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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.


8:56 PM - 9:03 PM December 19, 2014

A History of Christmas in America


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 15, 2014

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 December 08, 2014

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.


8:58 PM - 9:12 PM December 07, 2014

Mob Museum Tells About the Mafia in America


6:03 PM - 6:18 PM December 04, 2014

Olvera Street


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 01, 2014

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 November 24, 2014

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 November 17, 2014

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 November 10, 2014

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.


6:25 PM - 6:29 PM November 10, 2014

Record Percentage of Americans Have Never Married


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 03, 2014

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 October 27, 2014

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.


6:09 PM - 6:15 PM October 24, 2014

Chinese Americans: Discrimination Still a Problem but Improving


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 20, 2014

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 October 13, 2014

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.


6:27 PM - 6:34 PM October 10, 2014

Chinese Americans: Discrimination Still a Problem but Improving


6:26 PM - 6:31 PM October 10, 2014

Chinese Americans Face Stereotypes, Good and Bad


5:24 PM - 5:28 PM October 10, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Rights Advance in the US


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 06, 2014

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 September 29, 2014

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 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.

    Audio Mob Museum Tells About the Mafia in America

    The U.S. government has long used public money to fight organized crime. Now, public money is also paying for a museum in Las Vegas to tell about "The Mob,” and not everyone is happy about that. But some say it helps the local economy by bringing people to a part of Las Vegas that few visit.

    Audio Olvera Street: Birthplace of Los Angeles

    They stood near the birthplace of Los Angeles, now the second largest city in the United States. They were close to where settlers and a few soldiers from Spain first set up the city in 1781. The settlers had left a nearby Roman Catholic religious center called Mission San Gabriel Arcangel.

    Video Should You Have the Right to Die?

    The recent case of a 29 year old woman with brain cancer has again raised questions about the right to die. Americans are divided on whether doctors should be able to give deathly sick patients drugs to end their lives. Only four U.S states permit doctor, or physician, assisted suicide.

    Audio Record Percentage of Americans Have Never Married

    In the 1960s, about 90% of American adults were married. But researchers are finding that Americans’ marriage and dating customs have changed, especially for people under age 35. A new online dating application launching this week tries to make it easier for young, highly educated people to meet.

    Audio Chinese Americans: Discrimination Still a Problem, but Improving

    Despite their American citizenship, some immigrants to the United States report they still are treated like foreigners. However, members of the Chinese American community say attitudes are starting to change. Helen Zia said, “Whenever US-China relations get chilly, Chinese Americans get pneumonia."

    Audio Chinese Americans Face Stereotypes, Good and Bad

    A 2009 study showed that Americans held a high opinion of Chinese Americans. The study found that Americans considered them educated, hardworking, and having strong family values. But Chinese Americans have not always been accepted easily into America.

    Audio US, China: A Look at Immigration and Migration

    The U.S. and China have the two largest economies filled with opportunities and jobs. In 2013, a Pew study found that 45 million international migrants lived in the United States. Yet only “850,000 people living in China were born in other countries.”

    Audio Girl Shoots Instructor, Fueling Gun Debate

    After a nine-year-old accidentally killed her gun instructor, Americans talk once again about guns and children. In the United States, federal law bars anyone younger than 18 from owning a handgun. But, many state laws give young people the right to shoot all kinds of guns.

    Audio Biltmore Estate Takes Visitors Back in Time

    The huge home in North Carolina was built at the end of the 1800s. The man who owned the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina was George Vanderbilt. Biltmore has 250 rooms and the house is now open to the public. | This Is America

    Audio 80 Years Later, Millions Still Escape from Alcatraz

    In 1934, U.S. officials wondered where to put the country’s most dangerous prisoners. They found a place on an island in the harbor of the city of San Francisco, California. It was officially called Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, but everyone called it “The Rock.”

    Audio Nuclear Missile Site Turns Tourist Site

    The Cold War is long over. What do you do with a missile launch when a war is over? Turn it into a tourist site, of course.

