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Artist Turns Plastic Bags Into Art

08/01/2014
Making art with found materials is not a new idea. An artist near Washington, D.C. just had her recycled art on exhibit at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in Maryland. She uses a material found in every American home. Plastic bags. More

Audio Vietnam Uses Rap Music to Report the News

The Vietnamese media industry is changing as it faces growing competition from the Internet. One website has come up with a way to reach out to young people. It uses rap music to report the news.

Audio Celebrating America in Song

Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with family gatherings, parades, speeches and fireworks. They also celebrate with patriotic music | American Mosaic

Audio New Ferris Wheel Lights Up Washington, DC

The wheel stands 55 meters above the Potomac River. It is one of the few observation Ferris wheels in the world that is right on the water | American Mosaic

Audio A New Look at Andy Warhol's Lost Computer Art

Few people remember the artist's experimentation with a computer called the Amiga. Engineers recently recovered Warhol’s Amiga art and their effort was filmed for a new documentary | American Mosaic

Audio Critic Rates the Songs of Springsteen in New Book

Writer Jim Beviglia says Bruce Springsteen's childhood in a New Jersey working class family was a major influence on his music. The critic rates "Born in the USA" and "Brilliant Disguise" among the artist's best songs | American Mosaic

Audio Immigrant Hopes to Renew Chinese Art of Paper Cutting

The Chinese art of paper cutting has a long history. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has recognized the art, called Jianzhi, on its Intangible Cultural Heritage List. But, Jianzhi is at risk of disappearing.

Audio D-Day In Color

Most of the films made of the D-Day invasion are in black and white. But George Stevens was also making personal movies, using his own 16-millimeter camera and what at that time was still-rare Kodachrome color film.

Audio Columbine Shooting Inspires New York Play

"The Library" explores the emotions and media activity that follow a deadly school shooting. The play was inspired by the real life shooting attack at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 | American Mosaic

Audio Hollywood Paparazzi

Wherever there are famous people, there are “paparazzi.” That is the Italian name for photographers who chase famous people in an effort to take their picture.

Audio Mariachi Music Gains in Popularity

And, we listen to music that supported and opposed the ban on the sale of alcohol in the United States | As It Is

Audio Music You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else

We go to the music-filled Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana | As It Is

Audio International Students Learn Filmmaking in Hollywood

Many filmmakers go to Hollywood, the movie capital of the world, in hopes of breaking into the entertainment industry. Local universities are also appealing to students who hope to become producers or directors | American Mosaic

Audio Saving Black Gospel Music

New African-American museum in Washington, DC to save and play music that is an important part of American history | As It Is

Audio Play for Millenials? Board Games

Toy industry experts say some people in the United States are turning off their electronic devices to play with classic toys like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millennial generation | American Mosaic

Audio New Opportunities Open for Foreign Engineering Students

New scholarship opportunities are available for foreign engineering students to study and work in the United States. And, an American performer shares his talents with children in Rwanda. | As It Is

Audio Basket Maker Teaches Women in Africa

Jackie Abrams makes beautiful baskets. They were recently on display at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington. But the artist says sharing her basket making skills to help empower women in Africa is equally important to her | American Mosaic

Audio American Art Works Return to Nation's Capital

More than 200 art works by some of America’s best artists have returned home to a museum in Washington, D.C. The paintings had been traveling to shows around the world for the last four years. Now they are on exhibit at the Phillips Collection again.

Audio Lorde, Imagine Dragons Lead Billboard Awards Nominations

Lorde and Imagine Dragons each captured 12 nominations. The Billboard Music Awards will be presented May 18th at a ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also, today we tell about a NASA program to interest students in math and science | American Mosaic

Audio Smithsonian Exhibit Shapes Human Evolution

Artist/scientist John Gurche brings ancient hominids to life for visitors to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington. The work combines artistic skill and scientific understanding. And we learn about the bravery of ordinary civilians | American Mosaic

Learn with The News

  • An African student (C) practices moves as other Shaolin martial arts students look on during the inauguration ceremony of a martial arts training program for African students, at the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, Henan province, China, Sept. 25, 2013.

    Audio More Africans Seek Education in China

    Tens of thousands of Africans are studying in China. The country provides students with financial assistance for education to develop skills that Africa needs most. And the system makes friends in Africa for the Chinese. More

  • Rappers Vo Viet Phuong, 25, and Nguyen Trong Duc, 27, record the latest edition of Rap News Plus at Vietnam News Agency's television studio in central Hanoi, Vietnam, July 2014. (Marianne Brown)

    Audio Vietnam Uses Rap Music to Report the News

    The Vietnamese media industry is changing as it faces growing competition from the Internet. One website has come up with a way to reach out to young people. It uses rap music to report the news. More

  • This photo provided by the US Centers for Disease Control shows an Ebola virus. U.S. health officials are watching the Ebola outbreak in Africa. They say there is little risk that the deadly germ will spread to the United States. (AP Photo/CDC)

    Audio Liberia Closes Most Borders to Contain Ebola

    President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said her country is closing most of its borders. The government has also banned public gatherings and demonstrations in an effort to stop the spread of the Ebola virus. More

  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about new sanctions placed on Russia in Washington.

    Audio US, Europe Pressure Russia Over Ukraine

    President Barack Obama says the new actions are meant to increase pressure on those responsible for what he called Russia’s “illegal actions” in Ukraine. The measures are directed against Russia’s energy, arms and banking industries. More

  • Technician work at a uranium processing center in Isfahan, Iran.  The UN Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has converted its enriched uranium into a less dangerous form.

    Audio UN Agency: Iran Converts Enriched Uranium

    Uranium now in a less-dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons; US to release billions in Iranian property More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Artist Turns Plastic Bags Into Art

    Making art with found materials is not a new idea. An artist near Washington, D.C. just had her recycled art on exhibit at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in Maryland. She uses a material found in every American home. Plastic bags. More

  • Many Southerners approved the decision. But northern abolitionists spoke strongly against it.

    Audio Dred Scott Ruling Opens the Whole Country to Slavery

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Congress had no power to ban slavery in the new territories. The 1857 decision involved a man named Dred Scott. More

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    Audio Marijuana Helps Children with Epilepsy

    People who support legalization of marijuana say some kinds of the plant offer extraordinary help for human health. For example, one kind of medical marijuana is reported to ease effects of epilepsy, a disease of the nervous system. More

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    Audio From Birds to Bears, Animals Face Danger Around the World

    Hundreds of newly-identified plants and animals in Southeast Asia are in danger. Poachers killed a famous elephants in Kenya. And scientists are working to save polar bears population in Alaska and the Bering Sea. More

  • Audio Ice Cream Sweetens Visits to Maryland Farms

    Maryland’s so-called 'Ice Cream Trail' is 460 kilometers long. The state's agriculture secretary says itl brings valuable attention to the state’s dairy farms | American Mosaic More

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