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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Examining the Nuclear Deal With Iran

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September 01, 2015

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Business, Finance & Economics

Despite big efforts, the US is still a major consumer of illegal elephant ivory

Anti-poaching advocates have tried all manner of ways to get people to stop purchasing illegal animal products, from celebrity ads to staged, public destruction of ivory caches. In June 2015, the US government made a very public display of crushing a ton in front of thousands of onlookers in Times Square. Yet poachers are still finding a market for illegal ivory on American streets, thanks to the US’s confusing and hard-to-enforce poaching laws.

Business, Finance & Economics

Anti-poaching efforts in Kenya focus on saving animals — and people too

In recent years, Kenya has been on the front line of the war against terror. In 2013, Al-Shabaab killed 67 people in an attack on Nairobi’s upscale Westgate mall. More recently, militants stormed a northern Kenyan university, killing 148 people in the country’s worst terrorist attack in more than a decade. Terrorism experts now know the group receives at least some of its funding from the illegal wildlife trade, so stopping poachers in Kenya’s national parks is not just about saving elephants, it’s about saving people, too.

Conflict & Justice

Corruption worsens an already devastating illegal wildlife trade in Uganda

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Uganda sits in the center of Africa and is bordered by some of the continent’s most important game reserves. Its own animal population is relatively small, so it’s not a main target for poachers. But it is a major transit way for the illegal wildlife trade. The Ugandan government has tried to control the illegal trade crossing its borders, but it's been slow-going because a lot of the government is corrupt — including the country's wildlife agency.

Lifestyle & Belief

Does France's 'burqa ban' protect — or persecute?

In 2004, France banned the wearing of all conspicuous religious symbols in grade schools. Then, in 2010, France enacted the so-called "burqa ban," making it illegal for Muslim women to wear the traditional face and body covering in public. These rules, based in France’s extreme separation of church and state, have stirred debate over whether France is protecting secularism or stifling religious freedom.

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.

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.