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Man riding a bicycle (© Nir Kafri)

Sports competition helps Jewish athletes connect with their heritage

Every four years, the best Jewish athletes from around the world converge on Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa to compete at the Maccabiah Games.
Row of bonsai trees (© Pete Souza/Chicago Tribune/MCT Via Getty)

In Washington, bonsai trees reflect U.S.-Japan ties

A new exhibition in Washington tells the story of Japan’s gift of 53 famed bonsai trees to the United States.
Silk banner depicting Lady Liberty (Smithsonian Institution)

The birth, and endless reinvention, of American democracy

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington uses artifacts and historical treasures to examine the evolution of American democracy.
Japanese triptych painting (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Metropolitan Museum makes its art available to all

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has adopted an open-access policy for its artwork, allowing anyone to download free, high-resolution images.
People distributing toys (Mary Knox Merrill/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty)

How American Muslims give back during Ramadan

Muslims typically make a special effort to increase their charitable activities throughout Ramadan. Learn about what some American Muslims are doing.
Ashanti Johnson (Courtesy of Ashanti Johnson)

Oceanographer casts wide net for young talent

Ashanti Johnson, the first African American to earn a degree in marine science from Texas A&M University-Galveston, knows about breaking barriers.
Painting of sleeping woman wearing hat with flag motif (Library of Congress)video

How American art was shaped by World War I [video]

World War I had a lasting impact on the American art scene, from recruitment posters to novels and movies. Here's a glimpse into some of that art.
Kendrick Lamar onstage with band as people cheer (© AP Images)

Hip-hop: Reshaping youth culture worldwide

Hip-hop music, pioneered by African-American and Hispanic youth in New York in the 1970s, has since spread across the U.S. and around the world.
Man in white tux holding trophy (© AP Images)

Meet some noteworthy Arab Americans

Arab Americans constitute about 1 percent of the U.S. population, but they've made important contributions to science, the arts and many other disciplines.