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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Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage

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March 03, 2015

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Arts, Culture & Media

Mabel van Oranje of Girls Not Brides wants to end child marriage in one generation

A global issue like child marriage takes a global effort to change it, and that ‘s the idea behind Girls Not Brides, an organization founded in 2011 with this mission: end child marriage in one generation. Our host, Madeleine Brand spoke to the chair and founder of Girls Not Brides, Mabel van Oranje, about how she plans to meet her goal.

Global Politics

No cigar just yet: Many obstacles remain before complete normalization with Cuba

President Barack Obama’s December 17 announcement that he would begin normalizing relations with Cuba sparked hot debate on both sides of the Florida Strait. It also began a political process that won’t end until a highly fractious Congress can agree on new legislation, not likely to happen any time soon. Among other obstacles is the long-questioned human rights record of the Castro regime. Independent watchdog organization Freedom House says Cuba falls just shy of its “worst of the worst list” for denying its citizens political rights and civil liberties.

Conflict & Justice

Why Jordan is at the epicenter of nearly all Middle Eastern issues

The rise of ISIS is connected to Jordan. The Israeli-Palestinian crisis plays out in the shadow of Jordan. The Syrian civil war and it's ensuing refugee crisis are taking a heavy toll on Jordan. Even the Iranian nuclear talks has a connection to Jordan. So, why Jordan, a landlocked country with few natural resources but tremendous importance for American foreign policy, at the middle of it all.

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.