Arts

Illustration of man reading book with U.S.-flag bookmark (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Americans see the world through literature in translation

Americans’ interest in what’s happening in the rest of the world is reflected in their growing appetite for foreign literature.
Chinese artifacts on a table with blue tablecloth (© Sam Riche)

U.S. returns stolen artifacts to China

Working closely with Chinese officials, the FBI has accomplished the largest repatriation of cultural items from the U.S. to the People’s Republic of China.
Man crossing a street with blue car driving past (© Desmond Boylan/AP Images)

5 ways the Cuban revolution has failed the people of Cuba

The Cuban Communist Party has failed to deliver on the promises of the revolution that ushered it into power 60 years ago.
Hollywood sign (© AP Images)

Hollywood: Still a magnet for worldwide talent

Actors and filmmakers from Poland to Taiwan have contributed to the world's first and most profitable film industry, centered in Hollywood, California.
Illustration of people opening door on side of large copyright symbol (State Dept./D. Thompson)

What does it mean when copyrighted works become free?

Copyrighted works dating back to 1923 have now entered the public domain. That's important news for teachers, theater groups and others.
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.
Christmas trees and an illuminated ceiling in the grand foyer of the White House (© Carolyn Kaster/AP Images)

Holiday magic illuminates the White House

First lady Melania Trump has transformed the White House into a winter wonderland with holiday decorations that celebrate the spirit of the season.
Compilation of close-ups of Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth, and Antonin Scalia (© AP Images)

Trump honors 7 extraordinary Americans

President Trump has added the names of "seven extraordinary Americans" to the list of recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Man and woman sitting at table (© MIchael Zorn/Invision/AP Images)

Broadway play with Middle Eastern setting wins top honors

An improbable Broadway hit, "The Band's Visit" is an award-winning musical that emphasizes the common humanity of people thrown together in a remote desert town.