Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mom


On Tuesday, December 20, 2011, my mother passed away after a long illness. SeniorESL will resume its regular schedule in the new year. Thank you.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Chinese Adopt Western Holiday of Christmas



VOAVideo: Chinese Adopt Western Holiday of Christmas

Christmas is not a traditional Chinese holiday. But VOA's Stephanie Ho reports the brightly-colored lights of the season are attracting a growing number of Chinese fans, who say they like the idea of decorating and giving gifts.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Retirement Savings Rule 2: Plan for Your Future Goals and Needs



VOA Learning English Video: Retirement Savings Rule 2: Plan for Your Future Goals and Needs

Finance expert Sande Taylor says plan for 85 percent of your current costs ECONOMICS REPORT (read the story)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Retirement Savings Rule 1: Reduce Investment Risk as the Day Nears



VOA Learning English Video: Retirement Savings Rule 1: Reduce Investment Risk as the Day Nears

Advisor Pete D’Arruda says people nearing retirement should have a lot less of their savings at risk in stocks ECONOMICS REPORT (read the story)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

US Travel Industry Caters to Chinese Tourists



VOAVideo: US Travel Industry Caters to Chinese Tourists

More and more people from China are traveling abroad as tourists. The number is growing so fast that Hilton Hotels commissioned the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies to conduct a study on the new wave of Chinese tourists. The study prompted Hilton to tailor many of its hotels around the world for its guests from China. Elizabeth Lee reports from San Francisco and Los Angeles to explain why many Chinese want to travel abroad.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Retirement Savings Rule 2: Plan for Your Future Goals and Needs

VOA Learning English: Retirement Savings Rule 2: Plan for Your Future Goals and Needs

Finance expert Sande Taylor says plan for 85 percent of your current costs ECONOMICS REPORT (download mp3)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Retirement Savings Rule 1: Reduce Investment Risk as the Day Nears


VOA Learning English: Retirement Savings Rule 1: Reduce Investment Risk as the Day Nears

Advisor Pete D’Arruda says people nearing retirement should have a lot less of their savings at risk in stocks ECONOMICS REPORT (download mp3)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

ESLPodcast 91 - Thanksgiving

ESLPodcast 91 - Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful, but for a lot of people, the holiday also means a weekend of eating a lot and watching football. (download mp3)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Museum Serves Native American-Inspired Feast



VOAVideo: Museum Serves Native American-Inspired Feast

The modern American Thanksgiving is inspired by a harvest feast held in 1621 in Massachusetts when the English colonists and about 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe reportedly celebrated for three days.

If Americans today are looking for inspiration for their holiday meal, they might want to visit the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington and see what's on the menu at its cafeteria.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Traditional Thanksgiving Meal, With Modern Shortcuts

VOANEWS: A Traditional Thanksgiving Meal, With Modern Shortcuts

Prepared foods and restaurants help Americans celebrate a holiday older than the nation itself l AGRICULTURE REPORT (download mp3)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ESL Podcast 737 – Kitchen Appliances

ESL Podcast 737 – Kitchen Appliances

If you like to cook, you want to have the right equipment in your kitchen. Learn how to talk about kitchen appliances in this episode. Download Podcast

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Moving

I am moving to a new home. I have limited access to the internet, so my posts will be infrequent. I hope to resume a regular daily posting schedule soon. Thanks--Teacher Jennifer

Friday, October 28, 2011

Heart Disease is #1 Killer Worldwide



VOAVideo: Heart Disease is #1 Killer Worldwide

Heart disease is the number one killer in the world, and it is mostly preventable. But reducing deaths from heart disease will require changes in lifestyle and public policy, and better public awareness programs. Women are at greater risk from heart disease than men. That's partly because it's harder to diagnose in women. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on efforts to lower those risks and help women avoid heart disease.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Searching for Better Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (Part 2)

VOAVideo: Searching for Better Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (Part 2)

We talk with a leading researcher and with a young woman living a full life in spite of the disease SCIENCE IN THE NEWS (downoad mp3)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New US Company Focuses on Hiring Older Workers



VOAVideo: New US Company Focuses on Hiring Older Workers

As the United States struggles with a high unemployment rate, many older Americans looking for work say it is especially difficult for them to find work because of their age. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it takes unemployed people who are 55 and older longer to find work than younger people. But one company, recently started by a former teacher, is looking specifically for older female employees.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

United Nations Day!



