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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.


8:20 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


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM March 23, 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 March 16, 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 March 09, 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 March 02, 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 February 23, 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 February 16, 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 February 09, 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.


6:29 PM - 6:37 PM February 06, 2015

Republicans Now Control Most State and Federal Political Offices


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 02, 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.


9:42 PM - 9:51 PM January 30, 2015

Why Do So Few U.S. Women Hold Top Jobs?


7:58 PM - 8:01 PM January 27, 2015

Sensitivities About Religious Images Are Not An Issue Only for Muslims

    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 the US Presidential Campaign, Part One

    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.

    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.

Learn with The News

  • World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is seen speaking at a news conference.

    Audio World Bank Head Sees Other Development Banks as Allies

    Slowing economic growth around the world is endangering the World Bank’s goal of ending extreme poverty by the year 2030. Mr. Kim said the goal remains within reach. But he thinks extreme poverty will disappear only if world leaders and financial and development agencies do their part. More

  • Children playing on the shores of Guanabara Bay

    Audio Brazil Working to Clean Dirty Olympic Bay

    Around the world, people are excited for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The host city for the events is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The city is known as Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvelous City – because of its beautiful landscapes. But one body of water in Rio, Guanabara Bay, is not so marvelous. More

  • Video New Movie Shows an Unseen Underwater World

    Jean-Michael Cousteau and his team used an IMAX camera to produce a 40-minute documentary about the world’s oceans. The film shows how the smallest life in the sea is important to the survival of all life on the planet. There are also thousands, maybe millions of species not yet identified. More

  • Audio Early American Railroads Shape Modern Language

    This week, we look at some train and railroad expressions commonly used in American English. This is only part one. There are many idioms and expressions relating to trains. So ... all aboard! Make sure you have your ticket because this train is leaving the station! More

  • Women in Combat

    Video Women Seek to Join US Army Rangers

    Army expects nearly 20 women will begin the difficult training on Monday; it says they will have to meet the same standards as men to graduate from course. Opinion study of male troops finds many do not think women should be Rangers. The Army says those who graduate will be Rangers. More

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  • Audio Early American Railroads Shape Modern Language

    This week, we look at some train and railroad expressions commonly used in American English. This is only part one. There are many idioms and expressions relating to trains. So ... all aboard! Make sure you have your ticket because this train is leaving the station! More

  • Everyday Grammar - Gerunds and Infinitives

    Audio Everyday Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitives

    English learners have difficulty with gerunds and infinitives. A gerund is the –ing form of a verb that functions the same as a noun. For example, “Running is fun.” In this sentence, “running” is the gerund. It acts just like a noun. More

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    Video Mother, Son, Co-Write Children’s Book on Autism

    ‘If You Were Me’ tells the story of 18-year-old Burnie Rollinson’s story. He was diagnosed with Asperger's at age three. He has few friends but he enjoys a full and productive life. He and his mother, Anita Rollinson, created their book together. She wrote the words and Burnie drew the pictures. More

  • Video Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Two

    Last week, we told how African slaves on a Spanish ship rebelled in seventeen ninety-nine. They killed most of the Spanish sailors. Only the captain, Benito Cereno and a few others survived. The story continues - what happened on Captain Cereno's ship? Read the second of three part More

  • Video Motor-Free Device Reduces Stress from Walking

    Devices that help people walk were once thought to be difficult, if not impossible, to design. Until recently, such a device required electricity from an external power supply. Now, American scientists have built a small, wearable addition to normal shoes. More

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