Composite image of photos of six athletes (© AP Images)

Who made Athlete of the Year?

Professional basketball player LeBron James and Olympic gold medalist gymnast Simone Biles each won another top honor: 2016′s Athlete of the Year.
Divers underwater (© Ken Stewart)

Exploring history underwater

Diving with a Purpose teaches volunteer divers how to survey undocumented shipwrecks, including slave ships that offer clues about the African diaspora.
Close-up portrait of tennis star Serena Williams (© Rick Chapman)

Wanted: Portraits of top female athletes

Women in America excel at sports, but their images can be hard to find. The National Portrait Gallery is building up its collection showing female athletes.
Snowboarder in midair over snow-covered slope (© Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

U.S. athletes to watch at the 2022 Winter Olympics [photo gallery]

The 2022 Winter Olympics are almost here! Meet some of the U.S. athletes aiming to make sports history and dazzle spectators.
Man standing and folding arms across chest (© Rob Liguori)

A new émigré Russian writer makes waves in the U.S.

Boris Fishman is considered one of the great authors of our time. Here, he discusses his cultural influences and love of the English language.
Couple embracing while watching fireworks (© John Minchillo/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.
Three people standing in front of hedge (© Emily Berl/State Dept.)

Exploring religious freedom and diversity in the U.S.

Religious freedom is a founding principle of the U.S. A group of international visitors traveled the U.S. for an up-close look at religion in American life.
Four people in blue suits waving in front of spacecraft (© LM Otero/AP Images)

Civilians exploring space is quintessentially American

Opening opportunities for spaceflight to private businesses is a natural progression that reflects America’s spirit of entrepreneurialism.
Miniature crèche scene with animals (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Holiday treasures at Washington’s National Cathedral

Discover a seasonal treat at Washington's National Cathedral, which offers an annual exhibition of nativity scenes from around the world.