Wind power is one of the fastest growing forms of alternative energy in the world. More and more, wind power mills are seen in the countryside, in large wind farms and for the most part, away from city life. But a new form of wind power is now designed to work in an urban environment. VOA producer Zulima Palacio has the story. Mill Arcega narrates.
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Internal combustion engines in cars may be on their way out, but experts agree it will take a few decades before electric-powered vehicles become dominant. Meanwhile, the existing gas and diesel engines can be made more efficient and less polluting. With a $9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, a U.S.-based company is using an old technological concept to build a power train that is 50 percent more fuel-efficient and just as powerful as conventional engines, as VOA’s George Putic Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/3250126.html
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Left Behind in Vietnam tells the story of a Vietnam War love affair, a baby, and 48 years later, a reunion. VOA's new weekly program VOAConnect brings together stories of people across the United States and around the world, from a virtual reality brain surgeon ushering in a new age of medicine to a Vietnam War vet connecting to the daughter he never knew. It's a place to meet street artists and high tech innovators, and everyone in between. SUBSCRIBE for the latest news and updates from VOICE OF AMERICA ► https://www.youtube.com/c/voanews?sub... Follow VOA News across the web: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/voiceofamerica/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/voanews INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/voanews Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 236.8 million people. VOA produces content for digital, television, and radio platforms. It is easily accessed via your mobile phone and on social media. It is also distributed by satellite, cable, FM and MW, and is carried on a network of approximately 3,000 affiliate stations.
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Just as classical musicians aspire to perform one day at New York's Carnegie Hall, country and bluegrass musicians dream of playing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Thirteen-year-old Gaven Largent will be doing just that next month. VOA's Susan Logue caught up with him at his home in Winchester, Virginia, and prepared this profile.
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The elite Marine unit of Navajo soldiers whose cryptic code remained unbroken during World War Two was honored at the annual Veterans' Day parade in New York City. The Code Talkers are using their trip as a bid to raise funds for a museum to honor their contribution to defeating the Japanese. Few of the original 400 Navajo Code Talkers are still alive. They say unless a museum is built quickly, their experiences will die with them. Nathan King reports:
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Music lovers around the world sing the praises of certain violins and cellos that were made more than 300 years ago in the small city of Cremona in northern Italy. The instruments made by Antonio Stradivarius, in particular, are highly regarded and the few hundred that survive today command prices in the millions of dollars. For many years craftsmen and scientists have studied these violins to find their secret. Now, a chemist in Texas claims he has already found it -- not in the structure of the instruments, but in chemicals used to preserve the wood.
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Farmers in the Midwest should be preparing for planting season this spring, but instead, they are dealing with flood water, mud and cleanup. In March, melting snow combined with a “bomb cyclone” storm caused historic flooding in fields and communities across the Midwest. One farmer in Nebraska says it may take years for his farm to get back to normal. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee has his story. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4863018.html
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Life is often stranger than fiction as filmmaker Rick Beyer found out when he learned that an American Ghost Army helped defeat the Germans during World War Two. The story was classified for decades, and after it was declassified it took Beyer eight years to piece it together with hard-to-find footage, interviews with selected veterans, and artwork created by soldiers at the front. Beyer created the first documentary on this unit whose job was not to wage war, but to deceive the enemy. VOA's Penelope Poulou has more.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping did a spot of cooking Tuesday, on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. The two leaders made Russian pancakes, stuffed with black and red caviar, washed down with some Russian vodka. The two toured a cultural expo following a day of meetings in the Far Eastern city.
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When many of us think of precious objects, it is often the largest gems or the most famous paintings that come to mind. But certain rare violins inspire the same awe - and command the same astronomical prices - as these other treasures. VOA's Adam Phillips tells us about one particular violin's pride of place in the rarified world of high-end stringed instruments.
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In the 1960s, they were called communes. Today, they're known as intentional communities. Some are spiritually-based. Others focus on environmental concerns. But all believe in sharing. Twin Oaks, located two hours south of Washington DC, is one of the oldest intentional communities in the United States. VOA's Susan Logue paid a visit.
