Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cambodian-Americans Mourn Death of King Sihanouk



VOAVideo: Cambodian-Americans Mourn Death of King Sihanouk

Cambodian Americans are mourning the death of King Norodom Sihanouk, the country's effective ruler from 1953, at Cambodia's independence from France, to 1970, years of tumult. He survived the brutal Khmer Rouge takeover of the mid-1970s as well as years of exile. VOA's Jeff Swicord visited a temple of the Cambodian Buddhist Society in Silver Spring, Maryland, near Washington

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Re-Entering the Workforce



SaberHacer.com: Re-Entering the Workforce

Learn more at http://www.SaberHacer.com - You've been home, raising your kids. MANAGING household finances. Taking a LEADERSHIP role at school. COACHING little league. How do these life skills work for you in the workplace?

Monday, October 1, 2012

"Mooncake Mania" on Chinese Holiday



NTDTV: "Mooncake Mania" on Chinese Holiday

ANCHOR:
As Chinese around the globe celebrated the Moon Festival this weekend, many found themselves swept up in the search for the perfect mooncake.

STORY:
For Chinese people around the world it's that time of year again...

Every year as the Chinese Moon Festival approaches, from Hong Kong to Shanghai to London--Chinese people around the world are buying boxes of sweet bean paste pastries as gifts for family and friends.

They're called mooncakes. And, like the holiday fruitcake in Western culture, the mooncake in Chinese culture is more important for its symbolism and tradition than for its taste. In fact, many of these cakes are said to go uneaten.

But that may be changing.

As Chinese tastes become more "global," there is an ever-greater variety of mooncake flavors on the market. It's no longer just limited to the traditional lotus seed paste or red bean paste. Now mooncake enthusiasts can enjoy dainty custard-filled cakes, or delicate white sugar powder confections. Flavors like green tea and even shark's fin have come into fashion.

And jumping on the trendy mooncake band wagon, ice cream giant Häagen Dazs has created a line of high-end, ice cream-filled mooncakes for those really seeking to make an impression. In these "cakes," the traditional preserved duck egg yolk is replaced by a sphere of mango sorbet.

Some mooncake purists are, of course, crying foul--commenting that these days anything round can be called a mooncake. But the cornucopia of new mooncake flavors and styles is sure to bring one welcome change: more mooncakes in the belly and less in the bin.

Also see: Mid-Autumn Festival: Fly Me To The Moon!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

ESL Podcast 829 – Having a Barbecue

ESL Podcast 829 – Having a Barbecue 
Enjoy some good times and good cooking at a barbecue in this episode. 
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Saturday, September 29, 2012

How to understand native speakers' questions in English



EngVid.com: How to understand native speakers' questions in English

Native English speakers ask questions SO fast that you can't understand them! Watch this lesson to improve your listening comprehension in English. You'll be able to answer questions like "watayadoin?!"

Thursday, September 27, 2012

ESL Podcast 827 – Fad Dieting

ESL Podcast 827 – Fad Dieting 
Have you heard of the newest, most popular diet in the world? Find out what it is by listening to this episode.  
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rethinking 'Good' Cholesterol; PSA Test Debate



VOA Learning English: Rethinking 'Good' Cholesterol; PSA Test Debate

A study has raised questions about a widely held belief involving cholesterol. The belief is that high levels of so-called good cholesterol in the blood can reduce the risk of a heart attack. The medical name for "good" cholesterol is high-density lipoprotein, or HDL. Doctors commonly believe it reduces the risk of heart attack by removing fatty deposits that can block the flow of blood in the arteries of the heart. (read more)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

ESL Podcast 826 – Shopping for a Used Car

ESL Podcast 826 – Shopping for a Used Car 
Question: What can be more fun than buying a used car? Answer: Almost anything. Find out why in this episode. 
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi Meets American Burmese



VOAVideo: Aung San Suu Kyi Meets American Burmese

Burmese Democracy Activist Aung San Suu Kyi is promoting a message of cautious compromise on the third day of her U.S. visit. Her day began by answering questions from the American Burmese community. VOA's Carolyn Presutti was with her.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi VOA Interview



VOAVideo: Aung San Suu Kyi VOA Interview

Aung San Suu Kyi's interview with VOA's State Department correspondent Scott Sterns. The interview was held at VOA Headquarters in Washington on Sept. 18, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

US Congressional Gold Medal Program Has Long History



VOAVideo: US Congressional Gold Medal Program Has Long History

Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Members of Congress have bestowed the honor on hundreds of individuals over the course of American history. VOA'S Deborah Tate has a look at the medal program.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ESL Podcast 813 – Doing Basic Exercises

ESL Podcast 813 – Doing Basic Exercises

Live longer by doing a little exercise today. Find out how to tell all your friends about it in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

