Most Russian-speaking citizens of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, New York, say they will be voting for the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, this November. They see the qualities his opponents call a âthreat to national securityâ as evidence of his sincerity and bravery. Yuliya Appel narrates this report from the VOA Russian serviceâs Victoria Kupchinetsky and Michael Gutkin.
All week, a quarter of the worldâs population is celebrating the Chinese New Year, which marks the start of the year on China's lunar calendar. In New York, the mayor declared a public school holiday to observe the occasion â a development in sharp contrast with how the Chinese-American community has been treated in the U.S. in the past. With VOA's Ramon Taylor narrating, Victoria Kupchinetsky reports.
Barack Obama recently became the first sitting US president to visit a federal prison. He wants to reform American penitentiaries and create more rehabilitation programs for former inmates. As Victoria Kupchinetsky shows us, a new film about a famous psychological prison experiment gone wrong is helping reformers make the case for why American prisons indeed need reforming. Joy Wagner narrates her report.
The population of our planet is growing, as are the piles of garbage that humanity is producing. But where does all this garbage go? It turns out that in New York City, trash is not a total nuisance -- it can also be useful and sometimes even profitable. Victoria Kupchinetsky visited the main recycling facility in New York - to see for herself.