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American Mosaic

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2:12 PM - 2:15 PM September 01, 2015

Tanglewood Music Center Celebrates 75th Anniversary


9:02 PM - 9:07 PM August 20, 2015

Movie Shows Roots of Controversial Rap Group


8:30 PM - 8:35 PM July 27, 2015

Folk to Rock: When Dylan Went Electric


2:54 PM - 2:58 PM July 24, 2015

Movie Tells Story of Mental Health, Poverty


11:16 PM - 11:20 PM July 14, 2015

Harper Lee's Second Novel Fuels Debate


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 29, 2015

American Mosaic

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


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 22, 2015

American Mosaic

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


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 15, 2015

American Mosaic

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


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 08, 2015

American Mosaic

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


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 01, 2015

American Mosaic

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


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 24, 2015

American Mosaic

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


9:08 PM - 9:13 PM April 23, 2015

Monkeys Rule the Ruins in New Disney Documentary


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 17, 2015

American Mosaic

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


10:29 PM - 10:33 PM April 17, 2015

Longtime, But Unknown, Blues Musicians Release CD


10:42 PM - 10:48 PM April 16, 2015

Mother, Son, Co-Write Children’s Book on Autism


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 10, 2015

American Mosaic

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


9:59 PM - 10:04 PM April 06, 2015

A Big Day for US Sports Fans


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 03, 2015

American Mosaic

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


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

American Mosaic

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


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

American Mosaic

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

    Audio Tanglewood Music Center Celebrates 75th Anniversary

    The world famous Boston Symphony Orchestra normally performs at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. But its summer home is the Tanglewood Music Center in western Massachusetts. The Boston Symphony Orchestra also has a summer program at Tanglewood for young singers and musicians.

    Video Movie Shows Rap Group 'Straight Outta Compton'

    The music genre known as gangster, or gangsta, rap was born in the poor, dangerous neighborhood of Compton, in Los Angeles, California. The violence of street life there and tense relations between the community and police influenced the sound.

    Video Actor Cruise Again Lives 'Dangerously' in Fifth 'Mission: Impossible' Film

    Tom Cruise performs all his own stunts in 'Mission:Impossible - Rogue Nation." They include a wild motorcycle chase down a curvy mountain road in Morocco. In this fifth installment of the 'Mission: Impossible' series, Cruise's character is fighting a mysterious group of dissident agents.

    Video Underground Station in Capital to Become Arts Center

    An underground streetcar station in Washington, D.C's historic Dupont Circle district was closed 50 years ago. Now it is getting a new life. A plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms into a space for art shows, talks, concerts and even a film set.

    Audio Folk to Rock: When Dylan Went Electric

    Fifty years ago, folk music legend Bob Dylan rocked out at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on an electric guitar. He was widely booed. The audience may have been unhappy with Dylan’s performance that day, but it changed the direction of music and culture in the United States.

    Video Movie Tells Story of Mental Health, Poverty

    Director Maya Forbes tells about her family and its struggles with depression, poverty and sex discrimination in her new film, “Infinitely Polar Bear.” The film is not like other Hollywood movies that have a happy ending. Instead the movie shows an American family and how it reacted to events.

    Audio Harper Lee’s Second Novel Fuels Debate

    On Tuesday, Harper Lee’s second book “Go Set a Watchman,” was released for sale, 55 years after the first. Lee had announced in February that she would publish a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Some readers are protesting the character of Atticus as he is written in “Go Set a Watchman.”

    Video Resounding Earth: Creating Music from Metal

    "The title “Resounding Earth” on the one hand, we are talking about resounding earth. The earth is full of metals that all of mankind has turned into instruments. We are going to play them from all around the world together on one stage."

    Audio Chinese-American Nightclub Scene Changed Racial Stereotypes

    Chinese American nightclubs were West Coast hotspots in the U.S. during the 1950s and 60s. These popular nightclubs broke down racial barriers and paved the way for Asian actors to enter mainstream U.S. entertainment. This story is full of words and expression for talking about old school glamor.

    Video 18 Films Seek Top Prize at Cannes Film Festival

    The movies competing for the Palme d'Or come from France, Japan, the United States and elsewhere. But thousands of other films are screened at the famed international film festival. Hundreds of thousands of people flood the town to see the movies and, maybe, get a look at some stars as well.

