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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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  • Google Scrubbing Search Results

    Video What’s the Top 'Trending' Search This Year?

    At the top of Google’s top-trending searches list is Robin Williams, the American comedian and actor who died four months ago. The list also includes the World Cup, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines, ISIS and Flappy Bird. Chances are that more people have heard of the game Angry Birds than Flappy Bird. More

  • Obama College Sexual Assault

    Video How the US Deals with its Sexual Assault Problem

    A new study shows young women ages 18 to 24 are the most common targets of rape and sexual attack. Many Americans are dealing with the problem. They are hearing and reading about the issue, from awareness and activism at colleges to programs to fight it at the highest levels of government. More

  • Video Helping California’s Homeless

    Federal officials believe there are hundreds of thousands of homeless people nationwide on any given day. Each one lacks a permanent place to live. Reasons for homelessness can include the high cost of housing, poverty and unemployment. Other reasons are mental health problems and bad luck. More

  • Rice farmers in Cambodia tend to their crops. Some 12% of the country's paddy fields are believed to have been destroyed due to the flooding in Southeast Asia.

    Audio Cambodian, Thai Rice Voted Best in the World

    For the third straight year, the World Rice Conference has voted Cambodian rice as the world’s best. This year Cambodia shares the award with Thailand. Cambodia produced just one percent of the world’s rice in 2012. It is trying to increase that amount. The award may help. More

  • 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

Featured Stories

  • Obama National Christmas Tree

    Audio The History of Christmas in America

    In the first half of the 19th century, Christmas was a very different kind of holiday than it is today. People did not have a set way of celebrating. Christmas was not even an official holiday yet. More

  • 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

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