UnitedNations: In a global observance, UN urges more opportunities, safeguards for older persons

30 September 2011 -- The provision of social protection, long-term care and access to public health for the elderly must not be undermined because of the current fiscal environment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned ahead of events for the day marking this growing segment of the world's population.

"I call on governments and communities everywhere to provide more opportunities for their ageing populations," he said in a message to mark tomorrow's International Day of Older Persons, stressing that independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity underpin the human rights of older persons.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

No More Guesses at How to Say a Name

VOA Learning News: No More Guesses at How to Say a Name

A new online service offers a simple way to let other people know how to say your name correctly. It lets others hear you say it yourself in your e-mail. (download mp3)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Study Shows Vitamin E Increases Prostate Cancer Risk



VOAVideo: Study Shows Vitamin E Increases Prostate Cancer Risk

A number of medical studies over the years suggested that vitamin E, taken as a dietary supplement, might help prevent prostate cancer. But new research finds not only that the earlier studies were wrong, but that taking vitamin E can actually be harmful. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Optimism is Good for Our Health

Breaking News English: Optimism is Good for Our Health (10th October, 2011)

Scientists have discovered that people who are too optimistic about the future may have “faulty” brains.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Burial Plot of China's Last Emperor Still Holds Allure



VOAVideo: Burial Plot of China's Last Emperor Still Holds Allure

China this week marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the revolution that ended the country's last imperial dynasty. The abrupt end of the Qing dynasty meant that when the last emperor died in 1967, there was a dilemma over where to bury him. It took decades to find his final resting place, and as Stephanie Ho reports from Beijing, the ultimate solution is an example of modern China's pragmatism.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

In the Kitchen before the Korean State Dinner



wh.gov In the Kitchen before the Korean State Dinner

Take a peek inside the White House kitchen as preparations for a State Dinner are underway. Guests at the Korean State Dinner this evening in the East Room of the White House will enjoy a Fall Harvest Dinner conceived by First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford. Tonight's menu highlights the best of local produce combined with Korean flavors and traditions.

Monday, October 10, 2011

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, TAIWAN!



NMAWorldEdition: Monica: Taiwan's 100th year

On October 10th 1911, the nationalist army in China got rid of the monarchy once and for all. So in Taiwan (no, we're not Japan, Korea, or China) celebrates it every year since the nationalist party (Guomingtang) moved to Taiwan.

And this year, it's the 100th year celebration!! So being NMA and all, Monica is giving you a sneak peek into the celebration along with a special show, brought to you by yours truly.

Special thanks to Mr & Mrs Lin, Mr & Mr Chi, Mr & Mrs Tai, Principal Amy, Manager Sabrina, and all the Taiwanese and Taiwanese-American students and staff at Milpitas Adult School and Shareworld Learning Center, Cuptertino. WE LOVE TAIWAN!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Woman, 80, Trapped Between Bed And Wall For 4 Days


Woman, 80, Trapped Between Bed And Wall For 4 Days BY KEVIN PEARSON, THE RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE

An 80-year old Loma Linda woman was found in her home, trapped between her bed and a bedroom wall, where she had been stuck for four days. (read more)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Foreign Buyers Boost Miami Housing Market



VOAVideo: Foreign Buyers Boost Miami Housing Market

Miami's rapid growth at one time earned it the nickname the "magic city." Now, after a tough few years due to the financial crisis, that magic is hitting the housing market. Miami home sales are up 50 per cent this year, while overall US sales remain stagnant. Driving the turnaround are international buyers, who like the deals and the geographic location.

