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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.


8:33 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.


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

    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.

    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.

Learn with The News

  • Audio Average Americans Gave Away Billions in 2014

    Last year, Americans again showed they are generous people. A majority of Americans, two-thirds, gave money to charity in 2014. And they gave away more money than ever before. They gave away an estimated total of $358 billion. It is a seven percent increase from 2013. More

  • Audio New York Officials Block Pro-Muslim Advertising

    Two Muslims are taking New York City’s public transportation system to court. The Metropolitan Transit Authority had accepted anti-Muslim advertising until last year. But in a sudden change, it is now barring pro-Muslim ads. The two say that violates their rights under the U.S. constitution. More

  • Uber CEO Travis Kalanick speaks during the Baidu and Uber strategic cooperation and investment signing ceremony at Baidu's headquarters in Beijing, December 17, 2014.

    Audio Uber Making a Big Push to Win Over Chinese Consumers

    The car-sharing smartphone application Uber reported in June it is receiving one million requests for rides every day in China. The American-based company is taking steps to win over Chinese consumers, and compete with local businesses. Uber plans to expand to 50 more Chinese cities this year. More

  • President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, July 1, 2015.

    Video US, Cuban Embassies to Reopen

    The move ends more than 50 years of tensions between the two countries. Many countries, groups support the decision by President Obama. But the US Congress could refuse to provide money to open an American embassy in Havana. | In The News More

  • Blue Point Oysters from New York's Great South Bay

    Video Oysters Return to New York’s Great South Bay

    The Blue Point oyster is returning to the Great South Bay of New York after almost disappearing from the world marketplace. Over-farming, pollution and Hurricane Sandy had severely damaged the Blue Point oyster business. Now, the population is growing in its home on the coast of Long Island. More

Featured Stories

  • Three F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (rear to front) AF-2, AF-3 and AF-4. A new system to prevent pilots from suffering loss of consciousness is being developed for the aircraft.

    Video New Device May Help Jet Pilots

    While flying high above Earth’s surface, jet fighter pilots may suffer loss of eyesight for brief periods. Some pilots may even lose consciousness. These experiences, commonly called blackouts, can lead to tragic results. An Israeli company may have developed a device that could save pilots’ lives. More

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    Video Summer 2015 Brings Movies for Toddlers to Teens

    A girl's emotions star in 'Inside Out,' an animation from Pixar. 'Minions' is the story of the little yellow creatures from the 'Despicable Me' series. Don't like cartoon movies? Try "Paper Towns' based on a John Green book or 'Ricki and the Flash' starring Meryl Streep and daughter Maggie Gummer. More

  • Everyday Grammar: Beating Problems with Adverbs

    Audio Everyday Grammar: Beating Problems with Adverbs

    Some common mistakes in English happen when speakers confuse adjectives and adverbs. And some adverbs look the same but have opposite meanings. Do not fear, the Everyday Grammar expert is here to sort it all out for you. Learn why -ly usually (but not always) tells you a word is an adverb. More

  • Audio Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the 4th of July

    Sure, you know Americans celebrate their Independence Day on the fourth day of July. But do you know they have the wrong date? Or where they get all those fireworks? Hint: not from the UK. More

  • Audio Independence Day

    Independence Day is a huge celebration in the United States. People celebrate by having parades and picnics and usually end the day with fireworks. So what do some of these words mean? More

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