• Expectations High as Chicago Cubs Host First World Series Games in 71 years

    After ending one of the longest championship droughts in professional sports history, the Chicago Cubs are hosting the Cleveland Indians in the first World Series games at Wrigley Field in 71 years. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, expectations, and t…

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  • Fans Celebrate as Chicago Cubs End Championship Drought

    The Chicago Cubs ended one of Major League’s Baseball’s most dubious honors, the longest championship drought for a U.S. professional sports team. Their defeat of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the 2016 National League Championship Series brings the pennant back to Chicago for the first time since 1945, and sets the Cubs against the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh followed one Chicago Cubs fan who has waited a lifetime to see his favorite team on…

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  • Faith in Freedom: The Journey of Muslim American Candidates

    An original VOA documentary by Kane Farabaugh on the campaigns of four Muslim American immigrants seeking political office at the local, state and national level.

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  • Islamophobia Increases Muslim American Participation in US Politics

    Sarwat Husain admits the hijab she wears sometimes draws inquiring glances in her home state of Texas. But on a flight to Orlando, Florida, the man sitting next to her gave her more attention than she was used to.

    “After the plane takes off, he says, ‘If this window was a door, I would have pushed you out,’” she recalled with disbelief. “I looked at him and I said, ‘I would have taken you with me.’”

    She says her response diffused the tension. “He laughed hard and said…

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  • Spotlight on Philadelphia During DNC Shines Light on History

    He is the grandson of one President, the son-in-law of another, and observed firsthand the history made during the administrations of President Dwight Eisenhower and President Richard Nixon.

    But even though David Eisenhower spent a fair portion of his life in the White House, he is most impressed with the history that surrounds him today in Philadelphia’s most famous and recognizable landmark, Independence Hall.

    “And looking around at the seats, and realizing where you were, was really…

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  • Being a Delegate at the Democratic Convention

    Several years ago, when 33-year-old Angie Morelli was serving as a U.S. Marine in Afghanistan, she would never have guessed that she would be a delegate at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia this week.

    “I grew up in a Republican household,” she told VOA in an interview on her first day at the DNC. “I am a U.S. Marine. I got out and own a small business. I’m also Jewish, and these are all the demographics you see with a Republican.”

    Nevertheless, she was at the…

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  • Number of Syrian Refugees Arriving in US Jumps

    The United States is committed to resettling 85,000 refugees from around the world by October. Of that number, 10,000 will come from Syria and already some 4,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in the United States, many of them settling in the state of Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from Chicago, their arrival is not the end of a difficult journey to find peace and stability.

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  • Syrian Mother, Daughter Struggle with New Life in US

    On a cool, cloud covered July evening, the night sky above the modest Chicago apartment Hasna Marza shares with her 8-year-old daughter Samaa, erupted in massive explosions. It was their second week of living in the United States.

    “At first, we were very scared in the house,” Marza told VOA through an Arabic translator, “but then I knew that these were fireworks, so I opened the window and showed Samaa that these were just fireworks, and it’s not like we’re in a war — we’re…

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  • Obama Presidential Center Begins to Take Shape

    Standing before a crowd gathered in the East Room of the White House on July 28, 2014, President Barack Obama recognized the contributions made by those he was honoring with the 2013 National Medal of the Arts and National Humanities Medal.

    “The moments you help create — moments of understanding or awe or joy or sorrow,” he said in his prepared remarks, “They add texture to our lives. They are not incidental to the American experience; they are central to it — they are essential to…

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  • Muslim Candidate Defeated in Nevada Democratic Congressional Primary

    On Greg Leduc’s walk into his polling location at Greenspun Junior High School, he still had a decision to make:  Who was he going to vote for in Nevada’s 3rd District Democratic Congressional Primary election.

    “I didn’t really know a lot about either candidate,” he told VOA soon after he cast his ballot.

    But a chance encounter with candidate Jesse Sbaih, who was walking out of the polling location after having cast his own ballot, helped Leduc make up his mind.

    “He’s walking…

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