February 07, 2016 12:57 UTC

This Is America

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


8:11 PM - 8:19 PM February 03, 2016

Monks in Virginia Countryside Adapt


6:45 PM - 6:54 PM February 03, 2016

No Denying Football's Concussion Problem


6:37 PM - 6:44 PM January 22, 2016

Water Crisis in US City a 'Disaster, Not Just an Emergency'


10:34 PM - 10:41 PM January 15, 2016

Bulgarians Biking From Alaska to Argentina


11:14 PM - 11:17 PM January 04, 2016

Americans: Economy More of a Concern Than Terrorism


6:57 PM - 7:03 PM December 24, 2015

Hold the Butter! Modern Diets Meet Holiday Traditions


7:01 PM - 7:08 PM December 14, 2015

Florida's Key West: Close to Perfect, Far from Normal


12:16 AM - 12:24 AM December 12, 2015

Why Are Americans so Angry?


8:17 PM - 8:19 PM November 18, 2015

After 18 Years in Prison, Free Man Fights for Reform


9:00 PM - 9:01 PM November 10, 2015

ASEAN Calls for Code of Conduct in South China Sea


7:00 AM - 7:04 AM November 09, 2015

Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan Become a Force in Politics


8:34 PM - 8:40 PM November 06, 2015

Hollywood Works to Eliminate Gender Pay Gap


8:57 PM - 9:00 PM November 04, 2015

Fewer Americans Believe in God


10:59 PM - 11:07 PM October 30, 2015

Revisiting the Gun Debate


6:15 PM - 6:17 PM October 21, 2015

Biden Decides Against Running for President


9:23 PM - 9:34 PM October 16, 2015

Route 66: 'The Highway That's The Best'


10:43 PM - 10:51 PM October 14, 2015

What Did They Say? Idioms for Political Campaigns


5:48 PM - 5:53 PM October 09, 2015

The Most Disputed Holiday in the U.S.


10:11 PM - 10:16 PM October 02, 2015

US Military Shapes What Americans Eat


3:15 PM - 3:20 PM September 20, 2015

Candidates Influence What's Important to Voters

    Audio More Cases of Brain Disease from Football Blows

    Antwaan Randle-El played professional football for nine seasons. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers when that team won the Super Bowl in 2006. Now, at 36 years old, he can barely walk down the steps in his home.

    Audio White House Protester Dies After Longest Vigil

    For over 30 years, Concepcion Picciotto demonstrated just across the street from the White House in Washington, D.C. A Spanish immigrant, she protested against war and nuclear weapons. She and her fellow protesters lived in a camp, in the rain, the heat and even the snow.

    Video Water Crisis in US City a 'Disaster, Not Just an Emergency'

    Not having access to clean drinking water is a problem in many areas of the world -- including the United States. Residents of an industrial U.S. city are angry and are demanding to know what happened. Why did no one tell them they were drinking poisoned water for more than a year?

    Video Bulgarians Biking from Alaska to Argentina

    Slav Stoyanov had dreamed of visiting America since he was a young child. Yana Melamed grew up visiting family in the United States, but she long dreamed of exploring South America. Together, they are making both of their dreams come true -- on bicycles.

    Audio Sean Penn: Journalist or Propagandist?

    The Hollywood star is being praised by some people, criticized by others for a magazine interview he did with Mexican crime group leader Joaquin Guzman. He leads one of the most powerful and violent criminal organizations in the Americas.

    Audio What Do Voters Ask Candidates Most? About Jobs

    VOA listened to the questions that American voters ask candidates for U.S. president. What concerns them most? The economy beat out health care and terrorism.

    Audio Memories and Hopes Meet in New Year's Music

    The traditional "Auld Lang Syne" is not the only song that could make people think of old friends at the New Year. We look at the music that remembers a year past and celebrates a year ahead. | This Is America

    Audio Political Idioms: Part Two

    Some of these idioms can only be understood by those who know American English. If you don’t know what these words and phrases mean, it is difficult to know what the candidates are saying. Part two of our occasional series on American political idioms.

    Video  Florida’s Key West: Close to Perfect, Far From Normal

    The holiday season is a popular time to visit Key West, the warmest place in the continental United States. The tropical island off the coast of Florida offers an escape from cold weather and reality itself.

    Video Hold The Butter! Modern Diets Meet Holiday Traditions

    Many holidays happen in the United States at the end of every year. Traditional holiday cooking is tasty but also unhealthy. Some people, like the Neveldine family, are trying to improve the way they eat during the holidays and the rest of the year, too.

    Video Route 66 California: The End of the Trail

    The western end of Route 66 is Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. California's Route 66 passes through the Mojave Desert, bypassed towns, and the urban sprawl of Los Angeles on its way to Hollywood, Beverly Hills and, finally, the Santa Monica Pier.

    Audio Why Are Americans So Angry?

    With growing concerns about terrorism attacks and continued economic uncertainty, more Americans are angry and frustrated. One American congressman describes a toxic environment in the American political system.

    Video Arizona: The Spirit of Route 66

    Arizona’s stretch of Route 66 contains some of America’s most impressive - and famous - landscapes. But beyond the scenery, Arizona’s Route 66 offers Old West experiences, ghost towns, and legendary ghost stories.

    Audio Shootings Lead to Questions About Police Tactics

    The release of a video showing a 2014 police shooting of a 17-year-old in Chicago is touching off debate about police tactics. When is deadly force acceptable? When is it not?

    Video Santa Fe: The City Different

    Early travelers of Route 66 passed through Santa Fe, New Mexico, America's oldest capital. The route may have bypassed Santa Fe long ago, but many Route 66 travelers still choose to take the original road up to the "City Different." This week, we find out what makes Santa Fe special.

    Video Holiday Celebrations Kick Off with New York’s Rockettes

    The Rockettes have been entertaining New Yorkers and tourists from around the world since 1925. Many American families take their children to New York to see their performances during the holiday.

    Video Four Famous Foods on Route 66

    From Chicago pizza to roadside burgers in Los Angeles, the food along Route 66 plays a special -- and delicious -- part of any journey down America's Main Street.

    Audio After Years on Death Row, Freed Man Helps Others

    Anthony Graves was cleared of murder charges after spending 19 years in prison for the crime. For more than half of those years, he was scheduled to be executed. Now, Graves spends his days as a free man trying to reform the US justice system. His prosecutor has been disbarred from law practice.

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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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