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Oscar de la Renta Dressed First Ladies and Movie Stars

10/23/2014
Clothing designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday at his home in the American state of Connecticut. He was 82 years old. His wife said he died of problems related to cancer. Mr. de la Renta dressed American movie stars and first ladies such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton. More

Audio San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals'

The California baseball team, San Francisco Giants, is playing the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 Major League Baseball championship, the World Series. Two radio stations in San Francisco banned the hit song "Royals." In return, another station in Kansas City chose to play the song once every hour.

Video Sting, War, Lou Reed for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Welcome to American Mosaic from VOA Learning English. I’m Caty Weaver. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for induction this year. The 15 choices cover more than 50 years in music. They are Britons, Germans and Americans from across the United States.

Video Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga 'Cheek to Cheek'

Bennett becomes the oldest artist alive to enter Billboard's Top Two Hundred Albums chart at number one. The album is Lady Gaga's second number one in last than a year | American Mosaic

Audio Lorde Releases Single for 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack

The 17-year-old New Zealander is curating the soundtrack. The album is to be released a few days before 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part One' opens November 21st. | American mosaic

Video New Hits from Godsmack, Ryan Adams, Tove Lo

VOA Learning English fans in Vietnam and Ukraine asked for an update on the current state of American rock music | American Mosaic

Audio Apple, U2 Album Giveaway Backfires

Irish band U2’s recent online project with technology company Apple caused a storm of online controversy. The project gave free digital copies of U2’s new album, “Songs of Innocence” to all Apple iTunes members. But, a considerable number of members saw it as a violation.

Video Street Artists Add Color to Washington, DC Buildings

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. Officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.

Audio Jack the Ripper Finally Caught, Maybe

A writer claims to have identified the murderer who terrorized London in 1888. But others experts say the writer is wrong. Examine the evidence and be your own armchair detective!

Audio Ariana Grande Album Is No 'Problem'

The singer's record "My Everything" entered the Billboard 200 at number one. Albums from Brad Paisley and KEM also in the top three. | American Mosaic

Audio At 13, Youngest Designer Ever in NY Fashion Week

Tennis champion Serena Williams also showed her designs for the first time at Fashion Week | American Mosaic

Audio Americans Look for Art Everywhere

Five American museums organized the outdoor art campaign, #ArtEverywhere. Copies of 58 major artworks were displayed across the U.S. in subway stations, bus stops and other public places | American Mosaic

Video Chinese Lantern Show Surprises Southern Californians

Chinese lanterns are lighting up the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional hanging lanterns from China. But they can also see lanterns made in the shape of animals and famous works of art. These lanterns were created by artists from Zigong.

Audio Security and Privacy Debated After Photo Hack

Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande were among the stars hacked. The cyber crime led to the web posting of private photographs and a sharp stock value drop for Apple.

Audio Will Technology Drive the Drive-In Out of Business?

More and more movie theaters around the world are replacing older equipment with modern technology. The new equipment heightens the movie-watchers’ experience with sharper image and clearer sound. But what will happen to the drive-in theaters around the country?

Audio Katy Perry, Forever in Blue Jeans at Awards Show

Perry, Beyonce and Cyrus rule press coverage of the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony | American Mosaic

Audio Taylor Swift Releases New Single

The artist also announced that a new album, '1989,' will be out in late October. Swift says the sound will be all pop | American Mosaic

Audio English at the Movies: Robin Williams

Robin Williams was a humorist and a highly-trained actor. We look at some of his most famous movie lines from a Learning English angle | American Mosaic

Audio From Huge to Extra Small, at New York City Museum

Currently the Queens Museum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the New York World's Fair. The museum show is called “Bringing the World Into the World.” It includes a huge model of New York City that was made for the fair. | American Mosaic

Audio Is There a Link Between Suicide and Depression?

The suspected suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams is being linked, in part, to depression. Many Americans suffer from the condition. But, many also are trying to help people with depression. They are finding ways to bring attention to depression and ways to treat it.

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  • Audio Wealth, Poverty Are Issues in Hong Kong Protests

    The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are mainly about the right to vote without interference from China’s central government. But there are at least two other less talked-about issues. One is concern about the rising cost of living in Hong Kong. Another is the gap between rich and poor. More

  • Texas Voter ID

    Audio US Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law

    The United States Supreme Court says the southwestern state of Texas can keep in place a new voting law. The law says voters must show identification documents before they are permitted to mark ballots. A lower court had ruled that the law could keep minorities from voting. More

  • President Barack Obama hugs Dallas nurse Nina Pham as her mother Diane looks on, Oval Office, Washington, Oct. 24, 2014.

    Audio In US, Fear of Ebola Spreads Faster than Virus

    For Americans, Ebola started out as a disease in a far-away continent. But it changed when a Liberian man died in Dallas. US officials said tests show that a New York doctor has the Ebola virus. The doctor recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea working for Doctors Without Borders. More

  • Brazil Elections

    Audio Who Will Be Brazil's Next President?

    Brazilians will choose a president Sunday. Two candidates will be on the ballot -- Dilma Rousseff and Senator Aecio Neves. President Rousseff won the most votes in the first round of voting earlier this month. But she did not win a majority of votes, so a runoff election is required. More

  • Audio Gunman Identified in Canadian Capital

    Also, UN human rights officials have called on China to guarantee open elections in Hong Kong. And, an attack in southwest Pakistan kills 11 people. WHO advises against Ebola travel bans. | In the News More

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  • Audio Oscar de la Renta Dressed First Ladies and Movie Stars

    Clothing designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday at his home in the American state of Connecticut. He was 82 years old. His wife said he died of problems related to cancer. Mr. de la Renta dressed American movie stars and first ladies such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton. More

  • Audio Iron Ships Clash at Sea

    The American Civil War was fought not only on land, but at sea. In 1862, Confederate and Union forces fought a new kind of navy battle in waters off Hampton Roads, Virginia. It was the first battle between iron ships. On the Confederate side was a ship called the Virginia. | The Making of a Nation More

  • Audio San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals'

    The California baseball team, San Francisco Giants, is playing the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 Major League Baseball championship, the World Series. Two radio stations in San Francisco banned the hit song "Royals." In return, another station in Kansas City chose to play the song once every hour. More

  • A neurovascular unit on a chip being developed by Vanderbilt University researchers. (Vanderbilt University Photo/John Wikswo)

    Video Scientists Design Chips to Act Like Human Organs

    Testing new drugs for safety and effectiveness is a costly process in the United States. It also can take a lot of time. Some scientists are now designing silicon computer chips that act like human organs. The scientists think they have found a way to make the process faster and more economical. More

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    Audio Dealing with Distractions and Overreactions

    Five million American children and teenagers have Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult - if not impossible - to stay with a duty until it is complete. Katherine Ellison knows the problem well. | Health Report More

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