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American Mosaic

American Mosaic is our weekly program about music, pop culture and life in the United States.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 27, 2015

American Mosaic

American Mosaic is our weekly program about music, pop culture and life in the United States.


9:40 PM - 9:46 PM February 24, 2015

Young Writer’s Plays Explore Race, Identity in America


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 20, 2015

American Mosaic

American Mosaic is our weekly program about music, pop culture and life in the United States.


10:14 PM - 10:20 PM February 20, 2015

‘Fifty Shades of Grey:’ Big Audiences, Bad Reviews


12:05 AM - 12:10 AM February 14, 2015

A Very Musical Love Story


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 13, 2015

American Mosaic

American Mosaic is our weekly program about music, pop culture and life in the United States.


10:33 PM - 10:40 PM February 09, 2015

Singer Sam Smith Wins Big at the Grammys


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 06, 2015

American Mosaic

American Mosaic is our weekly program about music, pop culture and life in the United States.


9:09 PM - 9:16 PM February 05, 2015

Sudan's 'Lost Boy' Becomes US Chess Champion


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 30, 2015

American Mosaic

American Mosaic is our weekly program about music, pop culture and life in the United States.


11:03 PM - 11:11 PM January 29, 2015

Superbowl Sunday: The Patriots, the Seahawks and Katy Perry, Too


10:00 PM - 10:06 PM January 27, 2015

New York's 'Underground Museum' Pleases Passerby


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 23, 2015

American Mosaic

American Mosaic is our weekly program about music, pop culture and life in the United States.


10:32 PM - 10:38 PM January 23, 2015

'American Sniper" Earns Oscar Nominations and Debate on Twitter


11:12 PM - 11:17 PM January 16, 2015

Art Museum Offers Its Collection Online


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 16, 2015

American Mosaic

American Mosaic is our weekly program about music, pop culture and life in the United States.


10:44 PM - 10:51 PM January 15, 2015

Several Surprises in Oscar Nominations


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 09, 2015

American Mosaic

American Mosaic is our weekly program about music, pop culture and life in the United States.


9:45 PM - 9:50 PM January 07, 2015

Elvis Presley's Jets for Sale


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 02, 2015

American Mosaic

American Mosaic is our weekly program about music, pop culture and life in the United States.

    Audio Young Writer’s Plays Explore Race, Identity in America

    Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' latest play 'An Octoroon,' is showing at a theater in New York City. It is based on a 19th Century work by Dion Boucicault. It tells about a white man who falls in love with a woman who is part black. At the time, mixed race marriage was banned in southern US states.

    Audio Politics Share the Stage at the Oscars

    Racial equality was not the only political or disputed issue performers discussed last night. Some used their acceptances speeches to talk about immigration, women’s rights, illness, suicide and government surveillance. And the movie of an American sniper continues to fuel the debate.

    'Birdman' Takes Oscars for Best Picture, Director

    The movie won four Academy Awards in all. 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' also earned four Oscars. The Best Actress award went to Julianne Moore for 'Still Alice' and Eddie Redmayne was honored with the Best Actor Oscar for his work in 'The Theory of Everything.' 'Whiplash' took home three Oscars.

    Video ‘Fifty Shades of Grey:’ Big Audiences, Bad Reviews

    The movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” opened last week and sold more than $300 million worth of tickets worldwide. That is more than seven times the amount it cost to make the film. The movie has not done nearly as well with the critics. Several movie critics called the film “boring” and “tedious.”

    Audio A Very Musical Love Story

    Lyrics from several love songs over the years tell a story about how to find and keep love in this Valentine's Day special.

    Audio Singer Sam Smith Wins Big at the Grammys

    The British singer won four of the biggest awards. Musician Beck was the surprise winner of the major award, Album of the Year. There were also some winning performances by Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett and Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. And as always, the fashion was hotly debated on Twitter.

    Video Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sides

    Can animals be artistic? Some experts think so. Painting and music are part of efforts to keep animals happy at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Zookeepers there believe that animals need enrichment just like people do. Their unique pieces of art are popular items.

    Superbowl Sunday: The Patriots, the Seahawks and Katy Perry, Too

    The National Football League championship game is hugely popular with sports fans and television advertisers. Tens of millions of people watch the game for the competitive play and for the funny commercials broadcast throughout. Many also enjoy the halftime show. This year Katy Perry will entertain.

    Video New York's 'Underground Museum' Pleases Passersby

    For the past thirty years, artists have been asked to create works of art for New York’s huge subway and train system. The works often relate to city life or to the neighborhood of a station. Some people call it New York’s “underground art museum," with over 250 pieces of original artwork.

    Video With Oscar Nomination, 'American Sniper' Stirs Debate

    The movie is based on a book by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. He is considered the deadliest marksman in the history of the United States military. The film explores how war can affect a soldier's mental and emotional health and stirs a debate on social media over its message.

    Video Rare, Important Art Is Now Only a Click Away

    The public has never seen the majority of works in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museums of Asian Art. Now they can be downloaded from the Internet -- in many cases for free. The Freer and Sackler Galleries worked for over 15 years to make digital copies of more than 40,000 objects.

