A Documentary Podcast Series - 6 Episodes

by Danielle Dardashti & Galeet Dardashti

Presented by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

It was a golden age for Jews in Iran. In the 1950s, a religious Jew – Younes Dardashti – became a national celebrity, singing at the Shah’s palace and on the radio. In the 1960s, his son Farid became a teen idol on TV. They were beloved by Iranian Muslims. But at the height of their fame, they left the country.

It has always been a mystery to our host Danielle Dardashti and her sister Galeet – Why did their family leave Iran? Now, in a documentary podcast series, the sisters reveal painful secrets unspoken for generations. The Nightingale of Iran is a story that will resonate with outsiders everywhere.

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Co-creators and Co-executive Producers

Host / Writer / Director / Senior Producer

Danielle Dardashti

is an Emmy award-winning documentary writer/producer, a former on-air TV news reporter, and a storySLAM champion who has been featured on NPR’s Moth Radio Hour. She is the co-author of the Jewish Family Fun Book (Jewish Lights) and co-founder/Creative Director of live storytelling show Storyboom. Danielle leads corporate storytelling workshops all over the world.

Musical Director / Producer / Subject Expert

Dr. Galeet Dardashti

is a renowned musician and anthropologist of Middle Eastern Jewish culture. In her new release, Monajat, she sings and composes around samples of her famed Iranian grandfather - The Nightingale of Iran - with an acclaimed ensemble of musicians. She has held Assistant Professor positions at JTS and NYU and is currently a Fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s Katz Center.

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Sponsors & Partners

• Jewish Writers’ Initiative Digital Storytellers Lab / Maimonides Fund

• Common Era

• The Younes & Soraya Nazarian Family Foundation

• Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

• The Covenant Foundation

• The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture

• The Himan Brown Charitable Trust

• UCLA Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music

• Be’chol Lashon (fiscal sponsor)

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