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America Abroad

Selected Sundays at 12 p.m.
  • Hosted by Madeleine Brand

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. foreign policy.

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The White House and State Department on Wednesday criticized the Israeli government for approving plans to create a new Jewish settlement, with up to 300 new houses, in the West Bank.

In a statement that was harsh by State Department standards, the US “strongly condemned” the move, while the Israeli foreign ministry insisted that the new houses would be built within the territory of an already existing settlement named Shvut Rachel.

Clean water a casualty of civil war in South Sudan

Jun 28, 2016

In the new country of South Sudan, civil war has broken out between the President and the Vice President’s political factions, and their respective ethnic groups. Coupled with the especially harsh desert conditions, millions of South Sudanese are facing famine and displacement. For these refugees of the civil conflict, access to clean water can mean the difference between life and death, and sometimes obtaining it is nearly impossible.

For years, Kenya has been dealing with the problem of Islamic extremism. The country’s high unemployment rate and prevalence of drug use have left young men purposeless, resentful, and vulnerable to extremism.  Experts say that after Somalia, Kenya is one of the biggest sources of fighters for the terror group known as Al-Shabaab, which — along with other extremist groups — has been carrying out deadly attacks for nearly 20 years.

America Abroad: Tibet

May 15, 2016
An exile Tibetan prays during an event to mark the 57th anniversary of the March 10, 1959, Tibetan Uprising Day, in Dharmsala, India, Thursday, March 10, 2016.
TSERING TOPGYAL/ ASSOCIATED PRESS

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.

Who should be in charge of America's drone program?

Dec 8, 2015

Langley Air Force Base in Virginia is home to the US Air Combat Command. The sound of F-22 fighter jets, called Raptors, seems to constantly fill the air. The mission here is to maintain superiority in the air using manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as space, and even cyber warfare, all working together.

The commander is four-star General Hawk Carlisle.

Two friends find common ground in a divided Holland

Oct 21, 2015

Rabbi Lody van de Kamp, a bearded, bespectacled, yarmulka-wearing rabbi, is a 66-year-old retired director of an orthodox Jewish school in Amsterdam. He's pretty well-known in the small Jewish community here. Back in 2010, Rabbi van de Kamp's students told him that Muslim youths were hurling racist epithets at them. And that it was happening all over the city.

It’s a Friday afternoon at a multicultural center in downtown Los Angeles. Today, volunteers are converting the center into a mosque for a monthly prayer service. They roll out tan prayer mats along the red carpeted floor. There’s a definite buzz in the air — photographers, cameramen, writers and even congregants are marking this moment.

Rise of the Islamists

Mar 22, 2012

Wednesday night 11pm on WBEZ

America and the Middle East

Jan 19, 2012

What lies ahead?  Wed 11pm

Joined By War

Sep 22, 2011

Town Meeting: A decade of conflict in Afghanistan. Wed 11pm

Counterfeit Crackdown

Aug 18, 2011

This war isn’t against terrorists.

America Abroad: European Dis-Union

Jul 21, 2011

Wednesday night at 11pm

Roots of the Arab Spring

Jun 16, 2011

Wednesday night at 11pm