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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



 



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).


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/zika-complete-mixdown-1.mp3




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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http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/israel-complete.mp3




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)


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/spying-complete-mixdown-1.mp3




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).


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/africa-islam-final-mixdown-1.mp3




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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Tibet

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.


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/tibet-final-complete-mixdown-1.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/online-data-information-privacy.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/final-isis.mp3




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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http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/drones-complete-mixdown-1.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/syria-th-complete-mix-mixdown-1.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/final-complete-mixdown-1.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/iran-final-mix-mixdown-2-good.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/poaching-final-pri.mp3










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.


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/burma-complete-show.mp3




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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http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/saving-innocence-final-mixdown-1.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/cuba-and-america-after-thaw.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/global-girls-eduation-1114.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/1014-keystone-xl-townhall.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/august-complete-show.mp3







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.


Media Files:
http://www.americaabroad.org/sites/default/files/AAM%20June%202014%20Podcast.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/america-abroad/episode-audio/0514defensewhole64k.mp3