Produced by Jill Craig
November 05, 2018
Repair Cafés Help Keep Trash Out of Landfills, Build Community
According to the most recent Environmental Protection Agency data, about 262 million tons of municipal solid waste were generated in the U.S. in 2015. But while trash proliferation remains a global problem, there is a growing trend to help combat it. Repair Cafés are cropping up around the world, building community while teaching people how to fix their broken items instead of tossing them out. VOA's Jill Craig recently visited the Twins ACE hardware store in Fairfax, Virginia.
October 14, 2018
Behind the Scenes in a Haunted Forest
Halloween is a popular holiday in the United States. Hauntworld.com estimates there are more than 4,000 Halloween "fee-based" attractions in the U.S., with the overall industry generating more than $1 billion. VOA's Jill Craig takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of a popular haunted forest in Maryland, where people pay for a night of fright.
October 05, 2018
Protesters Unite Against Kavanaugh
Protesters gathered in Washington Thursday to condemn President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following allegations of sexual assault. It was a day of high drama on Capitol Hill as senators learned the results of an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh's background. The Senate Republican leadership accuses the minority Democrats of attempting to derail Kavanaugh's nomination for solely political reasons. From Washington, VOA's Jill Craig has more.
September 15, 2018
UN General Assembly Hosts High-Level Talks to Combat Tuberculosis
While flu outbreaks, Ebola and HIV typically generate the biggest headlines, scientists say tuberculosis remains the No. 1 infectious disease killer globally, affecting about one quarter of the world's population. The U.N. General Assembly hopes to draw more attention to the problem by hosting its first-ever, high-level meeting on tuberculosis. The meeting will be at the end of September to bolster global efforts to end the disease and help those affected. VOA's Jill Craig has more.
August 31, 2018
Mourners Pay Final Respects to Aretha Franklin at Public Viewing
Thousands of mourners have come to pay their respects to music legend Aretha Franklin, who will be laid to rest Friday in Detroit, Michigan. A star-studded roster of performers and speakers are scheduled to attend. From Washington, VOA's Jill Craig has more.
August 29, 2018
Express Fitness Gaining Popularity in US
Express fitness is gaining popularity in the United States as people try to squeeze exercise into their hectic schedules. To accommodate them, gyms are offering more total body workouts in a compressed period of time. VOA's Jill Craig has more.
August 28, 2018
Express Fitness Gaining Popularity in US
Express fitness is gaining popularity in the United States, as people try to squeeze exercise into their hectic schedules. To accommodate them, gyms are offering more total body workouts in a compressed period of time. VOA’s Jill Craig has more.
August 25, 2018
WWII Shipwreck Found off Alaska, Sunk After Only Battle on US Soil
Scientists have used multibeam sonar and a remotely operated craft to locate the remains of the USS Abner Read, which was sunk nearly 75 years ago after hitting a Japanese mine off Alaska's Aleutian Islands. The ship had been sent to look for Japanese submarines following the only World War II battle to be fought on North American soil. VOA's Jill Craig has more.
August 19, 2018
From Beer to the Bakery: How One Entrepreneur Recycles Spent Grains into Flour
Americans drink a lot of beer, according to the Beer Institute, almost 100 liters for every drinking age American each year. That's a lot of malted barley, the main ingredient that gives beer its alcoholic kick. Even smaller craft breweries in the U.S. alone, throw out some two million tons of the spent grain each year into landfills. But one entrepreneur has found other uses for all that wasted grain. She's recycling spent barley into flour. VOA’s Jill Craig has more.
August 17, 2018
Retailers Count on Unique Back to School Supplies to Attract Kids, Parents
As summer comes to a close and kids prepare to head back to school, retailers are counting on novelty items such as scented markers and glitter glue to help win back some of the market share they've lost to iPads and popular electronic gadgets. VOA's Jill Craig takes a look at retailers back to school strategy.
July 29, 2018
Ethiopia Prime Minister Seeks to ‘Bridge’ Gap to Diaspora
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has made his first visit to the United States, speaking to thousands of members of the diaspora in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. The trip coincides with the recent easing of tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea. From Washington, VOA’s Jill Craig has more.
July 01, 2018
Thousands Protest Trump Policy on Illegal Immigration
Thousands of protesters in Washington and locations across the country rallied Saturday to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their families at the border. The largest event was held outside the White House. From Washington, VOA's Jill Craig has more.
June 27, 2018
Fireworks Safety Highlighted in Washington as July 4 Celebrations Approach
U.S. Independence Day is next week, and in preparation for celebrations, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission gave demonstrations Wednesday on the destructive power of fireworks and its potential to cause injury and even death. From Washington, VOA’s Jill Craig has more.
June 15, 2018
Members of Congress Take to Baseball Field Year After Shooting
Republican and Democratic lawmakers took to the field Thursday night for the annual congressional charity baseball game. It fell on the first anniversary of a shooting spree at a practice last year that almost killed U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Jill Craig was in the stands for the first pitch.
June 07, 2018
Blockchain Advances Could Revolutionize Daily Life
As the internet continues to revolutionize communications, the next world-changing technology may already be here. Blockchain, a way of recording data and automatically storing it on computers around the world, has the potential to change everything from collecting crime scene evidence to creating new digital currencies. VOA's Jill Craig visited a blockchain hackathon in Memphis, Tennessee, to learn more.
June 03, 2018
Orange Rallies Across US to Honor Gun Violence Survivors
Gun Violence Awareness Day was June 2, and people across the United States came to the fourth annual "Wear Orange" events to show solidarity with ending gun violence and to honor the survivors. From Washington, VOA's Jill Craig has more.
May 23, 2018
Members of Congress Take to the Soccer Field in Annual Washington Charity Match
Members of the U.S. Congress and former professional athletes took to the soccer pitch Tuesday in Washington, as Republicans and Democrats fought for bragging rights during the annual Congressional Soccer Match. All to benefit charity. From Washington, VOA’s Jill Craig has more.