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American Mosaic

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American Mosaic

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


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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


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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 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.


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

American Mosaic

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


8:23 PM - 8:27 PM March 12, 2015

150-Year-Old US Capitol Dome Being Restored


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

American Mosaic

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


9:04 PM - 9:09 PM March 05, 2015

Dealers Show Marijuana Products at DC Show


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.

    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.

    '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.

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  • President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, July 1, 2015.

    Audio U.S. and Cuba to Reopen Embassies

    Sec. of State John Kerry will travel to Havana to raise the U.S. flag over the first American embassy there in 50 years. Also in the news, Islamic State group claims attacks in Egypt’s Sinai; Liberian president calls new Ebola case “disturbing”; U.S. advances to Women's World Cup final. More

  • Audio Clash Reported at Border of Vietnam, Cambodia

    Cambodian and Vietnamese social media have been reporting on a clash along the border between the two countries. The fighting happened Sunday. Hundreds of Cambodians and Vietnamese were involved. At least 10 people were reported injured. More

  • A doctor points to an x-ray showing a pair of lungs infected with TB (tuberculosis) in Ladbroke Grove in London, England, Jan. 27, 2014.

    Audio Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Less Likely to Spread

    The number of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis cases is rising. Multi-drug-resistant TB results from a bacterium – a group of small living things that can cause disease. The bacterium is hard to kill because it has become resistant to two or more common antibiotics. More

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry - flanked by National Security Council Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf States Robert Malley, U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and Eu

    Audio Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Extended

    Also Tuesday, leaders of the US and Brazil promised to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy use; China made a simiilar announcement; and another politician entered the US presidential race. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he will seek the Republican Party nomination. More

  • Audio Is There a ‘Skills Gap’ in US Job Market?

    8.7 million Americans are unemployed and 6.7 million are doing part-time work. But, many jobs remain vacant. Employers say many of those jobs are vacant because they cannot find people with the right skills to do the work. Some experts look at why that is the case and what to do about it. More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Sweet Potatoes as Medicine

    Researchers have helped to reduce a major health problem with a simple food – the orange sweet potato. A program created to help farmers grow the crop has unexpected and healthy results. Some reports say this is the first time an agricultural program has had a major effect on health. More

  • Video Robots Ready to Work in Restaurants

    For many years, machines have been doing work that people once did, including some difficult jobs. Search and rescue operations employ high technology robots. But there is another area that may soon take jobs traditionally held by human beings: the restaurant industry. More

  • Audio More American Fathers Stay Home to Raise Kids

    More and more fathers in the United States are trading in the traditional role of breadwinner -- the person earning money -- for the role of stay-at-home dad. Meet two fathers who have been on this road for the past decade. You can also learn some great words such as "clique" and "masculinity." More

  • Audio Don't Be Caught With Your Pants Down

    Are you too big for your boots? Do you often fly by the seat of your pants? Learn what these clothing expressions mean and so many others. You may be excited to get started but keep your shirt on! Be patient. All you have to do is click on this episode of Words and Their Stories. More

  • Video Everyday Grammar: Words Come and Go in English

    Part of the reason that English has grown as a world language is that it adjusts easily to change. Why do some words and phrases stay the same while others change? VOA guest editor David Sullivan shares his ideas on the changes he has seen in today's English. More

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