Washington is preparing to receive former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol this week after dying peacefully Friday in his home state of Texas at the age of 94. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, tributes and remembrances of America’s 41st president are pouring in from across the country and around the world.
U.S. President Donald Trump has returned home from the Group of 20 meeting of the world’s top economies. After the curtain came down on the summit, the spotlight lingered on the leaders of the two top economies. As VOA’s White House bureau chief Steve Herman reports from Buenos Aires, in the end a truce was achieved in the escalating battle of tariffs between the United States and China.
Most courts in the U.S. do not allow cameras in the courtroom, so sketch artists are the only people able to illustrate the dramatic and sometimes historic events that happen during a trial. Sketch artist Marilyn Church has been documenting trials for more than four decades. Her portfolio includes the likes of gangster John Gotti and Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon. Anna Nelson met with Marilyn Church to talk about her work.
Every year, thousands of visitors come to the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington to enjoy the Christmas decorations, holiday plants and model trains. This year, the garden has its largest ever display of toy trains chugging around replicas of historic railroad stations in the United States. As we hear from VOA's Deborah Block, the railroad stations are made from some unusual materials.
Jack Daniel's whiskey is known around the world, but despite its popularity, the alcoholic beverage is produced in one small town — Lynchburg, Tennessee. VOA reporter Lesia Bakalets went to the Jack Daniel's distillery to find out how this famous whiskey is made and why it cannot be sold legally in the town where it is produced. Anna Rice narrates.