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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.


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Girl Shoots Instructor, Fueling Gun Debate


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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.


4:42 PM - 4:48 PM September 09, 2014

Girl Shoots Instructor, Fueling Gun Debate


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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 September 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 August 25, 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.


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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.


9:52 PM - 10:06 PM August 12, 2014

Biltmore Estate Takes Visitors Back in Time


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM August 11, 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.


4:34 PM - 4:37 PM August 11, 2014

80 Years Later, Millions Still Escape from Alcatraz


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM August 04, 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 July 28, 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 July 21, 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 July 14, 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 July 07, 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 June 30, 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 June 23, 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 June 16, 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 June 09, 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 June 02, 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 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

Learn with The News

  • Police Shooting Ferguson Meeting

    Audio Reducing Clashes between Police and Black Youths

    The shooting of an unarmed teenager fueled racial anger between police and Ferguson’s African American community. Now, some African-American parents and social workers are talking to young people about how to act when stopped by police. More

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    Video Ukraine Former President's Estate Is Now a Tourist Site

    Many Ukrainians are now visiting the former estate of former president Viktor Yanukovych. You can go there to get married and to teach your kids about how corrupt leaders live. To learn great adjectives for describing how the richest people live, read on ... More

  • Detail from mural by Aniekan Udofia, Washington, D.C., July, 2014. (J. Taboh/VOA)

    Video Street Artists Add Color to Washington, DC Buildings

    Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. Officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city. More

  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled from the violence in the Iraqi town of Gwer, wait to return at a check point at the entrance of the town, Aug. 18, 2014.

    Audio Iraqi Girls Escape Islamic State Militants

    Samira, age 17, and Samia, 14, are members of Iraq’s non-Muslim Yazidi minority. They and other Yazidis were forced from their homes in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Azar last month and captured by the Islamic State militants. Here's the story of their escape. More

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    Audio 'A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss'

    How an old proverb led to two songs, a popular rock and roll band and a magazine | Words and Their Stories More

Featured Stories

  • Cigarette Tax

    Turning Cigarette Butts to Batteries

    Scientists in South Korea find that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Read on to learn about this idiom and many other expressions. More

  • Neural map of a typical male brain. (Photo courtesy of National Academy of Sciences)

    Audio How Did You Get so Intelligent?

    Researchers saw immediate changes in brains of people when they were told hard work is more important than their genes | Science in the News More

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    Audio Virginia Leaves Union, Lincoln Puts Maryland Under Military Rule

    President Abraham Lincoln asked the states for 75,000 soldiers to stop the South's rebellion. But border states -- those between the North and South -- refused to send any troops. And some prepared to leave the Union and join the Confederacy. More

  • Michelle Baxter suffers from chronic pain in her muscles and joints. She now spends her work day standing at her desk.

    Audio Sit Less, Live Longer

    These days, we all know that exercise is good for our health. But did you know that something as common as sitting too much could be bad for our health? Read on to find out more about the importance of moving. | HEALTH More

  • This undated image provided by NASA shows the ozone layer over the years, Sept. 17, 1979, top left, Oct. 7, 1989, top right, Oct. 9, 2006, lower left, and Oct. 1, 2010, lower right.

    Audio Earth's Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Recovery

    The new report says the Earth’s ozone layer is showing signs of recovery. Ozone is a form of oxygen. It is found in the air we breathe and in Earth's atmosphere. More

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