layers (thousands of years!) of history made it an absolutely unforgettable trip that will be extremely hard to equal!
By the way, I went purely as a tourist (no ties to the country or any people there or expats here) with a small group of 5 people, and I found the excellent company that arranged our trip because it was listed on Rick's site. So, I'm doubly grateful to you.
Oh, one other thing -- after the plans were all made and the trip was imminent, showing the "Rick Steves' Iran" video to my familiy was invaluable in reassuring them about the whole idea!
New York, NY USA 06/19/2012
movie about Iran
Hi I watched the movie about Iran by Rick Steves' I want to say thanks for making this movie for showing the Iran historical building,and I want to Know why Rick Steve didnot speak about Kooroush (Cyrus the Great) the founder of Persian Empire and the most famous persian in this movie? The movie speak about Dariush and Xezerox bout the movie didnot speak about cyrus the Great and his graveyard which in near Perspolis. I think all persian and Iranian expect atleast some sentences are added to the movie for revising or editing in the future. Sincerely yours
bellevue, WA USA 06/11/2012
thanks for your effort to show Iran, its beauty and nice people to the world. But it seems to me that you had some limitations to film all realities, to talk freely with whom you want, to go where you want and to mention also difficulties that a tourist might have in Iran. Your Film was more like an advertising movie for tourism in Iran run by iranian goverment. I do understand your limitations but still it s very painful.
I was so impressed with your show on Iran, I think it was almost a diplomatic effort. I would love to see peace. I think you did a great job of representing America to them, and showing the people of Iran to us!
Ogden, Iowa USA 06/09/2012
We thoroughly enjoyed your sweeping introduction to Iran. We think Congress and our military leaders should be required to watch it. Talk of war with those beautiful people is absolutely sinful! Thank you for all the work you and your crew do to educate us about the world beyond our borders. We used your France books for our 5-day trip to Paris and Omaha Beach. Big help! God bless! BLC
France guidebooks to make the most of our 5-day trip to Paris and Omaha Beach. Great! Keep up the great work. God bless. BLC
Betty Lou Crowley
Horseheads, NY USA 05/30/2012
Let me say I love your shows. I am glad someone did a truthful look into Iran. I grew up in the middle east, Saudi Arabia and Iran and the media portrays them to be inferior and brutal people and their country to be desolate. It is just the opposite. It is beautiful and so are the people. I lived in Tehran during the revolution and we would not have made it out and possibly worse but it was common Iranians who gave us food and water and got us out of the country. I would live there now if I could
Houghton Lake, Mi USA 05/30/2012
Iran - A People with a Caring Heart
Thank you Rick!! Iran is truly beautiful and an amazing place, nothing like what I feared when I went with my Iranian husband and two little girls (2 & 6). The people were warm, kind, generous, helpful and quite caring of Americans. We were there for a family wedding in November 2005 and again in August 2006 when my husband was diagnosed with Cancer. I have not been back since, but we keep in touch with family and the kind sentiments of the people are not that of their government, just as is the case here. There are many classes and trainings I think a politician should be required to take, so they may truly understand the cultures that exist, especially in this day and age. Your varied and informative shows would be on the course list!! Thanks again.
Elizabeth Betsy Stevens
Coventry, RI USA 05/30/2012
Thank you. It was really nice to show that Iranian people communicate with foreigners in a friendly way. People are intrested in being in peace with other cultures. Thank you.
I second that
I thought you did a great job. I was in Iran for about one month in 2010. As you clearly explained, it is very different and one needs to be aware of the laws and customs of any land one chooses to visit. Given that, as an American I was treated with the highest respect by both Iranian officials and the Iranian people. In fact, the only time I felt I was in danger was when I tried to cross the street in Tehran : - )
Middleton, WI USA 05/14/2012
Rick thank you, really a nice job ! People only wants to have a better world and your work teach us about love and careness...
Canary Islands, Spain 05/12/2012
Thoroughly enjoyed the show, thanks. We have to do everything we can to build bridges of understanding. Your script was thoughtfully done.
Los Angeles, CA USA 05/09/2012
Thank you for showing Iran. I am Irania-American. My husband, who is American, loves go to Iran; however, because of crazy governmet , I don`t he wants to risk going over there. My husband says: "I trust people, but I don`t trust govenmet". I couldn`t even go to see my late grandfather. Oh well.