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In a stunning upset, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lost her bid to become the first woman president of the United States, losing to billionaire businessman Donald Trump. Ahead in most polls before Tuesday's vote, the mood at the Hillary Clinton watch party in New York changed drastically as the election returns came in. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti was there at the Javits Center in New York City. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/clinton-victory-party-turns-to-sorry/3589002.html
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As the month of Ramadan begins, many millions of Muslims around the world are joining in a collective fast intended to help purify their souls. But for the more than half a million African-American Muslims, many of whom descend from former slaves, Ramadan has a special meaning -- a link between the African-American experience and the Islamic tradition of spiritual freedom. VOA's Mana Rabiee has more.
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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearances in the United States, and the beginning of the U.S. version of "Beatlemania." When the Beatles touched down in New York on February 7, 1964 few knew that American music and culture would change forever. The Beatles arrived in a country still mourning the loss of President John F. Kennedy, assassinated just months before. Americans were ready for something that would lighten the somber mood. The Beatles delivered some levity and joy. The Beatles had come to America to perform on the Ed Sullivan TV show, and more than 70 million people tuned in. It was then the largest TV audience ever for an entertainment show. Laurel Bowman takes a look back.
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On March 30, 1981, shots rang out as President Ronald Reagan left a Washington hotel. The president and three others, including Secret Service Agent Tim McCarthy, were seriously wounded. Our correspondent talks with former agent McCarthy about how that day changed his life, and how the Secret Service protects the president.
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The Navajo Indians of the southwestern United States have been weaving blankets for hundreds of years. Originally, their primary goal was to make something that would keep them warm. In time, however, people began to appreciate the blankets for their beauty. Suli Yi of VOA's Mandarin Service traveled to Navajo country to learn about the Navajo weavers and their art. It is narrated by Ruth Reader.
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Lifelong intellectual disabilities often can hinder a person's ability to acquire skills or get a job. The people who run the Wildflour catering company near Washington, DC know that, so they have made a special effort to hire people with disabilities. VOA's June Soh visited Wildflour and learned that the company gives its employees marketable skills, and sends them home with more than just a paycheck. Amy Katz narrates.
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With Congress back in session, debate over reforming the American health care system is once again in full swing. Supporters of universal health care want the U.S. system to be more like those in Europe, with the government taking an active role to guarantee coverage for everyone. Those who oppose drastic changes in the U.S. system say greater government involvement and universal coverage guarantees will push the U.S. toward socialism. Germans have the oldest universal health care system in Europe - its origins go back more than a century - and they are generally pleased with the care they receive. Is there a lesson there for America? VOA's Sonja Pace reports from the German capital, Berlin.
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According to a recent poll by Time Magazine - most Americans watch "funny" news versus "real" news because they find it to be more honest and revealing. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a satirical news program, broadcasts on the Comedy Central network in the United States. Two weeks before the Iranian elections in June, The Daily Show sent a reporter and producer to Iran to get the funny truth about the country. Sahar Sarshar of VOA's Persian News Network reports.
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Chinese have been in America since before the United States was founded, though few in numbers until the 1840s. Like other ethnic groups, they faced prejudice and exclusion, until the civil rights movements of the 1960s began to tear down racial barriers in education and jobs. In 1980, a museum dedicated to their story started as the Chinatown History Project. The Museum of Chinese in America opened this year at a new site in New York's Chinatown. VOA New York correspondent Carolyn Weaver has more.
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Over the last few decades, the Roman Catholic Church in America has struggled to fill the ranks of its clergy. The average age of the church's serving priests and nuns is 70 and rising. But some Catholic orders in the United States are successfully attracting new members or postulants. Reporter Mike Osborne visited an order of Dominican sisters in the southern state of Tennessee where nearly a third of the sisters are under 30 years of age.
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The edge of the Sahara desert seems an unlikely spot for an organic farm, but that didn't stop a group of poor villagers in the village of Hart Chaou, 300 kilometers southeast of Marrakesh, from planting one. Reporting for VOA, Solana Pyne describes a Moroccan community farm that could be a model for other drought-prone regions.
