Illustration of open book surrounded by new words added to dictionary (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Dictionaries add words as American English evolves

Learn some of the new words and phrases that were recently added to dictionaries and see how they reflect our rapidly changing world.
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Meet Toni Stone, who broke barriers in baseball

Toni Stone was a pioneering figure in baseball. Many sports fans don't know her name, but a play about her life explains why they should.
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Meet groundbreaking U.S. Latinx artists

A new U.S. arts grant funded by the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will allow 15 Latinx artists to expand their work.
Jill Biden and President Biden bowing heads before wreath (© Alex Brandon/AP Images)

Biden honors victims of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Biden honored those killed and praised the sacrifices of rescuers.
Boy wearing glasses and T-shirt standing in front of mural (© Rubén Pizarro)

Bringing Silicon Valley to the children of nearby farm workers

Learn about a teenage tech dynamo who is bringing coding to the children of farm workers in the "salad bowl of the world."
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U.S. opera houses reopen to live audiences

As U.S. opera companies reopen their doors, many are finding new ways to lure back live audiences — and reconnect artists with opera lovers.
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Readers without borders

Membership in reading groups grew beyond the limits of geography when meetings went virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Americans across the country remember September 11 [photo gallery]

On the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, see how Americans have marked the event over the years.
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New York place names tell a story of diversity

Place names in the New York area have been influenced by Native American names and the languages of waves of immigrants. Learn more.