May 28, 2015 16:21 UTC

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Exploring America’s Immigration Story

This helicopter view shows how close the Statue of Liberty is to Ellis Island. Arriving immigrants would sail past "Lady Liberty" on their way to Ellis Island.

05/25/2015
For years, the first stop for millions of immigrants to the United States was the Ellis Island immigration center in New York Harbor. A new museum exhibit tells about the people who entered the country before and after the center closed. | As It Is More

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

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.

Audio Guide to 2016 Campaign: Money and Super PAC

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.

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.

Video Learning at the Laundromat

College students teach mathematics and English to poor, immigrant children at a coin laundry near Washington, DC. At the same time, the students are helping the owner of the business become more profitable. The tutoring is part of the business plan they have created. | As It Is

Audio US Police: Biker Gangs Threaten Public Safety

Nine people were killed in Waco, Texas, last Sunday during a gunfight between competing motorcycle gangs. Now, officials are worried that other gang members could travel to the city and incite more violence. Waco police say they seized more than 100 guns and arrested about 170 people.

Video 19-Year-Old Is Youngest Mayor in Maryland History

Brandon Paulin, 19, is the top official of a town in the U.S. state of Maryland. He is the youngest mayor in the state’s history. The person who held the job before him was almost 60. Voters say they like Mr. Paulin’s big goals for his small town.

Video The Man Who Collects Secrets

In the past 10 years Frank Warren has collected a million secrets from people throughout the world. He has created an art project from the postcards and other objects he has been sent. And he places images of them on his website. Do you have a secret you want to tell him?

Video Discover America's Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest and most famous footpaths in the world. We went to the historic town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, the halfway point of the 3,400-kilometer-long Appalachian Trail. Also known as the AT, this famous trail passes through 14 states in the eastern U.S.

Audio Blues Music Great B.B. King Dead at 89

The masterful guitarist was called the "King of Blues." He influenced the work of many other musicians during his 70 years in the business. B.B. King was entered in three music halls of fame, had won 15 Grammy awards and countless other honors. The 1969 song 'The Thrill is Gone' is his most famous.

Video Homeless Shelter for LGBT Youth Opens in Washington

Casa Ruby will have 18 beds for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. Founder Ruby Corado says her goal is to offer LGBT homeless youth the same help that is given to many people in D.C. One resident says Casa Ruby is a house where people can be themselves and be loved.

Audio Latest Terror Threat Is on Social Media

A top Obama administration official says the fight against terrorism has entered what he calls a new phase. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke to ABC News on Sunday. He said groups like the self-declared Islamic State are successfully using social media to interest new members.

Audio More Republicans Join 2016 Presidential Race

This week one woman and two men announced they would campaign for the Republican party's nomination for president. Only one of them has held political office. They join three United States senators who have already announced their candidacies. | In the News

Audio US Officials Investigate Shooting in Texas

A debate has started between supporters and opponents of the American Freedom Defense Initiative. The group held what some call a free speech event, but many Muslims would call deeply offensive. Police continue to investigate what led to the shooting.

Video Volunteers Aid Victims of Riots in Baltimore

There were riots in parts of the city after a funeral was held for an African-American man who died after being arrested. The city is working to get back to normal after a week of violence. Volunteers are helping people in the neighborhoods that were affected by the unrest.

Video Body Cameras Seen as Good and Bad for US Police Officers

The Houston Police Department has experimented with body cameras for the past two years. The department deploys about 100 of the cameras on its officers each day. There are many questions about the cost of such camera systems and the limits on what the technology can do. And who controls the images?

Audio The 25 Most Popular Cities to Visit in America

Big cities and small historic towns top the list of most popular places to visit in America, according to the travel site TripAdvisor. Millions of users voted New York City, Chicago, and Charleston, South Carolina as the top three cities to visit in the U.S. Here's a look at all 25 cities!

Video Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Death of Black Man

The chief prosecutor in the eastern U.S. city of Baltimore, Maryland has announced charges against six police officers in the case of the death of a 25-year-old black man. Freddie Gray died in the hospital April 19th, a week after he was arrested. Mr. Gray’s death was ruled a homicide.

Audio US Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Debate

The US Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to marry. Depending on how the court votes, it could lead to legalization of same-sex marriage across the US. Or the court could leave things the way they are now for the states to decide.

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  • A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows Syrian citizens walking in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus.

    Audio Islamic State Executes 20 in Palmyra Roman Theater

    A Human Rights group says that the Islamic State militants have executed 20 people in the ancient Roman theater in Palmyra, a UNESCO World heritage site. Also in the news, Heat wave kills 1,100 in India; Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum announces his campaign for president. More

  • U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces an indictment against nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives for racketeering, conspiracy and corruption at a news conference, in Brooklyn, New York, May 27, 2015.

    Audio US, Swiss Officials Take Action against FIFA in Corruption Cases

    United States officials have brought charges against current and former leaders of FIFA, the group that governs the sport of football around the world. A U.S. federal indictment accuses them of corruption and other wrongdoing. More

  • Audio China Defends Its Island-Building in the South China Sea

    China has defended its efforts to build up islands and coral reefs in the South China Sea. Chinese officials say the efforts are no different from public construction projects. Officials compared the activities to repairing roads, and building bridges and homes. More

  • Audio Japan's Past Threatens Chances for World Heritage Site

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO is considering adding sites in Japan to its World Heritage list. The possible sites include coal mines, steel factories and shipyards that show how Japan became the first Asian nation to enter the modern industrial age. More

  • Audio US Military Searching for Boat People in Southeast Asia

    The U.S. military has begun flights off the west coast of Malaysia. Military aircraft are searching for thousands of people who are believed to be trapped on unsafe wooden boats. Last week, Indonesia and Malaysia announced they would temporarily permit the boat people to land. More

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    If you have a long list of vocabulary words to learn, you might want to write them into a familiar song. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh studied the relationship between music and remembering a foreign language. After the tests were over, the singers came out on top. And it's more fun! More

  • Video New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

    Architects, engineers and building supervisors will soon be able to quickly collect information that once took weeks to measure and process. Scientists have developed a device to gather information about building interiors – the design and exact measurements of a building. More

  • Audio Guide to 2016 Campaign: Money and Super PAC

    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

  • Audio Everyday Grammar - Introducing Conditionals

    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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