Friday, October 7, 2011

ESL Podcast 727 – Home Architectural Styles

ESL Podcast 727 – Home Architectural Styles

Sometimes bigger is not always better when it comes to houses. Learn about different architectural styles in this episode. Download Podcast

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Doctors Say Millions Worldwide Suffer From Diabetes



VOAVideo: Doctors Say Millions Worldwide Suffer From Diabetes

The World Health Organization estimates that 346 million people globally suffer from diabetes. Most of them live in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO projects that if current trends continue, deaths from the disease could double by 2030, and health experts warn it could become a global epidemic, with significant health and economic consequences.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

ESL Podcast 726 – Taking the Driving Test

ESL Podcast 726 – Taking the Driving Test

Learning to drive can be scary – for you, and the teacher. Learn about taking a driving test in this episode. Download Podcast

More study material for the California Driver's License test.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Washington Homeowners Live in Modern Village



VOAVideo: Washington Homeowners Live in Modern Village

Takoma Village residents in Washington, DC, promote community living. The privately-owned units cluster around a shared open space, and the 80 or so residents share a common building with a kids' playroom, study room, laundry, kitchen and huge living area, and they have meals together there several times a week.

New vocabulary word: co-housing

Monday, October 3, 2011

Study: Female Coffee Drinkers Are Less Depressed


Some Baristas add a chocolate syrup flower on top of a foamy latte.

VOANews: Study: Female Coffee Drinkers Are Less Depressed

But link between caffeine and depression remains unclear (download mp3)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Cancer Survivors Find Information, Encouragement at Houston Conference



VOAVideo: Cancer Survivors Find Information, Encouragement at Houston Conference

Cancer patients face many challenges - but there is also a lot of good news. That was the message in Houston, Texas recently, as one of the world's top cancer hospitals and research centers, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, held its 23rd annual Cancer Survivorship Conference. The conference presented both patients and their families with information on advances in cancer care, treatment and prevention.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Vegetarian Day


ESL Holiday Lessons: World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day is held every year on October the 1st. It was started in the USA by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS).

DOWNLOADS: Word Doc PDF MP3 Listening Online Exercise

Friday, September 30, 2011

For Lots of People, Getting Older Means Getting Happier



VOA Learning English Video: For Lots of People, Getting Older Means Getting Happier

Old age may not sound exciting. But research findings offer good news for older people and for people worried about getting older.Researchers found that people become happier and experience less worry after they reach the age of fifty. In fact, they say by the age of eighty-five, people are happier with their life than they were when they were eighteen years old. (read more)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

World Heart Day


ESL Holiday Lessons: World Heart Day

World Heart Day was created by the World Heart Federation. Its aim is to inform people around the world that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death.

DOWNLOADS: Word Doc PDF MP3 Listening Online Exercise

Learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke

  • Chest discomfort, including squeezing or pain in the centre of the chest between the breasts or behind the breastbone

  • Discomfort and/or pain spreading to other areas of the upper body such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach

  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Study: Spicier Diet Could Help Prevent Cancer



VOAVideo: Study: Spicier Diet Could Help Prevent Cancer

While researchers around the world continue searching for new and better treatments for various forms of cancer, they are also finding more evidence that simple changes in diet and lifestyle can, in many cases, prevent the disease. The effects of smoking are well established, but many doctors now say bad eating habits, lack of exercise, obesity and stressful living can also be big risk factors. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, one researcher thinks adding a little spice to your diet could also help.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Taiwan Hosts Visit of Highest-Level US Envoy in Five Years

VOANews: Taiwan Hosts Visit of Highest-Level US Envoy in Five Years

Suresh Kumar to press US initiative aimed at doubling American exports and creating jobs

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chinese Communities Worldwide Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

VOANews: Chinese Communities Worldwide Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

Chinese communities around the world on Monday are celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar. (includes video)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

High Food Prices Expected to Climb



VOAVideo: High Food Prices Expected to Climb

The UN world food price index hit a high in January and hasn't come down since.

