On Halloween, the spookiest day of the year on October 31, it’s traditional for children in the United States to wear costumes to go ‘trick or treating’ in their neighborhoods to ask for candy. Some communities also have Halloween parades. Earlier this week, characters like pirates, angels and scarecrows marched in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington. VOA’s Deborah Block takes us along the colorful parade with some imaginative costumes.
A warming planet is triggering extreme weather patterns, rising sea levels, and loss of wildlife habitats. An American art exhibit is delving into the effects of climate change, which include melting glaciers and the destruction of coral reefs. VOA's Deborah Block takes us to the University of Rhode Island to see how art is used to fight climate change.
Some U.S. veterans with post-traumatic stress and anxiety are turning to beekeeping to help relieve their symptoms. Early research indicates that beekeeping provides therapeutic benefits for veterans by helping them focus, relax and become more productive. VOA’s Deborah Block visited a beekeeping program at the Veterans Affairs center in Manchester, New Hampshire, which some veterans say is doing wonders for them.
A watery grave of old sunken ships has been designated the newest national marine sanctuary in the United States. Located in Maryland about 60 kilometers south of Washington, the "ghost fleet" rises like an apparition out of the water when the tide is low. VOA's Deborah Block takes us to this underwater park with ships going back more than one hundred years.
A new floating laboratory onboard a boat on the Potomac River is keeping tabs on the water quality that flows through the nation's capital and surrounding area. A local environmental group, the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, is collecting water samples at several sites to measure the amount of bacteria that cause pollution. As VOA's Deborah Block reports, the data will be used to help clean up polluted areas in the future and is already informing the public when it is safe to swim in the river.
Artificial limbs aren't just for humans. Near Washington, an orthotist who once made prosthetics for people is helping disabled animals around the world. VOA's Deborah Block visited a Virginia workshop where devices are built that improve the lives of pets and, in some cases, wild animals.
Boat cruises on the Potomac River in the Washington, D.C. area are a popular way to see famous monuments and other landmarks. But a special cruise gives dogs a chance to relax on a scenic trip with their owners. VOAs Deborah Block takes us on a cruise for canines.