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America Abroad is an award-winning documentary radio program distributed by 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. foreign policy.
||Understanding Europe's Refugee Crisis: An International Town Hall||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||11/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Searching for Religious Common Ground||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 s||10/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Examining the Nuclear Deal With Iran||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 def||9/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Poaching and Terrorism: The Race to Protect Wildlife and National Security||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 Ha||7/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Countering Violent Extremism: An International Town Hall||--||6/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Understanding Islamic Feminism||--||5/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Burma at the Crossroads||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.||4/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage||Each year, 15 million girls are forced into marriage, many of them before they turn 15. How can the practice be stopped?||3/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||America and Cuba: After the Thaw||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||2/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Global Girls' Education: Breaking Down Barriers||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.||11/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Keystone XL Pipeline: An International Town Hall||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||10/7/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||When water scarcity leads to conflict||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 P||8/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Global Water Scarcity: Combating Drought||--||7/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Power of Art in a Changing Middle East||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||6/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Consequences of Shrinking America's Military||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||5/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
My favorite news podcast
This is an outstanding program if you have time for more depth because they provide relevant context to news stories. I am really impressed with Ray Suarez' ability to explain background and nuances while keeping the show interesting. (They probably wouldn't think this is a compliment but I also find it to be 'entertaining' as well.)
The Best of Public Radio
I plan on having my students listen to the segment about the political history of the Modern Olympics - truly fascinating, well reported and a great addition to your regular Podcast listening.
Confusing issues made clear
My first encounter of PRI's America Abroad programme was tuning into the "Battleground Lebanon" episode on NPR. The episode supplied a detailed background for me to make sense of the issues in and around the region. Along with the likes of The Economist magazines, America Abroad is a great resource to learn how the world works.