October 13, 2015 21:19 UTC


Columbus Day: Some Love It, Others Not So Much

In October 1492, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in today’s Bahamas. Americans honor the event on the second Monday in October. But critics of Columbus Day say the holiday disrespects native people. Are they right? More

Audio Bernie Sanders: Giving Hillary Clinton a Run for her Money

Who is the man disrupting the “coronation” of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party nominee for president? Who is Bernie Sanders? He is a self-described “democratic socialist,” who is filling large halls and stadiums with people who are drawn to his message.

Video Young Navajos Study to Save Their Language

For part of her life, Sylvia Jackson stopped speaking her native language, Navajo. Like many Native American children, she had little chance to speak her language. Today, she is a Navajo language instructor in Holbrook, Arizona. She finds herself at the forefront of keep her language alive.

Video US Congressman Drops Out of Race for House Speaker

California Congressman Kevin McCarthy has dropped out of the race for one of the most powerful positions in the United States. He was expected to become the next Speaker of the House. The position is third in line to the presidency. The speaker would become president if something happened to both.

Audio US Military Shapes What Americans Eat

Food writer Anastacia Marx de Salcedo says many processed foods have resulted from the work of a U.S. military laboratory somewhere. She says the military’s interest in food science increase during World War Two, when it sent meals to 1.6 million troops worldwide.

Video Asian Immigrants to Overtake Hispanics

A new study by the Pew Research Center says Asians will be the top immigrant group in the year 2065. Fifty years from now, there will be more Asian than Hispanic immigrants in the United States. And, they say, no race or ethnic group will have a majority in the country.

Video Drought Affecting California’s Sequoias

California is suffering under a historic four-year drought and scientists say even the state's famed sequoia trees are feeling the pain. The National Park Service has started detailed research to see how it can help the oldest living things on earth survive.

Video Father of Oregon Victim Says Gunman Targeted Christians

U.S. officials are investigating an attack Thursday at a college in rural southern Oregon. Officials identified the gunman as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. They said he killed at least nine people at Umpqua Community College.

Audio Southern States Among the Poorest in US

Mississippi is the nation’s poorest state, says the US Census Bureau. Most people earn around $39,680 a year. Maryland ranks as the richest state, where most people earn around $73,971 a year. In addition to Mississippi, the three poorest states include West Virginia and Arkansas.

Audio Another Mass Shooting in the U.S.

A young male gunman killed 10 people Thursday afternoon at a community college in rural Oregon.The gunman, in his 20s, opened fire in classrooms around midmorning, according to the New York Times and the social media site, Twitter. The shooting lasted about a minute, sources said.

Video LA Trade Show Attracts Marijuana Businesses

Use of the plant marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law, but it has been legalized for medical or personal use in 23 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. This has attracted investors and created a boom for many businesses. Last year, almost $3 billion worth of marijuana was sold.

Audio Donald Trump Announces Tax Plan

"It's going to cost me a fortune," Trump said, referring to his proposed income tax increase for the wealthiest Americans. But, he argued, his plan would "trigger the economy, make everyone want to go back to work." Some critics say the plan is not as new and different as Trump might be claiming.

Video Chinese Girls Raised in America Find Their Identity

An American journalist adopted a young Chinese girl 18 years ago. Now the girl returns to China to learn about identity and to teach others about abandoned children throughout the country.

Audio Voters Influenced by Flashy Debates

Governor John Kasich of Ohio is said to be one of the more calm candidates in the crowd of Republican candidates. Research shows that voters are influenced by flashy candidates.

Audio Some in US Questioning 'Birthright Citizenship'

The United States is one of about 30 countries in the world that gives automatic citizenship to babies born within its borders. The Republicans running for president have brought the issue up for debate in America. Some want to end the birthright citizenship for all babies born in the U.S.

Video New York Bakery Puts Pope’s Face on Cookies

A family-owned bakery in New York City is making the cookies. A lot of people are buying them, but workers say some Catholics are not comfortable eating them. Workers at the bakery have been making special pope cookies since 2008, when Pope Benedict visited New York.

