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.
Since President John Adams and first lady Abigail Adams' Christmas party at the White House in December 1800, wintertime in the U.S. president's residence has been filled with various holiday festivities. This year, first lady Melania Trump has decked White House halls in the spirit of the patriotic theme "American Treasures." Patsy Widakuswara has this report.
Angola's most famous operatic tenor hopes to inspire more Africans to take up the classical music form. Nelson Ebo has performed around the world and is currently starring with the Heartbeat Opera company on stage in New York. He recently sang in Washington, where VOA Portuguese Service's Mayra de Lassalette met up with him.