Monday, September 12, 2011

MOONCAKE!


Mid-Autumn Festival - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Zhongqiu Festival (traditional Chinese: 中秋節; simplified Chinese: 中秋节; pinyin: Zhōngqiūjié

Sunday, September 11, 2011

NYC 9/11 Rescuers Experience Lingering Health Problems



VOAVideo: NYC 9/11 Rescuers Experience Lingering Health Problems

Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. But the twin towers' collapse and their smoldering ruins also exposed thousands of rescuers, firefighters and cleanup crews to toxic ash and smoke. Ten years later, medical researchers say many of these people are suffering higher-than-normal rates of serious disease and psychological problems. VOA health reporter Carol Pearson has more.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cholesterol-lowering Foods May Prove Healthier



VOAVideo: Cholesterol-lowering Foods May Prove Healthier

A new study out of Canada could potentially save millions of lives. Research shows that, by eating certain foods, people can significantly reduce their cholesterol and improve their chances of avoiding heart disease or stroke. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

For Lots of People, Getting Older Means Getting Happier

VOA Learning English: For Lots of People, Getting Older Means Getting Happier

A study found that by age 85, people are happier with their life than they were at 18 HEALTH REPORT (download mp3)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Brains Gain From Physical Activity by Older People



VOA Learning English Video: Brains Gain From Physical Activity by Older People

Increasing evidence suggests that being active can reduce a person's risk of dementia. Dementia is the name for the effects of Alzheimer's disease, stroke and other brain disorders. (read more)

Friday, September 2, 2011

West Wing Week 09/02/11 or "Dispatches: Asia"



WH.GOV: West Wing Week 09/02/11 or "Dispatches: Asia"

This week we are broadcasting dispatches from travel with Vice President Joe Biden through China, Mongolia and Japan.
In between meeting with world leaders, and speaking with locals the Vice President took in the sights, sounds and culture of the far east.
Join the Vice President as he opens new channels of communication with China gets to know Mongolian leaders and culture at a traditional Naadam festival and visits Japanese communities recovering from the March earthquake and tsunami before speaking to US troops in Tokyo and Hawaii. That's August 18th through the 25th or -- West Wing Week: Dispatches from Asia

Thursday, September 1, 2011

ESL Podcast 717 – Starting a New School Year

ESL Podcast 717 – Starting a New School Year

A new school year! For students, it's a time of sadness to see the summer end. Learn about how to start the school year off right in this episode. Download Podcast

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jobs' Pancreatic Cancer Led to Other Health Issues



VOAVideo: Jobs' Pancreatic Cancer Led to Other Health Issues

When Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple last week, he said it was because he could no longer perform up to the demands of the position. Jobs is known to have been treated for pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Oncologists say pancreatic cancer is hard to treat because it is difficult to diagnose. The organ is embedded deep in the abdomen, symptoms only become evident in a late stage of the disease.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Gold Prices Luring Many to Start Prospecting



VOAVodeo: Gold Prices Luring Many to Start Prospecting

As gold prices continue to rise around the world, there is renewed interest in panning for gold in certain parts of the United States. In the late 1800's the state of Virginia had a thriving gold-mining industry. Today there is still gold to be found in the streams of central Virginia. The lure of easy money is drawing many to buy prospecting equipment and head into nearby streams. But as Jeff Swicord reports from Goldvein, Virginia, striking it rich is not that easy.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The VP in Asia: A Musical Banquet in Beijing



wh.org: The VP in Asia: A Musical Banquet in Beijing

Travel with Vice President Biden to Beijing and inside the Great Hall of the People for a banquet held in honor of his visit to China. Performances highlight the deep musical culture and tradition of China.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

