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The President's Mother
Produced by: Judith Kampfner
In 2010 President Barack Obama returned to Indonesia, where he lived for 4 years as a child, and noted how much it had changed. His first experience of that country was when he relocated there with his mother, Ann Dunham, and her second husband. Dunham was an anthropologist, a micro-financier, and an advocate for improving women's lives in developing nations, especially Indonesia. She did this with incredible charm and charisma, qualities some see in the President. Producer Judith Kampfner spoke with Ann's friends and colleagues, along with Obama's half-sister Maya, to learn all about the President's Mother.

Program Credits

The President's Mother was produced by Judith Kampfner. The show was mixed by Jared Weissbrot.


The Microcredit Summit Campaign
It is a program that provides loans to women and the very poor to pursue entrepreneurial projects.

The Ann Dunham Soetoro Endowed Fund
A fund in tribute to Ann Dunham's use of Applied Anthropology to develop solutions to sustain underdeveloped communities. It assists scholars working in Asia and the Pacific.

Ford Foundation
The foundation is a non-profit organization that enables people, through grants and loan, to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society.

The Raising of a President: The Mothers and Fathers of Our Nation's Leaders
by: Doug Wead 2006
Ever wondered what the parents of past presidents were like? This should be an interesting read.

Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia
by: S. Ann Dunham, Maya Soetoro-Ng, Alice G. Dewey, Nancy I. Cooper, Robert W. Hefner 2009
This book is a revised version of Dunham's anthropology dissertation. It illustrates Dunhamís dedication to helping underdeveloped communities sustain and improve industries they can survive on like the blacksmith trade in the rural Javanese village of Kajar.

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