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Shuttlecock Diplomacy?

Sifting through the newspapers this morning, I was surprised to read this: "The Obama administration is sending a women's badminton team to Iran this week as part of a broad bid to engage the Iranian people through educational and cultural exchanges."

Badminton? Really?! Seems like a pretty-narrow bid to me. No offense to the badminton players in our audience, but since when has the sport represented American culture? It's a British game!

As an aside, a few of NPR's finest — host Steve Inskeep, reporter Mike Shuster, and producer Tom Bullock — are in Tehran this week, working on a series of stories about Iran. I'll have 'em get right on this badminton business.



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