ESL Podcast 714 – Dining with a Foodie


ESL Podcast 714 – Dining with a Foodie

Think you have good taste in restaurants? Think again as you spend this episode with a self- proclaimed expert. Download Podcast<

Monday, August 22, 2011

The VP in Asia - Dining Local



The VP in Asia - Dining Local


Vice President Joe Biden makes a surprise lunch stop while between meetings at a small local restaurant, Chao Ganr. The Vice President tries some local flavors with Gary Locke, the American Ambassador to China

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The World's Leading Economies are Getting Old



VOAVideo: The World's Leading Economies are Getting Old

Times are challenging for the world's leading economies but as they try to get their financial houses in order they are having to do so while fighting father time. Philip Alexiou has more in his report.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

2011 Milpitas Adult School ESL and Citizenship Registration

2011 Milpitas Adult School ESL and Citizenship Registration is August 8, 10, 12, 15 or 17--Seniors are welcomed! For more info, click here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Killer Cells Wipe Out Cancer



VOAVideo: Killer Cells Wipe Out Cancer

Medical experts are calling it a major breakthrough. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania report they have successfully treated leukemia - a lethal blood cancer - by injecting patients with gene-altered immune-system cells that targeted and destroyed the cancer.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Looking for New Ways to Ease the Pain of Fibromyalgia

VOA Learning English: Looking for New Ways to Ease the Pain of Fibromyalgia


Scientists are developing new drugs and suggesting treatments to help make fibromyalgia easier to live with l SCIENCE IN THE NEWS (download mp3)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Experts Say Belief in Paranormal Common in US



VOAVideo: Experts Say Belief in Paranormal Common in US

Surveys show that more than two thirds of Americans accept the existence of ghosts, visitors from outer space, and other paranormal entities. While the more sophisticated might think of these people as crazy, social scientists take a different view. VOA's Greg Flakus has this report.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Nyad Ends Cuba to US Swim

VOANews: Nyad Ends Cuba to US Swim

After almost 30 hours in water, 61-year-old endurance swimmer Diana Nyad abandons effort due to asthma, pain, adverse weather

Friday, August 12, 2011

2011 Gold Rush Is On



VOAVideo: 2011 Gold Rush Is On

With the price of gold hovering around $1,800 an ounce, gold buyers haven't been this busy in many years. In New York, the buyers and traders of gold have a standing room only business. VOA's Bernard Shusman in New York City reports.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Transplant Procedure Increases Supply of Available Kidneys

VOANews: Transplant Procedure Increases Supply of Available Kidneys

Johns Hopkins researchers develop protocol to desensitize individuals so they can receive kidneys that normally would be rejected

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

'Walking Miracle' Inspires Others



VOA Learning English Video: 'Walking Miracle' Inspires Others

Pat Rummerfield spends a week every month with patients in the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Maryland's Kennedy Krieger Institute. He works as a spokesman and raises money for the institute. He also provides moral support.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Non-Native English Speakers Inspire Linguistics Archive

VOANews: Non-Native English Speakers Inspire Linguistics Archive

Database of accented English speech draws teachers, linguists and actors (download mp3)

Monday, August 8, 2011

2011 ESL Registration and Placement Testing at Milpitas Adult School


2011 ESL Registration and Placement Testing at Milpitas Adult School

August 8, 10, 12, 15 or 17

MORNING AND EVENING CLASSSES for Academic and Career Students
Registration 9 am - 12
Begins on time. No late entry!
eTest 1 - 4 pm

Bring a picture ID and a $40 non-refundable test fee. (Exact change
only)
Plan to be here approximately 3 hours for registration and 3 hours for
the eTest. No Children Please!

The next ESL Registration/Placement test will be August 8, 10, 12, 15 and 17. Please click one of the language version listed below for registration and testing times.


