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.