Our Broadcast Programs

    African Beat

    African Beat showcases the latest and the greatest of contemporary African music and conversation. From Benga to Juju, Hip Life to Bongo Flava, Bubu to Soukous and more, host David Vandy has his finger on the pulse of the hottest African music and related issues today.

    Coming Up Monday February 08, 2016

    African Music Mix

    On African Music Mix from N’dombolo to Benga to African Hip Hop, you’ll find the best mix of pan-African music by artists from East, West, North, South, and Central Africa, as well as the islands, drawing from VOA’s archive of over 15,000 African songs.

    Coming Up Saturday February 06, 2016

    Africa News Tonight

    Africa News Tonight is a lively news magazine show featuring VOA correspondent reports, interviews with African officials, opposition leaders, NGOs and human rights activists. News feature stories look at science and technology, environmental issues, humanitarian topics, the African diaspora, business, arts and culture. Music and the popular sports segment, Sonny Side of Sports, round out the show.

    Coming Up Monday February 08, 2016

    Daybreak Africa

    Each morning, Daybreak Africa looks at the latest developments on the continent, starting with headline news and providing in-depth interviews, reports from VOA correspondents, sports news as well as listener comments.

    Coming Up Sunday February 07, 2016

    Encounter

    Join host Carol Castiel each week as she and two advocates from the world of politics, culture, public policy, or academia debate and discuss a critical issue in the news.  This program brings depth, perspective, and insight to the world around us. Issues that affect our lives and global stability are debated and discussed in a free-wheeling, unscripted discussion of fact and opinion.

    Coming Up Saturday February 06, 2016

    Health Chat

    Health Chat is a live call-in program that addresses health issues of interest to Africa.  The show puts listeners directly in touch with guest medical professionals.  It includes a weekly feature spot, health news and comments from listeners on health issues.  The program is hosted by veteran health reporter Linord Moudou.

    Coming Up Tuesday February 09, 2016

    International Edition

    International Edition delivers insight into world news through eye-witnesses, correspondent reports and analysis from experts and news makers.  We also keep you in touch with social media, science and entertainment trends.      

    Coming Up Sunday February 07, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Prominent Washington correspondents discuss topics making headlines around the world.

    Coming Up Saturday February 06, 2016

    Let's Talk

    Let's Talk is an interactive discussion program about lifestyle issues. Sunday Shomari examines everything from African cuisine to cellphones. Sunday collects audience questions and comments via social media, and speaks with guests on the programs who share their experiences and opinions.

    Coming Up Monday February 08, 2016

    Music Time in Africa

    Music Time in Africa is VOA’s longest running English language program. Since 1965, this award-winning program has featured pan African music that spans all genres and generations. Ethnomusicologist and Host Heather Maxwell keeps you up to date on what’s happening in African music with exclusive interviews, cultural information, and of course, great music -- including rare recordings from the Leo Sarkisian Library of African Music.

    Coming Up Saturday February 06, 2016

    Nightline Africa

    Join our host and correspondents from Washington and across Africa as they bring you in-depth interviews, news reports, analysis and features on this 60-minute news magazine show.

    Coming Up Saturday February 06, 2016

    Press Conference USA

    Join host Carol Castiel for this 30-minute weekly newsmaker program that provides listeners around the globe with information and insights on a wide range of topics spanning U.S. politics, foreign policy, global health, science and culture. Carol and other panelists interview bestselling authors, analysts, U.S. government officials, ambassadors and foreign heads of state about critical issues.

    Coming Up Saturday February 06, 2016

    Reporters' Roundtable

    On Reporters' Roundtable join host and journalist Douglas Mpuga, along with a lively panel of journalists, who analyze the week’s major developments in Africa.    

    Coming Up Sunday February 07, 2016

    Sonny Side of Sports

    VOA's Sonny Young brings you the latest sports news and trends as well as questions and comments from sports fans around Africa and the world.

    Coming Up Monday February 08, 2016

    Straight Talk Africa [simulcast]

    Join veteran journalist Shaka Ssali on Straight Talk Africa every Wednesday as he and his guests discuss topics of special interest to Africans, including politics, economic development, press freedom, health, social issues and conflict resolution.

    Coming Up Sunday February 07, 2016

    South Sudan In Focus

    South Sudan in Focus is a 30-minute weekday English-language broadcast/internet program covering rapidly changing developments in the new nation of South Sudan and the region.


    Up Front

    On this fresh, fast-paced show, co-hosts Jackson Mvunganyi, in the U.S., and Nadia Samie, in Africa, talk to teens and young adults about Politics,trends, lifestyles, health, entertainment, and other issues touching listeners’ lives [30 minutes].Check out the Upfront blog at www.upfrontafrica.com

    Coming Up Wednesday February 10, 2016

    VOA Newscasts

    Give us 5 minutes, and we'll give you the world. Around the clock, Voice of America keeps you in touch with the latest news. We bring you reports from our correspondents and interviews with newsmakers from across the world.

    Coming Up Saturday February 06, 2016

    HashtagVOA

    Everybody’s talking on HashtagVOA.


    Africa 54

    Vincent Makori heads up the reporting team to inform you about Africa, the U.S. and the world. Watch the show Monday-Friday @ 1630 UTC/GMT. Visit VOAnews.com and visit us on Facebook.


    Straight Talk Africa

    Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.


    The Correspondents

    The Correspondents is VOA’s weekly discussion of the world’s top stories, seen through the eyes of our dedicated reporters in the US and around the globe.  Hosted by Mil Arcega, our panel goes beyond the headlines to give listeners and viewer context and understanding of what’s driving the story.


    Beyond Category

    The great Duke Ellington described the best music as being "beyond category." "Beyond Category with Eric Felten" brings the best of jazz, blues, swing, and more.


    The Hamilton Live

    Through the door and down the stairs, VOA's "The Hamilton Live" brings the audience along to a state-of-the-art music club, hidden just blocks from the White House in Washington, D.C.


    Border Crossings

    VOA’s live worldwide international music show with host Larry London.


    Soul Lounge

    “Every great song is born in the soul of the artist” - Shawna Renee   Music lover and cultural critic, Shawna Renee, introduces you to some of her favorite Soul, R&B and Hip Hop artists.  The Soul Lounge features in-depth conversations and intimate performances with the musicians and brave enough to dig deep beneath the surface of the music to uncover the inspiration, behind the art and culture of SOUL.


    VOA Fast Five

    The Fast Five brings you not just the top trending stories on social media, but how they’re developing, and the latest reaction – all in just five minutes. If you want to know what’s got the world talking, HashtagVOA’s Fast Five has it.

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    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
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    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
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    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
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    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
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    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers US Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.
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    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
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    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
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    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
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    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.
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    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.
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    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
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    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.
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    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.