For Smokers, Never Too Late to Quit; Diesel Exhaust and Cancer



VOA Learning English: For Smokers, Never Too Late to Quit; Diesel Exhaust and Cancer

There's new medical evidence for the expression "better late than never." Researchers have found that smokers reduce their risk of dying from tobacco even if they stop smoking after the age of 60. Smoking is a known risk for many diseases, including many forms of cancer as well as heart disease. (read more)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

With Physical Activity, No Need to Be an Olympian



VOA Learning English Video: With Physical Activity, No Need to Be an Olympian

Watching the Olympics probably made some people feel a little guilty about not exercising. The truth is, if physical inactivity were a sport, a lot of us could give a gold-medal performance. To mark the London Olympics, the Lancet, a British medical journal, published a series of papers about the problem of inactivity. Public health experts say physical inactivity is the world's fourth leading cause of death. They estimate that inactivity plays a major part in six to 10 percent of deaths from non-communicable diseases. These include conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and colon and breast cancer. (read more)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Free Speech VS Religion



wh.gov: Free Speech VS Religion

Violence this week in Libya, Egypt and Yemen has once again brought to the fore inherent tensions between free speech, however offensive, and religious dignity. VOA's Elizabeth Arrott reports from Cairo, where some political analysts invoke the dictum that the remedy for such speech is more speech.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dealing With Digital Legacies After Users Die



VOA Learning English: Dealing With Digital Legacies After Users Die

...Some businesses now are offering people a way to control what happens to their online information after they die. One way to do this is to place your online accounts and passwords in a digital storage area. You give the owners of the area orders about which information to destroy and which to give others when you die. Mark Plattner was one of Mac Tonnies' friends. He recently used a program called Sitesucker to download Mac's blog. He then uploaded a copy of the blog to a new web site under his control. Mark Plattner says we should all plan our own digital legacy. He says "don't be passive -- get to work on your online afterlife now." (Adapted from a VOA radio program broadcast 23 Ju l2012)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Film Recounts Cantor Fitzgerald's 9/11 Tragic Losses, Recovery



VOANews: Film Recounts Cantor Fitzgerald's 9/11 Tragic Losses, Recovery

NEW YORK — On the morning of September 11, 2001, 658 people were working between the 101st and the 105th floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower. They were employees of Cantor Fitzgerald, a bond trading firm. When a hijacked plane slammed into the tower, all 658 lost their lives, representing one-fourth of the 3,000 people who died nationwide from the September 11 terror attacks. (read more)

Monday, September 10, 2012

A New China-Taiwan Agreement Protects Investors



VOA Learning English: A New China-Taiwan Agreement Protects Investors

China and Taiwan may disagree on political issues. But on Thursday they reached an agreement to protect investors. The agreement is important because China and Taiwan do not have diplomatic relations. China claims Taiwan as its territory. But Taiwan has been self-governing since 1949. The sides agreed to open new areas to investment and to inform the other within 24 hours if an investor is arrested. (read more)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

China Pushes Tibet Tourism in Theme Park Project

VOANews: China Pushes Tibet Tourism in Theme Park Project

Just outside Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, the Chinese government is building a $4.7 billion theme park that critics describe as a fairy tale universe that trivializes Tibetan culture and glosses over the nation’s troubles (read more)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

New Heart Stents Better Than Old Ones, Study Says



VOAVideo: New Heart Stents Better Than Old Ones, Study Says

Stents are used to keep coronary arteries open after a procedure called angioplasty. Some stents contain medicine that is released over time. It was thought that these stents would be more effective than plain metal ones, but early studies showed patients who had medicated stents were more llikely to have a heart attack than patients who got plain stents. Now there's a new generation of stents that release medication and a new study about their performance. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Obama Makes Appeal for Re-Election

VOANews: Obama Makes Appeal for Re-Election

President Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic Party's presidential nomination Thursday, urging his supporters to rally behind him for the final two months of the U.S. presidential campaign. (read more)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Health Care Program for Seniors Emerges as Key Election Issue



VOAVideo: Health Care Program for Seniors Emerges as Key Election Issue

The November U.S. presidential election may turn on how voters react to one key proposal by Republicans involving the popular Medicare program, which provides government-subsidized health care to citizens 65 years and older. Budget analysts from left and right agree that the program faces financial stress as large numbers of so-called Baby Boomers reach the age of eligibility. But they disagree on what should be done. VOA's Greg Flakus has this report from Tampa.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Taking Medicine, With a Microchip Under the Skin

