Maame Biney making sharp turn (© AP Images)

U.S. Olympian hits her stride

How did 17-year-old Maame Biney, an immigrant from Ghana, become a top U.S. speedskater? Learn the story of this 2018 Winter Olympics athlete.
Woman's hand dropping paper into slot in box (Shutterstock)

Turkish Americans make their mark in local government

Two Turkish-American politicians entered politics to serve their communities. Learn more about 2017 election winners Tayfun Selen and Hacibey Catalbasoglu.
Close-up of Jelena McWilliams (© Fifth Third Bancorp)

From Belgrade to Washington

Meet Jelena McWilliams, nominated by President Trump to head the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, a job at the heart of America’s capitalist system.
Group of costumed people standing in snow around fire (© Erika Larsen/National Geographic Creative)

German influence helped shape America

German immigrants to the United States have shaped American culture and economy in a variety of ways, perhaps most visibly at this time of year.
Illuminated bridge over reflective water against a skyline (© Joe Mamer Photography/Alamy Stock Photo)

Visit Minnesota, a heartland state with an international vibe

Minnesota, a Midwestern state known for its hospitality, is full of lakes. It's also cosmopolitan and multicultural, embracing many ethnicities.
People canoeing on water near small island (© Paul Chesley/National Geographic Creative)

Minnesota: A diverse state of 10,000 lakes

Minnesota offers fun for everyone: hiking, water sports and beautiful scenery. See some photos of the state, from out in the wild to the heart of the city.
Illustration showing multicolored talk bubbles above a map of the USA (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

The United States is a country of many languages

Many people in the United States speak languages other than English at home. Check out maps of which languages are most popular.
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$1 origami microscope powers discovery [video]

One Stanford researcher is putting powerful microscopes in the hands of schoolchildren and researchers. Made of paper, these scientific tools cost only $1.
Headshot of smiling young woman in hijab, outside, surrounded by greenery (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

New U.S. youth observer to the U.N. to engage millennials in...

Munira Khalif will spend the next year as the U.S. youth observer to the U.N., showing millennials that their voices count on the international stage.