America Abroad takes you on an hour-long audio journey deep inside an international news story. Each episode combines original field reporting, expert analysis, and historical pieces that incorporate archival audio and eyewitness accounts. Anchor Madeleine Brand delivers this unique mix of past and present to give listeners an update on what’s happening in the world and what it all means.

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Understanding Islamic Feminism

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May 05, 2015

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Arts, Culture & Media

How comedy explains what it's like to be Muslim and a woman growing up in the West

Writer and performer Nadia Manzoor is a proud Muslim and feminist — now. But as a headstrong young woman, raised in a conservative Pakistani immigrant family, her curiosity, intellect and wit were not welcomed. Being true to her stubborn and sarcastic spirit, Manzoor has used comedy to push boundaries and promote a more inclusive understanding of Islam.

Lifestyle & Belief

Finding inspiration and empowerment at the first all-women's mosque in the US

Many young Muslim women, here in the US and abroad, are growing up in a world that’s very different from that of their parents. The Internet and social media have given them access to resources and ideas that would have been out of reach a generation ago. For example, back in January, the US's first all-women’s mosque opened in Los Angeles, providing modern Muslim women with new ways to express their religion.

Conflict & Justice

Human traffickers find easy prey among Myanmar's minorities

Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim population is one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. They can’t vote. They have no rights. And they aren’t recognized as citizens in their own country. Their desperate situation has attracted the attention of human traffickers, who prey on the vulnerability of people like “Abdul” whose 14-year-old daughter is now being held captive.

Madeleine Brand

Madeleine Brand has had a long career in public media. Most recently, she was special correspondent for KCET's award-winning nightly news show SoCal Connected. Prior to that, she created and hosted her own daily public radio news show.