Winner: 2016 Gracie Award for Best Public Radio Documentary

So happy to report that the Alliance for Women in Media honored America Abroad Media‘s “Understanding Islamic Feminism” with a Gracie Award. HUGE thanks to an amazing team of reporters around the world who made this show happen: Cheryl Brumley, Shara Morris, Jake Warga,Tennessee Watson, and Kimberly Adams. And of course Rob Sachs. Plus the…

Shim Hyun-chul and his team of students are testing drone technology that could one day be used by the South Korean military.

How Drones are Reshaping the World

Close to a million drones may be sold this holiday season. And in five years, the global market is expected to reach a billion dollars. There are drones for everything: real estate and construction, package delivery, journalism, search and rescue. They’re used to deliver humanitarian aid to the world’s most challenged regions and to find…


Winner: Third Coast Award for Best News Feature

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that my colleagues and I were awarded a 2015 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Best News Feature. This is like a Sundance Award for audio and it’s something I’ve been working towards for a long time – the fulfillment of a major career goal. Here’s my speech, given at the…


Countering Violent Extremism: An International Town Hall

Recent terrorist attacks on Western soil, including the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and the shooting in Garland, Texas, have galvanized people on both sides of the Atlantic to take stronger action to counter violent extremism in Muslim communities. To discuss how the US and Europe are addressing the unprecedented recruitment effort by the Islamic…


Understanding Islamic Feminism

Many things need to happen in the Middle East to bring stability to the region. But one of the most important is elevating the role of women. In this hour-long program we’ll visit Egypt, where we learn how one of the world’s most influential centers of Islamic study is squaring its teachings with the changing…

Yangon Mosque Pagoda 2

Burma at the Crossroads

This fall, Burma is scheduled to hold a historic presidential election. But with ongoing persecution of ethnic minorities and many other human rights issues, many wonder if the nation is ready for true reform.


Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage

Every year, 15 million girls are forced into marriage, many of them before they turn 15. This month, America Abroad travels to Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Pakistan to talk to individuals and organizations working to change laws and change minds about child marriage. We also talk to Mabel van Oranje, the founder of Girls Not…


Cuba and America: After the Thaw

President Obama’s announcement to begin normalizing relations with Cuba marks the most significant change in US policy toward the island nation in a half century. But as America looks to make it easier to travel to the country and establish more economic ties, what does that mean for the average Cuban or Cuban American? In…