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.