May 07, 2015 05:36 UTC

Video Lessons for Germany on 70th Anniversary of V-E Day

The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II will be marked in all but one European country this week. Germany lost the war, and has no plans to hold a special observance. In central Berlin, there is a huge memorial to the six million Jews killed during World War II. More


In the News

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf at the Presidential Palace, in Dijbouti, May 6, 2015.

Audio Kerry in Saudi Arabia to Discuss Yemen Crisis

Kerry said he will discuss a proposed "humanitarian pause" in Yemen during his talks in Saudi Arabia. Also in the news, Baltimore mayor seeks federal investigation of city’s police department; Officials look for links between ISIS and Texas attack; Death sentences for 4 Afghans in Kabul attack More


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Everyday Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitivesi
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05/06/2015
Can a verb act like a noun? That’s the big question for this edition of Everyday Grammar. What is the difference between “I like to run” and “I like running?” Learn all about how to use gerunds and infinitives.
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Video Everyday Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitives

Can a verb act like a noun? That’s the big question for this edition of Everyday Grammar. What is the difference between “I like to run” and “I like running?” Learn all about how to use gerunds and infinitives.
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Video One Billion Young People Risk Hearing Loss From Loud Music

The World Health Organization is urging young people to turn down the volume to prevent hearing loss.
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Video Researchers Aim to Develop Better Fruits and Vegetables

As the world demands more meat, milk and eggs, experts worry that heavy use of antibiotic drugs in livestock will cause a sharp increase in antibiotic-resistant infections.
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Video Talk2US: Natural Disasters

A natural disaster can be a hurricane, a flood, or an earthquake. Jonathan talks with callers about the kinds of natural disasters in their home countries.
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Video Scientists Use Sound Waves to Find Hidden Cracks in Bridges, Airplanes

Finding weakness in large structures, such as bridges and airplanes, can be the difference between life and death. Scientists in Britain say they have found a new way of looking inside metal parts to identify areas of weakness before they fail.
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Video English in a Minute: Bend the Rules

If you "bend the rules," are you breaking the rules? Find out how to use this idiom in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Looting

The word looting come up in news stories about unrest or during disasters. Hear how the word is used in a news story and our hosts will give you more details.
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Video World Bank Head Sees Other Development Banks as Allies

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is noting the need for world leaders and development banks to work together in the fight against poverty.
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Video Cameroon Builds Classrooms for Students Fleeing Boko Haram

Cameroon says militant attacks have displaced at least 100,000 people, including at least 33,000 school children. The government, however, has rejected calls by parliament to declare emergency rule in the affected areas.
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Video Cambodia Plans to Expand Healthcare for Expecting Mothers

Cambodia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia. Although deaths have decreased, they are short of Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations. Now, the government says it will do more to save women in childbirth.
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Video Gene in Plant Could Increase Crop Production

Study shows scientists can use a plant’s “biological clock” to develop plants that will produce crops faster and help feed the world’ growing population.
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Video English in a Minute: Put (Something) on Hold

This expression can be used in many different situations. Learn a few of them in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video A Robot Helps Heal Muscle Damage

A Polish company has developed a robot that helps therapists. The robot tells therapists about their patients progress and can choose the best exercises to help rehabilitate people with injuries that affect movement.
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Video News Words: Referendum

What happens when a referendum is held? Listen to the word used in this news story and our hosts explain.
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Video Many Join China’s New Development Bank

China says more than 40 countries have joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The U.S. and Japan have held off, noting the need for strong standards of governance.

World

Audio US Senate Considering Bill on Iran’s Nuclear Activities

This week could decide what happens to a bipartisan bill in the United States Senate. If approved, the measure would delay an easing of American sanctions against Iran. Congress would have 30 days to study a final nuclear agreement with Iran before the restrictions are lifted. More

Business & Economics

Audio Congress Debates US Export-Import Bank

A policy dispute is taking shape in Washington over a government agency that helps exporters. On one side is the American business community. On the other side are conservative Republican Party lawmakers. Unless Congress acts, the Export-Import Bank could stop adding new clients. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Caring for an Aging Population

By the year 2050, an estimated two billion people will be aged 60 or older. As the world’s population gets older, governments and community-based organizations must find ways to help families avoid ‘caregiver burnout.’ Read on to learn more about the issue in the Health & Lifestyle report. More

Entertainment

Audio Musicians, Singers Struggle in the Digital Age

People can listen to music on many devices, including tablets and mobile phones. But musicians are worried about their rights, and want to be paid for their work. New technologies can both help and hurt. If music is free, will singers, songwriters and musicians want to create new songs? More

America

Volunteers created a a food bank for people in the neighborhoods that were affected by the Baltimore riots.

Video Volunteers Aid Victims of Riots in Baltimore

There were riots in parts of the city after a funeral was held for an African-American man who died after being arrested. The city is working to get back to normal after a week of violence. Volunteers are helping people in the neighborhoods that were affected by the unrest. More

Science & Technology

Video Growing Better Fruits and Vegetables

Throughout the US, researchers, farmers, professional cooks and seed producers are working to develop and grow tastier fruits and vegetables. We talk with a vegetable breeder who has been working to create a better carrot for 35 years! More

Education

Illustration by Kotochi Mahama for Safaliba Literacy Texts

Video Learning Safaliba Helps Ghanaian Kids Learn English

In the Safaliba-speaking community of Ghana, children are beginning to read and write in their home language, Safaliba. Others notice this helps when the children begin learning in English. "Language is very powerful," says Paul Schaefer. 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

Boys sit in a tree under a partly cloudy sky in an open field in Karachi, Pakistan.

Boys sit in a tree under a partly cloudy sky in an open field in Karachi, Pakistan.

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05/04/2015
A natural disaster can be a hurricane, a flood, or an earthquake. Jonathan talks with callers about the kinds of natural disasters in their home countries.

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