May 29, 2015 10:29 UTC


Resounding Earth: Creating Music from Metal

"The title “Resounding Earth” on the one hand, we are talking about resounding earth. The earth is full of metals that all of mankind has turned into instruments. We are going to play them from all around the world together on one stage." More

Audio Chinese-American Nightclub Scene Changed Racial Stereotypes

Chinese American nightclubs were West Coast hotspots in the U.S. during the 1950s and 60s. These popular nightclubs broke down racial barriers and paved the way for Asian actors to enter mainstream U.S. entertainment. This story is full of words and expression for talking about old school glamor.

Video 18 Films Seek Top Prize at Cannes Film Festival

The movies competing for the Palme d'Or come from France, Japan, the United States and elsewhere. But thousands of other films are screened at the famed international film festival. Hundreds of thousands of people flood the town to see the movies and, maybe, get a look at some stars as well.

Audio South African's Love Affair with Vinyl Records

Young people in South Africa are discovering music their parents, and even grandparents, grew up with. And they want to listen to it just like their older relatives did: on vinyl. Prices range from a few dollars to about $35 for a copy of a classic rock album in perfect condition.

Video Latina Blues Singer Releases New CD

Unlike some female performers, Evelyn Rubio does not criticize men in her songs. She says, “I really think there are so many good guys out there that they deserve to have a nice song talking about them.”

Video France Recreates Cave With Ancient Art

Some of the world’s oldest art is in a cave in France. The walls show mammoths, cave lions and other extinct animals. But the 30,000-year-old artwork is too fragile to be shown to the public. So experts have created a detailed copy of the cave and its paintings. The site is now open to visitors.

Audio Musicians, Singers Struggle in the Digital Age

People can listen to music on many devices, including tablets and mobile phones. But musicians are worried about their rights, and want to be paid for their work. New technologies can both help and hurt. If music is free, will singers, songwriters and musicians want to create new songs?

Audio Mayweather Defeats Pacquiao in 'The Fight of the Century'

On May 2nd, two boxers will compete in what is being called the “fight of the century.” Philippine citizen Manny Pacquiao will face American Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lovers of boxing have been waiting for this match-up for many years. And they are willing to spend a lot of money.

Video Bible Museum Coming to Washington, DC

The museum is set to open in 2017. It will cost $400 million to build. A Christian businessman is leading efforts to build the museum; it will show Bibles and other objects of religious importance. He owns one of the world’s largest collections of Bibles and Bible-related artifacts. | As It Is

Audio New Paris Concert Hall Hopes to Link Rich and Poor Music Lovers

The new Paris Philharmonic concert hall opened earlier this year. Long before opening day, people questioned the large amount of money required to pay for the building. Now, the biggest problem is a social one. Can the concert hall influence a new generation of classical music lovers?

Video Monkeys Rule the Ruins in Disney Documentary

The new Disneynature film “Monkey Kingdom” centers on a troop of tocque macaques that live in a special place in Sri Lanka. The animals live under a strict social order. New mother Maya is low on that order and struggles for survival with her newborn, Kip. Danger and drama define their existence.

Video Longtime, But Unknown, Blues Musicians Release CD

These artists have played in the bands of famous blues singers, but they are not stars. Now, as BB King and other blues legends grow older, members of their bands have recorded and released their own CD. The new group is called Original Legends of the Blues. The CD is “Still Carrying the Flame.”

Video New Movie Shows an Unseen Underwater World

Jean-Michael Cousteau and his team used an IMAX camera to produce a 40-minute documentary about the world’s oceans. The film shows how the smallest life in the sea is important to the survival of all life on the planet. There are also thousands, maybe millions of species not yet identified.

Video San Francisco Artists Make Art from Trash

One City's Trash Is Artistic Treasure for A local recycling company in San Francisco called Recology. The company created a program to give artists the opportunity to re-use unwanted objects. It shows how a little imagination can change one person’s trash into another’s art work.

Video Mother, Son, Co-Write Children’s Book on Autism

‘If You Were Me’ tells the story of 18-year-old Burnie Rollinson’s story. He was diagnosed with Asperger's at age three. He has few friends but he enjoys a full and productive life. He and his mother, Anita Rollinson, created their book together. She wrote the words and Burnie drew the pictures.

