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This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


2:58 PM - 3:04 PM March 27, 2015

Dead Sea Scrolls Still Have Lessons to Teach


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

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


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

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


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

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM March 02, 2015

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


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

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


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

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


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

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


6:29 PM - 6:37 PM February 06, 2015

Republicans Now Control Most State and Federal Political Offices


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 02, 2015

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


9:42 PM - 9:51 PM January 30, 2015

Why Do So Few U.S. Women Hold Top Jobs?


7:58 PM - 8:01 PM January 27, 2015

Sensitivities About Religious Images Are Not An Issue Only for Muslims


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 26, 2015

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


12:30 AM - 12:38 AM January 24, 2015

Has Obama Set the Message for 2016 Campaign?


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 19, 2015

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 12, 2015

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 05, 2015

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


10:45 PM - 10:59 PM December 29, 2014

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 22, 2014

This Is America

This Is America looks at a major issue in American life and society each week, and explores popular places across the United States.


8:56 PM - 9:03 PM December 19, 2014

A History of Christmas in America

    Video Will the US Pay Workers for Family Leave?

    The U.S. does not require businesses to pay workers who are sick or caring for a new baby. President Obama and some other U.S. lawmakers wants to change time off – or leave – policies. Supporters say paid leave is the right thing to do. Opponents say it will kill economic growth.

    Video Dealers Show Marijuana Products at DC Show

    Industry representatives demonstrated smoking equipment and marijuana plant growing systems. Some even gave business advice about what supporters hope will be a successful industry. But the drug itself was not on display at the show. It is still a violation of federal law to possess marijuana.

    Audio The Changing Faces of Philanthropy

    American philanthropists gave more money to charitable causes in 2014 than the year before. The journal Chronicle of Philanthropy says that the top 50 donors from the U.S. gave a total of $9.8 billion. Many donations came from entrepreneurs who made their money in technology.

    Audio Washington Has Three Birthdays and Other Presidential Fun Facts

    Americans honor the first president, George Washington, in February. The U.S. government calls George Washington's Birthday is not really his birthday. Some states consider the holiday a time to remember other presidents, too. How much do you know about American leaders?

    Audio Why Do Republicans Win So Many Offices in the US?

    Republicans now control a large majority of America’s state and national offices -- including most of the governor’s offices, state legislatures and the US Congress. The reasons: white voters leaving the Democrats and Republicans focus on winning at state and local level.

    Audio Why Do So Few US Women Hold Top Jobs?

    A new study by the Pew Research Center found that the public says women are just as qualified as men to hold top positions in business and politics. But women are still not equally represented in those top jobs. Most Americans think they will see a woman president in their lifetimes.

    Audio Has Obama Set the Message for the 2016 Campaign?

    “I have no more campaigns to run … I know because I won both of them.” Mr. Obama cannot run for president again – U.S. presidents may serve only two terms. But some observers say his most recent State of the Union message on the middle class sounded like a campaign speech.

    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.

    Audio Mob Museum Tells About the Mafia in America

    The U.S. government has long used public money to fight organized crime. Now, public money is also paying for a museum in Las Vegas to tell about "The Mob,” and not everyone is happy about that. But some say it helps the local economy by bringing people to a part of Las Vegas that few visit.

    Audio Olvera Street: Birthplace of Los Angeles

    They stood near the birthplace of Los Angeles, now the second largest city in the United States. They were close to where settlers and a few soldiers from Spain first set up the city in 1781. The settlers had left a nearby Roman Catholic religious center called Mission San Gabriel Arcangel.

    Video Should You Have the Right to Die?

    The recent case of a 29 year old woman with brain cancer has again raised questions about the right to die. Americans are divided on whether doctors should be able to give deathly sick patients drugs to end their lives. Only four U.S states permit doctor, or physician, assisted suicide.

    Audio Record Percentage of Americans Have Never Married

    In the 1960s, about 90% of American adults were married. But researchers are finding that Americans’ marriage and dating customs have changed, especially for people under age 35. A new online dating application launching this week tries to make it easier for young, highly educated people to meet.

    Audio Chinese Americans: Discrimination Still a Problem, but Improving

    Despite their American citizenship, some immigrants to the United States report they still are treated like foreigners. However, members of the Chinese American community say attitudes are starting to change. Helen Zia said, “Whenever US-China relations get chilly, Chinese Americans get pneumonia."