School starts on August 29th

MORNING ESL CLASSES
ESL - Career & College Students Mon - Fri 8:45 am - 12 noon

EVENING CLASSES
ESL - Career & College Students Tue/Thu 5:45 pm - 9 pm
ESL Citizenship Preparation Tue/Thu 5:45 pm - 9 pm
Next Registration/Test Date: Oct 25, 2011.
Check the website https://adulted.musd.org/ for ESL updates.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Health Problems Slow Gains in US Life Spans



VOALearning English Video: Health Problems Slow Gains in US Life Spans

Americans spend more on health care than most other people. Yet a new study shows that life expectancy in the United States is falling behind other developed countries. (read more)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Brains Gain From Physical Activity by Older People

VOA Learning English: Brains Gain From Physical Activity by Older People

Two new studies add to evidence that exercise can reduce the risk of dementia HEALTH REPORT (download mp3)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Unequal Treatment Drives Disability Rights Movement



VOA Learning English Video: Unequal Treatment Drives Disability Rights Movement

http://voaspecialenglish.com

New estimates show that more than one billion people have a physical or mental disability. Experts say almost one-fifth of them experience serious difficulties in their daily lives as a result of their disability. And disability rates are increasing as populations get older and more people get long-term conditions, like heart disease and diabetes. (read more)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Researchers Say New Pill Improves Memory

VOANews: Researchers Say New Pill Improves Memory

In clinical trials, guanfacine, currently used to treat high blood pressure, also helped to reverse age-related memory declines

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

US Congressional Vote Looms on Debt Ceiling Deal



VOAVideo: US Congressional Vote Looms on Debt Ceiling Deal

Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress have reached agreement on increasing the debt ceiling and cutting spending after months of political fighting. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate plan to vote on the measure Monday, just a day ahead of the deadline for reaching a deal. VOA's Laurel Bowman has more.

Monday, August 1, 2011

ESL Podcast 707 – Looking Back on One’s Life

ESL Podcast 707 – Looking Back on One’s Life


Are you satisfied with your life so far? Learn how to be a little happier by listening to this episode. Download Podcast

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Express English: Lessons for life



BBC Learning English: Express English: Lessons for life

What lessons for life can you give? Watch and listen to what people in London said then join the conversation at: http://bbc.in/n8dyqN

Saturday, July 30, 2011

US Debt Crisis



VOAVideo: US Debt Talks

** 1:54-2:04 How the debt cris can affect Senior Citizens
** 2:04-2:41 How the debt cris can affect China and the world economy

Also see VOANews: Obama Encourages Bipartisan Solution to Avoid Debt Default

wh.gov: US Debt Graphic

President Obama: "There are plenty of ways out of this mess. But we are almost out of time. We need to reach a compromise by Tuesday so that our country will have the ability to pay its bills on time, as we always have -- bills that include monthly Social Security checks, veterans’ benefits and the government contracts we’ve signed with thousands of businesses. Keep in mind, if we don’t do that, if we don’t come to an agreement, we could lose our country’s AAA credit rating, not because we didn’t have the capacity to pay our bills -- we do -- but because we didn’t have a AAA political system to match our AAA credit rating.

And make no mistake -– for those who say they oppose tax increases on anyone, a lower credit rating would result potentially in a tax increase on everyone in the form of higher interest rates on their mortgages, their car loans, their credit cards. And that’s inexcusable.

There are a lot of crises in the world that we can’t always predict or avoid -– hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks. This isn’t one of those crises. The power to solve this is in our hands. And on a day when we’ve been reminded how fragile the economy already is, this is one burden we can lift ourselves. We can end it with a simple vote –- a vote that Democrats and Republicans have been taking for decades, a vote that the leaders in Congress have taken for decades."

