Man jumping backward over pole (© Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Americans to watch at the Tokyo Paralympics [photo gallery]

The Tokyo Paralympic Games will showcase athletes whose stories are as varied as their sports. Meet some of the American contenders.
Opening slate of video with Capitol, flag and words about July 4 (State Dept.)

Americans celebrate the 4th of July [video]

The Fourth of July is an honored American holiday, celebrated with fireworks, barbecues and picnics. Learn more about the meaning behind the holiday here.
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.
Woman holding hands with child as they pass debris piled on lawns (© AP Images)

When hurricanes strike, American businesses get to work

When a hurricane strikes, help comes not only from big relief organizations but also from businesses small and large that go out of their way to help.
Corner of layered building (© Jahi Chikwendiu/Washington Post via Getty Images)

Smithsonian stamp shows African-American history is American history

A new stamp honors the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It's the first time a Smithsonian museum is on a U.S. postage stamp.
Runners racing on a track (© Damian Dovarganes/AP Images)

Smithsonian honors Special Olympics athletes and history

A new museum exhibition traces the roots of the Special Olympics organization, focusing on founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and four accomplished Special Olympians.
Photos of a church and a congregation attending church (© Tri-Faith Initiative)

U.S. Christians, Jews and Muslims pioneer multifaith project

In the unique Tri-Faith Initiative, Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders have located their congregations on the same campus.
Food filling colorful plates sitting on table (Shutterstock)

What do Olympians eat? You may be surprised. [video]

A strict diet is part of the training for any athlete, especially one going to the Olympics, but even they need a break, or "cheat meal."
Multicolored abstract mural (© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, photo courtesy of Gagosian Gallery)

Sharing American art in embassies

Art is a universal language that can help cultures understand each other. That's why Art in Embassies was created.