    Video Several Surprises in Oscar Nominations

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s Oscar nominations. As usual, not everyone is happy about the choices. The nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood, California. Few people of color received nominations this year.

    Video Elvis Presley's Airplanes for Sale

    Elvis Presley is a music legend known around the world. On January 8 of this year, the king of Rock and Roll would have turned 80 years old. This weekend, two of his personal jets will be sold in an auction to the highest bidder. The interest in his planes is just another example of "Elvis mania."

    Audio Family Makes Friends and Memories on World Trip

    The Rivenbarks are about six months into their year-long trip around the planet. They have floated in kayaks in Italy, flown in hot air balloons in Myanmar, hiked to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal, and gone on safari in South Africa. But, much is still ahead.

    Video Music Shows in Private Homes Gain Popularity

    Attending a live musical performance, be it in a huge arena or a small cafe, is an exciting experience. But here in the U.S., a very different kind of performance is gaining popularity: house concerts. “There's just a totally unique experience as opposed to playing like a coffee shop or a bar."

    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 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 'Hunger Games' Expected to Top Holiday Ticket Sales

    'Mockingjay - Part 1' is the third in the four part movie series. It earned about $123 million in its opening weekend. Not bad, but millions less than tickets sales in the release weekend of the first two 'Hunger Games' films. What explains the drop in audience interest?

    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 Taylor Swift, Beyonce Top Music and Money Lists

    Swift's new album is on top of Billboard Magazine’s top two hundred albums list for a second week. Forbes Magazine also reported Swift is the second highest earning woman in music. Beyonce Knowles is number one on that yearly list and Forbes also named her the top earning celebrity.

Learn with The News

  • Audio Kerry Deplores Rights Violation in Eastern Ukraine

    Also, Kerry called for investigation in Nemtsov's death and defended Israel at the UN. Iraqi forces have launched an offensive against Islamic State fighters. And, North Korean has fired missiles into the sea in an apparent protest against joint U.S. and South Korean exercises. More

  • FILE - A man watches a TV news program showing a file picture of a missile launch conducted by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.

    Audio Can North Korea Build More Nuclear Weapons?

    A new report says North Korea could have as many as 100 nuclear weapons by 2020. That includes the 16 to 20 such weapons the report’s writer says the closed country already has. Not everyone agrees North Korea will be able to build that many more nuclear weapons in the next five years. More

  • Video Struggling in Europe, Muslims Look to US for Better Model

    Activists want to stop efforts by Islamist groups to find new members in Europe. But the activists say they are losing the battle for the continent’s young Muslims. Muslim communities in the United States have seen smaller numbers of young people being recruited than communities in Europe. More

  • Audio Experts Want Agriculture at Center of Climate Deal

    The Paris International Agricultural Show is the biggest farming event in France. The show has plenty of farm animals, growers and other people every year. This year some of those attending considered the effects of climate change on farm production. More

  • Charles H. Flowers High School

    Audio Financial Literacy Skills Last a Lifetime

    How to use math for planning a budget or managing money is not often in the curriculum. A school in the state of Maryland provides training in financial literacy. Skills include how to make a budget, how to balance a checkbook and how to deal with credit. More

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  • FILE - An embryologist works on a petri dish at a London fertility clinic.

    Audio 'Three-Person Babies' Debate Goes Beyond Science and Religion

    Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy uses the genetic material from three people to create babies. The stated purpose of the therapy is to help mothers avoid passing genetic mutations to their babies. Some say MRT will lead to 'designer babies.' Others say it is dangerous, immoral or just wrong. More

  • Steam and smoke is seen over the coal burning power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009. Coal power plants are among the biggest producer of CO2, that is supposed to be responsible for climate change.

    Audio Capturing CO2 Is Costly and Difficult

    Most scientists agree that increasing amounts of carbon-dioxide gas in the atmosphere is partly to blame for climate change. Climate change can have a big effect on weather conditions around the world. Scientists are looking for the best and least costly methods for capturing the gas. More

  • Kerry and Declan Reichs (Courtesy Photo)

    Video Choosing to Be a Single Mother

    U.S. officials say birth rates for unmarried women over age 40 have been rising in recent years. In fact, the rate in 2012 was almost 30 percent higher than just five years earlier. There are single mothers by choice. They are generally older, successful, well-educated, and financially secure. More

  • Audio Young Writer’s Plays Explore Race, Identity in America

    Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' latest play 'An Octoroon,' is showing at a theater in New York City. It is based on a 19th Century work by Dion Boucicault. It tells about a white man who falls in love with a woman who is part black. At the time, mixed race marriage was banned in southern US states. More

  • Audio Understanding the Misunderstood Teenage Brain

    A common battle cry of teenagers to adults is, "You just don't understand me!" Well, they might be right. A brain scientist (neuroscientist) and mother to two teenagers says the teenage brain is quite different from the adult brain. She "debunks," or clears up three common myths about teenagers. More

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