Video A Day for Fools

April Fools’ Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. In France, it’s called Poisson d’Avril or “Fish of April.” In Scotland, the holiday is often called “Gowkie Day.” In Iraq, it is called Kithbet Neesan or “April Lie.” In the U.S., it is a day of joking and playing tricks on friends.

Video US Restaurant Serves Medieval Art of Fighting

European martial arts, unlike popular Asian martial arts, are not widely practiced and are unknown to most people. But, a restaurant near Washington is the center of an effort to make the Medieval fighting skill more popular.

Video Ceramic Guitar Proves Good for Rockin'

Musicians have been using clay, or ceramic, wind and percussion instruments for a long time. But a rock guitarist in Spain is now attracting audiences with not only his music, but his unique ceramic guitar. Luis Martin says there is a unique quality of sound bouncing off ceramic material.

Video Paraguayan Children Make Music with Trash

Last week, musicians from around the world gathered in Texas for the South by Southwest film and music festival. Perhaps the most unusual performers at the event were a group of teenagers from Paraguay. Their musical instruments were made of trash – objects that had been thrown away.

Video Angelina Jolie Has Second Surgery to Prevent Cancer

The 39-year-old actress published a piece in The New York Times about her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to protect herself from cancer. She had a double mastectomy two years ago for the same reason. The latest surgery leaves the mother of six unable to have more children.

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  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 28, 2015.

    Audio FIFA President: Charges Bring Shame to Sport

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter said corruption scandals within the world soccer organization have brought "shame and humiliation" on the sport. Also in the news, Iranian foreign minister expresses hope for nuclear deal; President Barack Obama hosts a Twitter chat on climate change. More

  • Audio Extreme Heat in India Kills Over 1100

    Indian officials say most of the heat-related deaths were reported in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The unusually hot weather is reaching temperatures above 46 degrees Celsius. People most at risk are those who work outside. Help may come with monsoon rains. More

  • Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives for a meeting of eurozone creditors earlier in May.

    Audio Greece Says No Payment to Lenders Without Deal

    Greece has said it cannot make its debt payment to the International Monetary Fund for June. The country’s Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis spoke on Greek television Sunday. He said the country needs to reach a deal with its creditors or it will not be able to make payments. More

  • A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows Syrian citizens walking in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus.

    Audio Islamic State Executes 20 in Palmyra Roman Theater

    A Human Rights group says that the Islamic State militants have executed 20 people in the ancient Roman theater in Palmyra, a UNESCO World heritage site. Also in the news, Heat wave kills 1,100 in India; Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum announces his campaign for president. More

  • U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces an indictment against nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives for racketeering, conspiracy and corruption at a news conference, in Brooklyn, New York, May 27, 2015.

    Audio US, Swiss Officials Take Action against FIFA in Corruption Cases

    United States officials have brought charges against current and former leaders of FIFA, the group that governs the sport of football around the world. A U.S. federal indictment accuses them of corruption and other wrongdoing. More

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  • Audio Brain Remembers Language Better If You Sing It

    If you have a long list of vocabulary words to learn, you might want to write them into a familiar song. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh studied the relationship between music and remembering a foreign language. After the tests were over, the singers came out on top. And it's more fun! More

  • Video New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

    Architects, engineers and building supervisors will soon be able to quickly collect information that once took weeks to measure and process. Scientists have developed a device to gather information about building interiors – the design and exact measurements of a building. More

  • Audio Guide to 2016 Campaign: Money and Super PAC

    Raising money is an important part of any election in America. Candidates for the 2016 race for the White House and Congress are busy lining up dollars to fund their elections. VOA Learning English helps explain how the campaign finance systems work in the U.S. More

  • Audio Hold Your Horses!

    Horses are part of the history and romance of the Old American West. These days, they are popular for sport and entertainment. So, it is easy to understand why we Americans use so many horse expressions. Learn some of the most common and try to answer our horse riddle! More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar - Introducing Conditionals

    In everyday conversation, English speakers often talk about things that are not true. Or, they talk about things that only happen if something else happens. Learn how to correctly use these conditional forms in English. If you write to us, we will let you know if it is correct. More

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