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 the whole story of what’s happening in the world and what it all means.

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July 03, 2014

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Development & Education

Kenyan communities succeed in managing scarce water, where aid projects once foundered

Water is the most precious resource for communities around the globe. Yet, surprisingly, aid projects to drill wells in Kenya often failed because people didn't maintain the wells. Now communities are taking responsibility for cooperatively managing their water and their success is leading them to tackle other problems, like education.

Lifestyle & Belief

Egyptian Filmmaker Gives Context to the 2011 Revolution

For the last several years under President Mubarak, then the Muslim Brotherhood, and now President-elect al-Sisi -- an expanding group of independent filmmakers in Egypt has been trying to capture the gritty realities of life in the country, while carefully maneuvering around censorship from the government, as well as society. One such The 2013 film is the most recent by Egyptian filmmaker Ahmad Abdulla, who is trying his best to fly under the radar of authority but still make an impact with audiences. Kimberly Adams has the story.

Global Politics

Saudi Arabia, Gulf States Increasingly Skeptical of US Commitment

America is nearing a nuclear deal with Iran, leaving traditional allies like Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States nervous about US commitment to their interests. Saudi Arabian columnist and former fighter pilot Turad Al-Amri offers the Saudi perspective, with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States looking to superpowers China and Russia to balance the equation. Produced by Joseph Braude.

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.