Thank you again
Ca USA 05/09/2012
Your show about Iran is definitely educational. I especially loved the historical sites! I am sure the people of Iran are just like us- living life each day as ordinary citizens who are trying their best to live in peace and take care of their families. It is the Iranian government and politicians that is the problem (just like any other country including ours). It is not the Iranian people that we should be skeptical about as much as we should be careful about their government, politicians and extreme religious fanatics.
Fremont, CA USA 05/05/2012
Good job! Your show was one of the fairest documentaries made about my country by a foreign reporter in recent years! We young Iranian sometimes try to deny the diversity among our nation but instead we should admit that it is real, unique and beautiful!
Sydney, NSW Australia 05/04/2012
Thanks a lot to rick steves for his awesome documentary about Iran ... for those who are keen to visit Iran , its not something impossible it just might take a little time to get a Visa ... everyone from anywhere around the world are welcomed to Iran. but if anyone want to have a little fun and chill out at the beach , have a sun bath and etc ... should definitely pay a visit to Kish Island which is Located in Persian gulf at south of Iran .... Kish Island is a Great place with a lot of luxury hotels and as if you might not know , Kish Island beaches are among the most cleanest and the most beautiful beaches in the world and has some of the best Snorkelling. peace
manchester, Uk 04/27/2012
I saw your Iran visit earlier tonight and it was very moving. I commend you for a program which stated that obvious our leaders often want us to ignore. People everywhere want to be friends and enjoy the wonders life offers. I watch your show as often as I can. Thank you.
Waltham, MA USA 04/03/2012
Deep but a little short
This was the best-made show about Iran I've ever watched. I suggest you visit north-west and north of Iran next time you decide to come. We look forward for a world without war, where people are free to say their opinions.
Tehran, Iran 03/31/2012
Peace for all
One of the best ways to absolute peaceful diplomacy. You might just convince many in America to call their elected leaders, and stop the war mongering.
If would be nice if there was a 10
minute version of this instead of 3 minutes.
Washington, DC USA 03/28/2012
Great look at Iran
I watched the Rick Steves show on Iran with my family and all of us really enjoyed it. I so appreciate Rick's message of peace and understanding; this is what we need to get away from thinking about Iran in purely political terms and remember that Iran is a rich civilization and a country full of people who just want to get on with their lives.
Rick, do you have any plans to lead tours through Iran? I hope you do because I would love to visit this wonderful country in the spirit of peace, brotherhood and understanding.
Merced, Ca USA 03/28/2012
This program is shockingly unique. How can it be that at 50 years old I've never seen the inside of Iran? I've travelled, I've kept up with Western media. It is indeed a grand shame on the West that we brainwash ourselves so extensively as to not be aware of who or what we are actually talking about Bombing. The corporate controlled governments who control our destinies are without a moral compass. Peace to Iran, and to all people. Shame on us all for being unable to find a better way to exist.
Rick Steves' Iran
Rick - over the weekend, I saw your Iran program for the first time. I thought "this is something wonderful and brand new," and was surprised to learn, going on the internet, that it had been filmed in 2008...it is even more timely now. Thank you to you and everybody who made this show possible. It was so insightful and articulate, as well as being visually and spiritually stimulating. Yours is the humanistic voice calling in the wilderness. You are the world's best ambassador of good sense. If only the bombasts would listen. Thank you!
Prairie Village, KS USA 03/26/2012
This was a great show. Every American should see. These people are not my enemy!!!
Cowpens, SC USA 03/24/2012
What a beautiful nation. I had no idea the beauty of the Persian ruins. Thank you for sharing and helping us better understand Iran. It's especially important in these difficult diplomatic times.
East Lansing, MI USA 03/24/2012
Mr. Steves you are a courageous man for doing that documentary in Iran. You showed the world that Iran's people are just people. Thank you, Mr. Steves, you are deserving of a Noble Peace prize.
NY USA 03/24/2012
This is the first time I've seen such a positive piece on Iran. Thank you! If you ever lead a tour to Iran I'd love to be in your group. I've traveled extensively over the past 50 years, beginning long before there were guides for your style of travel and Iran seemed an impossible destination. How wonderful to have the opportunity to visit this land even if only through your program to better understand the world we live in. Thank you again!
Fairbanks, Alaska USA 03/24/2012
Dear Rick: Your documentary about Iran is truly a work of art. It is not just about Iran, it also tells us about your own elegant & prophetic persona. It fits well to be used as a suvenir to extraterrestrial beings, because it makes us all look good. I admire you & your family so dearly.
