May 26, 2015 05:53 UTC

Audio Tensions Rise in Hong Kong Before Tiananmen Anniversary

Every year people in Hong Kong gather to remember the June 4 anniversary of the Chinese government crackdown at Tiananmen Square. Usually they also give thanks for their freedoms. But this year, some say people in Hong Kong themselves are feeling increasing pressure from the Chinese government. More


In the News

Audio China Increases Its Ballistic Missile Abilities

China is adding several small nuclear warheads to missiles. China says its military is only for defense. Some people question that claim. Especially now, as China becomes more assertive in a dispute with several Asian nations over maritime territory. Some experts worry of a possible Asian arms race. More


Learning English Videos

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First Surgical Glue Approved for Use Inside the Bodyi
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Video First Surgical Glue Approved for Use Inside the Body

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a glue that can be used to hold internal tissue together.
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Video New Paint Resists Oil and Water

The new kind of paint many materials, including clothing paper and steel. Researchers say the paint could be used in a factory or other large-scale manufacturing. They predict this product could be used in a number of areas, including auto manufacturing and even hospitals.
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Video English in a Minute: Straight from the Horse's Mouth

If you hear something "straight from the horse's mouth" do you have the correct information? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Agenda

What is an agenda? Our hosts know and will tell you all about it. Listen to the word used in a news story and use the word yourself in a conversation.
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Video US Senate Committee Approves Trade Promotion Authority Bill

United States officials are working toward separate trade agreements with the European Union and Japan. At the same time, Congress is considering trade promotion authority that would require a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote on trade agreements.
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Video Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Kids Learn English

In the Safaliba-speaking community of Ghana, children are beginning to read and write in their home language, Safaliba. A team of researchers and teachers believe this early education helps when the children begin learning in English.
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Video Genetically-Engineered Bacteria Could Fight Cancer

A microbiologist at Arizona State University has developed a genetically modified salmonella bacteria that could be used as a weapon against cancer.
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Video Talk2US: Best Places to Visit Around The World

Jonathan talks with callers about interesting places to visit in their home countries.
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Video Hippos: The Life Force of African Rivers

Scientists say the hippopotamus provides important nutrients to Africa's river ecosystems. But the huge animals are disappearing from the wild.
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Video Could Computers Heat Homes?

Companies spend a lot of money cooling computer servers which generate a lot of heat. Now, a company wants to use that heat to warm homes.
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Video English in a Minute: Sleep Like a Rock

How does a rock sleep? And how do you sleep like one? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Delicate

This word has a special meaning when describing discussions and negotiations. Listen for the word in a news story. Our hosts explain other meanings as well!
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Video Motor-Free Device Reduces Stress from Walking

U.S. scientists have built a small, wearable addition to shoes that makes walking easier.
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Video In Ghana, Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Kids Learn English

In the Safaliba-speaking community of Ghana, children are beginning to read and write in their home language, Safaliba. A team of researchers and teachers believe this early education helps when the children begin learning in English.
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Video Work Schedule Changes Could Cure 'Social Jet lag'

If you sometimes feel as if you are sleep-walking through your day, it could be possible that your work and body clocks are fighting each other. Read on to learn great words like metabolism and circadian rhythm.

World

Audio China Increases Its Ballistic Missile Abilities

China is adding several small nuclear warheads to missiles. China says its military is only for defense. Some people question that claim. Especially now, as China becomes more assertive in a dispute with several Asian nations over maritime territory. Some experts worry of a possible Asian arms race. More

Business & Economics

Audio In the US Senate, Heated Debate Over Catfish

Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate are debating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But, the catfish, a popular farmed fish in some southern states, has caused a large share of the argument. Republican Senator John McCain criticized a measure calling for increased U.S. government inspections of Asian catfish. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio How We Date: Here, There and Everywhere

The website datingcultures.com. uses humor and romance to spread cross-cultural understanding. Reporter Matthew Stein makes videos that ask and answer questions about dating. Other videos cover more serious subjects, such as abuse toward gay and transgender people, and women’s rights in East Africa. More

Entertainment

Audio Chinese-American Nightclub Scene Changed Racial Stereotypes

Chinese American nightclubs were West Coast hotspots in the U.S. during the 1950s and 60s. These popular nightclubs broke down racial barriers and paved the way for Asian actors to enter mainstream U.S. entertainment. This story is full of words and expression for talking about old school glamor. More

America

Audio Memorial Day: Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is “A living tribute to our nation’s past” and the final resting place for 400,000 women and men who gave service to the United States. Slaves, government officials, Supreme Court justices, astronauts, explorers and two presidents are buried there. | As It Is More

Science & Technology

Video Study: Insecticide Is Killing Wild Bees

Environmentalists in the United States and Europe say chemicals called neonicotinoids are causing a drop in the number of bees. The chemicals target insects that eat crops, and they do not spread beyond the field. But they do get into pollen and nectar, where the bees come into contact with them. More

Education

Discover Debate

Audio Successful Debate for New Learners and Large Classes

Many students of English engage in debate as part of their training. In Part Two of our Successful Debate series, we learn the kinds of debate topics that work well for English learners. An expert shares tips for organizing a debate in a large class and for answering arguments. More

History

Audio America Remembers Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

This week, Americans remember an important date in history: 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was killed. Museums and historic organizations all around the country have special exhibits and events.President Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated. More

The Day in Photos

A man uses a mobile phone while riding a camel through a traffic jam in downtown Cairo, May 20, 2015.

A man uses a mobile phone while riding a camel through a traffic jam in downtown Cairo, May 20, 2015.

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