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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.
||CleanFighting Zika and Future Epidemics||"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, Assoc||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerica’s bond with Israel — its history and its current challenges||"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)||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUS foreign policy and the next president: Through the eyes of the world||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||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEspionage in the Age of Terror||“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||7/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAfrica's fight against Islamic extremism||“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)||6/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCivil Resistance: The Power of the People||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 Pe||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTibet||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.||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOnline Data, Information, & Privacy||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.||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFighting ISIS At Home & Abroad||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.||2/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Drones Are Reshaping the World||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.||11/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnderstanding 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|
||CleanSearching 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|
||CleanExamining 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|
||CleanPoaching 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|
||CleanCountering Violent Extremism: An International Town Hall||--||6/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnderstanding Islamic Feminism||--||5/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBurma 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|
||CleanSaving 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|
||CleanAmerica 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|
||CleanGlobal 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|
||CleanThe 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|
||CleanWhen 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|
||CleanGlobal Water Scarcity: Combating Drought||--||7/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 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|
||CleanThe 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.