VOA Learning English Video: Taking Medicine, With a Microchip Under the Skin

Call it medicine on a microchip. Researchers in the United States have developed the first wirelessly controlled device that can supply a drug directly into the body. A small chip is implanted under the skin. It contains the medicine, which it releases at preset times. The developers say the device could improve the lives of millions of people who take medicine for long-term illnesses (read more) (download mp3)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Possible Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease


VOA Learning English: A Possible Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease  
Researchers hope new tests will help identify the disease earlier and even stop its progress | SCIENCE IN THE NEWS   (download mp3)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Battling dementia: As cases rise, UN urges steps to improve early diagnosis

UN.org: Battling dementia: As cases rise, UN urges steps to improve early diagnosis (caption option available)
The number of people with dementia is projected to double to 65.7 million by 2030, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, noting that lack of diagnosis remains a major problem even in high-income countries, where only a fifth to half of cases are routinely recognized. (read more)

Friday, April 27, 2012

World Health Day Focuses on Older People


VOANews: World Health Day Focuses on Older People

World Health Organization calling for urgent action to make sure all people reach old age in best possible health

Thursday, April 26, 2012

World Health Day Focuses On 'Active Aging'



VOAVideo: World Health Day Focuses On 'Active Aging'

It's no secret that the world's population is aging, even in developing countries. That's why the World Health Organization is celebrating its own birthday this year with an observance focused on strategies for healthy, active aging.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

World Health Day Focuses On 'Active Aging'

VOANews: World Health Day Focuses On 'Active Aging' 
According to WHO in next five years, number of 65-year-olds and greater will surpass number of children under five

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

WHO: Healthy ageing -- adding life to years



WHO: Healthy ageing -- adding life to years

For the first time in human history, the world will soon have more older people than children. The human race is ageing and we are unprepared. Unless we change the way we think and act about ageing, we will miss the opportunity to age in good health and to build a society where older people are respected and valued members of society. That is why this year the World Health Organization is dedicating it's birthday - on 7 April - World Health Day - to healthy ageing. Watch and share the official World Health Day 2012 video, and join the conversation on healthy ageing on Twitter #AddHealth2Life to be part of the change.

健康老龄化—有益长寿

OMS: Envejecimiento saludable: añadamos vida a los años

Monday, April 23, 2012

Seasonal Music: Songs About Spring


VOA Learning English: Seasonal Music: Songs About Spring  

Most of these songs have been around a long time but are still popular today | THIS IS AMERICA (download mp3)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day



uscitizenpod: GO GREEN with USPS stamps on Flickr

In honor of Earth Day 2011and 2012 and in celebration of the USPS GO GREEN Forever stamp series, US Citizenship Podcast presents a collection of stamps reflecting America's ongoing commitment to MAKE EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY!


uscitizenpod: GO GREEN with USPS Stamps on YouTube

A Kitchen That Talks? This One Teaches You French

VOA Learning English Video: A Kitchen That Talks? This One Teaches You French

A "talking kitchen" teaches students how to cook French and speak French. Researchers at New Castle University in Britain have developed the French Digital Kitchen. Professors Paul Seedhouse and Patrick Olivier led the project. Professor Seedhouse says it works like a satellite navigation system in a car. (read more) (download mp3)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

ESL Podcast 618 – Eating at a Casual Restaurant

Sometimes where you eat is as important as what you eat. Learn how to tell the difference in this episode. Download Podcast

Friday, April 20, 2012

New Life Cafe (Part 3)


WeAreNY: New Life Cafe (Part 3)

Rosa is about to open a Dominican café. But when her lab tests come back and the doctor tells her the bad news, her dreams are over. Or are they? A heart-warming drama about family, friendship, and coming to terms with diabetes.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

ESL Podcast 639 – Ordering Soups and Salads

ESL Podcast 639 – Ordering Soups and Salads

No soup for you! Oh, just kidding. Learn how to talk about soups and salads in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Life Cafe (Part 2)

VOAVideo: New Life Cafe (Part 2)

Rosa is about to open a Dominican café. But when her lab tests come back and the doctor tells her the bad news, her dreams are over. Or are they? A heart-warming drama about family, friendship, and coming to terms with diabetes.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Science of Herbs and Spices

VOA Learning English: The Science of Herbs and Spices

Scientists look at medical uses for plant products | SCIENCE IN THE NEWS (download mp3)

Monday, April 16, 2012

New Life Cafe (Part 1)

WeAreNY: New Life Cafe (Part 1)

Rosa is about to open a Dominican café. But when her lab tests come back and the doctor tells her the bad news, her dreams are over. Or are they? A heart-warming drama about family, friendship, and coming to terms with diabetes.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

ESL Podcast 769 – Trying Unusual Foods

ESL Podcast 769 – Trying Unusual Foods

Free your mind, and your mouth will follow. Try some unusual foods in this episode.

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