November 27, 2015 15:25 UTC

This Is America

This Is America looks at major issues in American life and society, and explores popular places across the United States.

8:17 PM - 8:19 PM November 18, 2015

After 18 Years in Prison, Free Man Fights for Reform

9:00 PM - 9:01 PM November 10, 2015

ASEAN Calls for Code of Conduct in South China Sea

7:00 AM - 7:04 AM November 09, 2015

Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan Become a Force in Politics

8:34 PM - 8:40 PM November 06, 2015

Hollywood Works to Eliminate Gender Pay Gap

8:57 PM - 9:00 PM November 04, 2015

Fewer Americans Believe in God

10:59 PM - 11:07 PM October 30, 2015

Revisiting the Gun Debate

6:15 PM - 6:17 PM October 21, 2015

Biden Decides Against Running for President

9:23 PM - 9:34 PM October 16, 2015

Route 66: 'The Highway That's The Best'

10:43 PM - 10:51 PM October 14, 2015

What Did They Say? Idioms for Political Campaigns

5:48 PM - 5:53 PM October 09, 2015

The Most Disputed Holiday in the U.S.

10:11 PM - 10:16 PM October 02, 2015

US Military Shapes What Americans Eat

3:15 PM - 3:20 PM September 20, 2015

Candidates Influence What's Important to Voters

8:20 PM - 8:24 PM September 18, 2015

Two-Step Dancing with Ghosts at Arizona Club

6:36 PM - 6:43 PM September 04, 2015

Should Hillary Clinton Be Worried?

4:39 PM - 4:42 PM September 04, 2015

US College Students Using More Marijuana, Less Tobacco

4:31 PM - 4:35 PM September 03, 2015

Pressure on Markets as World Worries About Chinese Economy

Pressure on Markets as World Worries About Chinese Economy

9:39 PM - 9:42 PM September 02, 2015

US Labor Day Arrives Five Months Late

9:08 PM - 9:13 PM August 14, 2015

America's "Capitals of the World"

5:51 PM - 6:00 PM July 31, 2015

What's in a Name?

11:29 PM - 11:38 PM July 17, 2015

Guide to 2016 Campaign: The Democrats

    Video Ten Must-See Route 66 Attractions

    The United States is full of roadside attractions. The Historic U.S. Route 66 is home to some of the oldest and must unique attractions of them all. Here are 10 must-see attractions along the Mother Road.

    Audio Restaurant 'Fires' Customer for Yelling at Autistic Worker

    People cheered the owners of a restaurant in Alaska for defending an autistic employee. The worker had been insulted and yelled at by a customer for delivering the wrong food.

    Audio Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan Become a Force in Politics

    Tammy Duckworth is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a candidate for the Senate. Eleven years ago, she was an Army soldier flying Blackhawk helicopters in Iraq. Congress includes 25 lawmakers out of 535 who are veterans of America’s two most recent wars.

    Audio Bigger Role for Asian-American Voters

    Asian-Americans are playing a larger role in American elections. They say they are offended by Republicans who make comments against immigration and Asian-Americans. And that helps Democrats.

    Audio Hollywood Works to Eliminate Gender Pay Gap

    Patricia Arquette won the best supporting actress award at the 2015 Oscar ceremony. She used her moment to address pay equity in America and Hollywood. The debate continues even now.

    Audio Fewer Americans Believe in God

    Fewer Americans believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church than in 2007, a poll says. More than 35,000 Americans were polled about their religious beliefs over four months in 2014 by the Pew Research Center. The study, called the 2014 Religious Landscape, was released Tuesday.

    Video Going West for Decades on Route 66

    The Gateway Arch represents the beginning of the American West. It also commemorates St. Louis’s role in the nation’s westward expansion. Early settlers in the 1800s depended on the city as a final chance to stock up on food and other provisions before making the long journey west.

    Video Revisiting the Gun Debate in America

    An average of one school shooting happens every week in America, says a recent report from Everytown for Gun Safety. School officials across the country do all they can to protect students. But for one elementary school in northern Virginia, the opening of a nearby gun store has led to protests.

    Video International Visitors Drawn to Route 66

    Route 66, often called the Mother Road, is known worldwide. And every year, thousands of international visitors come to see what makes it so special. International interest in Route 66 is only growing.

    Video Chicago: The Start of Route 66

    Few Americans pay attention to a brown street sign on East Adams Street in downtown Chicago. If you are not looking for it, it is easy to ignore. But every few minutes a group of international tourists take a picture in the front of the sign. It reads, “Historic Route - Illinois U.S. 66 - Begin.”

    Audio Benghazi: Witch Hunt or Valid Investigation?

    This will not be the first time that Congress asks about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. This is the eighth time Congress has probed the issue. Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State when the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked on September 11, 2012.

    Video Biden Decides Against Running for President

    Vice President Joe Biden ended months of speculation on his political future. The Vice President concluded that the grieving process for his family prevented him from starting a presidential campaign.

    Audio Photos Show Today’s Native Americans

    Matika Wilbur has a goal that will take her across the United States. She plans to photograph every federally recognized Native American tribe in the country. She hopes that her photographs will help end the many stereotypes Americans and others worldwide have of native people.

    Audio What Did They Say? Idioms for Political Campaigns

    Presidential candidates and the political journalists who report on their actions use many idioms and expressions that may only be understood by speakers of American English. If you don’t know what these words and phrases mean, it is difficult to know what the candidates and reporters are saying.

    Video Route 66: 'The Highway That's The Best'

    On November 11, 1926, a 3,900-kilometer long highway was established in the United States.It was not the first American highway. It was not the longest either. And it might not have been the fastest. But the road inspired musicians, writers and filmmakers. It appealed to explorers dreamers....

    Audio Career Advice for Millennials from Robots

    A new book suggests that Millennials will work side-by-side with robot coworkers. Millennials should bring to the job what the robots cannot.

    Audio Columbus Day: Some Love It, Others Not So Much

    In October 1492, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in today’s Bahamas. Americans honor the event on the second Monday in October. But critics of Columbus Day say the holiday disrespects native people. Are they right?

    Audio Bernie Sanders: Giving Hillary Clinton a Run for her Money

    Who is the man disrupting the “coronation” of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party nominee for president? Who is Bernie Sanders? He is a self-described “democratic socialist,” who is filling large halls and stadiums with people who are drawn to his message.

    Video Young Navajos Study to Save Their Language

    For part of her life, Sylvia Jackson stopped speaking her native language, Navajo. Like many Native American children, she had little chance to speak her language. Today, she is a Navajo language instructor in Holbrook, Arizona. She finds herself at the forefront of keep her language alive.

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 A volunteer holds up a baby as others help migrants and refugees to disembark from a dinghy after their arrival from the Turkish coast on the Greek island of Lesbos.

A volunteer holds up a baby as others help migrants and refugees to disembark from a dinghy after their arrival from the Turkish coast on the Greek island of Lesbos.


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