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America Abroad

America Abroad is an award-winning documentary radio program distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) and broadcast on public radio stations nationwide. Each month, we take an in-depth look at one critical issue in international affairs and U.S. fo


Islam and the cosmos

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:25:36 -0500

While Europe was in the Dark Ages, scientific discovery was blooming in the Islamic world. Now, centuries later, some Muslim countries are making new investments in space exploration.

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Document Leaks: The consequences of revealing secrets

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:04:18 -0500

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 what's the limit to the public’s right to know?

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Brinkmanship: US-North Korea relations

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:57:50 -0500

North Korean missiles can now reach major US cities. The Trump administration promises to "utterly destroy" the Kim regime if there's a war. So, what will it take to ease tensions between the two nuclear powers? This episode features a live town hall discussion recorded on Dec. 1, 2017 — only three days after the latest North Korean ICBM test.

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Made in America: Trade policy in the Trump era

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:48:33 -0500

"You could make an argument that trade was the biggest issue that put Donald Trump in the Oval Office. I mean the states that he won the election in were places that lost the highest percentage of jobs to import competition in the last 15 years," said Edward Alden, author of "Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy."

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Bioethics in Islam

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:07:42 -0400

Abortion. Right to die. Stem cell research. Modern bioethical issues confront an ancient religion.

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After Paris: Global approaches to climate change [UPDATED]

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:06:30 -0400

Superstorms like Harvey and Irma are increasingly common — a result of global warming, say climate scientists. Yet President Donald Trump intends to pull the US out of the Paris agreement, a historic international pact to reduce carbon emissions. But how is the rest of the world dealing with climate change?

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Trump, Duterte, and the future of US-Philippine relations

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:42:10 -0400

Filipino President Duterte’s war on drugs has killed over 7,000 people. But not only has the White House failed to condemn Duterte's tactics; President Trump has praised them. This hour: stories about the drug war, the history of US-Philippine relations, a Philippine city besieged by ISIS and Duterte’s overtures to China. And we’ll talk about how the US can manage this delicate situation moving forward.

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Warrior diplomats: A look into US special operations

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 19:55:43 -0400

"We don't crave the combat so much as we crave hard things to conquer," said one Green Beret.

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Beyond the Border: The future of US-Mexico relations

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:03:23 -0400

Much of President Donald Trump’s populist support comes from people who are deeply worried about globalization and immigration. But Trump’s pro-border wall, anti-NAFTA stance has strained US- Mexico relations. Can the two nations find common ground and work past the rhetoric?

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After Paris: Global approaches to climate change

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:27:19 -0400

It’s been a year and a half since 195 countries signed a historic climate change agreement in Paris. Now, cleaner energy policies are being implemented across the globe. But the agreement alone won’t be enough to reach emissions goals.

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Trump's approach to the Middle East

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:56:16 -0400

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

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US Asia policy under Trump: A Honolulu-Tokyo town hall

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:44:16 -0500

President Trump's declarations on Asia have caused much uncertainty in the region. To better understand the hopes, fears, and concerns on both sides of the Pacific, America Abroad convened a bi-national town hall bringing together audiences and experts in both Honolulu and Tokyo.

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US-Russia Relations in the Trump Era

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:35:52 -0500

In this hour of America Abroad, we look at the state of the US relationship with Russia. We explore Russia's use of cyberspace and propaganda, Vladimir Putin's domestic political strategy and how it shapes Russia's foreign policy, and Russia's relationship with NATO.

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Fighting Zika and Future Epidemics

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:44:32 -0400

"I think the US has to do a lot of thinking about what type of assets it's willing to put forward not on an ad hoc basis but something that the entire global community can rely upon on a continuous basis in terms of disease response." (Rebecca Katz, Associate Professor in International Health, Georgetown University).

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America’s bond with Israel — its history and its current challenges

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:05:19 -0400

"Public Opinion about Israel in America is similar to what physicists say about the universe, it’s expanding and contracting at the same time." (Michael Oren, Israel's former ambassador to the US)

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US foreign policy and the next president: Through the eyes of the world

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:30:59 -0400

America Abroad collaborates with The Takeaway for an international town hall in front of live audiences in New York, Berlin and Cairo. A New York-based panel discusses topics including from international trade and the economy, the threat of terrorism and instability in the Middle East, and how the world sees the role of American leadership in international affairs.

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Espionage in the Age of Terror

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 08:05:30 -0400

“What was unreasonable at 8 o'clock in the morning on September 11 may have been quite reasonable by 2 o'clock in the afternoon given the changed circumstances in which the country found itself.” (Michael Hayden, former former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency)

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Africa's fight against Islamic extremism

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:49:39 -0400

“This message of extremism is alien. It's alien to their culture, it's alien to their communities, it's alien for their future," said ambassador Phillip Carter, former deputy to the commander for civil military engagements, United States Africa Command).

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Civil Resistance: The Power of the People

Mon, 02 May 2016 15:09:55 -0400

You get this feeling of sweeping non-violent movements today, in part because the knowledge is sweeping of how to fight without violence, and the fact that there may be better results as a consequence of that." (Mary King, author of the Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement)

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:18:47 -0400

The Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday has been a cause for celebration, but also consternation for Tibetans at home and in the diaspora. Now, as he grows older, doubt hovers in the air as to who will carry on the struggle when he's gone.

