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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.


5:51 PM - 6:00 PM July 31, 2015

What's in a Name?


3:48 PM - 3:58 PM July 14, 2015

Comedians Debate What Is Acceptable Humor


8:33 PM - 8:39 PM July 02, 2015

The Changing Face of America


11:28 PM - 11:40 PM June 26, 2015

More U.S. Dads Are Staying Home to Raise the Kids


10:40 PM - 10:45 PM June 19, 2015

Should We Be Able to Choose Our Sex, Racial Identity?


7:34 PM - 7:37 PM June 19, 2015

Indians, Pakistanis Learn About One Another


3:30 PM - 3:38 PM June 01, 2015

Iraqi Refugees Building New Lives in America


7:29 PM - 7:43 PM May 29, 2015

Could a Tattoo Cost You a Job?


6:22 PM - 6:26 PM May 28, 2015

Films Explore Native Peoples, Culture Conflict


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 25, 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.


4:01 PM - 4:10 PM May 22, 2015

Guide to 2016 Campaign: Money and Super PAC


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 18, 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.


8:50 PM - 8:59 PM May 14, 2015

Chinese-American Nightclubs Changed Racial Stereotypes


8:28 PM - 8:33 PM May 13, 2015

Appalachian Trail audio


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 11, 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.


9:15 PM - 9:20 PM May 05, 2015

Homeless Shelter for LGBT Youth Opens in Washington


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 04, 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.


11:20 PM - 11:25 PM April 28, 2015

US Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Debate


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 27, 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 April 20, 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.

    Audio What’s in a Name?

    The big news comes … you are going to have a baby! Now the work begins – the work of picking the perfect name for your bouncy baby boy or girl. In the US, some parents stick to traditional family names. Some are inspired by pop culture. And others pick qualities they hope their child to have.

    Audio Guide to 2016 Campaign: The Republicans

    Welcome to the VOA Learning English guide to the presidential candidates. We tell you who is who and what their campaigns are saying. We also provide links to their websites to learn more. This guide centers on the 16 candidates for the Republican nominations.

    Audio Guide to 2016 Campaign: the Democrats

    This is part of a series of reports from VOA Learning English to guide you through the U.S. presidential campaign in 2016. This report centers on the candidates for the Democratic nomination. We tell you who they are, what their campaigns are saying, and where to go for more information.

    Audio Comedians Debate What Is Acceptable Humor

    People inside and outside the world of comedy are debating what, if anything, is too controversial for comedic use. Comedians are making changes to respond to those who are sensitive to controversial issues. Some comedians say that audiences are not being reasonable.

    Video American Muslims Fight Stereotypes

    Muslims in the U.S. and around the world will celebrate the holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, on Friday. Ramadan is a time when Muslims fast and focus on God. For Muslims in the U.S., it is also a time to reflect and fight misconceptions and negative stereotypes of Islam.

    Video Muslim Family Reflects on Life in America

    Mozna Khraiwesh and her husband Muneer Abbas were born in Jordan. They now live in the United States with their three children.

    Video The Making of the Constitution

    The Making of the Constitution is part of the VOA Learning English series The Making of a Nation. The series teaches U.S. history by telling the stories of major events and characters from the country's founding to the present day.

    Video Photographs Show How US Has Changed

    A photography exhibit shows how much the United States changed from the early 1900s to the middle of the 20th century. The exhibit has more than 130 pictures in all. The show is called “American Moments.” It can be seen through the middle of September at The Phillips Collection in Washington.

    Audio The Changing Face of America

    The faces of Americans in the United States are changing rapidly. In a few decades, the minority population will become the majority, as the white population decreases in the U.S. Those are the findings of a new report by the Census Bureau.

    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."

    Audio More Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag

    The flag is one of the symbols of Southern, slave-holding states that left the U.S. in 1861 but failed to win a war for independence. Now, after a June 17 shooting in a South Carolina church, some state leaders want the flag removed. They say it has become a symbol of hatred and racism.

    Audio Should We Be Able to Choose Our Sex, Racial Identity?

    American Bruce Jenner recently completed a series of treatments to become a woman. Many people supported the former Olympic star’s decision to change sexes. But people reacted differently to a rights activist who said she was black. She was forced to resign after her parents said she is white.

    Audio Guide to 2016 Campaign: the Democrats

    Welcome to the VOA Learning English guide to the presidential candidates. Today's guide is on the four candidates seeking the Democratic party nominations. We tell you who is who and what their campaigns are saying. We also provide links to their websites to learn more.

