"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is the first of the mysterious Italian author's Neapolitan novels. The series tells the story of a life-long friendship between two working class girls in Naples. Critics have called Ferrante “one of the greatest novelists of our time.” Yet nobody knows her true identity. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “My Brilliant Friend.”
Friday’s parliamentary elections in Iran have been described as the last nail in the coffin of the reform movement. Others believe it’s just one chapter in a story that will end in a free, democratic Iran. A panel talks about the elections and how they might affect Iran’s relations with the rest of the world.
- M. Hadi Semati visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and professor of political science at the University of Tehran
- Ambassador Sam Lewis former director of policy and planning for the State Department in the Clinton administration
- Reuel Marc Gerecht senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, former Middle East specialist for the CIA
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