UNITED STATES

FILE - President Barack Obama delivers his weekly speech, April 5, 2014.

Obama Reflects on Easter

In weekly address, president said Saturday holy days remind us of our 'responsibilities to God and, as God's children, our responsibilities to one another' More

President Barack Obama talks to reporters about the situation in Ukraine and gives a positive assessment on his health care law, the Affordable Care Act, at the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Video Obama Rules Out Military Option in Ukraine

Obama said Ukraine needs to implement reforms that meet the interests of all its various groups, hold elections and start working on its economy More

Participants link arms during an interfaith memorial service at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas April 17, 2014.

Thousands Mourn Victims of Anti-Semitic Gunman in Kansas City

Fourteen-year-old Reat Underwood and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, were both killed on their way to the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park More

An American farmer

Video Face of American Farmer Changing

Average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population More

Synetic Theater Celebrates Shakespeare Anniversary with Historic Hamlet

Video Synetic Theater Celebrates Shakespeare Anniversary with Historic Hamlet

Georgian immigrant couple started Virginia-based company 12 years ago More



Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Synetic Theater Celebrates Shakespeare Anniversary with Historic Hamleti
X
April 19, 2014
April 23 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of famed playwright William Shakespeare. A Washington-area theater company recently marked the bard’s birthday with a revival of its original wordless version of Hamlet from its well-regarded “Silent Shakespeare” Series. Synetic Theater Company's Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili kicked off their independent career in 2002 with this silent version of Hamlet - which earned several major local awards. Maia Kay, of VOA's Georgian Service, has more.
Video

Video Synetic Theater Celebrates Shakespeare Anniversary with Historic Hamlet

April 23 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of famed playwright William Shakespeare. A Washington-area theater company recently marked the bard’s birthday with a revival of its original wordless version of Hamlet from its well-regarded “Silent Shakespeare” Series. Synetic Theater Company's Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili kicked off their independent career in 2002 with this silent version of Hamlet - which earned several major local awards. Maia Kay, of VOA's Georgian Service, has more.
Video

Video Selfies: Taking Photos of Yourself More Popular Than Ever

There’s a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. That may be especially true these days with the huge amount of what are called "selfies" on the Internet. VOA’s Deborah Block looks at this popular trend of taking a picture of yourself.
Video

Video Study: Immigrants Benefit NYC Economy, Quality of Life

New York has long been a magnet for immigrants looking for a better life. A new independent research study also shows that immigrants help the city thrive as well. VOA’s Adam Phillips has more.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Carter Decries Abuse of Girls in India

A 2013 State Department report on human trafficking says there are 26 million people around the world who are victims of modern day slavery, many of them young girls. The problem is a growing concern, particularly in India. VOA's Kane Farabaugh spoke recently with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter about the problem, which is addressed in his new book, "A Call to Action."
Video

Video Obama Rules Out Military Option in Ukraine

President Barack Obama has expressed hope that a plan to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, reached Thursday in Geneva, will lead to restoration of peace and security for all citizens of Ukraine. Obama told reporters in Washington that if Russia fails to take steps to defuse the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the United States and Europe will respond with tough measures. But he ruled out a military intervention. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Trial of Egyptian Cleric Opens in New York

The federal trial of terror suspect Abu Hamza al-Masri is under way in the U.S. Testimony began Thursday in a New York courtroom where the Egyptian cleric faces multiple terror-related charges. His trial began with opening statements by attorneys, as VOA’s Carolyn Weaver reports.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video Obama to Reassure Asian Allies

President Barack Obama begins a week-long trip to Asia next Tuesday, in a bid to reassure allies in the region. Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Boston Gears for First Marathon After 2013 Bombings

The northeastern U.S. city of Boston is getting ready for its first marathon after the 2013 race in which terrorist bombs killed three people and wounded 265 others. This year, the annual Boston Marathon takes place April 21, with about 36,000 participants registered -- thousands more than last year. Zlatica Hoke reports that organizers, survivors and participants are determined not to allow painful memories of last year's bloodshed to undermine a tradition that started in 1897.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video Mass Pillow Fight Turns Washington DC into Urban Playground

Hundreds of people gathered in more than 100 cities around the world this month to celebrate International Pillow Fight Day. For the eight year in a row, participants turned seemingly-normal public spaces into urban playgrounds, battling each other with soft and fluffy weapons and creating spectacles for those around them. In Washington D.C., a group of young professionals known as Capitol Improv used Facebook to organize a mass pillow fight on the National Mall.
Video

Video Washington Cherry Trees Sign of Harmony, Friendship with Japan

Washington’s iconic cherry trees were originally a gift to thank the United States for recognizing Japan as a member of the international community. More than 100 years after their arrival, the trees are a symbol of the relationship between the two countries, the brevity of life, and the beauty of nature. VOA’s David Byrd spoke with U.S Park Ranger Brad Berger about the trees, what they represent, and what they have come to symbolize for millions of visitors to Washington each year.
Video

Video US, Europe Wary of Russian Actions, Pledge Support for Ukraine

The intensifying violence in eastern Ukraine -- and fears of increased Russian involvement -- have gripped the attention of both the United States and Europe. Officials are now intensely working on a response to calm tensions across the region, even as President Barack Obama spoke again with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, about the crisis. VOA's Jeff Seldin reports from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video US Warns Russia Anew on Eastern Ukraine

The United States says Russia appears to be employing the same tactics in eastern Ukraine that were used to seize and annex Crimea earlier this year. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the Obama administration says it stands ready to impose new sanctions against Moscow if Ukraine’s sovereignty is violated once again.
Video

Video US Gas Could Help Europe, But Not Yet

As Russia continues to raise its natural gas prices to Ukraine, some people are looking to American gas as a way to ease Europe's energy dependence on Russia. But, as VOA's Kent Klein reports, it's a solution that's still several years off.

More United States News

Video Study: Immigrants Benefit NYC Economy, Quality of Life

Immigrants like those at a recent New York rally are an increasingly potent economic force, and according to the Mayor’s office, immigrants make up more than 40 percent of city’s population
More

Obama Signs Law to Bar Iran Diplomat from Serving in UN Post

Law, passed by US Congress, blocks any individual from entering US who has been found to have been engaged in espionage or terrorist activity or may pose a threat to national security
More

Pro-Russian Protesters in Ukraine Ignore Diplomatic Deal

Growing number of high-ranking officials warn there's a high likelihood many of the armed separatists are really Russian forces
More

Video Face of American Farmer Changing

Average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population
More

Video Carter Decries Abuse of Girls in India

In VOA interview, former US president says where a growing shortage of women in India is attracting more human trafficking
More

Chelsea Clinton Expecting First Child

Daughter of former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton says she and husband Marc will welcome a baby 'later this year'
More

Video Obama Rules Out Military Option in Ukraine

Obama said Ukraine needs to implement reforms that meet the interests of all its various groups, hold elections and start working on its economy
More

Video Trial of Egyptian Cleric Opens in New York

Abu Hamza al-Masri faces multiple terror-related charges
More

New in Music Alley



A half-century after Beatlemania swept the U.S., VOA’s Music Alley looks at how the rock band The Beatles changed music and culture in the 50 years since they arrived in America.

Featured Video

Video John F. Kennedy: A Legacy Remembered

President Kennedy remains popular, and many Americans continue to be inspired by the ideals and hope his legacy represents