America Abroad

Espionage in the Age of Terror

Jul 7, 2016

Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 pm:

Africa’s Fights Against Islamic Extremism

Jun 16, 2016

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.


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

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
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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

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.

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

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.