Greens, rice, fish...and Sean Penn: Cooking for Iranian New Year with filmmaker Marjan Tehrani

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Marjan Tehrani is a documentary filmmaker. Born and bred in the United States, Marjan had an American mother and an Iranian father. Her latest film, Arusi Persian Wedding, takes her back to her Persian roots and tells the story of Marjan’s brother taking his American wife to Iran to have a traditional Persian wedding.

When The Takeaway’s Femi Oke went to meet Marjan Tehrani it was just a few days before the Persian New Year. So as they chatted Marjan showed Femi how Iranian families celebrate their new year, talked about growing up half Iranian and why Sean Penn is on her fridge!


Sabzi Polo Mahi (rice with green herbs and fish)
Ingredients:
Parsley
Cilantro
Scallions
Basmati rice
Coriander
Chives
Dill
Fenugreek
Saffron
Fresh white fish
Plain yogurt
Salt and pepper

Chop parsley, cilantro and scallions. Cook basmati rice. In a saucepan, add rice and mix in chopped parsley, cilantro and scallions. Dissolve saffron in water and add to rice with salt and pepper. Cook rice until the bottom of the saucepan is layered with golden crunchy rice. Don’t burn it--just make it crunchy! Steam the fish with the seasoning. Serve fish on a bed of rice with a side helping of plain yogurt.
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The Takeaway for Monday, March 16, 2009 (Final Edition)

Monday, March 16, 2009

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We have lift-off

Monday, March 16, 2009

In a majestic take-off into the Florida sky, a crew of seven was launched into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery yesterday. The shuttle is en route to the International Space Station to provide necessary supplies and replacement parts. Watch the launch in the video below.

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The Takeaway for Monday, March 16, 2009 (Early Edition)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Headlines; This week's agenda
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The Takeaway for Friday, March 13, 2009 (Final Edition)

Friday, March 13, 2009

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Headlines; News on Afghanistan
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Stewart and Cramer face off

Friday, March 13, 2009

When The Daily Show's Jon Stewart takes on a somber tone and sets his aim, his target needs to watch out. Remember when he surprised everyone on Crossfire by ripping into Tucker Carlson without telling any jokes? This week he took on CNBC's Jim Cramer, blaming him and other financial reporters for giving Americans bad advice instead of uncovering shenanigans.

Watch Cramer in Stewart's hot seat in the first part of the interview below. The entire interview can be seen at The Daily Show.

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Transportation officials cause confusion at White House recovery plan conference

Thursday, March 12, 2009

WNYC
The president stopped by a meeting of 49 state representatives gathered to discuss ARRA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka "the stimulus bill") and got a big round of applause. But his aides were not treated so politely...

The White House called in a group of state representatives to discuss implementation of the stimulus bill — but several pool reports (see below) paint a picture of anxiety and confusion.

"You're giving governors a lot of responsibility to administer it, but we're not always kept in the loop," a representative from New Hampshire told Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Or take this exchange with Deputy Transportation Secretary Thomas Barrett (Another man asked how and why Maryland has already started transportation projects under stimulus, going back to the morning session's theme where some states are nervous they've missed opportunities to fund projects, or are behind the curve):

"They started using their own money," Barrett said.

"So we can do that?" the man said.

"If you have the money," Barrett said.

Then, following some back and forth...

"If there's confusion on it —" Barrett said, then was cut off by one of the state reps:

"There certainly is."

You get the idea. The full reports are worth a read and *bonus* there's a list of state representatives at the end of report #3.
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The Takeaway for Thursday, March 12, 2009 (Final Edition)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Headlines; News on the Dow Jones
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The first stimulus numbers are in...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Go ahead take a peek... your inner wonk is dying to.

So far, up to now, it's been all PR, pretty much — how much money will be allocated by the stimulus bill, how many jobs will be created. But now federal agencies are starting to file actual reports with recovery.gov.

You can look here.

Okay, we know, it's pretty unintelligible, and we'll be working on making it more intelligible for you at The Takeaway and ShovelWatch.org. In the meantime, don't forget to ShovelWatch for us. What's being built in your region? Good idea? Waste of money? We'd like to know. Get started with "crowdsourcing" the stimulus plan »
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, March 11, 2009 (Final Edition)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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Students charting the course

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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Studies show less than half of the students in New York City high schools graduate on time. And many think that New York City is a rough place to go to school. The Takeaway invites two students from Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem who think otherwise. Daniel Clark Jr., a seventh grader, and Nia Hill-Mims, an eighth grader talk about what it's like to go to charter school in New York City.
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, March 11, 2009 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Headlines; Charter schools
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Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in times of economic crisis

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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Today American consumers have nearly $1 trillion of outstanding credit card debt. A quarter of all homeowners are paying more on their mortgage than their home is worth. And unemployment nationwide has reached 8.1 percent. Does this economic crisis put the American dream at risk? Many may wonder that, as a nation, have we so corrupted the fundamental ideals of the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that we instead find ourselves living through the American nightmare? Joining The Takeaway to help answer this is David Kamp. He’s a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and has written the article Rethinking The American Dream. Kamp joins us for the first in a series of conversations about what the American dream means in this day and age.
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The Takeaway for Tuesday, March 10, 2009 (Final Edition)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Headlines; News on Afghanistan
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Calling all A. Gorillas! Your unfortunate or funny names...

Monday, March 09, 2009

BBC
Much respect to the Moon Units and Apples of the world, but this article is not for you. Regards, Tallulah Does the Hula from Hawaii, who last year was made a ward of the court by a New Zealand judge so she could legally change her name — but you didn't make the list.

Continue reading...
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The Takeaway for Monday, March 9, 2009 (Final Edition)

Monday, March 09, 2009

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