America Abroad

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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.

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