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Russia this year is marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution, which ended centuries of monarchy and led to the rise of a new empire -- the Soviet Union. Russia's "February Revolution," which was in March in the Gregorian calendar, saw Tsar Nicholas the Second abdicate in the face of a popular uprising. But, as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Saint Petersburg, there are still Russians today who defend the monarchy as sacred, and a few who even hope for its return. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/russian-monarchy-still-a-touchy-issue-100-years-after-revolution/3751056.html
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A South African court earlier this week convicted Julius Malema, president of the African National Congress Youth League, of hate speech for singing "shoot the Boer, kill the Boer" at a rally last year. But some Boers, or white South African farmers, say they have had enough of violence and racial tension in South Africa and are planning to move out. VOA's James Brooke visited one Afrikaner who started farming this year in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
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Mascots help to get crowds excited at every level of sports competitions - from high schools to professional teams. Companies and organizations also use the costumed characters to present a friendly corporate image. June Soh shows what it takes to bring those furry, comic costumes to life and what it is like being inside them, especially in the sizzling summer heat.
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While doing marine conservation projects at the Kenyan coast several years ago, one woman observed children making toys out of flip-flops that were washing up on shore. So she started a business to make colorful, fashionable products from flip-flops - while creating jobs and cleaning up the waterways. Jill Craig has more from Nairobi.
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One of the many adverse effects of global climate change is the rise of sea levels, which scientists say can increase the salinity level of fresh water reserves. As saline water cannot be used for irrigation, farm fields close to the seashore are lost to agriculture. But a farm in Netherlands has managed to grow healthy and tasty vegetables in soil irrigated with salt water. VOA’s George Putic reports. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/farming-with-salty-water-is-possible/2509863.html
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Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And a little more than half of new converts are female. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti travelled to Miami, Florida -- where two out of every three residents is Hispanic -- to learn more. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/latinas-converting-to-islam-for-identity-structure/2488234.html
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The events that took place in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, and in the days that followed are some of the most analyzed and controversial moments in American history. And as VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports -- for those in Dallas who witnessed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, those moments are permanently seared in their minds, and changed their lives forever.
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Have you ever imagined being a cowboy - riding horses and herding cattle on a ranch? What does it take to be a cowboy, and what do you have to give up? VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang recently went to a longhorn cattle ranch near Dodge City, Kansas, and bring you the real lifestyle of a ranch family. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2982664.html
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When Islamic terrorists attacked the United States in 2001, some Americans were angry at Islam, because they see all Muslims as potential terrorists. Others now understand Islam better because it gets so much attention in the media. VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells the story of one woman experienced loss in 2001, but then turned to the same religion that some blamed.
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The U.S. Library of Congress is well known for being the world's largest library. That is, in the traditional, paper format. Now, the library is on the way to hosting the largest digital collection in the world with more than 700 terabytes of data. VOA's Zulima Palacio explored the "cyber" world of the Library of Congress and prepared this story. Carolyn Presutti narrates.
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Once a refugee, an Ethiopian immigrant to the United States is now a successful businessman running a multimillion dollar transportation company. VOA's Tigist Geme recently documented his journey to achieving the American Dream. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/dishwasher-to-millionaire-ethiopian-refugee-achieves-american-dream/4060119.html
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An unprecedented Chinese financial and construction effort is rapidly developing Pakistan’s strategically located Arabian Sea port of Gwadar into one of the world’s largest transit and transshipment cargo facilities. VOA’s Ayaz Gul reports both sides are hoping to turn the port city into the gateway of a multibillion dollar bilateral economic corridor being built to connect the two allied nations. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4083585.html
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President Trump's opioid commission is calling for more federal funding to battle addiction and deadly opioid drug-related overdoses in the United States. More than 175 Americans are dying every day and the Trump administration has declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency”. VOA's Chris Simkins takes us to a hard hit Philadelphia neighborhood where the opioid epidemic is on open display. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4148055.html
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Workforce experts blame the loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs on the rising capability of computer automation. One example: the U.S. auto industry built and sold a record number of vehicles in 2015, but did so with many fewer workers than it once employed. VOA's Jim Randle reports from Detroit, where some workers displaced from industrial companies are getting help to prepare for an uncertain future. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/robots-eat-millions-of-manufacturing-jobs-humans-seek-new-skills/3488334.html
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International students who want to get their medical education in the U-S face almost insurmountable challenges. Most public schools won’t accept them, and private universities have very few openings for highly competitive slots. That said, it’s not impossible. VOA’s Linda Ringe spoke to some international students at Johns Hopkins medical school to see how they overcame the odds. Amy Katz narrates her report. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/3617092.html
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The recession and collapse of the housing industry in the United States is causing many Americans to move in search of jobs and a cheaper place to live. But a researcher at the University of California says there has been an unexpected decline in overall state to state migration since the recession. He calls it the "staying home phenomenon." Of those who did move, many are moving between California and Texas.
