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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 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.


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.


9:40 PM - 9:46 PM February 24, 2015

Young Writer’s Plays Explore Race, Identity in America


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

American Mosaic

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


10:14 PM - 10:20 PM February 20, 2015

‘Fifty Shades of Grey:’ Big Audiences, Bad Reviews


12:05 AM - 12:10 AM February 14, 2015

A Very Musical Love Story


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

American Mosaic

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


10:33 PM - 10:40 PM February 09, 2015

Singer Sam Smith Wins Big at the Grammys


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

American Mosaic

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

    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.

    Video With Oscar Nomination, 'American Sniper' Stirs Debate

    The movie is based on a book by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. He is considered the deadliest marksman in the history of the United States military. The film explores how war can affect a soldier's mental and emotional health and stirs a debate on social media over its message.

    Video Rare, Important Art Is Now Only a Click Away

    The public has never seen the majority of works in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museums of Asian Art. Now they can be downloaded from the Internet -- in many cases for free. The Freer and Sackler Galleries worked for over 15 years to make digital copies of more than 40,000 objects.

    Video Several Surprises in Oscar Nominations

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s Oscar nominations. As usual, not everyone is happy about the choices. The nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood, California. Few people of color received nominations this year.

    Video Elvis Presley's Airplanes for Sale

    Elvis Presley is a music legend known around the world. On January 8 of this year, the king of Rock and Roll would have turned 80 years old. This weekend, two of his personal jets will be sold in an auction to the highest bidder. The interest in his planes is just another example of "Elvis mania."

    Audio Family Makes Friends and Memories on World Trip

    The Rivenbarks are about six months into their year-long trip around the planet. They have floated in kayaks in Italy, flown in hot air balloons in Myanmar, hiked to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal, and gone on safari in South Africa. But, much is still ahead.

    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."

Learn with The News

  • World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is seen speaking at a news conference.

    Audio World Bank Head Sees Other Development Banks as Allies

    Slowing economic growth around the world is endangering the World Bank’s goal of ending extreme poverty by the year 2030. Mr. Kim said the goal remains within reach. But he thinks extreme poverty will disappear only if world leaders and financial and development agencies do their part. More

  • Children playing on the shores of Guanabara Bay

    Audio Brazil Working to Clean Dirty Olympic Bay

    Around the world, people are excited for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The host city for the events is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The city is known as Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvelous City – because of its beautiful landscapes. But one body of water in Rio, Guanabara Bay, is not so marvelous. More

  • Video New Movie Shows an Unseen Underwater World

    Jean-Michael Cousteau and his team used an IMAX camera to produce a 40-minute documentary about the world’s oceans. The film shows how the smallest life in the sea is important to the survival of all life on the planet. There are also thousands, maybe millions of species not yet identified. More

  • Audio Early American Railroads Shape Modern Language

    This week, we look at some train and railroad expressions commonly used in American English. This is only part one. There are many idioms and expressions relating to trains. So ... all aboard! Make sure you have your ticket because this train is leaving the station! More

  • Women in Combat

    Video Women Seek to Join US Army Rangers

    Army expects nearly 20 women will begin the difficult training on Monday; it says they will have to meet the same standards as men to graduate from course. Opinion study of male troops finds many do not think women should be Rangers. The Army says those who graduate will be Rangers. More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Early American Railroads Shape Modern Language

    This week, we look at some train and railroad expressions commonly used in American English. This is only part one. There are many idioms and expressions relating to trains. So ... all aboard! Make sure you have your ticket because this train is leaving the station! More

  • Everyday Grammar - Gerunds and Infinitives

    Audio Everyday Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitives

    English learners have difficulty with gerunds and infinitives. A gerund is the –ing form of a verb that functions the same as a noun. For example, “Running is fun.” In this sentence, “running” is the gerund. It acts just like a noun. More

  • Autism book

    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. More

  • Video Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Two

    Last week, we told how African slaves on a Spanish ship rebelled in seventeen ninety-nine. They killed most of the Spanish sailors. Only the captain, Benito Cereno and a few others survived. The story continues - what happened on Captain Cereno's ship? Read the second of three part More

  • Video Motor-Free Device Reduces Stress from Walking

    Devices that help people walk were once thought to be difficult, if not impossible, to design. Until recently, such a device required electricity from an external power supply. Now, American scientists have built a small, wearable addition to normal shoes. More

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