America Abroad

Syria and Fragile States

Apr 18, 2018
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Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: Seven years into a brutal civil war in Syria, we are reminded how fragile states can lead to regional instability, cause humanitarian crises and fall prey to extremist organizations, such as ISIS.

Islam and the Cosmos

Mar 6, 2018
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Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: we will look back at the Golden Age of Islam and the contribution of Arab Muslim scholars to some of the greatest advances in astronomy and the challenges faced in today’s Muslim majority countries.

For instance, can Jordan entice enough scientists from a politically unstable Middle East to come and use its particle accelerator?

Document Leaks

Feb 6, 2018
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Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: Massive document leaks have led to the fall of world leaders and to new anti-corruption laws. But some leaks have put lives in danger. So, is there a limit to the public’s right to know? When is leaking documents and revealing secrets worth the potential security risks?

Made in America: Trade Policy in the Trump Era

Oct 26, 2017

Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: The US is having a vital discussion on trade deals and the loss of American manufacturing jobs. President Trump and other voices from the right have taken a protectionist stance, calling for the renegotiation of Nafta and other trade agreements. But protectionism hasn't always been a rallying cry of the right; at times, it has been a left wing issue.

Thursday, August 10 at 7:00 pm:

From America Abroad: Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has killed over 7,000. But the US hasn’t officially condemned Duterte’s tactics; in fact, President Trump has praised them.

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Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: This program looks into the use of US Special Operation Forces in the war against terrorism and violent extremism.

You will hear about all aspects of these units from soldiers on their first day of special forces training, all the way up to Admiral William McRaven, the former leader of Special Operations Command who oversaw the raid that took out Osama Bin Laden.

After Paris: Global Approaches to Climate Change

May 12, 2017
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Thursday, June13 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: Host Madeleine Brand circles the globe to see how various countries are tackling the issue of climate change since the historic Paris climate agreement.

The world’s top carbon producers, China and India, are both committed to decreasing their carbon footprints but with different approaches. China is emphasizing innovation while India is focused on subsidizing the green energy market.

Trump's Approach to the Middle East

Apr 3, 2017
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Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: As the Trump administration begins ironing out its strategy in the Middle East, America Abroad examines what may lie ahead in regards to Israel, Syria, Iran, and the fight against ISIS.

US-Russia Relations in the Trump Era

Dec 13, 2016
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Thursday, January 12 at 7:00 pm

This month on America Abroad, a look at the post-election state of the US relationship with Russia. We explore Russia's use of cyber tactics and see what position America is in to defend itself and its NATO allies against real and virtual attacks; We discuss Russia's relationship with NATO and its interests in the Balkans; And we hear how people in Russia view the US, Putin, and their country's long economic recession.

America’s Bond with Israel

Nov 8, 2016
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Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: On this edition of America Abroad an examination of America's relationship with Israel. The U.S. and Israel recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding which guarantees 38 billion dollars in aid to Israel over 10 years. This was completed despite noted tensions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama.

Fighting Zika and Future Epidemics

Nov 8, 2016
Frank Hadley Collins

Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 pm:

From America Abroad: According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been more than 4,000 cases of Zika reported in the continental US and almost 30,000 in US territories.

Espionage in the Age of Terror

Jul 7, 2016
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Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 pm:

Africa’s Fights Against Islamic Extremism

Jun 16, 2016
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Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 pm:

From America Abroad: Islam has been peacefully practiced in sub-Saharan Africa for centuries in places like Senegal and Sudan. But in the past few decades, extreme versions of the religion has been penetrating into the continent, often filling the void of weak governmental authorities.

Civil Resistance: The Power of The People

May 6, 2016
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Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 pm:

From America Abroad: All across the world people are using nonviolent resistance to tackle corruption, to challenge their governments, and to protect their lands and their culture. The strategies for a successful movement have evolved since the days of Gandhi, but at its heart civil resistance harnesses the power of many to oppose those in power.

Tibet

Mar 22, 2016
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Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 pm: 

From America Abroad: Host Madeline Brand examines modern day Tibet from a spiritual, political, and cultural perspective.  You’ll learn more about Tibetan Buddhism, and the romantic appeal of the religion and the Tibetan people as well as the role of the Dalai Lama and what might happen after he passes. 

Fighting Isis at Home and Abroad

Jan 29, 2016
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Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 pm: 

From America Abroad: The latest attacks in the Middle East, Paris, and San Bernardino have proved that the fight against ISIS is not limited to a country or even a region -- it’s a fight against an ideology.

On this edition of America Abroad, an examination of the military, diplomatic, and cyber strategies to defeat ISIS. We will hear from American-Muslim organizers what they think communities can do to prevent extremism at home and fight ISIS recruitment.

