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More From Voices You Don't Always Hear

The protests in Iran, health care reform, being a Dad — we covered it all. But if you only have time for few minutes of great radio, then I'd love for you to listen to our closing segment, where a group of men on our staff (we had a couple holdouts) offered their thoughts on fatherhood.

You will not be disappointed.

And if you have a few more minutes, then you should listen to our opening segment about Iran where we bring you some voices I don't think you often hear. We had both a representative of the Baha'i faith community and a young woman who supports Ahmadinejad — a voice I think you want to hear because, as we and everybody else has reported, Iran is a very young country and most of the protesters we have seen are young (the way it usually is). But what about those who take a different view? And even though Iran is an overwhelmingly Shia Muslim country, what about those who are not? What role do they play?

I also think you might be interested in how we found those folks to interview, so I am going to turn it over to Jasmine Garsd, one of our segment producers (but don't tell them all our secrets!):

Thanks Michel. Jasmine Garsd, here ...

Today's show exemplifies how social media is really changing the face of journalism. Based on my interviews with Iranian professors, there is no shortage of Ahmadinejad supporters, even here in the U.S. But for obvious reasons, someone who lives in the U.S. and supports Ahmadinejad might not want to publicly discuss politics. So how do you capture that point of view? On Facebook, I found dozens of pro-Ahmadinejad groups and many people willing to talk. I finally got a hold of a pro-Ahmadinejad Chilean man living in Japan, who is friends with the very passionate young lady we interviewed today. Talk about the World Wide Web!

Thanks, Jasmine.

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