My first two episodes of Spectrum

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So July 20 was my first episode hosting Spectrum, and July 27 was my first one hosting all by myself!

You can listen here:

July 20:

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July 27:

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Feel free to subscribe to the podcast here (and leave me a review on iTunes!), or listen to archived shows on the show’s page here.

It’s been a blast to plan and produce these shows! It’s hard to believe that after years of working at home and having a commute of about twenty seconds across the house, now I have a commute by bike of about 20 minutes along the Rhine river. I park my bike and go up to my office, where I share it with another news reporter. But my name is next to the door, I have a whiteboard and everything. We’ve got regular meetings, news conferences, and deadlines to meet. Heck, I’ve even got business cards coming soon.

Production day is Monday, where I have three hours of studio time to track my own voice, listen to the pieces with our audio engineers and listen back to the whole show to make sure everything is ok. Last time, I only used about half that time. The show goes out on Tuesday at 17h30 GMT, and the rest of the time I have to spend updating the science and technology news page (I average publishing about two stories per day), and of course, planning for the next week’s show.

Gotta feed the beast, as they say.

Cyrus on: PRI’s The World (June 28, 2010)

Sevgili Dostlar,

My piece on the Mesut Özil and modern Turkish-Germans aired on The World yesterday.

In it, I interview Prof. Dr. Claudia Riehl of the University of Cologne, Susanne von Würzen (thanks, Courtney!), Mehmet Aydan (thanks, Begum!), and Cem Özdemir.

Also, don’t forget my editor Patrick Cox’ language podcast, The World in Words!

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Cyrus on: PRI’s The World (June 11, 2010)

Dear Friends,

My piece on the one-year anniversary of last year’s controversial election in Iran is airing today. In the piece, we hear from two young Iranians who talk about their frustration with what’s happened since June 12, 2009, and from Mohammed Sadeghi, the Iranian-German behind Mousavi’s Facebook page and from Golnaz Esfandiari, the Iranian-American reporter with Radio Free Europe in Prague.

It will be available on any of these stations (and their Internet streams):

NYC – 3 pm Eastern – WNYC – 820 AM – www.wnyc.org
Washington, DC – 8 pm Eastern – WAMU – 88.5 FM – www.wamu.org
Los Angeles – 12 pm Pacific – KPCC – 89.3 FM – www.kpcc.opg
Boston – 4 pm Eastern – WGBH – 89.7 FM – www.wgbh.org
San Francisco – 2 pm Pacific – KQED – 88.5 FM – www.kqed.org

You can also likely find it on your local public radio station, and The World’s site later in the day and also on my site if you miss the broadcast.

Also, don’t forget about The World’s Tech Podcast, hosted by my friend and colleague, Clark Boyd from The World’s tech desk at his new home in Brussels, Belgium.

Lemme know if you hear it!

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Cyrus on: CBC’s Spark (May 23, 2010)

Dear Friends,

I’ve been informed that my piece on getting my 88-year-old grandmother her first cell phone is on Spark this week!

It will be available on CBC Radio 1 at the following times:

Sunday afternoons on CBC Radio One at 1:05/1:35 NT (4:05 PT)
Tuesday afternoons on CBC Radio One at 3:05/3:35 NT

If you find yourself outside the reach of the CBC’s antennae, feel free to listen to it online, here, or of course, via podcast.

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Cyrus on: ABC’s Future Tense (Australia)

Meine FreundInnin,

I’m pleased to share with you my latest piece on the new WiFi-free Weekend policy at Actual Café in Oakland. This was one of the last pieces that I did before leaving the Bay Area.

It has just aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation — the first time I’ve been on the radio down under!

Or, you can just listen here:

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Cyrus on: PRI’s The World (April 13, 2010)

Dear Friends,

My piece on the release of Haystack, the new anti-filtering software for use in Iran will be on today’s show.

It will be available on any of these stations (and their Internet streams):

NYC – 3 pm Eastern – WNYC – 820 AM – www.wnyc.org
Washington, DC – 8 pm Eastern – WAMU – 88.5 FM – www.wamu.org
Los Angeles – 12 pm Pacific – KPCC – 89.3 FM – www.kpcc.opg
Boston – 4 pm Eastern – WGBH – 89.7 FM – www.wgbh.org
San Francisco – 2 pm Pacific – KQED – 88.5 FM – www.kqed.org

You can also likely find it on your local public radio station, and The World’s site later in the day and also on my site if you miss the broadcast.

Also, don’t forget about The World’s Tech Podcast, hosted by my boss, Clark Boyd. It comes out every Friday.

Lemme know if you hear it!

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Cyrus on: All Things Considered (March 8)

Dear Friends,

I’ve been informed that my radio piece on broadband speeds will be on All Things Considered today (March 8)!

It will be available on any of these stations (and their Internet streams).

New York – 4 pm to 6:30 pm Eastern – WNYC – 820 AM – www.wnyc.org
Washington, DC – 4 pm to 6 pm Eastern – WAMU – 88.5 FM – www.wamu.org
Los Angeles – 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm Pacific – KPCC – 89.3 FM – www.kpcc.opg
Boston – 5 pm to 7 pm Eastern – WGBH – 89.7 FM – www.wgbh.org
San Francisco – 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Pacific – KQED – 88.5 FM – www.kqed.org

It will also be archived at npr.org and here if you miss it.

Lemme know if you hear it!

Update: Audio is here.

Cyrus on: CBC’s Spark

Dear Friends,

I’ve been informed that my piece on password sharing in relationships is on this week.

It will be available on CBC Radio 1 at the following times:

Sunday afternoons on CBC Radio One at 1:05/1:35 NT (4:05 PT)
Tuesday afternoons on CBC Radio One at 3:05/3:35 NT

If you find yourself outside the reach of the CBC’s antennae, feel free to listen to it online, here, or of course, via podcast.

Cyrus on: PRI’s The World (February 11, 2010)

Dear Friends,

My piece on watching the 22nd of Bahman protests with Austin Heap, Roozbeh Pournader and Behrang Barzin live from Parisoma will be on today’s show.

It will be available on any of these stations (and their Internet streams):

NYC – 3 pm Eastern – WNYC – 820 AM – www.wnyc.org
Washington, DC – 8 pm Eastern – WAMU – 88.5 FM – www.wamu.org
Los Angeles – 12 pm Pacific – KPCC – 89.3 FM – www.kpcc.opg
Boston – 4 pm Eastern – WGBH – 89.7 FM – www.wgbh.org
San Francisco – 2 pm Pacific – KQED – 88.5 FM – www.kqed.org

You can also likely find it on your local public radio station, and The World’s site later in the day and also on my site if you miss the broadcast.

Also, don’t forget about The World’s Tech Podcast, hosted by my boss, Clark Boyd. It comes out every Friday.

Lemme know if you hear it!

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Contest: Win a free copy of the This American Life iPhone app!

Ok public radio fans and Ira Glass groupies, the good peoples at PRX gave me a new promo code for the brand spankin’ new This American Life iPhone app. So, contest time!

Here’s the deal. Write me a TAL-themed haiku, referencing your favorite episodes, Ira himself, or anything related to the show. I’ll pick my favorite one, and will give a promo code for a free download (a $3 value) for the new app.

Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2010, 5 pm Pacific.
Email: cfarivar [at] cfarivar [dot] org. Be sure to include “TAL Contest” in the subject line.

Update: The winner (and sole entrant) is Stephanie Stiavetti!

Oh dear Ira Glass,
My one and only voice crush.
Podcast addiction.