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Sony Criticized for Cancelling 'The Interview'

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The company acted after a group of computer hackers attacked the company and threatened to attack movie theaters that show the film. Most people have criticized Sony’s decision to cancel the release. The US says North Korea was behind the cyber attack. North Korea denies the accusation. More

Video Filmmakers Create New Technology for 'Big Hero 6'

Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams wanted the film to be based on some real science, to make it believable. 'We don’t have any super-powered people in this movie. It’s all super technology.' The film was just nominated for a 2014 Golden Globe award for best animated film.

Video Could North Korea Have Hacked Sony Pictures?

United States federal agents have joined an investigation of an attack on computers belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says the cyber-attack on the film producer took place last month. Many people are wondering if North Korea was responsible.

Video One Direction Breaks Billboard Chart Record

The British boy band's latest album 'Four' has gone to number one on the Top Two Hundred albums chart in its first week of release, just as the group's other three albums did. Billboard Magazine says One Direction is the only group in the history of the ratings chart to do that.

Video With Bonerama, Three Trombones Lead the Big Parade

The New Orleans-based group brings together funk, rock, blues and jazz, creating a gumbo for the ears. Bonerama has horns like many bands. But, unlike most groups, the trombone players lead this band. Reporter Jonathan Evans performed with the band and wrote about it for American Mosaic.

Video American Filmmaker 'Point and Shoot' in Libya

The story sounds like a work of fiction: An American filmmaker takes to the road on a motorcycle. He and his video camera travel around the Arab world. He ended up fighting with Libyan rebels opposed to Gadhafi and made a movie. The movie won the top documentary prize at Tribeca.

Video David Bowie and the Berlin Wall

Many musicians sang about the Cold War and the social injustice of the Berlin Wall. On June 7, 1987, David Bowie returned to then-West Berlin to perform a concert close to the Berlin Wall. Bowie then sang the song Heroes, a song about the Cold War and about the divided city of Berlin.

Video Syrian Films Tell of Horror, Hope

Syrian filmmakers have been attending film festivals in Europe. One filmmaker, Ali Atassi, says his documentary is not about the past. He says "Our Terrible Country" is about what happened during production. It is an exploration of friendship amid kidnappings, war and exile.

Video Miranda Lambert Wins Big (Again) at Country Music Awards

Music artists Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley again hosted the ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. They joked about Taylor Swift, the elections and more. Pop and rock stars also appeared on the show. Luke Bryan won the highest CMA award, Entertainer of the Year.

Video 'Fishing Without Nets,' Somali Pirates Story

The film tells about a fisherman who is unable to earn enough to feed his family. Then a friend talks to him about helping pirates – gunmen who hijack ships on the high seas. The fisherman decides to join the group. Cutter Hodierne directed the film. It is his first full-length movie.

Video Singapore Film Ban Raises Free Speech Issue

The documentary film, “To Singapore, with Love” tells about political dissidents from Singapore. The film has been shown at public events in Britain, India and Malaysia, among other countries. But one place the movie cannot be seen is Singapore. That is because the government there has banned it.

Audio Oscar de la Renta Dressed First Ladies and Movie Stars

Clothing designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday at his home in the American state of Connecticut. He was 82 years old. His wife said he died of problems related to cancer. Mr. de la Renta dressed American movie stars and first ladies such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton.

Audio San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals'

The California baseball team, San Francisco Giants, is playing the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 Major League Baseball championship, the World Series. Two radio stations in San Francisco banned the hit song "Royals." In return, another station in Kansas City chose to play the song once every hour.

Video Sting, War, Lou Reed for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Welcome to American Mosaic from VOA Learning English. I’m Caty Weaver. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for induction this year. The 15 choices cover more than 50 years in music. They are Britons, Germans and Americans from across the United States.