Audio Republican Debate Answers Few Questions

Eleven Republican candidates competed Wednesday night to show how strong they would be if elected president of the United States in 2016. Businessman Donald Trump, who is leading in the polls, was a target early in the debate.

Audio Maryland County Overturns English-Only Law

More than half of all American states have laws making English the official language. A law making English the official language of a town in the United States was recently overturned. The law is controversial because it seems to say to undocumented workers – go home.

Video Living in a Shipping Container

In some parts of the United States, housing is so costly that people are now living in shipping containers. But they often must keep their communities secret from local governments. The large metal boxes were once used to ship products across the country or overseas.

Audio Pope Francis to Make Historic Trip to US

The popular Pope Francis will be coming to Washington, DC, New York, and Philadelphia later this month. He will be busy. In six days, Pope Francis will deliver 18 speeches and homilies. His trip will include Masses, meetings, speeches to Congress and the United Nations – and visit with the poor.

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  • Garment workers rest inside a factory after their lunch time in Phnom Penh, Oct. 8, 2015. Cambodia agreed on Thursday to raise the minimum wage for workers in its crucial textiles and footwear sector to $140 per month from next year.

    Audio Cambodian Garment Workers to Earn $140 a Month

    Making clothing in Cambodia is the largest industry in the country. Last week, the government announced an increase in pay for workers who make clothing. Manufacturers wanted a lower wage but the prime minister raised the minimum wage to $140 a month. Some unions are asking for a higher rate. More

  • Millennials can balance a lot of information.  But, according to a new study, they give it superficial attention and are easily distracted.

    Audio Career Advice for Millennials from Robots

    A new book suggests that Millennials will work side-by-side with robot coworkers. Millennials should bring to the job what the robots cannot. More

  • Audio Will Cricket Score Points with Americans?

    Former cricket umpire Dickie Bird rings the bell at Lord's cricket ground in London in May 2015. But do Americans know him or other famous cricketers? Two teams are coming to three US cities in November. They will be led by well-known players Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne. | As It Is More

  • Video Cambodian Farmers Plant Less Rice, More Organic Vegetables

    Experts are urging Cambodian farmers to diversify their crops. Most farmers in Cambodia grow rice. Many also may grow cassava and maize. But very few farmers in the country grow other vegetables. And more Cambodians are demanding organic produce. More

  • Britain's Prince Andrew, second left, holds a solar lamp as students and teachers look on during his visit to H.R. College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai, India (file photo – 09 Mar. 2010)

    Audio India to Promote Use of Solar Energy

    Hundreds of villages in rural areas of India use clean energy now, instead of pollution-producing kerosene-powered lamps. But will a rise in energy produced from coal increase greenhouse gases? | As It Is More

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  • Audio Bernie Sanders: Giving Hillary Clinton a Run for her Money

    Who is the man disrupting the “coronation” of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party nominee for president? Who is Bernie Sanders? He is a self-described “democratic socialist,” who is filling large halls and stadiums with people who are drawn to his message. More

  • Audio Weasel, Duck, Dog: Animals That Are Also Verbs

    Enough horsing around! We finally stop floundering and deliver this week's program, even though it means scapegoating one of our own. Don't be cowed by the topic: these words are fun and will not outfox you. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: When Nouns Act Like Adjectives

    English speakers usually modify a noun with an adjective. Today the Everyday Grammar team looks at the times English speakers modify a noun with another noun. Learn how to say and write them correctly in this episode. More

  • Video A Taste of Japan at the ‘Grand Sake Tasting’

    Jasmine Taylor pours sake at the Grand Sake Tasting in Washington, D.C. Japanese music played while people drank rice wine and ate traditional food. This celebration raised money for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. More

  • Video Who Goes to a Rock Concert With Their Mother? Millennials!

    When musicians over the age of 50 are the star performers, you expect to see many Baby Boomers cheering them on. Aging rock music stars usually have Baby Boomer fans. Younger rock stars are more likely to appeal to Millennials. But at the Lockn' Music festival, two generations came together. More

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