February 06, 2016 11:22 UTC

American Mosaic

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


10:02 PM - 10:04 PM January 28, 2016

White Actor to Play Michael Jackson in Comedy


11:45 PM - 11:48 PM January 26, 2016

Buttons Are Art at New York City Gallery


7:51 PM - 7:53 PM January 22, 2016

‘Star Wars’ Toys Another Big Profit Maker


5:53 PM - 6:00 PM January 22, 2016

Actors Criticize Oscars for Lack of Diversity


12:15 AM - 12:18 AM January 20, 2016

Eagles Founder Glenn Frey Dies


10:01 PM - 10:09 PM January 15, 2016

Remembering David Bowie


10:13 PM - 10:17 PM January 11, 2016

Revenant, Martian Win Big at Golden Globes


9:26 PM - 9:30 PM January 08, 2016

Obama Appears on Comedian Seinfeld's Web Show


11:12 PM - 11:20 PM December 31, 2015

12-year-old Indonesian Pianist Wows Jazz World


8:55 PM - 8:58 PM December 18, 2015

Washington, DC: A Holiday View


12:33 AM - 12:34 AM December 16, 2015

'Force Awakens' at 'Star Wars' Premiere in Hollywood


6:24 PM - 6:28 PM December 11, 2015

Old Sex Comedy Gets Modern in Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq'


10:05 PM - 10:08 PM December 10, 2015

Kendrick Lamar Leads Grammy Nominations


8:00 PM - 8:07 PM December 03, 2015

Tattoos Surge in Popularity


11:37 PM - 11:41 PM November 18, 2015

‘The 33’ Tells a Real Life Story


11:40 PM - 11:43 PM November 16, 2015

‘Trumbo’ Tells the Story of Blacklisted Screenwriter


11:37 PM - 11:39 PM November 12, 2015

“Spectre” Begins New Era for Bond Films


10:55 PM - 10:57 PM November 05, 2015

Lambert, Stapleton Win Big at CMA Awards


10:33 PM - 10:40 PM October 29, 2015

International Players to Watch in the NBA


12:00 AM - 12:04 AM October 02, 2015

‘The Martian’ Mixes Science, Science Fiction

    Audio Do You Watch for the Game or the Ads?

    The 2015 Super Bowl was the most-watched ever. This year should be no different. But why do people watch the Super Bowl? Of course, the game is a big deal, but … those ads!

    Audio Football Player Criticized for Dancing While Black

    Cam Newton is a star quarterback in American football. But Newton, an African-American, is being criticized for the way he celebrates on the field.

    Video Story of 1831 Slave Rebellion Holds Message for Today

    The new movie, “The Birth of a Nation,” was a long time in creation. The film created a buzz at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It tells the story of Nat Turner, a slave who grew up to lead a rebellion in the state of Virginia in 1831.

    Hockey Fans Tweet Player To All-Star Game

    A surprise name came up in the National Hockey League’s All-Star Game voting. Fans voted John Scott, a little-known role player, into the showcase game. Then Arizona traded him to Montreal. It looked like he would not be able to play in the game.

    Audio White Actor to Play Michael Jackson in Comedy

    Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop," will be portrayed by white British actor Joseph Fiennes in the comedy "Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon." The casting choice is being criticized on social media and elsewhere.

    Audio Buttons Are Art at New York City Gallery

    "The Button Show," at Rush Arts Gallery in Chelsea displays works made with the small, ordinary objects usually used to fasten clothing. There are button sculptures, portraits and wearable art by 11 artists. Some of the works are political, some are personal and others are just fun.

    Audio Actors Criticize 'White' Oscars for Lack of Diversity

    The Academy Awards, or Oscars, ceremony is Hollywood’s biggest night of the year for actors and filmmakers. But this year, some are refusing to attend the ceremony. They are boycotting the event because of the lack of diversity among the nominees for Academy Awards.

    Video Eagles Founder Glenn Frey Dies

    The guitarist was a founding member of the Eagles. The popular Los Angeles-based band formed in 1971. Many years later it still performs sold-out shows in large centers.

    Audio Why Are Gangsters Always 'On the Lam'?

    Thousands of news articles said drug gang leader Joaquin Guzman had been “on the lam” since his escape from a maximum security prison in Mexico in July. But what does “on the lam” mean, and where did the expression come from?

    Video Remembering David Bowie

    ​Bowie was famous for more than just music. He was an early gender-bender in his style of dress. And he was a famous experimenter with musical styles as well. He was one of the creators of glam rock, and mixed it with hard rock, dance, pop, soul and punk.

    Video 'Spotlight' on 2016 Oscar Nominees

    The Academy Awards are considered the highest film honors in the United States. “The Revenant” and “The Martian” are among the eight nominated for the best motion picture this year. Once again, black film industry members appear underrepresented.

    Audio Indonesian Pianist, 12, Wows Jazz World

    Joey Alexander is taking the jazz world by storm! He has been nominated for two Grammy awards – one of the youngest people to receive such honors. Learn about this great child. And learn some great ways to describe great music in English.

    Audio Revenant, Martian Win Big at Golden Globes

    Stars from the year’s top movies and television shows gathered Sunday in Beverly Hills, California for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. “The Revenant  and “The Martian” were the night’s top winners, with three Golden Globes each. Golden Globe winners often become Oscar winners later in the year.

    Video Comedian-in-Chief Appears on Seinfeld Web Show

    If you think that the most powerful man on earth would have time to tape a 19-minute comedy about nothing, some would say that you are crazy. But, American President Barack Obama did just that.

    Audio 'The Big Short' Explains the Global Financial Crisis

    In 2008, the U.S. economy plunged into the “Great Recession.” It was the worst financial event since the Great Depression of the 1930s. But how did it all happen? A new film explains it. It is based on a book Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of several books about Wall Street.

    Video Take a Holiday Walk Through Washington

    From the U.S. Botanic Garden, to Union Station to the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. lights up colorfully over the winter holidays. We take you on a walking tour of the magical seasonal sights.

    Video ‘Force Awakens’ at Star Wars Premiere in Hollywood

    “The Force Awakens” is the seventh film in the “Star Wars” series. The original premiered in 1977 and made movies stars of three actors. Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia, Mark Hamill was Luke Skywalker and Harrison Ford played Han Solo. All three star in the latest installment.

    Video Old Sex Comedy Gets Modern in Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’

    “Chi-Raq” echoes the 2,500-year-old message of “Lysistrata:” women have a unique power to end war. The movie stars Teyonah Parris as Lysistrata and Nick Cannon as the title character.

    Video Kendrick Lamar Leads Grammy Nominations

    The Recording Academy honored him with 11 nominations, including album of the year for “To Pimp a Butterfly.” His song “Alright” was also nominated for song of the year. Lamar is competing with artists including Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.

    Video Tattoos Surge in Popularity

    Decorating the body with tattoos dates back to the Stone Age. Different cultures around the world have used tattoos for decoration, rites of passage, and status symbols. Today in the digital era, tattoos are enjoying wide popularity — especially among Millennials.

The Day in Photos

Protesters wear monkey masks during a rally at the Chinese Consulate in the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, to protest China's actions in the South China Sea. This year is the Year of Monkey.

Protesters wear monkey masks during a rally at the Chinese Consulate in the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, to protest China's actions in the South China Sea. This year is the Year of Monkey.

English in a Minute

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Have you ever been "head over heels" for someone? Find out what this dizzying expression means in this week's English in a Minute!

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