Politics and Policy

Episode 252: Payam Akhavan

Still in his twenties when he prosecuted a war crimes case at the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague, he’s come to believe that social justice will not come through courts or politics. To change the world we must first change ourselves, if I can reduce a lifetime’s work to one glib phrase. A conversation at the New York Baha’i Center with the author of In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey. Music from Lee Dionne.

Person: Mona Mahmudnizhad
Place: Courtroom#1, Int. Criminal Tribunal
Thing: guide to participants, World Economic Forum
Randy’s Person: a joke writer (not one of these)

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  1. My first time listening to “Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen,” Cohen’s guest being Payam Akhavan, has been beyond engaging. (Did you hear me speaking to my radio? ; – ) In my take on achieving social justice, there is no need for spirituality. My credo—goodness is its own reward—is currently taking flight, as our younger son is now on a long plane ride, making his way to Zambia for two-plus years’ of service with the Peace Corps. Thanks for a great show! Hope

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