While single men are often lauded as "bachelors," single women are sometimes derided as "spinsters" or "old maids." We talk with people living outside the conventions of marriage and childbearing about the labels we use, the decisions we make and the shifting cultural norms that influence us all.
Born in New Jersey and raised in North Dakota, Roxana Saberi had been living in Tehran and working as an Iranian-American journalist for nearly 6 years when her arrest made national headlines. She joins Kojo to talk about her life, her work, experience with her captors and cellmates, and help shed light on US-Iran relations.
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