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Folk to Rock: When Dylan Went Electric

Fifty years ago, folk music legend Bob Dylan rocked out at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on an electric guitar. He was widely booed. The audience may have been unhappy with Dylan’s performance that day, but it changed the direction of music and culture in the United States. More

Video After Much Delay, Wildlife Park Opens in Jerusalem

Activists fought for the park for almost 20 years against the wishes of developers who wanted to build businesses and homes on the land. The activists wanted to show how wildlife can live in cities. “Just leave some space for nature…and let people in so they can enjoy all this beauty.” | As It Is

Video Movie Tells Story of Mental Health, Poverty

Director Maya Forbes tells about her family and its struggles with depression, poverty and sex discrimination in her new film, “Infinitely Polar Bear.” The film is not like other Hollywood movies that have a happy ending. Instead the movie shows an American family and how it reacted to events.

Video Special Olympics Bowler Ready for Summer Games

Eunice Kennedy Shriver established the Special Olympics in 1968. They are held every two years, alternating between winter and summer sports. Barbara Figueroa is a competitive bowler from southern California. She has been playing the sport for nine years and is excited about the international games.

Video Santa Claus Congress Opens in Denmark

Much of Europe is struggling with hot weather. The Christmas holiday is the last things on the minds of most people. Yet delegates from around the world have gathered in Denmark for the World Santa Claus Congress. They are preparing for the holiday season and discussing other concerns.

Audio Comedians Debate What Is Acceptable Humor

People inside and outside the world of comedy are debating what, if anything, is too controversial for comedic use. Comedians are making changes to respond to those who are sensitive to controversial issues. Some comedians say that audiences are not being reasonable.

Audio More Focus on Serena Williams' Body than Victory

Serena Williams could soon become the fourth woman in history to win a tennis Grand Slam. She won Wimbledon last week. But recent discussion in the media centered on how female tennis players look more than how they play. And that has made a lot of tennis fans and feminists angry.

Audio Harper Lee’s Second Novel Fuels Debate

On Tuesday, Harper Lee’s second book “Go Set a Watchman,” was released for sale, 55 years after the first. Lee had announced in February that she would publish a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Some readers are protesting the character of Atticus as he is written in “Go Set a Watchman.”

Video Summer 2015 Brings Movies for Toddlers to Teens

A girl's emotions star in 'Inside Out,' an animation from Pixar. 'Minions' is the story of the little yellow creatures from the 'Despicable Me' series. Don't like cartoon movies? Try "Paper Towns' based on a John Green book or 'Ricki and the Flash' starring Meryl Streep and daughter Maggie Gummer.

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.

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.

Audio Swift Change to Apple Streaming Policy

Taylor Swift protested Apple's plan to forgo paying royalties to artists during the three month free trial of Apple Music streaming service. She wrote that is a long time to go without being paid. Apple answered soon after Swift's blog appeared on the Internet. It promised royalties to artists.

Video Musician Helped Define Rock n’ Roll in 1950s and 60s

Saxophone player Grady Gaines worked with many of the early stars of Rock n’ Roll, including Little Richard, Sam Cooke and Fats Domino. The 81-year-old legend has now told the story of his life, in a book called “I’ve Been Out There.”

Audio A Nigerian Film Festival in Paris

Some of the best Nollywood films are showing at a film festival in Paris. The festival is called "Nollywood Week." This is the third year the festival has taken place. This festival is very important for bringing attention to films made in African countries.

Video Jews and Arabs Form Friendships Through Music

A project based in Israel is bringing together Jews and Arabs. At the same time, it offers classical music education to Palestinian children. "We showed everyone that there’s no reason why an Arab kid shouldn’t be able to play classical music on a high standard," says the project's main founder.

Video Films Explore Native Peoples, Culture Conflict

A film festival in Los Angeles, California features films about indigenous peoples and cultures. The films show efforts to teach native languages, continue arts such as dance, and gain justice for native people. People of various backgrounds use film to share their ideas about preserving cultures.

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life With Music

When Frankie Moran first saw his son Cole, he could not imagine ever sharing his love of music with the boy. Cole had cognitive delays and other birth defects. And he was blind. Cole Moran is now 12 years old. Cole plays music every day. He records his performances and listens back to the sound.

Video 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."

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.

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  • Myanmar hopes to replace poppies with coffee

    Audio In Myanmar, Replacing Poppy Plants with Coffee

    Myanmar’s Shan State is the second-largest opium-producing area in the world. But the area's poppy farmers are now earning less for their crops, as the price of poppy fluctuates. Now, the United Nations is hoping many farmers in Shan State will decide to grow coffee instead. More

  • FILE - In this undated image released by the FBI, Mullah Omar is seen in a wanted poster. An Afghan official said his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead.

    Audio Afghan Government: Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Died in 2013

    The Taliban earlier this month said Mullah Omar is alive. Also Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers sought details about the group to enforce a nuclear deal with Iran; Turkish warplanes attacked targets in northern Iraq; and Zimbabwean officials are seeking an American dentist who killed a protected lion. More

  • Fish teeth and shark scales from sediment in the South Pacific Ocean dating around the mass extinction event 66 million years ago, photographed under a high powered microscope. (Credit: E. Sibert on Hull lab imaging system, Yale University)

    Audio Dinosaur Death Leads to Rise of Fish

    Tens of millions of years ago, an asteroid hit what is now the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The event led to a global mass extinction that has been linked to the end of the dinosaurs. New examination of fossils from sediment shows what that great disaster led to: a modern age of fish. More

  • Video Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebel Targets in Iraq

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has expressed support for Turkey’s military operations against Islamic State militants and the Kurdish rebel group the PKK. The rebels have been fighting Turkey for greater minority rights for more than 30 years. More

  • Audio North Korea: 'No Interest at All' in Nuclear Deal

    U.S. special diplomat to North Korean talks is meeting with Chinese and South Korean officials about restarting talks with North Korea on its nuclear program. However, North Korea has said it is not interested in giving up its weapons. The six-party talks were suspended in 2009. More

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  • Audio Folk to Rock: When Dylan Went Electric

    Fifty years ago, folk music legend Bob Dylan rocked out at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on an electric guitar. He was widely booed. The audience may have been unhappy with Dylan’s performance that day, but it changed the direction of music and culture in the United States. More

  • Audio Why Do Mosquitoes Choose to Bite You?

    Mosquitoes need blood to survive and their favorite target is humans. They are completely driven by smell. How do they find their victims and why do they prefer some people more than others? New research now shows how mosquitoes choose who to bite. More

  • 'You're Giving Me the Creeps!'

    "You're giving me the ...!" The jitters, the creeps, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, goose bumps, butterflies, and a heart attack ... you can give all these things to other people. Are they good or bad? Read on to find out! More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: Can I, Could I, May I?

    English teachers and parents used to try very hard to get young people to use "may" when asking for permission. Now it seems that "can" or "could" works just as well. Learn about the rules for asking permission with these modals. More

  • Video The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving

    In this classic American story, we learn about the hunt for a famous pirate's treasure and the greedy desire for wealth. One couple, Mr. and Mrs Tom Walker, learn the danger of making a deal with the devil. They want the treasure but learn there is a high price to pay. More

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