April 20, 2014 03:13 UTC

USA

Are You Hardcore Enough for CrossFit?

A member of District CrossFit in Washington, D.C. exercises with weights. (Photo: Michael J. LaPierre)

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04/16/2014
CrossFit is a workout program gaining followers worldwide. But it's not easy. And you could get hurt. Find out if you have what it takes for CrossFit. | Health Report More

Audio Congress Praises Response to Boston Bombing

Bombing one year ago caused deaths and injuries. Also, U.N. warns Muslims in C.A.R. of danger | As It Is

Audio Vermont is Small in Size, Big in Beauty

The New England state of Vermont is known for its fertile farmland, Green Mountains, and Revolutionary history, to say nothing of ice cream and teddy bears. Come along with us, and practice your English, as we visit the "Green Mountain State" | This is America

Audio US Federal Judges Cancel Same-Sex Marriage Bans

Some observers say such marriages may soon be legal throughout the country | As It Is

Audio Community Colleges Offer Easy, Low-cost Opportunities

Community colleges in the US offer students an easy and low-cost way to get an education. And for international students, community colleges can be the perfect place to start their education and to get accustomed to living in the United States. A special US program is aimed to do just that.

Audio Interracial Marriages Increase in US

We report on the growing number of marriages between two people of different racial groups. And we visit an event for companies seeking to sell services and products to same-sex couples. Listen carefully, and before you know it, you will have improved your American English | As It Is

Audio Blues, Country and Soul Mix in Memphis

We learn about a city in the Southern US that helped give the world many kinds of American music, including Blues, Country, Rock, and Soul. Come along as we visit Memphis, Tennessee | This Is America

Audio Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: 25 Years Later

Environment and economy damaged by huge oil spill in Alaska where the Exxon Valdez leaked 41.5 million liters to the water. Also, the health care law again will be the focus for Democrats and Republicans in the 2014 mid-term election year in United States. | As It Is

Audio Businessman Buys Famous Car Factory in Detroit

Old Packard automobile factory may become new offices, homes, and businesses | As It Is

Audio What’s a GI Joe?

“Leatherneck,” “grunt,” “doughboy” and “GI Joe” are words that Americans call their beloved soldiers. Where these words come from is the topic of today’s program | Words and Their Stories

Audio Republicans Aim to Take the White House in 2016

Republicans look forward to the next presidential elections. And the World Health Organization says human rights must be respected and protected when women seek birth control services. | As It Is

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 Iwo Jima Photograph Inspires Marine Corps Memorial

A famous World War II photograph inspires a dramatic sculpture across the Potomac River from Washington. We learn about the photo and visit the Iwo Jima Memorial. Also, impressions from visitors | This Is America

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

Audio And, The Oscar Goes To…

Actors, directors and others have made their choices. Now, they wait for Hollywood’s biggest event: the Academy Awards. Movie stars will gather for the ceremony this Sunday in Los Angeles, California. Tens of Millions of Americans are expected to watch the event on television | American Mosaic

Audio Blight Tourism in Detroit Grows in Popularity

And, city planners look to repair and rebuild blighted areas in Detroit | As It Is

Audio Another World, Underground: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

One of the world's largest caves, Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains more than 100 caves below the surface of the desert filled with stalactites and stalagmites. During the summer, thousands of bats fly north from Mexico and give birth in the caverns. | This Is America

Audio Home Birth Movement Grows in the US

Most births in the U.S. take place in hospitals. However, a growing numbers of parent-to-be choose to give birth at home without medicine, high tech machinery or surgery. And, a new Broadway show celebrates the music of the Cotton Club | American Mosaic

Audio Valentine's Day: A History of the Day of Love

The day for lovers began in ancient Rome. As part of the celebration, each girl reportedly wrote her name on a piece of paper and put it in a large container. Each boy reached into the container and pulled out the name of a girl. That girl became his girlfriend for a year | American Mosaic

Audio Hospice Helps Patients Live Their Final Days

Hospice care is less about death than you might imagine | American Mosaic