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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 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.


8:20 PM - 8:28 PM April 15, 2015

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


6:11 PM - 6:14 PM April 15, 2015

Activists Aim -- Again -- To Pay Women and Men Equally


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 13, 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.


11:49 PM - 11:56 PM April 10, 2015

Guide to the 2016 Presidential Campaign, Part One


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 06, 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.


6:47 PM - 6:54 PM April 03, 2015

Religious Freedom Acts Raise Controversy in the U.S.


12:21 AM - 12:27 AM April 03, 2015

Foods Important to Easter, Passover and the Spring


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM March 30, 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.


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

Dead Sea Scrolls Still Have Lessons to Teach

    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.

    Audio Rolling Stone's Mistaken Story of a Rape 'Was Avoidable'

    In December of last year, a well-known American magazine retracted a major story. The story reported on a sexual attack at the University of Virginia. A student told the reporter a group of students raped her at a fraternity party in 2012. The magazine later said it was not true.

    Video Activists Aim -- Again -- To Pay Women and Men Equally

    The U.S. Congress passed the Equal Pay Act in 1963 to require women and men to earn the same pay for equal work. But women often make less money than men – sometimes, a lot less. On the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, activists say they are still demanding economic fairness.

    Audio Guide to 2016 Campaign: Iowa and New Hampshire

    Every four years Americans go to the polls in November to pick a president. Americans will elect the next president in November of 2016. Although the election is still more than a year away, candidates have been announcing they are running. The candidates will compete in caucuses and primaries.

    Audio Religious Freedom Acts Raise Controversy in US

    Indiana and Arkansas recently passed – then considered changing – religious freedom laws. Nineteen other states have such laws to protect religious minorities. However, the new laws expand some religious protections to organizations. Some say the laws threaten the civil rights of homosexuals.

    Audio Foods Important to Easter, Passover and the Spring

    This weekend there are two traditional celebrations that American Christians and Jews celebrate every spring. You will see flat breads and chocolate rabbits in the stores. Other countries celebrate spring with roast lamb and a special table of foods.

    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.

    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.

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  • U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces an indictment against nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives for racketeering, conspiracy and corruption at a news conference, in Brooklyn, New York, May 27, 2015.

    Audio US, Swiss Officials Take Action against FIFA in Corruption Cases

    United States officials have brought charges against current and former leaders of FIFA, the group that governs the sport of football around the world. A U.S. federal indictment accuses them of corruption and other wrongdoing. More

  • Audio US Military Searching for Boat People in Southeast Asia

    The U.S. military has begun flights off the west coast of Malaysia. Military aircraft are searching for thousands of people who are believed to be trapped on unsafe wooden boats. Last week, Indonesia and Malaysia announced they would temporarily permit the boat people to land. More

  • Audio Taiwan Offers Peace Plan for South China Sea

    It calls for cooperation among governments that claim all or part of the South China Sea, which is said to be rich in oil, natural gas and fisheries. But the plan is not likely to produce a reaction outside of Taiwan because country has no diplomatic ties with the countries that claim the waters. More

  • Audio Iraq Launches Operation to Recapture Anbar

    An Iraqi government television broadcast announced the move Tuesday. Also in the news, Al-Shabab attacks Kenya police near Somali border; Spy trial of Washington Post reporterJason Rezaian begins in Iran; Recovery efforts continue in Texas and Mexico after strong storms over the weekend. More

  • Audio Tensions Rise in Hong Kong Before Tiananmen Anniversary

    Every year people in Hong Kong gather to remember the June 4 anniversary of the Chinese government crackdown at Tiananmen Square. Usually they also give thanks for their freedoms. But this year, some say people in Hong Kong themselves are feeling increasing pressure from the Chinese government. More

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  • Audio Brain Remembers Language Better If You Sing It

    If you have a long list of vocabulary words to learn, you might want to write them into a familiar song. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh studied the relationship between music and remembering a foreign language. After the tests were over, the singers came out on top. And it's more fun! More

  • Video New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

    Architects, engineers and building supervisors will soon be able to quickly collect information that once took weeks to measure and process. Scientists have developed a device to gather information about building interiors – the design and exact measurements of a building. More

  • 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. More

  • Audio Hold Your Horses!

    Horses are part of the history and romance of the Old American West. These days, they are popular for sport and entertainment. So, it is easy to understand why we Americans use so many horse expressions. Learn some of the most common and try to answer our horse riddle! More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar - Introducing Conditionals

    In everyday conversation, English speakers often talk about things that are not true. Or, they talk about things that only happen if something else happens. Learn how to correctly use these conditional forms in English. If you write to us, we will let you know if it is correct. More

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