    Audio Songs About Summer

    Most Americans say their favorite season of the year is summer | This Is America

    Audio A Century Later, Statue of Liberty Still Attracts Millions

    A gift from the people of France, and a beacon of hope to arriving immigrants, “Lady Liberty” stands up to time, heavy use and fierce weather | This is America

    Audio A Visit to George Washington's Mount Vernon

    Washington lived at Mount Vernon for more than 40 years. The big wooden house is 24 kilometers south of Washington, DC -- the city named in his honor. | This is America

    Audio Southern Friendliness Meets History in Charleston

    All about Charleston, a beautiful city with an interesting story | This is America

    Audio Tombstone, Arizona: "The Town Too Tough To Die"

    The town of Tombstone, Arizona welcomes thousands of visitors each year. They come from all over the world to experience a colorful part of the wild American West. Saddle up, come along, and practice your American English, as we visit "The Town Too Tough to Die" | This Is America

    Audio Washington Monument Honors America’s First President

    It could have turned out to be a statue of Washington on his horse, but instead, it rises above the Washington panorama, and provides great views of the Nation's Capital. Come along with us on a visit to the Washington Monument - and practice your American English as you read and listen | This Is Am

    Audio Memorial Day Honors Soldiers Who Died for America

    Memorial Day honors all of those who have died in America's wars. But the holiday began as a way to remember soldiers killed in the Civil War.

    Audio Get Your Kicks on Route 66

    Join Steve Ember and Barbara Klein for a drive on the historic "Mother Road" from Chicago to Los Angeles. Many interesting stops along the way, some history, and, of course, the chance to practice your American English | This Is America

Learn with The News

  • Google Scrubbing Search Results

    Video What’s the Top 'Trending' Search This Year?

    At the top of Google’s top-trending searches list is Robin Williams, the American comedian and actor who died four months ago. The list also includes the World Cup, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines, ISIS and Flappy Bird. Chances are that more people have heard of the game Angry Birds than Flappy Bird. More

  • Obama College Sexual Assault

    Video How the US Deals with its Sexual Assault Problem

    A new study shows young women ages 18 to 24 are the most common targets of rape and sexual attack. Many Americans are dealing with the problem. They are hearing and reading about the issue, from awareness and activism at colleges to programs to fight it at the highest levels of government. More

  • Video Helping California’s Homeless

    Federal officials believe there are hundreds of thousands of homeless people nationwide on any given day. Each one lacks a permanent place to live. Reasons for homelessness can include the high cost of housing, poverty and unemployment. Other reasons are mental health problems and bad luck. More

  • Rice farmers in Cambodia tend to their crops. Some 12% of the country's paddy fields are believed to have been destroyed due to the flooding in Southeast Asia.

    Audio Cambodian, Thai Rice Voted Best in the World

    For the third straight year, the World Rice Conference has voted Cambodian rice as the world’s best. This year Cambodia shares the award with Thailand. Cambodia produced just one percent of the world’s rice in 2012. It is trying to increase that amount. The award may help. More

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and U.S. President Obama participate in a welcome ceremony for President Obama at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Audio Is China Starting to Live its Dream?

    Trust in the American dream may be disappearing. But halfway around the world, a new dream has been gaining strength -- the Chinese dream. To be exact: President Xi Jinping’s Chinese dream. But, what is the Chinese dream? And how has President Xi started to make his dream for the country a reality? More

Featured Stories

  • Obama National Christmas Tree

    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. More

  • Video Music Shows in Private Homes Gain Popularity

    Attending a live musical performance, be it in a huge arena or a small cafe, is an exciting experience. But here in the U.S., a very different kind of performance is gaining popularity: house concerts. “There's just a totally unique experience as opposed to playing like a coffee shop or a bar." More

  • Lee Surrenders to Grant at Appomatox

    Audio Southern General Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox

    General Robert E. Lee’s military skill and intelligence helped extend the war between the states. But even his skill could not save the South from the industrial power of the North and its mighty armies -- armies that were better-fed and better-equipped. On Sunday, August 9, Lee surrendered. More

  • Uganda Playground for Disabled Children

    Audio Helping Uganda’s Disabled Children Play

    You may think that all children have freedom to play. But for children who look differently from others or have physical disabilities, the idea of play can seem far away. An organization in Uganda is seeking to change that. Read on to learn words needed to talk about this sometimes difficult topic. More

  • A microneedle used to inject glaucoma medications into the eye is shown next to a liquid drop from a conventional eye dropper. (Georgia Tech Photo: Gary Meek

    Audio Tiny Needles Treat Eye Disease

    Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness around the world. In the United States, more than two million people suffer from the disease. Now, researchers are developing very small needles that may offer a more effective and painless treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases. More

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