Friday, December 31, 2010

Americans Prepare to Celebrate New Year's Eve



VOAVideo: Americans Prepare to Celebrate New Year's Eve

Around the world, millions of people will welcome the new year on Friday night by taking part in small, intimate gatherings - or larger, more boisterous celebrations. Throughout the United States, many will break out party hats and uncork champagne or other libations.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Americans Develop a Taste for Cooking, Even If Just on TV


VOA Learning English: Americans Develop a Taste for Cooking, Even If Just on TV

TV shows are helping to feed a food culture in a time-starved nation; so are cooking teachers like Judy Harris (shown) THIS IS AMERICA download MP3 (Right-click or option-click and save link)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Recommended Amount of Vitamin D Increased



VOAVideo: Recommended Amount of Vitamin D Increased

It's the vitamin that is associated with the sun, that helps strengthen our bones, and may do a lot more. The U-S Institute of Medicine has increased the recommended levels of vitamin D that it says people need to stay healthy. But the panel's statement is not the last word on this vitamin. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snowflakes and Sugarplum Fairies? Yep, It's the Season



Why ''The Nutcracker” ballet is a Christmastime favorite EXPLORATIONS download MP3 (Right-click or option-click and save link)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Some New Yorkers Don't Miss the Train -- They Miss the Old Station



VOA Learning English Video: Some New Yorkers Don't Miss the Train -- They Miss the Old Station

One hundred years have passed since New York's Pennsylvania Station opened its doors. The building stood in the middle of Manhattan for more than 50 years. Today, only the underground area remains. Lorraine Diehl wrote a book about Penn Station. She remembers playing there as a child.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from Senior ESL!



Senior ESL Christmas Party 2010



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Senior ESL. See you Monday, January 3, 2011 8:45am for more English (and fun) in the new year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

More Americans Opt to Cut Down Their Christmas Trees



VOAVideo: More Americans Opt to Cut Down Their Christmas Trees

Many roadside lots spring up at this time of year, selling pre-cut trees for half or a third as much. Hardware stores and other places sell them, too. And artificial trees are becoming increasingly popular. About 12 million reusable plastic trees sold last year, up from about 10 million in 2003. But choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms remain the most popular place for Americans to buy a tree, accounting for a third of sales.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Words and Their Stories: Santa Claus

Mr Kim (not Santa Claus) singing Christmas carols

VOANews: Words and Their Stories: Santa Claus

The story of the man in the red suit who brings gifts to children at Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Strong Asia Recovery Dogged by Worries Over Risky Capital Flows



VOAVideo: Strong Asia Recovery Dogged by Worries Over Risky Capital Flows

Asia rebounded strongly from the global financial crisis. But large capital inflows have raised fears about inflation and market volatility. As Heda Bayron reports from Hong Kong, some economists say Asia's experience in the 1997 financial crisis left it better able to withstand the challenge.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Technique Avoids Major Surgery If Aneurysm Caught In Time



VOAVideo: New Technique Avoids Major Surgery If Aneurysm Caught In Time

The American Heart Association reports that the death rate from diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels has dropped by almost 30 percent since the 1990's. Still, heart disease remains a major killer in the United States. It is what claimed the life of US diplomat Richard Holbrooke who died of a burst aorta December 13.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Human Trials Start for Universal Flu Vaccine



VOAVideo: Human Trials Start for Universal Flu Vaccine

The World Health Organization says about 500,000 people die every year from seasonal flu. To combat that, doctors recommend getting a flu vaccine at the beginning of each flu season and researchers are now working on a universal vaccine that could protect people from all strains of the flu. What's more, they say the vaccine could work for several years. VOA's Vidushi Sinha has more.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Aspirin Can Reduce Cancer Death Rates, But Can Cause Serious Side Effects



VOAVideo: Aspirin Can Reduce Cancer Death Rates, But Can Cause Serious Side Effects

It's a common medication with uncommon benefits. Aspirin is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. And a new study just out shows that one low-dose aspirin a day - about 80 milligrams - can significantly reduce the risk of death from some common forms of cancer. But there are some precautions you ought to know about. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Combination of Weights, Aerobics Works Best for Diabetics



VOAVideo: Combination of Weights, Aerobics Works Best for Diabetics

The World Health Organization says diabetes is a major threat to global public health that is rapidly growing worse. But the most common form of the disease, Type Two, can be managed by a healthy diet and more physical activity. A recent study shows that by combining aerobic exercise and resistance training, Type Two diabetics can improve their blood sugar levels and lose weight.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Neediest | A Teacher in Training



N.Y./Region: Neediest A Teacher in Training - nytimes.com/video

After losing her eyesight, Libin Zhang, alone in a new country, rediscovers an old dream.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

In a Land of the Aging, Children Counter Alzheimer’s

In a Land of the Aging, Children Counter Alzheimer’s By PAM BELLUCK, NYTimes

South Korea is training thousands, including children, as “dementia supporters,” to recognize symptoms and care for patients.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

What, No Digital Camera? Capturing the Beauty of the Grand Canyon With a Brush



VOA Learning English Video: What, No Digital Camera? Capturing the Beauty of the Grand Canyon With a Brush

It is a clear morning on the south side of the Grand Canyon. This is the starting point for Linda Glover Gooch. Little by little, the image starts to form. Thousands of people take pictures of the Grand Canyon every day in hopes of capturing its beauty. Linda Glover Gooch could have stayed home and copied a photograph of the canyon. But she says that would not be the same....

Friday, December 3, 2010

ESL Podcast 637 – Planting Flowers and Trees


ESL Podcast 637 – Planting Flowers and Trees

If you are good at gardening, we say you have a green thumb. Get your green thumb on in this episode that will explain how we talk about flowers and trees. Download Podcast

Thursday, December 2, 2010

How To Make Greek Salad


How To Make Greek Salad video

Typical Greek Salad Recipe with feta cheese and black olives: an appetising lunch! A Greek classic.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Elderly Getting HIV/AIDS

A poster campaign (by Andy Chen Design) that encourages older people to protect their sexual health bears the message 'Sex never gets old. And neither does keeping yourself protected.'

Most people think of HIV/AIDS as a young person's disease but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control predicts that - five years from now - half of Americans with HIV/AIDS will be at least 50 years old. Most of them will be people who've survived into their fifties, thanks to effective drugs. But the number of people who are contracting HIV at age 50 or older went up 16 percent between 2005 and 2008. Researchers worry it will keep rising unless this age group starts thinking about prevention...(read and listen to the full article)

HIV Patients in Asia Still Face Discrimination



VOAVideo: HIV Patients in Asia Still Face Discrimination

Despite public awareness campaigns, people with HIV-AIDS in Asia say they still face social stigma and discrimination. Nearly 5 million people in the region have been infected by the virus. Heda Bayron has this report from Bangkok.