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As It Is

As It Is takes a daily look at issues in the news in the United States and around the world.  On Saturday and Sunday, the program explores developments in health and medicine, economic news, education, technology and other subjects.

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8:19 PM - 8:24 PM July 02, 2015

Summer 2015 Brings Movies for Toddlers to Teens


8:03 PM - 8:08 PM July 02, 2015

Experts: China May be Facing Economic Problems

Experts: China May be Facing Economic Problems


7:20 PM - 7:26 PM July 02, 2015

India’s #Selfie Campaign Boosts Fathers/Daughters


5:14 PM - 5:20 PM July 02, 2015

New York Officials Block Pro-Muslim Advertising


3:55 PM - 3:59 PM July 02, 2015

Uber Making a Big Push to Win Over Chinese Consumers


1:54 PM - 1:59 PM July 02, 2015

Reproduction of 18th-Century Freedom Ship Traveling to US Ports


10:13 PM - 10:17 PM July 01, 2015

Internet Speeds


9:59 PM - 10:04 PM July 01, 2015

Technology Being Used to Fight Graffiti Writers


9:45 PM - 9:54 PM July 01, 2015

Demons, Male Dancers and Dinosaurs at Theaters Everywhere


8:43 PM - 8:47 PM July 01, 2015

Average Americans Gave Away Billions in 2014


7:43 PM - 7:46 PM July 01, 2015

Cambodia Vietnam Clash


4:56 PM - 4:59 PM July 01, 2015

Some Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the 4th of July


4:06 PM - 4:12 PM July 01, 2015

Japanese-Americans Remember End of World War II


9:29 PM - 9:33 PM June 30, 2015

Chicago Immigration Downturn


9:29 PM - 9:33 PM June 30, 2015

One-Person Flying Vehicles Close to Reality


8:24 PM - 8:28 PM June 30, 2015

Greece Offers a Proposal as Time Limit Runs Out

Greece Offers a Proposal as Time Limit Runs Out


6:20 PM - 6:23 PM June 30, 2015

New Device May Help Jet Pilots


9:23 PM - 9:27 PM June 29, 2015

Turning Nigeria's Disabled to Workers


9:16 PM - 9:20 PM June 29, 2015

MDR TB Spread


7:00 PM - 7:05 PM June 29, 2015

Is There a ‘Skills Gap’ in US Job Market?

Is There a ‘Skills Gap’ in US Job Market?

    Video Japanese-Americans Remember End of World War II

    VOA goes to a gathering of old men who served in the American military during the war. They fought against Japan while their families were being detained in internment camps in the US. “I…felt very strongly that we needed to show that we were patriotic Americans.” | As It Is

    Audio Chinese Children Seeking a Happy Ending

    Repeated cases of child abuse in China have shocked the country. They also have led to more protection of children’s rights. But child welfare activists say the government and private groups need to do more to stop neglect and violence against children.

    Audio Clash Reported at Border of Vietnam, Cambodia

    Cambodian and Vietnamese social media have been reporting on a clash along the border between the two countries. The fighting happened Sunday. Hundreds of Cambodians and Vietnamese were involved. At least 10 people were reported injured.

    Audio Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Less Likely to Spread

    The number of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis cases is rising. Multi-drug-resistant TB results from a bacterium – a group of small living things that can cause disease. The bacterium is hard to kill because it has become resistant to two or more common antibiotics.

    Audio Is There a ‘Skills Gap’ in US Job Market?

    8.7 million Americans are unemployed and 6.7 million are doing part-time work. But, many jobs remain vacant. Employers say many of those jobs are vacant because they cannot find people with the right skills to do the work. Some experts look at why that is the case and what to do about it.

    Audio Greece Offers a Proposal as Time Limit Runs Out

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has offered a proposal to avoid default on the country’s debt payment to the International Monetary Fund. On July 5th, Greeks will vote in a referendum on whether to accept new reforms or not. European leaders say it is a vote on whether to remain in Europe.

    Audio China to Prepare Private Ships for Military Use

    China is forcing private shipbuilders to build civilian vessels that can be used by the military during times of conflict. Experts say the new “dual-purpose” ships will strengthen China’s efforts to claim territory in disputed areas of the East and South China Seas.

    Video Motorcycle Lovers: We Are Not Criminals

    But police say some motorcycle gang members are violent lawbreakers. Some gangs say they have been operating for many years and have never been charged with crimes. “It is no different than a ladies tennis club,” they say. | As It Is

    Audio Study Explores Air Pollution’s Deadly, Preventable Effects

    A new report says cleaning up dirty air could prevent up to 2.1 million premature deaths every year. Most of those deaths are said to be in Asian countries. The report notes that many people also are dying at an early age in countries with cleaner skies. Read on to learn about “particulate matter."

    Video Nigerian Immigrant Lives the American Dream

    Lookman Afolayan Mashood came to the United States in 1996 and is now a U.S. citizen. About five years ago, he and his girlfriend, Natalie Goldberg, opened their own restaurant in Brooklyn. He says the American dream is still alive. And he says “there’s no food compared to Nigerian food.”

    Audio Experts: Climate Change Is a Medical Emergency

    Health and medical experts gathered at the White House in Washington DC this week for talks on climate change and public health. The Lancet Commission report says the effects of climate change could threaten the past 50 years of gains in public health.

