April 21, 2015 10:20 UTC


Rolling Stone's Mistaken Story of a Rape 'Was Avoidable'

In December of last year, a well-known American magazine retracted a major story. The story reported on a sexual attack at the University of Virginia. A student told the reporter a group of students raped her at a fraternity party in 2012. The magazine later said it was not true. More

Video Women Seek to Join US Army Rangers

Army expects nearly 20 women will begin the difficult training on Monday; it says they will have to meet the same standards as men to graduate from course. Opinion study of male troops finds many do not think women should be Rangers. The Army says those who graduate will be Rangers.

Audio Guide to the US Presidential Campaign, Part One

Every four years Americans go to the polls in November to pick a president. Americans will elect the next president in November of 2016. Although the election is still more than a year away, candidates have been announcing they are running. The candidates will compete in caucuses and primaries.

Video Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Campaign for President

“I’m running for president." Hillary Clinton kicks off her anticipated campaign for the presidency with a video posted on YouTube. With her second run for the White House, the former first lady and Secretary of State is hoping to become the first female president of the United States.

Video California Limits Water Use Because of Dry Weather

Governor Jerry Brown is ordering Californians to reduce their water use by 25 percent. Some communities are developing new measures to control water use. Golf courses and other major water users will face new restrictions. California homeowners are being paid to remove grass from their property.

Video Two Nations: Black America and White America

The National Urban League recently released its yearly report, called “The State of Black America.” The league works to help black Americans. Its report tells a familiar story of racial disparities in American life. It says blacks are much more likely to be unemployed than whites.

Audio Religious Freedom Acts Raise Controversy in US

Indiana and Arkansas recently passed – then considered changing – religious freedom laws. Nineteen other states have such laws to protect religious minorities. However, the new laws expand some religious protections to organizations. Some say the laws threaten the civil rights of homosexuals.

Audio Foods Important to Easter, Passover and the Spring

This weekend there are two traditional celebrations that American Christians and Jews celebrate every spring. You will see flat breads and chocolate rabbits in the stores. Other countries celebrate spring with roast lamb and a special table of foods.

Audio US National Park Service Preparing for 100th Anniversary

The U.S. National Park Service is getting ready to celebrate its centennial anniversary next year. The Secretary of the Interior was in New York City this week to kick off a new campaign tied to the anniversary. It is called “Find Your Park.” National Parks can be found in all 50 U.S. states.

Video Community Center Helps Women on Skid Row

Many homeless people live in the “Skid Row” area of Los Angeles, California. These men and women have no permanent place to live. Skid Row is a place where many social service groups can be found. They work to help the homeless find work and a place to live. One such organization works with women.

Audio Prison Watchdog Group Watching US Jails

The United States has more than two million people in prison. That is almost a fourth of the world's prison population. One group in the American state of Illinois is working to improve conditions for prisoners in that state. The John Howard Association was just rewarded for their prison work.

Video Landmark to Close as Camp David Hosts Afghan Meeting

Since the 1950s, American presidents have been going to Camp David in the mountains of Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. They have traveled there to rest or hold meetings away from the noise of the city and the news media. But President Barack Obama rarely goes to the camp.

Video Secrets of a Saddle-Maker

People began riding horses thousands of years ago. Saddles for horseback riding were invented soon after. Today, many companies manufacture saddles. But it is rare to find someone who designs and makes these products by hand. American Keith Valley is one of the few.

Video Will the US Become a Bilingual Country?

Experts say the city of Los Angeles is showing the future of language in the U.S. More than half of young people there speak at least two languages fluently. Some say by the end of the century most Americans will come not come from white, English-speaking families.

Video 150-Year-Old US Capitol Dome Under Repair

The last major repair work on the U.S. Capitol took place in 1960. Since then, the dome has become weathered and worn. The Architect of the Capitol group reports the dome has more than 1,000 narrow breaks on its surface and other damage. The repair and repaint project will take two years.