    Audio Chinese Americans Face Stereotypes, Good and Bad

    A 2009 study showed that Americans held a high opinion of Chinese Americans. The study found that Americans considered them educated, hardworking, and having strong family values. But Chinese Americans have not always been accepted easily into America.

    Audio US, China: A Look at Immigration and Migration

    The U.S. and China have the two largest economies filled with opportunities and jobs. In 2013, a Pew study found that 45 million international migrants lived in the United States. Yet only “850,000 people living in China were born in other countries.”

    Audio Girl Shoots Instructor, Fueling Gun Debate

    After a nine-year-old accidentally killed her gun instructor, Americans talk once again about guns and children. In the United States, federal law bars anyone younger than 18 from owning a handgun. But, many state laws give young people the right to shoot all kinds of guns.

    Audio Biltmore Estate Takes Visitors Back in Time

    The huge home in North Carolina was built at the end of the 1800s. The man who owned the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina was George Vanderbilt. Biltmore has 250 rooms and the house is now open to the public. | This Is America

    Audio 80 Years Later, Millions Still Escape from Alcatraz

    In 1934, U.S. officials wondered where to put the country’s most dangerous prisoners. They found a place on an island in the harbor of the city of San Francisco, California. It was officially called Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, but everyone called it “The Rock.”

    Audio Nuclear Missile Site Turns Tourist Site

    The Cold War is long over. What do you do with a missile launch when a war is over? Turn it into a tourist site, of course.

    Audio Songs About Summer

    Most Americans say their favorite season of the year is summer | This Is America

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  • Conversion of forests to agricultural use create starkly different habitats for small mammals that carry zoonotic disease such as plague, resulting in increased risk of plague transmission. (Photo Credit: Douglas McCauley)

    Audio Land-Use Changes May Increase Risk of Plague

    Efforts to increase food production in Africa may be increasing the risk of plague infection. A new report looks at efforts to clear land for farming in natural, undeveloped areas of Tanzania. The report links the development of croplands to an increase in the number of rats carrying the plague. More

  • Video Ceramic Guitar Proves Good for Rockin'

    Musicians have been using clay, or ceramic, wind and percussion instruments for a long time. But a rock guitarist in Spain is now attracting audiences with not only his music, but his unique ceramic guitar. Luis Martin says there is a unique quality of sound bouncing off ceramic material. More

  • A woman wakes up on downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row, March 7, 2013.

    Video Community Center Helps Women on Skid Row

    Many homeless people live in the “Skid Row” area of Los Angeles, California. These men and women have no permanent place to live. Skid Row is a place where many social service groups can be found. They work to help the homeless find work and a place to live. One such organization works with women. More

  • Iran - Nuclear

    Audio Difference Remains in Iran's Nuclear Talks

    How to dispose of Iran’s nuclear materials remains a barrier. Also, Arab-coalition airstrikes continue in Yemen; France's Socialist Party faces election losses; Nigerians vote for president; the U.S. and South Korea hold joint military exercises; and blogger killed in Bangladesh. More

  • Audio Chinese Development Bank Gains Members

    The Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, proposed by China, is aimed at financing infrastructure projects in Asian countries. The United States has voiced concerns about how the bank might affect organizations such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. But some U.S. allies have joined. More

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  • Audio New Treatment for AIDS Called a ‘Big Deal’

    Read on to learn words like mutate, neutralize and antiretroviral as you learn how researchers have found a way to trick HIV, the virus causing AIDS, into killing itself. The difficulty level might be high as this article describes what happens when a genetically modified cell becomes an HIV killer. More

  • 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. More

  • Space Rocket to Launch Weather Satellite Into Deep Space

    Video Satellite Will Watch Sun Storms, Send Warnings to Earth

    Strong storms on the sun can cause problems for satellites, radio communications and even airplane travel. A satellite is now traveling 1.5 million kilometers to enter the sun’s orbit, just in time to observe the extreme weather on the sun at its most violent time the sun’s 11-year cycle. More

  • An employee plays the game Flappy Bird at a smartphone store in Hanoi, Feb. 10, 2014.

    Audio Too Much Gaming is a Pain in the Neck

    Smartphones and other electronic devices, or gadgets, are becoming more affordable. Children in India are using them more and more. Doctors say children who spend long hours playing video games are increasingly showing signs of physical deformities, meaning their bodies are not growing properly. More

  • 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. More

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