How Drones are Reshaping the World

Dec 17, 2015
Andrew Stelzer [pri.org]

Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 pm
Anchored by Madeleine Brand

Searching for Religious Common Ground

Oct 5, 2015

Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 pm
Anchored by Madeleine Brand

From America Abroad: An exploration of how different religious groups talk to each other with the goal of lessening violence and reaching mutual understanding. We will look at the organizations and individuals who are working to build bridges between religions, often in the most conflict-ridden places in the world.

Examining the Nuclear Deal with Iran

Aug 31, 2015
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Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00 pm:

From America Abroad: On July 14, the United States and five other world powers signed an agreement to limit Iran's nuclear capability in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions. It's the culmination of nearly a decade of negotiations and will have far reaching impact throughout the Middle East. 

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Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: Demand for wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn has skyrocketed in recent years, and terrorists and other criminal groups are taking advantage. Poaching rates are up dramatically, and in some areas, elephants and rhinos are on the verge of extinction. Meanwhile, sale of their tusks and horns is bringing in billions of dollars - revenue on par with the drug trade and human trafficking.

Understanding Islamic Feminism

May 1, 2015

Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: In some Muslim-majority countries, women are struggling for basic equal rights: the right to drive, the right to travel without their husbands, the right to divorce. Meanwhile, In other parts of the world, Muslim women -- like all women worldwide -- are striving for full gender equality in how they speak, work, and pray. On this edition of America Abroad, an exploration of the ideals and promise of modern-day feminism as it relates in particular to Muslim women. We explore how both men and women grapple with practicing gender equality when those ideals diverge.

Burma at the Crossroads

Apr 10, 2015

Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: This fall, Burma is scheduled to hold its first truly democratic elections in half a century. But despite this progress, the military-run government continues to crack down hard on ethnic minorities and student protesters, putting serious limits on freedom of speech and religion. In this hour, America Abroad looks at the major players in the region promoting change, including Nobel Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi. And we'll explore the evolution of democracy -- a process that, as Burma proves, doesn't happen overnight.

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Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: Child marriage is a practice that’s still common in many parts of the world, where girls are married off at puberty or sometimes even younger. In this edition of America Abroad we’ll hear from girls who’ve escaped child marriage, and we’ll learn what is being done by governments, religious leaders, and NGOs to end this abusive practice.

Cuba and America: After The Thaw

Feb 18, 2015

Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 pm
Anchored by Maria Hinojosa

From America Abroad: President Obama's announcement to begin normalizing relations with Cuba marks the most significant change in US policy toward the island nation in a half century.  But as America looks to make it easier to travel to the country and establish more economic ties, what does that mean for the average Cuban or Cuban American?

Global Girls' Education: Breaking Down Barriers

Oct 30, 2014
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Thursday, December 11 at 7 pm:
Anchored by Madeleine Brand

It used to be that, in many parts of the world, educating a girl was not only a low priority but was prevented by social customs or economic pressures.  Now, in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, India and war-torn areas such as Syria, girls are beginning to get a secondary school, and sometimes even, a college education.

When Water Scarcity Leads to Conflict

Jul 21, 2014

Thursday, August 14 at 7 pm:
Hosted by Hari Sreenivasan

The spring 2014 drought in California drove home the danger that societies face when water supplies run low.  But in places such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, drought doesn't just put a crimp in a comfortable lifestyle, it is often a cause for war.

Global Water Scarcity: Combating Drought

Jun 27, 2014

Thursday, August 7 at 7 pm:
Hosted by Hari Sreenivasan

California, Africa and South Asia are all facing severe water issues.  As a result many are turning to groundwater as a solution, thus depleting this last dependable source of clean water.  On this edition of America Abroad, we’ll hear how a village in sub-Saharan Africa has figured out how to regulate groundwater, how California farmers are pumping billions of gallons of groundwater to combat their drought, and how despite plenty of rain in the Punjab region of India groundwater is being squandered.

The Power of Art in a Changing Middle East

Jun 5, 2014
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Thursday, July 10 at 7 pm

Film, music and art are often the best ways to capture the will and the mood of the people in times of turmoil. Art sometimes has the power to move millions where politics fails. On this edition of America Abroad, we identify some prominent artistic voices in the Middle East and in South Asia and evaluate their take on liberal ideals, on sectarian violence, on terrorism and how they're being received by audiences both Arab and Muslim and in the West.

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Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 pm:

The Pentagon has announced plans to shrink the U.S. Military to pre-World War II levels following the end of the war in Iraq and the continued withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

On this edition of America Abroad, we hear reaction to a smaller U.S. Military from allies in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East about whether Americas ability to advance its interests is compromised. Also, defense experts and military veterans discuss whether a smaller US military would embolden other countries like Russia to test America's willingness to engage.

How Government Can Help or Harm Entrepreneurs

Mar 6, 2014
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Thursday, April 10 at 7 pm
Anchored by Barbara Bogeav 

Entrepreneurship is hailed as a way to reduce unemployment and preserve our competitive edge abroad.   But how does government work best to promote new businesses and keep them afloat, especially here in the U-S--the world’s largest economy? 

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