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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 December 19, 2014

American Mosaic

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


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 12, 2014

American Mosaic

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


8:46 PM - 8:50 PM December 12, 2014

Music Shows in Private Homes Gain Popularity


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 05, 2014

American Mosaic

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


8:28 PM - 8:32 PM December 04, 2014

One Direction Breaks Billboard Chart Record


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 28, 2014

American Mosaic

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


5:55 PM - 5:59 PM November 28, 2014

'Hunger Games' Expected to Top Holiday Ticket Sales


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 21, 2014

American Mosaic

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


8:10 PM - 8:16 PM November 20, 2014

With Bonerama, Three Trombones Lead the Big Parade


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 14, 2014

American Mosaic

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


11:58 PM - 12:02 AM November 13, 2014

Swift, Beyonce Topping Music and Money Lists


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 07, 2014

American Mosaic

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


9:48 PM - 9:55 PM November 06, 2014

Miranda Lambert Wins Big (Again) at Country Music Awards


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 31, 2014

American Mosaic

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


7:29 PM - 7:33 PM October 31, 2014

Old Technology, New Record; Early Apple Computer Sold


6:54 PM - 6:59 PM October 30, 2014


9:35 PM - 9:40 PM October 27, 2014

Home of Last Comanche Chief Close to Ruins


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 24, 2014

American Mosaic

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


5:51 PM - 5:56 PM October 23, 2014

Oscar de la Renta Dressed First Ladies and Movie Stars


6:38 PM - 6:41 PM October 21, 2014

San Francisco Radio Stations Won't Play Lorde's "Royals"

    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.

    Video Film Project Helps Former American Soldiers

    A film project is helping American soldiers returning from war deal with mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder caused by the violence of war. The project, called "I Was There," gets soldiers to share their experiences with friends, family members and other military veterans.

    Video Miranda Lambert Wins Big (Again) at Country Music Awards

    Music artists Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley again hosted the ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. They joked about Taylor Swift, the elections and more. Pop and rock stars also appeared on the show. Luke Bryan won the highest CMA award, Entertainer of the Year.

    Audio Apple 1: Old Technology, New Record

    The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan recently purchased an Apple-1 computer for $905,000. The Apple-1 was the first pre-assembled personal computer ever offered to the public. And almost 40 years later, the device still works. | American Mosaic

    Audio Halloween Is Big with Kids and Business

    The National Retail Federation says sales of Halloween goods will total about $7.4 billion this year. It says the average American will spend about $77. The group expects 162 million people to celebrate. The NRF predicts 54 million of them will hold Halloween parties. | American Mosaic

    Video Home of Last Comanche Chief Close to Ruins

    One of the most interesting people in U.S. history is Quanah Parker, the last chief of the country’s Comanche Indian tribe. Quanah Parker was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Quanah Parker was a fierce fighter.

    Audio Oscar de la Renta Dressed First Ladies and Movie Stars

    Clothing designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday at his home in the American state of Connecticut. He was 82 years old. His wife said he died of problems related to cancer. Mr. de la Renta dressed American movie stars and first ladies such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton.

    Audio San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals'

    The California baseball team, San Francisco Giants, is playing the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 Major League Baseball championship, the World Series. Two radio stations in San Francisco banned the hit song "Royals." In return, another station in Kansas City chose to play the song once every hour.

    Video Sting, War, Lou Reed for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Welcome to American Mosaic from VOA Learning English. I’m Caty Weaver. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for induction this year. The 15 choices cover more than 50 years in music. They are Britons, Germans and Americans from across the United States.

