July 26, 2014 03:06 UTC


Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

A model has her makeup done backstage at a fashion show in Dakar, Senegal during 2013 Dakar Fashion Week.

At what price beauty? Women are still willing to change the color of their skin although there are serious health risks | HEALTH REPORT More

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 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

Audio Saving Black Gospel Music

New African-American museum in Washington, DC to save and play music that is an important part of American history | As It Is

Audio Play for Millenials? Board Games

Toy industry experts say some people in the United States are turning off their electronic devices to play with classic toys like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millennial generation | American Mosaic

Audio New Opportunities Open for Foreign Engineering Students

New scholarship opportunities are available for foreign engineering students to study and work in the United States. And, an American performer shares his talents with children in Rwanda. | As It Is

Audio Basket Maker Teaches Women in Africa

Jackie Abrams makes beautiful baskets. They were recently on display at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington. But the artist says sharing her basket making skills to help empower women in Africa is equally important to her | American Mosaic

Audio American Art Works Return to Nation's Capital

More than 200 art works by some of America’s best artists have returned home to a museum in Washington, D.C. The paintings had been traveling to shows around the world for the last four years. Now they are on exhibit at the Phillips Collection again.

Audio Lorde, Imagine Dragons Lead Billboard Awards Nominations

Lorde and Imagine Dragons each captured 12 nominations. The Billboard Music Awards will be presented May 18th at a ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also, today we tell about a NASA program to interest students in math and science | American Mosaic

Audio Smithsonian Exhibit Shapes Human Evolution

Artist/scientist John Gurche brings ancient hominids to life for visitors to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington. The work combines artistic skill and scientific understanding. And we learn about the bravery of ordinary civilians | American Mosaic

Audio America Loves Blue Jeans

Some people like them old, soft and torn up. Others like them fresh and new looking. But most Americans own some blue jeans, whatever the style. The beloved pants have even been honored in songs. We play some of those blue jean songs. | American Mosaic

Audio Songs of Spring Describe Her Many Moods

Songs about Spring express both joy and sadness. Come along as we sample the many moods of Spring, from Broadway, Hollywood, pop, country, even a cowboy tune | This Is America

Audio Life of Bruce Lee Takes the Stage in 'Kung Fu'

Playwright David Henry Hwang explores Asian American identity and prejudice in 'Kung Fu.' The play centers on Bruce Lee's young adulthood as a dance teacher in Seattle, Washington. Then, we play music from Bruce Springsteen's latest album, 'High Hopes.' | American Mosaic

Audio Craft Brewery Meets Changing Tastes

People have enjoyed beer for thousands of years. The United States is home to major beer makers as well as some popular small brewing companies. Also today, new music from Dierks Bentley | American Mosaic

Audio Ellen DeGeneres Makes History at the Oscars and In China

DeGeneres’ selfie at the Academy Awards breaks Twitter record. The Oscars' show host also fed some hungry stars at the ceremony. And she brought in a large television audience | American Mosaic

Learn with The News

  • The logo of Russia's top crude producer Rosneft is seen on a price information board of a gasoline station in Moscow July 17, 2014.

    US, Russian Oil Partnership Continues Despite Sanctions

    Exxon and Rosneft's move of the oil drilling rig to the Artic had been planned for some time. But increasing tensions between the U.S. and Russia mean that it has attracted international observation. More

  • Flowers are laid as tributes to those killed in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, at the base of a large sign for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne July 20, 2014. At least six people aboard the flight, including Joep Lange, a leading li

    Audio AIDS Researcher Killed in Malaysia Airlines Crash

    Several medical researchers were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down July 17 in eastern Ukraine. The researchers were traveling to a yearly international conference on AIDS. Among those killed was Dr. Joep Lange, a top AIDS researcher. More

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, with Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil al-Araby, far left, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, second right, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaks at a hotel in Cairo, Egypt, July 25, 2

    Audio Kerry Presses on with Cease-fire, Death Toll Rises in Gaza

    America's top diplomat said "This is a broad effort. At this moment we are working toward a brief, seven-day cease-fire in honor of Eid." The holiday of Eid marks the end of the Muslim observance of Ramadan. He stood next to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri as he spoke in Cairo. More

  • A man stands in his backyard and looks at the wreckage of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed on Taiwan's offshore island Penghu July 24, 2014.

    Audio Is Air Travel Safe?

    Last week, Malaysia Airline flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine killing all 298 passengers and crew. On Wednesday, July 23, two Ukrainian military planes were shot down in the same airspace. And now an Air Algeria plane crashed in Mali. More

  • Algeria - Burkina Faso

    Audio Black Box Recovered at Air Algerie Crash Site

    French President Francois Hollande said French soldiers have reached the area where an Air Algerie passenger airplane crashed in northern Mali. He said soldiers had recovered one of the plane’s flight recorders. The airplane carried at least 116 people including the crew. More

Featured Stories

Practice Your Writing

Confessions of an English Learner BlogConfessions of an English Learner Blog

Tell us About Our Programs