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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.


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Comedians Debate What Is Acceptable Humor


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The Changing Face of America


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


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


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Indians, Pakistanis Learn About One Another


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Iraqi Refugees Building New Lives in America


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Could a Tattoo Cost You a Job?


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Films Explore Native Peoples, Culture Conflict


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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.


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Guide to 2016 Campaign: Money and Super PAC


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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.


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

Chinese-American Nightclubs Changed Racial Stereotypes


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Appalachian Trail audio


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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.


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


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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.


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.


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Rolling Stone's Report on a Rape Case 'Was Avoidable'

    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!

    Audio US Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Debate

    The US Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to marry. Depending on how the court votes, it could lead to legalization of same-sex marriage across the US. Or the court could leave things the way they are now for the states to decide.

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  • Audio Western Values Inspire Gay Rights Debate in S. Korea

    Thousands of South Korean gay rights supporters and opponents recently held demonstrations in front of Seoul's city administration building. Both sides say they find inspiration and support from the U.S. and other Western nations. Support for gay rights is growing in South Korea. So is Christianity. More

  • Audio Trans Pacific Partnership Talks May End This Week

    Observers say many issues still need to be worked out to reach a deal. The United States and Japan, for example, have had disputes over car parts and rice imports. Other nations have disputed over access to Canadian markets for agricultural products. More

  • Video Louisiana Using BP Settlement Money to Restore Coast

    Five years ago, workers stopped a well that had been leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. This month, the company judged responsible for the disaster, BP, agreed to pay $18.7 billion to states along the Gulf coast. The money will help pay for economic and environmental restoration. More

  • Audio Obama Speaks to African Union on Last Day of Africa Trip

    Also, the European Union foreign policy chief is in Iran to begin working on the new nuclear agreement; North Korea’s ambassador to China says his country is not interested in negotiations about its nuclear program; and South Korea says the MERS outbreak in the country is over. More

  • Video Cubans Look Forward to Using Internet

    Cubans still have a very limited access to the Internet. Many young people in Cuba use their mobile devices at government-operated community centers to get free Internet connections. Some Internet users are trying to build their own local networks to connect with others. More

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  • Audio Why Do Mosquitoes Choose to Bite You?

    Mosquitoes need blood to survive and their favorite target is humans. They are completely driven by smell. How do they find their victims and why do they prefer some people more than others? New research now shows how mosquitoes choose who to bite. More

  • 'You're Giving Me the Creeps!'

    "You're giving me the ...!" The jitters, the creeps, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, goose bumps, butterflies, and a heart attack ... you can give all these things to other people. Are they good or bad? Read on to find out! More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: Can I, Could I, May I?

    English teachers and parents used to try very hard to get young people to use "may" when asking for permission. Now it seems that "can" or "could" works just as well. Learn about the rules for asking permission with these modals. More

  • Video The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving

    In this classic American story, we learn about the hunt for a famous pirate's treasure and the greedy desire for wealth. One couple, Mr. and Mrs Tom Walker, learn the danger of making a deal with the devil. They want the treasure but learn there is a high price to pay. More

  • Audio TOEFL, IELTS, or TOEIC? Comparing the Tests

    When international students want to apply for schools or jobs, they must pass a standardized test of English as a Foreign Language. Learn about the differences and similarities between the tests. Hear from an international student who has taken them. More

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