Today’s Woman will focus on the Iranian New Year Norouz with guest Ms. Shikoo Mirzahdeghi, journalist and founder of the Iranian cultural website The last segment will include a satirical look at politics with guest Mr. Ebrahim Nabavi, comedian based in Belgium.

News and Views updates on reports that presidential candidate Khatami has formally dropped out of the race. There’s also coverage of reports that that the US military shot down an Iranian drone over Baghdad. NaV offers the latest on Pakistan and the restoration of a dismissed chief justice, as well a report on an /Iranian businessman/ has been arrested and /charged/ in the US with illegally shipping helicopter parts.

Roundtable hosts Hadi Zamani who will discuss the global financial situation, and its impact on Iran.

Late Edition reports on scholars urging Obama to push for democracy in the Middle East. There’s also a story about marriage in Iran, a report from Ahmad Batebi based on photos from around the world, the latest gaming technology,Michael Jackson’s sold out concert, and a preview of the new film “Sunshine Cleaning.”

Newstalk hosts Dr Rob Sobhani in DC and Nasser Mohammedi in London to discuss news of the day.