    Video Iraqi Refugees Building New Lives in America

    These women are Iraqi refugees who resettled in the United States. They are safe from the violence of Iraq. But the war is not over for them. Many struggle with horrible memories of the past. Advocates say we need to provide more resources for helping refugees deal with the trauma.

    Audio Could a Tattoo Cost You a Job?

    In the 1960s U.S., a tattoo was usually a sign of anti-social or illegal activity. Few people had them. Today, at least one in five Americans has a tattoo, including sports stars, students and young professionals. But some people say tattoos still have no place at work. Read on to learn words relate

    Audio Guide to 2016 Campaign: Money and Super PAC

    Raising money is an important part of any election in America. Candidates for the 2016 race for the White House and Congress are busy lining up dollars to fund their elections. VOA Learning English helps explain how the campaign finance systems work in the U.S.

    Video The Man Who Collects Secrets

    In the past 10 years Frank Warren has collected a million secrets from people throughout the world. He has created an art project from the postcards and other objects he has been sent. And he places images of them on his website. Do you have a secret you want to tell him?

    Video Discover America's Appalachian Trail

    The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest and most famous footpaths in the world. We went to the historic town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, the halfway point of the 3,400-kilometer-long Appalachian Trail. Also known as the AT, this famous trail passes through 14 states in the eastern U.S.

    Video Homeless Shelter for LGBT Youth Opens in Washington

    Casa Ruby will have 18 beds for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. Founder Ruby Corado says her goal is to offer LGBT homeless youth the same help that is given to many people in D.C. One resident says Casa Ruby is a house where people can be themselves and be loved.

    Audio The 25 Most Popular Cities to Visit in America

    Big cities and small historic towns top the list of most popular places to visit in America, according to the travel site TripAdvisor. Millions of users voted New York City, Chicago, and Charleston, South Carolina as the top three cities to visit in the U.S. Here's a look at all 25 cities!

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  • Audio China Testing 'Hypersonic' Weapons

    Four tests in 18 months are seen as a sign of the Communist nation’s continuing efforts to make advanced weapons. But China said the tests are, in its words, “purely scientific." Experts worry China could someday lead the United States in developing these super-fast weapons. More

  • FILE - Sri Lankan men push their bicycles through flood waters after heavy rains in Batticaloa, about 320 km (199 miles) east of Colombo, Jan. 13, 2011.

    Audio Sri Lanka to Use Wasted Rainwater for Crops, Power

    Sri Lanka plans to store and use a billion cubic meters of rainwater each year to support irrigation and power generation. The rainwater would go into the sea if it is not used. Sri Lanka is building the new water management system in the country's dry zone. More

  • Audio Russia Lists US-Supported Group as 'Undesirable'

    Russia’s newest anti-NGO law, under which the National Endowment for Democracy is declared an “undesirable organization” prohibited from operating in Russia, is the latest evidence that the regime of President Vladimir Putin faces a worsening crisis of political legitimacy. More

  • Audio Kenya Joins US's HIV-AIDS Project

    Kenya will receive more support to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. The country will be part of the United States’ DREAMS project aimed at reducing HIV infections among young women. The U.S., the Nike Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have provided money for the effort. More

  • Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a 'Must Win'

    The US has promised not to give up its fight against human trafficking. The State Department released its 2015 report on human trafficking this week. It examines the illegal movement of people for forced labor or sex. But some question whether the the report was not harsh enough on some countries. More

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  • Audio Everyday Grammar: May, Might, and Must

    May, Might and Must are modal verbs that cause confusion for some learners. The Everyday Grammar team is on the job, explaining how to use these modals to express how certain, or sure, you are of something. You can also use one of them to tell about your wishes for the future. More

  • Video Feathertop by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    This classic American story features a scarecrow that comes to life. Find out what adventures he has as he looks for love and admiration. His only problem is that he has to keep puffing on the pipe the witch gave him. If he stops - something terrible may happen! More

  • Audio Study Shows How Poverty Could Limit Learning

    Studies have shown that children from poor families have more difficulty in school than other boys and girls. Children with higher socioeconomic roots seem better prepared and perform better on school tests. Now, American researchers may have found a biological reason for that difference. More

  • Audio Study: Smoking May Increase Risk of Schizophrenia

    Researchers reviewed 61 studies from around the world; they discovered cigarette smoking is three times more common among those with schizophrenia who were receiving medical care for the illness for the first time compared to people who did not have the mental disorder. More

  • Audio Folk to Rock: When Dylan Went Electric

    Fifty years ago, folk music legend Bob Dylan rocked out at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on an electric guitar. He was widely booed. The audience may have been unhappy with Dylan’s performance that day, but it changed the direction of music and culture in the United States. More

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