February 07, 2016 08:26 UTC

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.

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4:08 PM - 4:20 PM August 21, 2015

A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce


7:22 PM - 7:35 PM August 18, 2015

The Return of a Private by Hamlin Garland


2:55 PM - 3:09 PM August 11, 2015

The Story of an Eyewitness by Jack London


10:22 PM - 10:35 PM August 05, 2015

AS: The Return of a Private by Hamlin Garland


6:56 PM - 7:10 PM August 05, 2015

The Boarded Window by Ambrose Bierce


7:19 PM - 7:32 PM July 27, 2015

Feathertop by Nathaniel Hawthorne


1:45 PM - 1:58 PM July 21, 2015

The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving


4:46 PM - 5:00 PM July 13, 2015

The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne


5:10 PM - 5:23 PM July 06, 2015

The Diamond Lens by Fitz-James O'Brien, Part Two


5:05 PM - 5:20 PM June 30, 2015

The Diamond Lens


3:01 PM - 3:14 PM June 25, 2015

To Build a Fire by Jack London


5:26 PM - 5:41 PM June 18, 2015

The Outcasts of Poker Flat


5:33 PM - 5:47 PM June 15, 2015

The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte


5:27 PM - 5:40 PM June 07, 2015

The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne


3:00 PM - 3:14 PM June 03, 2015

The Lady in Black by Eleanor Porter


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 30, 2015

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 23, 2015

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 16, 2015

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


7:39 PM - 7:51 PM May 13, 2015

A Municipal Report by O. Henry


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 09, 2015

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.

    Video 'Athenaise,' by Kate Chopin

    Women in the United States have wanted to be independent for a long time. This classic American Story tells about a young married woman in the Bayou of Louisiana who questions her role as a wife. Can she have her personal liberty and stay married to Mr. Cazeau?

    Video 'Benito Cereno,' by Herman Melville

    Today we complete the story of Benito Cereno, written by Herman Melville. As we told you in earlier parts of our story, rebel slaves seized the ship San Dominick off the coast of Chile. They killed many of its officers and crew. The captain, Benito Cereno, was ordered to sail to Senegal. But...

    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 parts.

    Video 'Benito Cereno,' by Herman Melville, Part One

    This week we begin our version of a classic American Story by Herman Melville. It takes place on a sailing ship with a mystery. What happened to the sailors and the captain? Is it a mutiny? Or a revolt by enslaved people? Listen and read along to find out.

    Video 'The Last Leaf,' by O. Henry

    Many artists live in the Greenwich Village area of New York. Two young women named Sue and Johnsy shared a studio apartment at the top of a three-story building. When Johnsy is sick, her friends try to help her fight the disease. Learn how they did it in this classic story.

    Video 'The Ransom of Red Chief,' by O. Henry

    Two kidnappers plan to take the child of an important man in a small Southern town. The 10-year-old boy gives the kidnappers more trouble than they ever expected. Find out what happens when the boy's father asks for money to take him back.

    Video The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

    This traditional American holiday story tells of a young couple trying to make their way in life. They struggle to find gifts for each other at Christmas time. What can they find to show their love for each other? Like other O. Henry stories, this one has a surprise ending.

    Audio 'A Piece of Red Calico," by Frank Stockton

    Everyone who has tried to shop for someone else knows it is harder than shopping for oneself. In this story by 19th century writer Frank Stockton, one man finds that it might be impossible to get exactly what his wife wants. Read this to learn more about his department store adventures.

    Video 'A White Heron,' by Sarah Orne Jewett

    Our story today, "A White Heron," is about a 9-year-old girl named Sylvie who moves from the city to live with her grandmother in the countryside of Vermont. Young Sylvie faces a very important decision when she is asked to choose between money and the freedom of a beautiful wild creature.

    Video 'One Thousand Dollars,' by O. Henry

    "One thousand dollars," said the lawyer Tolman, in a severe and serious voice. "And here is the money.” What can a person do with $1,000? Learn how one man spends the money he inherits in this classic story by O. Henry.

    Video 'A Princess of Mars,' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Part Four

    This is the fourth in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Last week, we told how John Carter observed a fierce battle between the green Martians and a race of red, human-like creatures. Will he survive?

    Video 'A Princess of Mars,' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Part Three

    This is the third in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Last week we told how John Carter was captured by a group of warriors on the planet Mars. John Carter continutes to tell about what happens to him...

    Video 'A Princess of Mars,' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Part Two

    This classic science fiction story by Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired many other writers. We hope you enjoy the second part of our four-part series. Last week, we met John Carter who begins the story. He enters a cave deep in the desert in the state of Arizona. There something happens....

    Video 'A Princess of Mars' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Part One

    Today, we begin a new series from a book by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. The book is called “A Princess of Mars.” It is the first book in a series that Burroughs wrote about a man who travels to Mars and falls in love with a beautiful princess.

    Video The Boy on Graves-End Road by Caty Weaver

    VOA Learning English is proud to present a story written by our own Caty Weaver. This story begins in a typical suburban American home, but the end is something really supernatural! Teachers and actors, see the script if you want to act out the story yourself on Halloween!

    Video The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    This classic American short story tells us about a schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane. He falls in love with a beautiful young woman,Katrina Van Tassel. But there is a problem, the heroic young man Brom Van Brunt. Who will win the affections of the lovely Miss Van Tassel? Read on to find out.

    Video The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe is known as an original writer of horror stories. Read and listen to this classic tale about a man who thinks he has committed the perfect crime. Not even the police think there is anything wrong - until the man starts to hear a heart. It is beating louder and louder...

    Video The Lady, or the Tiger?

    Long ago, in very olden times, there lived a powerful king. Some of his ideas were progressive. But others caused people to suffer. This story is a classic tale of a tough decision. Which door has the tiger behind it, and which door has the lady? We'll let you decide!

    Video The Open Boat by Stephen Crane, Part Two

    We continue the story of “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane. As we told you last week, the story is based on true events. In eighteen ninety-six, Crane was traveling to Cuba as a news reporter. On his way there, his ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean. Crane climbed into the last remaining lifeboat.

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.

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