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

Friday, July 1, 2011

Chinese, Young and Old, Sing Communist Party's Praises



VOAVideo: Chinese, Young and Old, Sing Communist Party's Praises

As China's ruling Communist Party prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary (July 1), many Chinese are literally singing the party's praises as its membership rolls reach a new high. VOA's Stephanie Ho talked to ordinary Chinese, young and old, to find out what the Communist Party means to them.