Rick Steves' Iran
January 16, 2009 1:09 PM   Subscribe

With many stations showing it over the next couple of days it may not be too late for you to catch Rick Steves' Iran. For a TV guy, Steves online documentation isn't bad either: read his compiled blog entries or peep his slideshow. We've discussed the fact that he's a man with an agenda before and that's certainly the case here as well.
posted by Ogre Lawless (15 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Rick Steves stands as the sterling, ne plus ultra example that you don't have to be a jock, fratboy, thug or bully to make your own way in the world, doing exactly what you want to do. I grew up with friends like Rick Steves who, in their third decade, are suddenly becoming (if Facebook is any indication) the people everyone else wants to be.

My best friend, about whom I've written before, is a quintessential Steves-type: the designated nerd of our class, terminally uncool, taking buckets and buckets of crap for being who he was. He rode it out, and now he's on his third or fourth year as a historical consultant and itinerant teacher in Korea. Or maybe it's Fiji. I can't remember. He is annoyingly cool, and awesome, and is doing exactly what he wants to do with his life.

God bless Rick Steves and his nebbish army: may they continue to fight the good fight against the forces of vapidity and testosterone poisoning for decades to come.
posted by scrump at 1:26 PM on January 16, 2009 [2 favorites]

He should probably keep any plans for publishing "Iran Through the Back Door" on the q.t., at least till he's back in the U.S.
posted by chinston at 1:43 PM on January 16, 2009

Damn, Rick Steves is awesome.

I have nothing of value to add to this conversation, but I had to mention that.
posted by taumeson at 1:58 PM on January 16, 2009 [1 favorite]

After reading that last link...Rick Steves for Ambassador to the UN!!!!!
posted by notsnot at 2:45 PM on January 16, 2009 [1 favorite]

From the slideshow:

Suddenly it occurs to Rick's producer, Simon, that the plane was filled with Iranians...and everyone was given a metal knife.

What does that mean?
posted by euphorb at 2:48 PM on January 16, 2009

I love his shows but his production company name was really ill conceived. It's difficult not to snicker like a seventh grader when everything is "through the back door"
posted by Brodiggitty at 3:13 PM on January 16, 2009

I'm a big fan of Rick Steves' books. And I watched the show and it was awesome. But I was slightly disappointed that it wasn't more like his old PBS series. Picture some street scene with Rick's soft narration: "...and he ith accusthed of thievery, so they will chop off his hand. [fade] The Tajrish sthopping district is a delight ..."
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:21 PM on January 16, 2009 [2 favorites]

I watched this last night and loved it.

He's the kind of tourist I want to be. Unabashedly talking to the locals in a way to learn about them as much as he can, rather than being concerned about asking a question that's indelicate in their culture, and exploring without fear of, well, being a tourist.

Plus, the show was great. Most Americans know nothing of Iran besides what Bush says about them, and shows like this are great for reversing this perception.
posted by Laen at 5:16 PM on January 16, 2009

What does that mean?"

That Iranian airlines still include meals with the flight?
posted by YoBananaBoy at 6:03 PM on January 16, 2009 [2 favorites]

Sounds great! Any way to watch outside of the U.S.?
posted by mannequito at 6:08 PM on January 16, 2009

Thanks. I'd never heard of this guy before and after reading those blog entries I'm going to check this out as soon as possible (tonight at 2 AM). If only all television programming was this thoughtful...
posted by palidor at 8:25 PM on January 16, 2009

MetaFilter: Sounds great! Any way to watch outside of the U.S.?

(And, any way to watch outside of the U.S.?)
posted by Chuckles at 9:32 PM on January 16, 2009

What does that mean?

If everyone is potential hijacker, no one is a potential hijacker.

From time to time, I've mooted the 24/7 carrying of sawn off shotguns as mandatory for women in America, but oddly find few takers for the idea.
posted by IndigoJones at 8:21 AM on January 17, 2009

Good fucking lord, he's horrible. I want to hurt him.
posted by gman at 6:41 PM on January 20, 2009

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