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Online Data, Information, & Privacy

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 16:34:34 -0500

The fight between Apple and the FBI over whether an iPhone should be unlocked to better solve the San Bernardino shooting, underscores a larger international debate over the trade-offs between national security and individual privacy rights.

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Fighting ISIS At Home & Abroad

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:39:16 -0500

The latest attacks in the Middle East, Paris and San Bernardino have proven the fight against ISIS is not limited to a country or even a region — it's a fight against an ideology.

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How Drones Are Reshaping the World

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:34:20 -0500

In this hour-long program, we look at how drones are revolutionizing the skies, and how this technology has so quickly moved from science fiction to ubiquitous reality.

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Understanding Europe's Refugee Crisis: An International Town Hall

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 07:56:42 -0500

The ongoing war in Syria has led to the worst refugee crisis since World War II. And now, many of those refugees are heading for Europe. 700,000 have made the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean so far and another 100,000 are expected before the year's end.

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Searching for Religious Common Ground

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:36:27 -0400

As conflict intensifies throughout the Middle East and around the world, it's more important than ever to foster greater understanding between religions. Europe's refugee crisis and globalization more generally has lead us to an increasingly pluralistic society in which we must learn to live with our deepest differences, or face severe consequences.

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Examining the Nuclear Deal With Iran

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:26:40 -0400

Soon, Congress will vote on one of the most important and hotly contested foreign policy agreements in decades. The Iran Nuclear Deal will have a major impact on America's national security and the future stability of the Middle East, and it will help define President Obama's legacy. In this hour-long documentary special, we look back at the last 10 years of US policy towards Iran, including an oral history with they key players. We also look ahead to how the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will play out over the next 10 years, and we'll visit Tehran and Tel Aviv to hear how individuals in those countries perceive the deal.

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Poaching and Terrorism: The Race to Protect Wildlife and National Security

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 21:00:02 -0400

The illicit wildlife trade is now worth up to $20 billion a year. That's double what it was just a few years ago — worth far more than the weapons trade and approaching the rate of human smuggling. This has attracted the attention of Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, the Lord's Resistance Army and other terrorist groups, African militias, and Asian criminal syndicates — all looking to capitalize on this high-value, low-risk venture. And it flies in the face of US officials and law enforcement who, since 9/11, have been doing everything in their power to cut off revenue to the world's terrorists. In this hour-long program, we look at poaching — once a conservation issue, but now a full-blown threat to national security.

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Burma at the Crossroads

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 20:34:52 -0400

This fall, Burma is scheduled to hold an historic presidential election. But with ongoing persecution of ethnic minorities and many other human rights issues, many wonder if it is ready for true reform.

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Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:18:41 -0500

Each year, 15 million girls are forced into marriage, many of them before they turn 15. How can the practice be stopped?

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America and Cuba: After the Thaw

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:26:30 -0500

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?

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Global Girls' Education: Breaking Down Barriers

Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:34:01 -0500

The numbers are staggering. Worldwide, 58 million primary school-age children are not in school. More than half of these children are girls, and 75 percent of them live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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The Keystone XL Pipeline: An International Town Hall

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:11:09 -0400

The Keystone XL pipeline has been a controversial project in both the United States and Canada. On this edition of America Abroad, audiences in Lincoln, Nebraska and Calgary, Canada engaged in a cross border discussion about how the oil sands industry and the building of the Keystone XL pipeline directly affects their lives. Participants debated the environmental safety of the pipeline, the economic costs and benefits, the legal suits brought by Nebraskan landowners and complaints against it brought by Canada’s First Nation’s tribes and the ways in which it might alter the US global energy position. This program is a joint production of America Abroad and CBC Alberta and is co-moderated by America Abroad's Hari Sreenivasan in Lincoln, Nebraska and the CBC's Donna McElligot in Calgary, Alberta.

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When water scarcity leads to conflict

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:52:07 -0400

AK-47s, grenades, water? Earth's most precious resource doesn't fire bullets or explode but it is guarded, hoarded, and stolen in a way that ignites political tensions on a local level and an international scale. This month, we travel to Sub Saharan and Pakistan to bring you the stories of those caught up in the struggle to secure clean water. We’ll hear from unapologetic water thieves, reporters turned refugees, and rural residents whose way of life may be completed decimated because of the wording in a decades old international treaty. Also the voices of American officials, NGO’s, and entrepreneurs on what the West can and should do to help those in need.

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The Power of Art in a Changing Middle East

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:55 -0400

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. So in this program we attempt to identify some prominent artistic voices in the Middle East, North Africa and in South Asia and evaluate their take on liberal ideals, on sectarian violence, on terrorism and how they're being received by audiences in both the Arab and Muslim communities and in the West.

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The Consequences of Shrinking America's Military

Mon, 19 May 2014 17:07:17 -0400

As America draws down troops from Afghanistan, cuts back on military spending and the size of its military, many worry that America’s leadership in the world and ability to protect its allies is eroding. On this edition of America Abroad we travel to Estonia, Japan, and Saudi Arabia to speak with US allies as well as officials and experts in Washington to understand how America’s defense cuts are perceived around the world.

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