Silhouette of people standing at the Tidal Basin surrounded by cherry blossoms (© J. David Ake/AP Images)video

Cherry blossom trees symbolize enduring U.S.-Japan ties [video]

Take a virtual walk among the cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington and learn more about their history in this 360-degree video!
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An American laurel for translated masterpieces

The National Book Awards recently created a prestigious prize for works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, translated into English. Authors, translators and readers will benefit.
Glass portrait of Kamala Harris with Washington Monument in background (© Shannon Finney/Getty Images)

Portrait of Vice President Harris references a shattered ‘glass ceiling’

A portrait made of broken glass displayed on Washington’s National Mall saluted Vice President Kamala Harris as a glass ceiling breaker
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.
Fireworks over Washington (© AP Images)

The National Mall: Coming together in America’s backyard

Located right in the heart of Washington, the National Mall hosts almost 3,000 events every year, from political protests to kite festivals.
Men in gray suits playing instruments (Jazz at Lincoln Center/Frank Stewart)

The USA is still a birthplace for jazz greats [video]

The birthplace of jazz still churns out artists. Learn what makes this style of music so classic and everlasting.
Fireworks exploding behind the U.S. Capitol (© AP Images)

Fireworks light up the sky on the 4th of July [video]

Every year on July 4, communities across the U.S. gather to watch patriotic-themed fireworks in celebration of Independence Day.

American football: The new international sport?

The Super Bowl turns 50 as American football gains players and fans from around the world. Which NFL players weren't born in the U.S.?
Shaquem Griffin running with football (© Darron Cummings/AP Images)

One-handed star tackles the National Football League

Linebacker Shaquem Griffin has inspired a fan base that is growing to include far greater numbers than that of a typical draftee just out of college.