Arlington, va USA 03/15/2012
Thank you for your show but in my opinion it is only a small cornor of our contries beuties.we are eager to see more shows of you
TABRIZ, IRAN 03/12/2012
Dear Mr.Rick, This is a very nice and great movie. I really appreciate about this, you made me so happy. I will say can help you for making other movie about our country and my people and culture, i can help you about everything here, please feel free and just send an email for me if you have any new idea, I'm here for you. Best wishes for you and all American people. Alireza
Tehran, Iran 03/12/2012
Iran, land of peace
Very well done Rick. According to the existing restriction in Iran and having someone to keep an eye on what you were shooting, it was fair and neutral. Thank you so much. By the way, I believe Iran is a safe place for foreign tourists as a previous tour guide in Iran ?
Toronto, USA 03/10/2012
thanks for your fair mr Steve. there is some iranian that want to show a bad image of my country. realy i dont know why.
tehran, tehran USA 03/05/2012
I love Iran,I love my Leader Seyyed Ali Khameneie,I Love My religion Islam and I love everyone who try to show a true face of my country.
Thank you Steve
Tehran, Iran 03/05/2012
"Rick Steves' Iran"
The King of the South as God describes in Bible prophecy is in fact the country you just visited and opened up for many people to see was very uplifting!
Fort Lauderdale, Florid USA 02/27/2012
A human side
Thank you. It was good to see this side of Iran. Because of the tension of foreign policy, we don't often see or hear the human side of others. Xenophobia fuels the flam
Indio, CA USA 02/27/2012
I am impressed with your documentary. I was surprised with the art-like architecture in the City. As an American Woman, I once worked for an Iranian boss (in the USA) and it was the most family-like uplifting, loving, place to be in. However, I truly felt like I was being segregated against on the job. My boss would not shake my hand. Women on the job were asked to sit in a different room, separate from the men. I love that they (Iranians) love the USA and want to come here to study and prosper but I'm afraid the religious beliefs are so strong that it goes against our every-day culture here in the States. I, as a Woman, would not feel comfortable traveling to Iran yet. Although, curious to learn more about it. I will continue to watch your show and am anxious for another documentary of your travels there.
Dallas, TX USA 02/18/2012
Be careful please
Thanks Rick, very interesting. Everything you told about my country and my people was correct. But there are some more important notes. Although my people are friendly and tourist-lovely and my country is a very interesting land for tourists, I am afraid to say that it is a risk for your people to come here. Actually there are some government-dependent minorities which may produce some frightening problems for you as an American. I love your people and cannot standing and seeing your people in trouble here when they are just curious about Iran. I hope these internal political problems in my country be passed and then we can welcome everyone from everywhere. Nowadays everything in Iran is politic and the religious-political minorities are powerful and unfortunately they hate Americans.
Qazvin, Iran 02/08/2012
Thank you for making this very important show. It was wonderful to see you acknowledge and face your fears so publicly with such a happy outcome. I watched the show with my 2 young sons whom I homeschool. Together we learned much about the country, its history and its people. And mostly we learned to look past our fears and the fears manufactured by governments and media and see humans just like ourselves. Thanks again for your work.
Victoria, bc canada 02/07/2012
Iran has one more thing: Ontology (the study of existence); On that humanists woulld like.
A science? No.
Consistent? Systematic? Academic? Logical? Epistemological? Methodological? Formal Language? Yes.
Esfahan, Esfaha Iran 02/01/2012
Bravo......535 US Congress-people should ALL be sat down to see this hour of video.....and meet a people....NOT an enemy....
south wellfleet, ma USA 01/19/2012
Mainstream media in the USA is so controlld and biased in favor of war and domination. The USA was fooled once by lies about Iraq and now we are being fooled again about Iran.Thank you Rick for showing us what Iranians are really like - peace loving humans just like we are.
Elizabethtown, Ky USA 01/10/2012
A w onderful presentation and explanation of this country rich in culture and history! Thank you!
Louisville, KY USA 01/08/2012
Mr. Steves, Your show about Iran was the best. Although I am from Jordan, I never had so clear a picture of Iran. I wish you could do more programs about middle eastern countries so the people of USA can have a real picture of that region. A job very well done. Please keep up the good work.
louisville, ky USA 01/08/2012
Thanks Mr Steves for a program on Iran shown on the public station. I enjoyed your program on Iran and your other Europe program. It is about time to show to the American real Iran not the one common media showing with all bad news about Iran. I hope one day two governments will have good relation so two nations can visit more each other country.
long beach, CALIFO USA 01/03/2012