Produced by Jill Craig
May 05, 2018
US Unemployment Rate 3.9 Percent, Lowest Since 2000
President Trump reveled in the 3.9 percent U.S. unemployment rate Friday, following the release of figures by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But some say that these numbers don't tell the whole story. From Washington, VOA's Jill Craig has more.
April 22, 2018
Booze, Blessings, and a Bible: South African Church Celebrates Drinking
A new church in South Africa celebrates drinking, and not just the communion wine. Worshippers at the Gabola church attend services in bars and taverns, where a pastor blesses their alcoholic beverages. From Washington, VOA’s Jill Craig has more on this unorthodox church.
April 21, 2018
US Students Mark 1999 Colorado School Shooting Anniversary with Walkout
Students across the United States marked the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting by walking out of their classrooms. This protest against gun violence comes on the heels of a previous national school walkout and the March for Our Lives rallies. From Washington, VOA's Jill Craig has more.
April 16, 2018
Eviction Exhibit Finds a Home at National Building Museum
Evictions have been called a silent threat to America’s cities. Every week, thousands of Americans are forced from their homes, for non-payment. An exhibit on U.S. housing evictions opens in Washington D.C. this weekend, based on a book by Princeton University professor Matthew Desmond, which explores the problem by following the lives of several families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as they struggle to pay the rent. From Washington, VOA’s Jill Craig takes a look at the exhibit.
April 14, 2018
DC Residents and Tourists React to News of Syria Strikes
The United States, Britain, and France on Saturday conducted military strikes on Syria's chemical weapons facilities to punish President Bashar Assad for an apparent attack last week in Douma, Syria. The attacks were also aimed at reducing Syria's ability to use the banned weapons in the future. From Washington, D.C., VOA’s Jill Craig talks to residents and tourists to find out what they think.
April 07, 2018
Teacher Strikes Spread Across the US
Following the success of West Virginia teachers in securing a pay raise, educators in Oklahoma and Kentucky are walking out of their classrooms, demanding that lawmakers increase education spending in their states. Arizona teachers may soon follow suit. From Washington, VOA's Jill Craig has more.
April 04, 2018
Video Shows Media Company's Local TV Station Messaging
A U.S. media broadcast group ordered local news anchors to read a statement expressing concern about “the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing the country,” -- then accused other networks and some members of the media for pushing their own biases. Deadspin, a sports news and blog web site, created a mashup video that shows anchors around the country all reading the same statement. The video has since gone viral as VOA's Jill Craig. reports.
April 01, 2018
Washington Event Celebrates All Things Pop Culture
Thousands of fans gathered in Washington for the city's comic convention, called Awesome Con. During the three-day event, they meet their favorite artists and actors, have their comic books autographed, and do a little shopping. Many also dress up in costume. From Washington, VOA's Jill Craig has more.
March 25, 2018
Hundreds of Thousands in US March, Speak Out for Gun Reforms
Hundreds of thousands of people marched in cities across the U.S. Saturday to demand changes to gun policy, with many of them coming to Washington, D.C. March for Our Lives is one of several activist events organized by young people in the wake of February's high school shooting in southern Florida. From Washington, VOA's Jill Craig has more.
March 23, 2018
Afghan Women Work to Increase Military Presence
Afghan women are trying to increase their presence in the National Army, which for years has been considered solely a man's domain. And in Afghanistan’s first female general and paratrooper, Khatol Mohammadzai, they have found a role model. From Washington, VOA's Jill Craig has more.
March 18, 2018
After 15 Years, Iraq War Legacy One of Failure, Some Successes
March 20 marks the 15th anniversary of U.S. President George W. Bush announcing the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, with air strikes and ground troops deployed to target long-time dictator Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi leaders. But the mission and its complicated legacy have not been without controversy. VOA's Jill Craig has more from Washington.
March 15, 2018
Students Across US Walk Out of Classes to Demand Action on Gun Violence
Students across the country participated in school walkouts Wednesday morning to commemorate the 17 victims of February's school shooting in South Florida. One school district in Maryland did not condone the walkout, but still allowed its students to participate. From Frederick, VOA's Jill Craig has more.
March 12, 2018
Anti-gun Violence School Walkout Planned for March 14
Students across the country have been protesting school gun violence since the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. On March 14, the one-month anniversary, a national student walkout is planned to last 17 minutes in commemoration of the victims and as a statement to policymakers. From Washington, VOA’s Jill Craig has more.
February 28, 2018
U.S. Attorney General Announces New Task Force to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Joined by several state attorneys general and the acting DEA administrator, U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions announced a new task force to crack down on opioid manufacturers and distributors. He also announced the hiring of a federal prosecutor to lead anti-opioid efforts at the Department of Justice. From Washington, VOA's Jill Craig has more.
February 25, 2018
US Governors, VIPs Meet to Discuss Trade, Innovation, Key Issues
U.S. governors kicked off their winter meeting Saturday in Washington, an agenda focusing on trade and innovation. International cooperation was highlighted, with Australia’s prime minister delivering opening remarks and Ghana’s president scheduled to give the keynote address Sunday. From Washington, VOA’s Jill Craig has more.
February 21, 2018
US High School Students Protest Gun Violence
From Cape Cod to California, students are demanding that lawmakers implement gun law reform after a shooter in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people — students and teachers — last week with an assault weapon. From Washington, Jill Craig has more.