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REAL-LIFE ARGO: ESCAPING IRAN'S REVOLUTION

July 27, 2023

S06 - E02

Embark on a thrilling journey into the past with Ambassador Joseph Stafford and his wife, Kathleen Stafford, the real-life heroes behind the gripping narrative of the Academy Award-winning film, Argo. This episode dives headfirst into the heart-stopping CIA operation tasked with a mission seemingly impossible: the rescue of American embassy staff from the clutches of a nation caught in the throes of revolution, as the formidable Ayatollah Khomeini rises to power.


In this riveting dialogue, we uncover the audacious escape's minute details and the intricate ballet of maneuvers between the CIA and various other embassies to ensure their safe exit from a teetering Iran. The conversation does not stop at the escape but delves into the ripple effects of this pivotal event, which sent shockwaves of destabilization through Southwest Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. Strap in as the Staffords shed light on a historical event that's forever etched in the annals of international intrigue and diplomatic bravery.

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