Video Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga 'Cheek to Cheek'

Bennett becomes the oldest artist alive to enter Billboard's Top Two Hundred Albums chart at number one. The album is Lady Gaga's second number one in last than a year | American Mosaic

Audio Lorde Releases Single for 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack

The 17-year-old New Zealander is curating the soundtrack. The album is to be released a few days before 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part One' opens November 21st. | American mosaic

Video New Hits from Godsmack, Ryan Adams, Tove Lo

VOA Learning English fans in Vietnam and Ukraine asked for an update on the current state of American rock music | American Mosaic

Audio Apple, U2 Album Giveaway Backfires

Irish band U2’s recent online project with technology company Apple caused a storm of online controversy. The project gave free digital copies of U2’s new album, “Songs of Innocence” to all Apple iTunes members. But, a considerable number of members saw it as a violation.

Video Street Artists Add Color to Washington, DC Buildings

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. Officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.

Audio Jack the Ripper Finally Caught, Maybe

A writer claims to have identified the murderer who terrorized London in 1888. But others experts say the writer is wrong. Examine the evidence and be your own armchair detective!

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    Audio Top Islamic State Leaders Killed in Airstrikes

    Three top Islamic State leaders were killed in a series of targeted airstrikes in Iraq. U.S. not ruling out White House visit by Cuban President Raul Castro. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap over 100 women, children. Putin says Russia’s economy will improve in two years. More

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    Video Sony Criticized for Cancelling 'The Interview'

    The company acted after a group of computer hackers attacked the company and threatened to attack movie theaters that show the film. Most people have criticized Sony’s decision to cancel the release. The US says North Korea was behind the cyber attack. North Korea denies the accusation. More

  • The MOM Incubator could save more babies in refugee camps who die due to complications of premature birth.

    Audio Low-Cost Incubator May Save More Babies

    Premature birth is the biggest killer of children worldwide. About one million babies around the world die of problems because they are born too early. Many of these babies could have been saved if they had been placed in an incubator. A young British researcher says he has found a solution. More

  • A screenshot from Cuban television shows President Raul Castro addressing the country, in Havana, Dec. 17, 2014.

    Audio US, Cuba Normalize Relations

    After the release of Alan Gross from prison, U.S. and Cuba announce policy changes that end more than 50 years of diplomatic isolation that began in the Cold War. Also in the news, India joins Pakistan in mourning after Tuesday's Taliban attack. And Sony Pictures cancels release of "The Interview." More

  • Audio How Much of You Does Facebook Own?

    If you use Facebook, your friends may have posted an update recently saying Facebook is not permitted to violate their privacy. But how much of your data -- things you post -- does Facebook legally own? Experts say Facebook's terms of service agreement clearly says they own most of what you post. More

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  • Lee Surrenders to Grant at Appomatox

    Audio Southern General Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox

    General Robert E. Lee’s military skill and intelligence helped extend the war between the states. But even his skill could not save the South from the industrial power of the North and its mighty armies -- armies that were better-fed and better-equipped. On Sunday, August 9, Lee surrendered. More

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    Audio Helping Uganda’s Disabled Children Play

    You may think that all children have freedom to play. But for children who look differently from others or have physical disabilities, the idea of play can seem far away. An organization in Uganda is seeking to change that. Read on to learn words needed to talk about this sometimes difficult topic. More

  • A microneedle used to inject glaucoma medications into the eye is shown next to a liquid drop from a conventional eye dropper. (Georgia Tech Photo: Gary Meek

    Audio Tiny Needles Treat Eye Disease

    Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness around the world. In the United States, more than two million people suffer from the disease. Now, researchers are developing very small needles that may offer a more effective and painless treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases. More

  • The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement in Las Vegas

    Audio Mob Museum Tells About the Mafia in America

    The U.S. government has long used public money to fight organized crime. Now, public money is also paying for a museum in Las Vegas to tell about "The Mob,” and not everyone is happy about that. But some say it helps the local economy by bringing people to a part of Las Vegas that few visit. More

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