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This Is America

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

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

12:45 AM - 12:49 AM July 15, 2015

American Muslims Fight Stereotypes

3:48 PM - 3:58 PM July 14, 2015

Comedians Debate What Is Acceptable Humor

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

9:54 PM - 10:11 PM June 16, 2015

Guide to 2016 Campaign: The Republicans

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

    Audio US Military Shapes What Americans Eat

    Food writer Anastacia Marx de Salcedo says many processed foods have resulted from the work of a U.S. military laboratory somewhere. She says the military’s interest in food science increase during World War Two, when it sent meals to 1.6 million troops worldwide.

    Video Asian Immigrants to Overtake Hispanics

    A new study by the Pew Research Center says Asians will be the top immigrant group in the year 2065. Fifty years from now, there will be more Asian than Hispanic immigrants in the United States. And, they say, no race or ethnic group will have a majority in the country.

    Audio Southern States Among the Poorest in US

    Mississippi is the nation’s poorest state, says the US Census Bureau. Most people earn around $39,680 a year. Maryland ranks as the richest state, where most people earn around $73,971 a year. In addition to Mississippi, the three poorest states include West Virginia and Arkansas.

    Video Chinese Girls Raised in America Find Their Identity

    An American journalist adopted a young Chinese girl 18 years ago. Now the girl returns to China to learn about identity and to teach others about abandoned children throughout the country.

    Video Pope Francis Visits the 'Land of Dreams'

    Pope Francis visited Washington DC and was the first pope to speak at a joint session of the Congress. His audience included climate change activists and religious leaders who heard his call to action on the environment as well as social and economic justice.

    Audio Powerful U.S. Congressman Boehner Resigns

    Congressman John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, resigned Friday, September 25. Boehner cited turmoil in the Republican Party as a reason why he is leaving Congress.

    Video What Do You Think About Pope Francis?

    Many people came to see Pope Francis near the White House on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 in Washington D.C. Several shared their opinions with us.

    Audio Young Americans Using Their Music to Send a Message

    The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles has performed in southern California and the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. The group is open to young musicians between the ages of 10 and 25, but all members must have a “basic understanding” of their instrument.

    Audio Voters Influenced by Flashy Debates

    Governor John Kasich of Ohio is said to be one of the more calm candidates in the crowd of Republican candidates. Research shows that voters are influenced by flashy candidates.

    Audio Some in US Questioning 'Birthright Citizenship'

    The United States is one of about 30 countries in the world that gives automatic citizenship to babies born within its borders. The Republicans running for president have brought the issue up for debate in America. Some want to end the birthright citizenship for all babies born in the U.S.

    Video Two-Step Dancing with Ghosts at Arizona Club

    The Museum Club is an iconic business along the historic U.S. Route 66. The famous 'honky-tonk' appeals to local university students Wednesday night when they can get in for free. Honky-tonks are known for wild crowds and loud country-western music and dancing. The Museum Club is no exception.

    Audio Man’s Law or God’s Law? Americans Debate Religion in Government

    A small-town government official in Kentucky is at the center of a dispute about religious freedom and civil rights. Kim Davis went to jail last week because she refused to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Supporters cheer her faith.

    Audio US Labor Day Arrives Five Months Late

    But Labor Day started with a struggle. On May 1, 1889, workers demonstrated on the streets of Paris. International Labor Day was born. Most industrialized countries in the world -- except the U.S. and Canada -- celebrate Labor Day on the first of May.

    Audio Should Hillary Clinton Be Worried?

    Hillary Clinton remains the leading candidate among likely Democratic Party voters. But the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll says more Americans are viewing her unfavorably. The Republican-led inquiry into Clinton's use of private email server continues and others are waiting for Biden.

    Audio US College Students Using More Marijuana, Less Tobacco

    A new report says marijuana use among American college students is increasing. In fact, daily marijuana use was more popular than cigarette smoking last year. A series of studies found that marijuana use among college students is at its highest rate since 1980.

    Audio 'Arrogant' Donald Trump Leads Republican Pack

    Immigration continues to top the list of subjects being debated in the Republicans’ race for the White House. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is gaining attention, and popularity, by making comments about immigration. New numbers show Mr. Trump pulling far ahead of former front-runner Jeb Bush.

    Video Idaho's 'Garbologist' Turns Trash Into Treasure

    The proverb "one man's trash is another man's treasure" has special meaning for Jaz Malone. Jaz works at a dump, or waste disposal site. She rescues things from the trash and recycles, or finds a new use for them.

    Audio America's 'Capitals of the World'

    Both New York City and London like to be called the "financial capital of the world" and the "fashion capital of the world." But do you know what U.S. city is the "cowboy capital of the world?" Or the "watermelon capital of the world?" Learn about a few small-town "capitals of the world" in America.

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