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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 May 22, 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 May 15, 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 May 08, 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 May 01, 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 April 24, 2015

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


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

    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.

Learn with The News

  • Pin Phunam a contortionist in Phare, The Cambodian Circus

    Video Cambodia Circus Offers a Better Life to Young Performers

    Many young people in Cambodia dream of joining the circus. For some needy and underprivileged youths some are given an opportunity at the Phare Ponleu Selpak school or PPS to learn circus skills that may help change their lives for the better. More

  • Team Grin plans to race to Alaska in this Etchells 22, currently moored in Port Townsend, Washington. (Tom Banse/VOA)

    Audio Sail, Row, Paddle, All The Way To Alaska

    In less than three weeks the first-ever Race to Alaska will be an exciting and challenging journey for anyone brave enough to enter with their non-motorized boat. One can only race by sailing, rowing, paddling, pedaling or a combination of those activities. More

  • Video Learning at the Laundromat

    College students teach mathematics and English to poor, immigrant children at a coin laundry near Washington, DC. At the same time, the students are helping the owner of the business become more profitable. The tutoring is part of the business plan they have created. | As It Is More

  • Audio Islamic State Militants Capture Two Major Cities

    The Islamic State seized control of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. The fall of Palmyra reportedly left the militants in control of half of Syria. Last Sunday, the militants took control of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province.| In The News More

  • Fiery Cross Reef, Spratly Islands

    Audio China Warns US Spy Plane in South China Sea

    China's navy is reported to have issued eight warning messages to a U.S. military spy plane over several man-made islands. Boats with Rohingya migrants accepted in Indonesian waters. U.S. and Cuba continue talks toward diplomatic ties. More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Hold Your Horses!

    Horses are part of the history and romance of the Old American West. These days, they are popular for sport and entertainment. So, it is easy to understand why we Americans use so many horse expressions. Learn some of the most common and try to answer our horse riddle! More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar - Introducing Conditionals

    In everyday conversation, English speakers often talk about things that are not true. Or, they talk about things that only happen if something else happens. Learn how to correctly use these conditional forms in English. If you write to us, we will let you know if it is correct. More

  • Discover Debate

    Audio Successful Debate for New Learners and Large Classes

    Many students of English engage in debate as part of their training. In Part Two of our Successful Debate series, we learn the kinds of debate topics that work well for English learners. An expert shares tips for organizing a debate in a large class and for answering arguments. More

  • Nina Marranca looks at her phone, June 25, 2013.

    Audio Deaf-Blind Woman First to Use Braille Phone

    New technology allows deaf and blind people to use the telephone. The tests are underway in Australia and the U.S. It could help end isolation that people who cannot see or hear say they feel. Learn about this exciting new technology as well as words like "Braille" and "parallel testing." More

  • 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." More

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