    Audio Recording the Music of Mozart in Russia’s Ural Mountains

    Teodor Currentzis is a Greek-born orchestra conductor. He is now leading a group of musicians and singers from around the world in the Ural Mountains of Russia. Their goal is to record the perfect operatic work of the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart the way the composer wanted it to be heard.

    Video Children in US Help Wild Elephants in Thailand, Kenya

    A few months after visiting Africa, Miriam watched “How I Became an Elephant,” a documentary about the mistreatment of elephants in Thailand, and a young girl’s campaign to save them. Miriam decided she wanted to launch her own effort to raise money to save elephants.

    Video Social Media Offers Small Comforts to Syrian Refugees

    Many people in Za'atari, a refugee camp near Jordan's border with Syria, say for families separated by war, information and communication are almost as important as food and shelter.

    Video Gay Marriage Is Legal Across the US

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the country. Many Americans are celebrating the decision. Others, including the chief justice, say the ruling violates the U.S. Constitution and abuses the power of the Supreme Court.

    Audio US Congress Gives Obama a Trade Victory

    This week, the Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority on a vote of 60 to 38. The House of Representatives had approved TPA earlier. The measure improves chances for approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

    Video 'Jurassic World' Sells $1 Billion Worth of Tickets

    The movie continues the series that began in the 1990s. It already is the second most popular movie of 2015. Critics praise the new film as exciting. A group of paleontologists praised the film as well. But they said they found the science behind the dinosaur story to be weak.

    Video Hungary Criticized for Border Fence Plan to Stop Refugees

    Hungarian officials have announced a plan to build a fence on the border with Serbia to try to stop people from illegally entering the country. Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa have already entered Hungary. They traveled through Turkey and the Balkans.

    Audio Group Works to Reduce Child Labor in Cambodia

    Earlier this year, a United Nations report found that 10 percent of Cambodian children between the ages of seven and 14 are working. That is one of the highest rates in Southeast Asia. The report said one in four Cambodians aged 7 to 14 are forced to drop out of school to help their families.

    Video Philanthropist Provides Homes for the Homeless

    Doris Buffett has given one million dollars to provide homeless people with houses to live in. The effort has reduced homelessness by more than half in a small city in the state of Virginia. Buffett is extremely happy with this project, and plans to donate even more money in the future.

Learn with The News

  • Video Japanese-Americans Remember End of World War II

    VOA goes to a gathering of old men who served in the American military during the war. They fought against Japan while their families were being detained in internment camps in the US. “I…felt very strongly that we needed to show that we were patriotic Americans.” | As It Is More

  • Audio Chinese Children Seeking a Happy Ending

    Repeated cases of child abuse in China have shocked the country. They also have led to more protection of children’s rights. But child welfare activists say the government and private groups need to do more to stop neglect and violence against children. More

  • Tunisia Attack

    Audio Tunisia Detains 12 in Connection with Hotel Attacks

    Also in the news today, an Afghan court is canceling death sentences given to four men for a mob killing of a woman; At least 36 dead in Philippines boat accident, and dozens remain missing; and the United States and Japan will face each other again in the Women’s World Cup final this Sunday. More

  • President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, July 1, 2015.

    Audio U.S. and Cuba to Reopen Embassies

    Sec. of State John Kerry will travel to Havana to raise the U.S. flag over the first American embassy there in 50 years. Also in the news, Islamic State group claims attacks in Egypt’s Sinai; Liberian president calls new Ebola case “disturbing”; U.S. advances to Women's World Cup final. More

  • Audio Clash Reported at Border of Vietnam, Cambodia

    Cambodian and Vietnamese social media have been reporting on a clash along the border between the two countries. The fighting happened Sunday. Hundreds of Cambodians and Vietnamese were involved. At least 10 people were reported injured. More

Featured Stories

  • South Korea Film Terminator Genisys

    Video Demons, Male Dancers and Dinosaurs at Theaters Everywhere

    Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator and Channing Tatum reprises his role as stripper Magic Mike. But there are also scary movies about demon children, comedies with a talking teddy bear and a marijuana-smoking secret agent; and a documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse. More

  • Audio Sweet Potatoes as Medicine

    Researchers have helped to reduce a major health problem with a simple food – the orange sweet potato. A program created to help farmers grow the crop has unexpected and healthy results. Some reports say this is the first time an agricultural program has had a major effect on health. More

  • Video Robots Ready to Work in Restaurants

    For many years, machines have been doing work that people once did, including some difficult jobs. Search and rescue operations employ high technology robots. But there is another area that may soon take jobs traditionally held by human beings: the restaurant industry. More

  • Audio More American Fathers Stay Home to Raise Kids

    More and more fathers in the United States are trading in the traditional role of breadwinner -- the person earning money -- for the role of stay-at-home dad. Meet two fathers who have been on this road for the past decade. You can also learn some great words such as "clique" and "masculinity." More

  • Audio Don't Be Caught With Your Pants Down

    Are you too big for your boots? Do you often fly by the seat of your pants? Learn what these clothing expressions mean and so many others. You may be excited to get started but keep your shirt on! Be patient. All you have to do is click on this episode of Words and Their Stories. More

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