Video Old Style Parenting Starts Debate in the U.S.

A court found parents in the U.S. state of Maryland guilty of neglect. What the parents did might surprise you. Some say laws are needed to protect children. Others say the government should not interfere in a family’s parenting decisions. The debate continues.

Video Who Controls US Foreign Policy: Congress or the President?

A letter signed by 47 Republican Senators says any deal without Congressional approval could be changed by a future president or Congress. Obama administration officials say the letter hurts sensitive negotiations and interferes with executive power. | In the News

Video What Happens to Lost US Airline Luggage?

Most people who fly on passenger planes in the United States do not lose their bags but some do. The unclaimed bags are sold at a store in the southern state of Alabama. You never know what you’re going to find there, including iPads, eyeglasses and laptop computers!

Video Trail Rides Kick off Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Trail rides are a big part of tradition for horse and bull riders from all over the huge state of Texas. It is a tradition that dates back to 1952. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is where all of them show up to participate in the largest event of its kind in the world.

Video US Cities Protect Civil Rights Heritage to Increase Tourism

President Barack Obama will visit Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of a day known as “Bloody Sunday.” On March 7, 1965, police officers brutally attacked peaceful demonstrators in Selma. The protesters were part of a campaign to get voting rights for African-Americans.

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  • Audio Chinese Leader Visits Pakistan for Talks on Trade, Security

    Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting Pakistan for trade talks. The two sides hope to revive the Silk Road – the series of roads once used to connect East Asia to trading partners in the West. China has agreed to invest $46 billion in energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan. More

  • Audio 100-Year-Old Japanese Woman Sets Swimming Record

    As we age, we often take longer to recover from injuries. That is, for some people. After a Japanese woman suffered a knee injury, she became a competitive swimmer – at age 88! Learn some great swimming terms as well as the special term for people older than 100. More

  • Rescuers help children disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, April 20, 2015. About 100 migrants, including 28 children, were rescued on Sunday by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait while they were trying to cross.

    Audio Hundreds of Migrants Feared Dead off Libya

    Al-Shabab's bomb attack in northern Somalia is the third in three days; Chinese president in Pakistan with plans to build roads and energy projects; and US, Philippines launch major military training after more Chinese activities in the area. | In The News More

  • Audio US-Japan Relationship: Strong and Getting Stronger

    Prime Minister Abe to visit US this month. US officials see Japan as an important partner in East Asia and the Western Pacific, and welcome Japan’s more active involvement in world affairs. US congressman calls Japan "our most trusted ally in the Pacific region." More

  • Audio Indonesia Expected to Become Asia’s Next Trillion Dollar Economy

    IHS Global Insight says Indonesia will have a larger gross domestic product than Russia by 2021. And it says Indonesia’s growing middle class will make the country the largest consumer market among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. More

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  • Audio Tuberculosis Found in 18th Century Bodies

    TB mostly affects poor people and those infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. But the opposite was true 2 ½ centuries ago, when the disease infected wealthy Europeans. Researchers say new findings could change how TB is treated today. More

  • Audio Early American Railroads Shape Modern Language

    This week, we look at some train and railroad expressions commonly used in American English. This is only part one. There are many idioms and expressions relating to trains. So ... all aboard! Make sure you have your ticket because this train is leaving the station! More

  • Everyday Grammar - Gerunds and Infinitives

    Audio Everyday Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitives

    English learners have difficulty with gerunds and infinitives. A gerund is the –ing form of a verb that functions the same as a noun. For example, “Running is fun.” In this sentence, “running” is the gerund. It acts just like a noun. More

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    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. More

  • Video Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Two

    Last week, we told how African slaves on a Spanish ship rebelled in seventeen ninety-nine. They killed most of the Spanish sailors. Only the captain, Benito Cereno and a few others survived. The story continues - what happened on Captain Cereno's ship? Read the second of three part More

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