Vincent van Gogh's painting "The Starry Night" (© Art Images/Getty Images)

Tour these American museums virtually during COVID-19 pandemic

Art museums in the U.S. have partnered with Google Arts & Culture to bring the full exhibition experience to virtual visitors stuck at home.
Aerial view of circular memorial on tree-filled campus with mountains in background (© Sanjay Michael Suchak/UVA Today)

Remembering enslaved people who built a university

Without labor from more than 4,000 enslaved people, the University of Virginia would not exist. Learn what the school has done to honor them.
Illustration of people opening door on side of large copyright symbol (State Dept./D. Thompson)

U.S. copyright law makes thousands of classics free for all

Thousands of songs and stories entered the public domain on January 1, 2021, allowing anyone to freely enjoy or adapt classics from 1925.
Collage of images of two men standing, tall buildings and taxicabs (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Stories from Americans: Driving lessons [audio]

In this StoryCorps interview, Muhammad Faridi and his father, Mohammad Ashraf Faridi, talk about how cab driving affected their family at different times.
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Time honors Kid of the Year for tackling global challenges

One U.S. student is using science to tackle global problems, such as contaminated drinking water. Learn more about this Kid of the Year's innovations.
Crystal ball on pole (© Ryan Paraggio/Countdown Entertainment)

Ball drop goes virtual for New Year’s Eve

Learn how the famous New Year's Eve celebration in New York will be different this year and how you can join the party wherever you are.
People holding numbers on sticks to form 2021, with sparkler for the 1 (© Kamil Macniak/Shutterstock)

Multigenerational households meet the new year

Many American families are planning toned-down celebrations for the new year in light of COVID-19. Here's more on how they'll spend it — together.
Illustration of baby in top hat sitting next to hourglass and holding calla lilies (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Americans we lost in 2020

In 2020, we said goodbye to many Americans who changed the world. Learn how they left their mark in a wide variety of fields.
Composite photo that includes Santa with bag over his shoulder, radar screen, military aircraft, a planet and Christmas decorations (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Stories from Americans: Santa’s accidental helper [audio]

StoryCorps is a project that collects interviews with Americans as they share their experiences. In this story, learn why NORAD tracks Santa each year.