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A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California, home to the largest Cambodian community outside that country. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2423147.html
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People around the world emigrate to the United States seeking a better life. And many of them achieve their dreams by running a small business. Steve Doudaklian's family is among them. His father came to the U.S. more than three decades ago from Lebanon and opened a shoe repair business outside Washington that quickly became known for its quality services. In this story narrated by Amy Katz, VOA's June Soh introduces us to Steve Doudaklian, a fourth generation shoe craftsman.
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The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees equal rights to all places of worship, be it a church or a mosque. In the U.S. city of Syracuse, New York, a church is as important to Muslims as it has been to Christians. Saba Shah Khan takes us to this house of God. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/islam-thrives-former-us-church/4164900.html
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With their four-chambered stomachs and insatiable desire to nibble on anything even resembling a plant, goats are gaining credibility as land clearers. As a result, the U.S. environmental movement has come up with a novel way to destroy large extensions of invasive weeds and grasses: Rent a Goat. So far, the results look like a win-win situation for all. Producer Zulima Palacio has the story. Mil Arcega narrates.
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When we think about sandbags, we think flood prevention. But did you know that you can use them to build your house? Cal-Earth is a nonprofit that teaches students how to build structures called SuperAdobe, houses that work in harmony with nature. VOA Connect brings together stories of people across the United States and around the world, from a virtual reality brain surgeon ushering in a new age of medicine to a Vietnam War vet connecting to the daughter he never knew. It's a place to meet street artists and high tech innovators, and everyone in between. For more: https://www.voanews.com/connect SUBSCRIBE for the latest news and updates from VOICE OF AMERICA ► https://www.youtube.com/c/voanews?sub_confirmation=1 Follow us across the web: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/voiceofamerica/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/voanews INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/voanews
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Innovative technology often can make yesterday's science fiction into today's reality. This is particularly true with a prosthetic hand that brings to life fictional accounts of artificial, computer-driven replacement body parts. The bionic hand, called the I-Limb,was named one of the top 50 inventions this year by Time Magazine.
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Some voters looking for a shake-up this election are flocking to Republican Donald Trump, a businessman, not a politician. In the midwestern state of Ohio, some lifelong Democrats frustrated with the lack of jobs and opportunities are switching parties to back his unconventional candidacy. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/some-ohio-democrats-flocking-to-trump/3233281.html
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Explore VOA's "The Damage Done" documentary series at https://projects.voanews.com/opioids/ Police move in to clear out encampments of addicts in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. Now, the question is: Where will they go next?
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After Alyssa Alhadeff died in the Parkland shooting, her mother Lori turned first to faith, then politics. In honor of Alyssa, she took on the establishment and won a seat on the county school board. "After Parkland" tells the story of what happened to members of two families who lost daughters in the shooting — the Alhadeffs and the Schentrups — and how they transformed overwhelming grief into meaning. A third part shows how the shooting reignited the charged political divide over guns. Fore more: https://www.voanews.com/parkland
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China's activities in Africa have long been a target of criticism. But as VOA's Bill Ide reports from Beijing, its support of controversial leaders on the continent and massive hunger for resources have led some to question its intentions. Changing that perception has been a key point during Chinese President Xi Jinping's trip to Africa this week.
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A small number of elderly South Koreans are preparing to cross the border into North Korea for a family meeting more than half a century in the making. As VOA's Kurt Achin reports, the Korean division that pulled their family apart also creates the conditions for a less-than-ideal reunion.
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Residents of Mississippi favor pork barbecue, fried catfish, buttery biscuits and gravy and tamales. Generations of eating calorie-laden foods have lead to Mississippi's designation as having the fattest kids in the nation. But the southern state, where 40 percent of the children are overweight or obese, is fighting that ranking. VOA's Carolyn Presutti explains the state's healthy outlook.
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