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As It Is

As It Is takes a daily look at issues in the news in the United States and around the world.  On Saturday and Sunday, the program explores developments in health and medicine, economic news, education, technology and other subjects.


American Mosaic

American Mosaic is our weekly program about music, pop culture and life in the United States.


In the News

In the News explains the week’s main news stories to help make sense of our world.


The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


Science in the News

Science in the News is our weekly show about news from the worlds of science, technology and medicine.


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.


Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


Learning English Broadcast

Learning English use a limited vocabulary and are read at a slower pace than VOA's other English broadcasts. Previously known as Special English.

Learn with The News

  • Audio Reports Say North Korea Hit by Huge Internet Outage

    North Korea appears to be experiencing a widespread Internet outage. Hours earlier, the U.S. warned it would answer a computer attack against Sony Pictures. U.S. investigators blamed that hack job on North Korea. Sony canceled the release of a disputed humor film about North Korea's leader. More

  • Investigators work at the scene where two NYPD officers were shot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Dec. 20, 2014.

    Audio Man Who Shot NY Police Officers Had Record of Violence, Mental Illness

    A top New York City police official says the man who killed two officers Saturday had a record of violence and mental problems. Ismayyil Brinsley shot officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in their police car in the Brooklyn, New York. He then shot and killed himself at a nearby train station. More

  • Word of the Year

    Audio What’s the Word of the Year?

    The American English dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster announces their word of the year for 2014. The publisher bases its choice on how many people look up the word in its online dictionary. Many search for these words after major news events or stories on entertainment and sports. 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

  • 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

Featured Stories

  • Nuclear fusion display at the Weiss Energy Hall, Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Audio Is a Fusion Nuclear Reactor Coming Soon?

    The United States technological organization Lockheed Martin says it will produce a working fusion nuclear reactor within five years. Lockheed Martin says it may have an operating prototype by 2017, and a version for sale by 2022. Fusion involves forcing together atomic nuclei. More

  • 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

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