On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Paasha Mahdavi, who is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. As part of the University of Tulsa Collins College of Business Lecture Series, Mahdavi will deliver a free-to-the-public talk on "Oil Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran" on Wednesday the 13th at 7pm in the Tyrrell Hall Auditorium on the TU campus. Mahdavi's ongoing research concerns the study of national oil company governance and the political consequences of oil nationalizations, and he joins us today by phone. (You can learn more about his upcoming appearance here at TU at this link.) Also on this installment of ST, our commentator Barry Friedman reflects on meeting one of his personal literary heroes, the Red Smith Award-winning sportswriter Jerry Izenberg, who began his long association with the The Newark Star-Ledger in 1951. It's an off-beat and endearing piece called "My Lunch with Jerry."