    Video Latina Blues Singer Releases New CD

    Unlike some female performers, Evelyn Rubio does not criticize men in her songs. She says, “I really think there are so many good guys out there that they deserve to have a nice song talking about them.”

    Video Monkeys Rule the Ruins in Disney Documentary

    The new Disneynature film “Monkey Kingdom” centers on a troop of tocque macaques that live in a special place in Sri Lanka. The animals live under a strict social order. New mother Maya is low on that order and struggles for survival with her newborn, Kip. Danger and drama define their existence.

    Video Longtime, But Unknown, Blues Musicians Release CD

    These artists have played in the bands of famous blues singers, but they are not stars. Now, as BB King and other blues legends grow older, members of their bands have recorded and released their own CD. The new group is called Original Legends of the Blues. The CD is “Still Carrying the Flame.”

    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.

    Audio A Big Day for US Sports Fans

    Millions of Americans will attend opening day of Major League Baseball, a league of professional baseball players, on April 6. Then, at night, millions of people will watch on television as Duke University and the University of Wisconsin battle for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

    Video Angelina Jolie Has Second Surgery to Prevent Cancer

    The 39-year-old actress published a piece in The New York Times about her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to protect herself from cancer. She had a double mastectomy two years ago for the same reason. The latest surgery leaves the mother of six unable to have more children.

    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 'Cinderella' Is More Than Just a Movie for Kids

    The new Disney movie made $70 million in ticket sales at its opening last weekend and will make more in the coming weeks. Also, Disney and its partners are making huge profits from merchandise linked to the movie. And, the fairy tale goods are not just for kids anymore. Women want them too!

    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.

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  • Video Iran Seeking Foreign Visitors and Their Money

    The agreement between Iran and six world powers will ease financial restrictions on the Middle Eastern nation. Iranians hope that the end of travel restrictions will lead to more foreigners visiting the country. In London, travel agents say some people are already asking about how they can visit. More

  • Audio US Preparing Sanctions Against China

    The United States is preparing to act against Chinese who steal trade secrets using the Internet. The actions could freeze accounts and block the transfer of money. They would target thieves who use the Internet to steal U.S. trade secrets. More

  • Audio EU Officials to Hold Talks on Migrant Crisis

    The talks will involve home and justice ministers from EU member countries. Luxembourg, the EU’s current president, says the meeting will take place on September 14 in Brussels. The International Organization for Migration says more than 322,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea. More

  • Employees of Rivalry Games work on their computers at technology incubator MuckerLab, in Santa Monica, Calif.

    Video Los Angeles' Silicon Beach Becoming Like Silicon Valley

    America's high technology industry is centered in northern California. The area, known as Silicon Valley, is a short drive from San Francisco Bay. Silicon Valley is home to Google, Apple and other industry leaders. More

  • The north dome of the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru is seen in this handout photo from Ohio State University taken in 2003.

    Video Andean Glaciers Reveal Secrets of Climate Change

    Ice caps, very large sheets of ice, do not only exist at the earth’s poles. There are tropical ice caps in mountain ranges, too. The largest, the Quelccaya Ice Cap, is on top of the Andes Mountains in Peru. But the Quelccaya Ice Cap is melting quickly. More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Are You Too Smart for Your Own Good?

    If you think being smart is always a good thing, think again. Smart has many meanings. Read on to find out what they are and the surprising origin of the term Smart Aleck. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: Fun with Future Tenses

    English has several ways to talk about the future. It's one of the most flexible tenses in English. We visit some popular songs for examples of the future forms. Read and listen as the Everyday Grammar team shows you six ways to express an event in the future. You will not regret it! More

  • Video A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce

    Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War. He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army? Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means to his father and fellow soldiers. More

  • Audio Betty Azar, 'Rock Star' of English Grammar

    It all started with a question from a student. The year was 1965. Betty Azar was teaching her first English as a Second Language class at the University of Iowa. A student from the Middle East asked Ms. Azar, “Why can’t I put a in front of water?’ As in ‘I drank a water.’” More

  • Audio Millions with Mental Illness Get Little or No Treatment

    The World Health Organization reports that hundreds of millions of people worldwide have a mental disorder. However, the WHO adds that most get little or no treatment. Learn the vocabulary needed to talk about this important study. More

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