August 29, 2014 18:26 UTC


Katy Perry, Forever in Blue Jeans at Awards Show

Riff Raff and Katy Perry arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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

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.

Audio 80 Years Later, Millions Still Escape from Alcatraz

In 1934, U.S. officials wondered where to put the country’s most dangerous prisoners. They found a place on an island in the harbor of the city of San Francisco, California. It was officially called Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, but everyone called it “The Rock.”

Audio Hollywood Movies Used to Teach Science

Sometimes Steve Wolf gets blown up or is set on fire. But he claims his job is not really dangerous at all. He works as a stuntman and a special-effects expert for movies and television. He says his breathtaking activities result from science. And he likes to share that science with school children.

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.

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

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