Today's Woman will start off with coverage of current events, focusing on issues related to women. The show will then discuss the situation of the banned organization, Aleyasin Society, whose founder along with some of its members have been imprisoned by Iranian authorities. Joining the discussion via phone will be their Toronto-based spokeswoman, Yalda Noushini, as well as lawyer Mohammad Olayiefard who has been retained as counsel for Aleyassin Society founder, Payman Fattahi.
News and Views will lead off with President Barack Obama's prime-time press conference and his reference to Iran's nuclear program; Bennington College professor and foreign policy expert Mansour Farhang will provide commentary via phone; NAV will also cover remarks made by IAEA Director General Mohammad El-Baradei in which he said better Iran-US relations could contribute to Middle East peace; Israeli commentator and analyst Menashe Amir will be interviewed by phone on Prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, leader of Labor party agreeing to form a coalition that could lead to a national unity government in Israel.
The Roundtable will open the phone lines for viewers to participate with their opinions on President Obama's New Year's message to the Iranian people.
Late Edition will lead off with President Obama's prime-time press conference and his reference to Iran and its nuclear program. Late Edition will also interview with Iranian filmmaker Armin Ghobadi-Pasha whose films have been screened in a number of film festivals in Europe. He will appear from VOA's London studio.
Newstalk will feature a discussion on the latest political developments in Iran and the region including the reaction by Iranian leaders to President Obama's New Year's message to the Iranian people; budget deliberations in Iranian parliament and the formation of a national unity government in Israel. London-based journalist Alireza Nourizadeh and political analyst Mohsen Sazgara will be on hand.