Friday, July 29, 2011

Tsunami Survivors Rebuild As Japan Battles Debris



VOAVideo: Tsunami Survivors Rebuild As Japan Battles Debris

It's nearly five months since the huge tsunami struck northeast Japan, killing more than 20,000 people. The reconstruction effort is well underway and the government has earmarked several billion dollars to help survivors rebuild their homes and livelihoods. But as Henry Ridgwell reports from the devastated coastline near Sendai City, many survivors say the financial assistance has been too slow.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ESL Podcast 706 – Feeling Ill from Food While Traveling

ESL Podcast 706 – Feeling Ill from Food While Traveling

Don’t drink the water, and be careful what you eat when you’re traveling! Find out how not to get sick on this episode. Download Podcast

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cast Iron Revival Keeps US Foundry Cooking



VOAVideo: Cast Iron Revival Keeps US Foundry Cooking

Lodge Cast Iron is the last company in the nation still turning out cast iron skillets on a daily basis. (read more)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Specialty Food Sales Surge in US



VOAVideo: Specialty Food Sales Surge in US

VOA's Chris Simkins tells us about a recent Fancy Food Show in Washington (read more)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Dalai Lama, US Religious Leaders Stress Overcoming Religious Intolerance

VOAVideo: Dalai Lama, US Religious Leaders Stress Overcoming Religious Intolerance

Wrapping up a two-week visit to the United States, 76-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama spoke Monday to packed crowds in Chicago about overcoming religious intolerance.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Average American Struggles to Control Spending



VOAVideo: Average American Struggles to Control Spending

A self-described "debtor" says he fought hard to bring his habit under control

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How Pain Treatment Has Improved

VOA Learning English News: How Pain Treatment Has Improved

Also, a look at the hospice movement, which provides care to ease suffering for the dying SCIENCE IN THE NEWS (download mp3)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Turtle Survives Years-Long Journey to Return Home



VOAVideo: Turtle Survives Years-Long Journey to Return Home

"Turtle: The Incredible Journey," documents the migratory cycle of loggerhead turtles. Filmmaker Nick Stringer follows a female turtle's journey from a sandy Florida beach, across the Gulf Stream to Newfoundland to the Azores, back to the Caribbean and, years later, back to Florida. It's a years-long journey that only one in 10,000 loggerheads survives, putting the turtles' longterm survival at risk.

Read VOANews: Turtle Survives Years-Long Journey to Return Home

'The Incredible Journey' documents migratory cycle of loggerhead turtles

Monday, July 18, 2011

Billie Holiday: The Lady Sang the Blues



VOA Special English: Billie Holiday, 1915-1959: The Lady Sang the Blues

Billie Holiday's life was a mixture of success and tragedy. She was one of the greatest jazz singers in America PEOPLE IN AMERICA (download mp3)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Express English: Your ideal trip



BBCLearningenglish: Express English: Your ideal trip
What would be your ideal trip? Read and hear what some people in London told us then join the conversation at: http://bbc.in/mbiYxI

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Buddhism Rebounds in Russia



VOAVideo: Buddhism Rebounds in Russia

For four generations, the Soviets waged war on Buddhists, sometimes branding them "Japanese spies." Now, 20 years after the collapse of communism, Buddhism is experiencing a massive revival in its historic areas. James Brooke, reports from Ulan Ude, a Central Asian city on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

VOA Dalai Lama Interview Part 1 and 2



VOAVideo: VOA Dalai Lama Interview Part 1



VOAVdeo: VOA Dalai Lama Interview Part 2

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has been in Washington since last week, celebrating his birthday and guiding followers of Tibetan Buddhism in a multi-day prayer and meditation ritual. He sat down with VOA's Mandarin Service to discuss his first visit to the nation's capital since stepping down as the exiled Tibetan government's political leader.

