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Americans turn to poems in April

Poets, of course — but local officials too — are finding new ways this month to engage people in reading, writing and sharing poems.
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Once a refugee, now an Oscar winner

Decades after arriving in the U.S. as a refugee, Ke Huy Quan won film's highest honor. Learn more about a story that is inspiring others.
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Black composers: Shaping America’s music

A renowned pianist explores the contributions of Black American composers in the rarefied world of classical music.
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U.S. copyright: Protecting authors, preserving culture

Every year in the U.S., thousands of old classics become free for use, thanks to protections in U.S. copyright law that spur creativity.
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U.S. secretary of state’s favorite songs for ‘on the road’ or...

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is a music fan who loves both classic rock and newer sounds. Check out what he's been listening to in 2022.
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Americans we lost in 2022

In 2022, we said farewell to many Americans whose contributions shaped our world. Here are a few of these notable figures.
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‘The Nutcracker’: A holiday classic in the U.S.

This ballet, which premiered in St. Petersburg in December 1892, is a favorite holiday tradition for millions of Americans.
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First ladies’ White House Christmas traditions

Jacqueline Kennedy was the first to select a theme for the White House Christmas tree, picking "The Nutcracker.” Learn other holiday customs.
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Native American artists redefine their own traditions

Meet five Native American artists whose work nods to traditional Native themes while pushing boundaries in unexpected ways.