“This Is How They Saved Me” by Neda Semnani

August 1, 2018


Neda SemnaniThis Is How They Saved Me” is writer Neda Semnani’s narrative story about how she escaped Iran with her family in 1982, and how close they came to not making it at all. In this episode, I talk with Neda about the unique challenges of reporting her own family history and piecing together what really happened 36 years ago.

Neda Toloui-Semnani is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in various online and print publications, including the Washington Post, New York, LA Review of Books, The Baffler, The Week, BuzzFeed, and Roll Call among others. Her work has also been featured in The Rumpus and This American Life.


Coming up in Episode 21: I’ll talk with Robert Samuels of the Washington Post about his story, “His American Dream died. His town got over it.”

Check it out before the next episode… it’s one of the most memorable stories I’ve read so far in 2018.


Photo of Neda Semnani by Cesar Rebollar

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