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Can Recycling Be Profitable?

China used to be the world’s biggest buyer of recycled materials around the world. But that stopped in 2018, when the country banned importing recycled plastics and other scrap materials, forcing the United States and many other countries to look for a new alternative. VOA’s Keith Kocinski has more from New York.
Camera: Nick Jastrzebski    Producer: Keith Kocinski 

In Thanksgiving Address, Biden Urge Americans to Recommit to Fight Against Virus

President-elect Joe Biden delivered a Thanksgiving address Wednesday, saying the country will get through the pandemic and urging Americans to recommit to the fight against the coronavirus. Biden spoke as the United States is facing a steep rise in COVID-19 cases and a surge in food insecurity. White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara reports.

Turkey Pardons are a Long Presidential Tradition

In one of the more unusual American traditions, every year around Thanksgiving a turkey is spared from becoming a family dinner by being pardoned by the sitting U.S. President. This annual presidential tradition has a long history, as Iacopo Luzi reports. 

Biden Team Decries Lack of Access to Official COVID Data

With U.S. President Donald Trump still disputing results of the November 3 election, there is little communication between the Trump administration and the incoming Biden team, including on the nation’s response to COVID-19. Michelle Quinn reports.
Video editor: Mary Cieslak

Experts to US Lawmakers: Afghanistan Draw Down ‘a Mistake’

Experts testified on Capitol Hill that drawing down U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan from 4,500 to roughly 2,500 is a "mistake." VOA Pentagon Correspondent Carla Babb has reaction to the U.S. acting defense secretary's withdrawal announcement this week.
Producer: Kim Weeks

Pompeo Visits West Bank in Departure from US Policy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became the first top U.S. diplomat to visit Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Most of the international community views the settlements as illegal.  VOA Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Washington.

Will Biden Fulfill Promise to Raise Wages?

Under a Joe Biden administration, frontline workers and women – many of them people of color – hope to see the federal minimum wage raised. VOA’s Veronica Balderas Iglesias looks at the pros and cons.

What Has Changed Since George Floyd’s Death and Protests

For months, thousands of Americans protested against police brutality and called for police reform. Now support for Black Lives Matter has cooled, according to a recent survey. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee has the details.Camera:  Michelle Quinn, Mike O'Sullivan, Roy Kim, Deborah Bloom Produced by:  Elizabeth Lee  

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