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The Story
The Story was produced at North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC and was heard on over 100 stations.Visit The Story web site to listen to this program and for more details, archives, show highlights and more podcasts. UPDATE 1.13.2020: The Story web site has been decommissioned and is in the process of being archived. It may return at a later date.

The Real Story Behind 'Argo'

Photo of the six Americans who were rescued from Tehran and President Jimmy Carter
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Mark Lijek was working in the American embassy in Iran when it was taken over Nov. 4, 1979. Americans were taken hostage, but he and five others were able to escape the compound and make their way to an apartment. The CIA ultimately helped them leave Tehran with the help of a cover story and false identities that passed the group off as a Hollywood crew making a sci-fi film called Argo. Mark later wrote a memoir called The Houseguests.

SHOOTING A FILM WITHOUT A SCRIPT

Wim Wenders tells Claes Andreaasson that having a story board from start to finish is boring, and he likes to make things up as he goes. He tells the story of Paris, Texas, and how he and Sam Shepard finished writing the movie as they were filming it.

AFGHAN ACTRESS

Fereshta Kazemi left Hollywood to act in her childhood country - Afghanistan. She describes a lively arts scene and says that restrictions on women and arts exist mainly in the rural areas. Fereshta loves hearing her native language in Kabul and says so far she feels free to do her work.

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