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peo Q & A with Radio Host Arjang Zendehdel . Beverly High graduate appears on Iranian radio. by Ethan Bernard Arjang Zendehdel Arjang Zendehdel hosts a radio show called "A Bridge to the Future." The show, airing on Tuesdays, from 11:00- 12:00 pm on KRSI, provides a forum for Iranian Americans and is unique in it that is conducted mainly in English. KRSI can be heard through a special radio or on the lnternet. Q: What is your family background'? A: My family moved to the U.S. from Iran when I was 10 years old. We then settled in Los Angeles. Q: What is your educational back- ground? A: After graduating Beverly High in 1991, I went to UCLA where I received a B.A., Magna cum Laude, in Communications. Q: When did you start your radio show? A: I've been hosting it since March of 1997. where from Governor Gray Davis talking politics to holistic medical expert Dr. Deepak Chopra speaking about the mys- tical poet Rumi. We provide a place where people can really discuss issues, and maybe see them in a new way. Q: What about some of the lighter moments of the show? IThe title has basically three meanings: a bridge between past and future, between Iran and America, and from the older to the newer generation.   Q: Your radio show is called "A Bridge to the Future"; can you explain a little bit about what that means'? A: The title has basically three mean- ings: a bridge between past and future, between Iran and America, and from the older to the newer generation. Q: Can you talk a little about the format of the show? A: Well, we're the first show mainly in English that deals with the Iranian com- munity. We've had guests ranging any- A: On the show I'm often required to do simultaneous translations from English to Farsi, or vice versa. This can be a challenging task considering I left lran when I was 10. The Farsi equivalent of "millennium" had me stumped for a while, until I finally asked someone else on the show. However, viewers under- stand this, and I would describe the atmosphere as calm and relaxed. Q: It must get a bit hectic hosting the show sometimes, how do you keep your- self grounded? A: In my sophomore year at UCLA, I was a bit lost and looking for answers. An aunt of mine suggested I try meditation. My thought at the time was, "hey, I'll try anything." This began a search which included yoga, holistic medicine, and ultimately, Kabbalah- my primar3' focus now. Q: How do you integrate it into your daily life? A: One of the central tenets of Kabbalah is that we are responsible for everything that happens to us. This idea in itself has made me more proactive and responsible for my actions. Q: How do you see your show devel- oping in the future? A: I think we're expanding now into a non-Persian audience. Our show is really for everybody. I'm also looking to tO' out other media for the show, especially tele- vision. For more information about the show, you can log-on to the web at www.krsi.com. Thousand Words Headshot Photography Mention this ad and oet 10% off. 310-829-2329 FORSALE RINGSIDE FREE STANDING PUNCHING BAG STATE OF THEART DESIGN HEAVY DUTY INCLUDES FILLED SANDBAGS NEVER BEEN USED $300.00 SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY! CALL 213-447-1311 8 Beverly Hills Weekly