Also watch: VOAVideo: Dalai Lama Feels 'Freer' Since Giving up Political Role

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

American Buddhism Retains Asian Flavor, Adapts to West



VOAVideo: American Buddhism Retains Asian Flavor, Adapts to West

This week's visit of the Dalai Lama to the United States is focusing attention on American Buddhism, which is growing because of the influx of Asian immigrants and conversion of Westerners to the faith. From Los Angeles, Mike O'Sullivan reports that American Buddhism retains its Asian flavor, but is adapting to Western ways.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How Cooling the Brain May Help People Sleep

VOA Learning English: How Cooling the Brain May Help People Sleep

One woman's efforts to save the cheetahs of Africa. And a gain in Nepal for the rare one-horned rhinoceros SCIENCE IN THE NEWS (download mp3)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Early CT Scans Cut Lung Cancer Death Rate



VOAVideo: Early CT Scans Cut Lung Cancer Death Rate
A U.S. study of current and former smokers shows that early screening with CT scans cuts the death rate for lung cancer by 20 percent. The findings are significant because lung cancer is an aggressive disease that often is undetected, and once diagnosed, the mortality rate is very high. VOA's Melinda Smith in Washington has more on the study and what effect it might have on future screening. ... (more info)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies

VOA Learning English: Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies

Ford co-founded the Betty Ford Center in 1982, still one of the most well-known, well-regarded treatment centers for substance abuse

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Study Shows Diabetes Surging Worldwide



VOAVideo: Study Shows Diabetes Surging Worldwide

The number of adults worldwide with diabetes has more than doubled in the past three decades - jumping to nearly 350 million. And it continues to surge, according to a new study in the journal "Lancet."

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Retirement Surge Raises Financial Worries In United States



VOAVideo:Retirement Surge Raises Financial Worries In United States

The cost of pensions and medical care for retired people is rising sharply in the United States and in some other nations where the elderly are a growing percentage of the population. As governments and companies seek ways to cut costs, some Americans worry they will not have enough money to live comfortably when they are too old to work. VOA's Jim Randle reports from Washington.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bad Loans Threaten Chinese Banks

VOANews: Bad Loans Threaten Chinese Banks

Risk to China's banking sector may be worse than previously thought, says top credit rating company

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

China Eyes the US for Investment Opportunities



VOAVideo: China Eyes the US for Investment Opportunities

China has been investing throughout the world in recent years, and the United States is an especially attractive destination for Chinese companies. As part of a VOA series on China's economic role in the world, Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.

Monday, July 4, 2011

San Jose Rose, White, and Blue Parade 2011



San Jose Rose, White, and Blue Parade 2011

The San Jose Rose, White, and Blue Parade 2011 along The Alameda, in the Rose Garden District. Cameo appearances by Judy Connell, Marshal Connell, Kansen Chu, and SJ Mayor Chuck Reed.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Ninety-year-old keeps farming in the city



VOAVideo: Urban Farm Prospers in Downtown Area

Ninety year old Charlie Koiner cares for a small plot of land just a few blocks from a busy downtown near Washington DC. He has been growing fruits and vegetables here since this suburb was mostly undeveloped rural land, and selling his produce in local farmers markets.

VOA News: Urban Farm Flourishes in Downtown Area


Ninety-year-old keeps farming as development springs up around him

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Ai WeiWei and Hu Jia

VOANews about Free Speech activitsts Ai WeiWei and Hu Jia

China Frees Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei
State media say Ai released after confessing to tax evasion and because he suffers from chronic illness June 22, 2011

Colleagues of Chinese Artist Released from Detention
Ai Weiwei confirms that four of his associates were freed from detention this week, soon after he was released from prison on bail June 25, 2011

Chinese Dissident Released From Prison
Zeng Jinyan announces on the Internet social network Twitter that her activist husband, Hu Jia, was released from prison early Sunday

Chinese Artist Ordered to Pay Nearly $2 Million in Back Taxes
China says Ai Weiwei confessed to tax evasion but his family denies the allegation June 28, 2011

Debt-Laden Europe Cautious on China Human Rights
Europe increasingly looking to China for investment to shore up ailing economies, but some wary of China's human rights policies June 29,2011

Sculptures of Detained Chinese Artist on Exhibit in US
Series of sculptures entitled 'Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads' by Ai Weiwei is drawing crowds in New York May 17, 2011