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Resounding Earth: Creating Music from Metal

05/17/2015
"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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  • Audio Memorial Day: Arlington National Cemetery

    Arlington National Cemetery is “A living tribute to our nation’s past” and the final resting place for 400,000 women and men who gave service to the United States. Slaves, government officials, Supreme Court justices, astronauts, explorers and two presidents are buried there. | As It Is More

  • Video America’s Famous Front Lawn Gets Overhaul

    Thousands walk the National Mall every day. The green space has taken a bad beating as a result. Now, a project is taking place to repair and renew the grassy area lined with famous museums so people can continue to enjoy it for years to come. More

  • Audio China Increases Its Ballistic Missile Abilities

    China is adding several small nuclear warheads to missiles. China says its military is only for defense. Some people question that claim. Especially now, as China becomes more assertive in a dispute with several Asian nations over maritime territory. Some experts worry of a possible Asian arms race. More

  • Pin Phunam a contortionist in Phare, The Cambodian Circus

    Video Cambodia Circus Offers a Better Life to Young Performers

    Many young people in Cambodia dream of joining the circus. For some needy and underprivileged youths some are given an opportunity at the Phare Ponleu Selpak school or PPS to learn circus skills that may help change their lives for the better. More

  • Team Grin plans to race to Alaska in this Etchells 22, currently moored in Port Townsend, Washington. (Tom Banse/VOA)

    Audio Sail, Row, Paddle, All The Way To Alaska

    In less than three weeks the first-ever Race to Alaska will be an exciting and challenging journey for anyone brave enough to enter with their non-motorized boat. One can only race by sailing, rowing, paddling, pedaling or a combination of those activities. More

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    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

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    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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    Audio Deaf-Blind Woman First to Use Braille Phone

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