    Video Artist Creates Homes for the Homeless

    An artist in Oakland, California is using his skills to help the homeless. Greg Kloehn builds very small shelters that make life on the streets a little more comfortable. The structures offer the homeless some safety and protection from bad weather. | American Mosaic

    Video Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga 'Cheek to Cheek'

    Bennett becomes the oldest artist alive to enter Billboard's Top Two Hundred Albums chart at number one. The album is Lady Gaga's second number one in last than a year | American Mosaic

    Audio Lorde Releases Single for 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack

    The 17-year-old New Zealander is curating the soundtrack. The album is to be released a few days before 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part One' opens November 21st. | American mosaic

    Video Frightful Future Presented in Film 'The Maze Runner'

    The movie is based on the 'young adult' book of the same name. The film made $32 million on its opening weekend. | American Mosaic

    Video New Hits from Godsmack, Ryan Adams, Tove Lo

    VOA Learning English fans in Vietnam and Ukraine asked for an update on the current state of American rock music | American Mosaic

    Audio Apple, U2 Album Giveaway Backfires

    Irish band U2’s recent online project with technology company Apple caused a storm of online controversy. The project gave free digital copies of U2’s new album, “Songs of Innocence” to all Apple iTunes members. But, a considerable number of members saw it as a violation.

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  • Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and U.S. President Obama participate in a welcome ceremony for President Obama at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Audio Is China Starting to Live its Dream?

    Trust in the American dream may be disappearing. But halfway around the world, a new dream has been gaining strength -- the Chinese dream. To be exact: President Xi Jinping’s Chinese dream. But, what is the Chinese dream? And how has President Xi started to make his dream for the country a reality? More

  • Audio I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

    Music fills the air. Colorful lights shine brightly in windows. Children and adults open gifts from loved ones and friends. These are all Christmas traditions. Another tradition is snow. In many places, a blanket of clean white snow covers the ground on Christmas Day, making it a "White Christmas." More

  • FILE - A Muslim woman releases a dove as a symbol of peace during a rally against the Islamic State group in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 5, 2014.

    Audio Indonesia Reports Increase in Citizens Joining Islamic State

    Indonesia estimates that more than 350 of its citizens are now in Syria or Iraq to fight with Islamic State militants. That would represent an increase of 50 since last month. Most of the Indonesian fighters do not come directly from their homeland, but from other countries where they may be working More

  • Audio Turkey Rejects Criticism of Raids on Opposition Media

    Turkish officials say recent arrests of more than 20 journalists were made in connection with a plot against the government. But the European Union says Turkey is increasingly becoming more authoritarian. It said the media raids were in conflict with European values. More

  • US Cuba

    Audio Obama Moves to Normalize Relations with Cuba

    President Barack Obama announced a major change in United States’ policy toward Cuba this week. He said he wants Congress to ease more than 50 years of U.S. sanctions against the island nation. And he said the two nations should once again formally recognize one another. More

Featured Stories

  • 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." More

  • Lee Surrenders to Grant at Appomatox

    Audio Southern General Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox

    General Robert E. Lee’s military skill and intelligence helped extend the war between the states. But even his skill could not save the South from the industrial power of the North and its mighty armies -- armies that were better-fed and better-equipped. On Sunday, August 9, Lee surrendered. More

  • Uganda Playground for Disabled Children

    Audio Helping Uganda’s Disabled Children Play

    You may think that all children have freedom to play. But for children who look differently from others or have physical disabilities, the idea of play can seem far away. An organization in Uganda is seeking to change that. Read on to learn words needed to talk about this sometimes difficult topic. More

  • A microneedle used to inject glaucoma medications into the eye is shown next to a liquid drop from a conventional eye dropper. (Georgia Tech Photo: Gary Meek

    Audio Tiny Needles Treat Eye Disease

    Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness around the world. In the United States, more than two million people suffer from the disease. Now, researchers are developing very small needles that may offer a more effective and painless treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases. More

  • The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement in Las Vegas

    Audio Mob Museum Tells About the Mafia in America

    The U.S. government has long used public money to fight organized crime. Now, public money is also paying for a museum in Las Vegas to tell about "The Mob,” and not everyone is happy about that. But some say it helps the local economy by bringing people to a part of Las Vegas that few visit. More

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