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Video Paul's Case by Willa Cather, Part One

WiIla Cather was a Pulitzer prize-winning American author. Her short story, 'Paul's Case,' tells about a young man who does not feel he belongs in his home town. He wants to leave his high school and enjoy the finer things in life. More

In the News

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin (C) with Gen. David Galtier (R) holds a press conference in Marseille, southern France, March 26, 2015.

Audio Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Hid Illness

France says it appears a Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz purposely caused the deadly crash in the French Alps Tuesday. He was alone in the cockpit when he flew the plane into the ground. Also in the news, Saudi-led airstrikes continue in Yemen; Uganda warns of possible al-Shabab attacks. More

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Video China Increases Aid to South Pacific Area

A recent report says China is likely to become the third biggest donor to the South Pacific area after Australia and the United States.

Video Using Body Language Can Help Your Public Speaking Skills

Body language includes posture, eye contact and gestures, how you move your hands and arms. Using body language can help you communicate better and improve understanding.

Video TALK2US: Spring Break

Jonathan talks with callers about Spring Break, a period of time during a school year that many students in the US look forward to every Spring.

Video Program Gives Low-Cost Glasses to Rwandans

A group based in Britain, Vision for a Nation, provides low-cost glasses to people in Rwanda. Several kinds of glasses are available. The World Bank helps keep the prices low.

Video Britain Permits "Three-Person Babies"

The process called mitochondrial replacement therapy, or MRT, creates a human embryo using material from three people. Scientists say the treatment could help avoid genetic diseases, but it has also raised ethical and moral concerns.

Video TALK2US: Spontaneous Idioms

Marsha and Anna decide to "go with the flow" when they teach the idioms we use when we don't plan ahead.

Video Capturing CO2 Gas Is Not Easy

Most scientists agree that carbon-dioxide gas is partly to blame for climate change: rising global temperatures. But capturing the CO2 gas released by power stations is costly and difficult.

Video English in a Minute: Nip it in the Bud

"To nip" means to cut. A bud is a young flower. So, what could this idiom mean? Find out!

Video News Words: Assets

What are assets, and what does it mean if they are frozen? Our hosts will tell you how the word is used in news stories in this one-minute video.

Video TALK2US: Animal Idioms

Caty and Ashley teach you how to use "cat's pajamas," "bee's knees," and other English idioms that refer to animals.

Video US West Coast Ports Working Again

A labor dispute had slowed operations at more than 25 ports on the West Coast of the United States. Negotiators reached a deal that permitted work to restart. But, they are still working on details of the agreement.

Video Understanding the Teenage Brain Can Lead to Better Parenting, Teaching

A neuroscientist has studied teenage brains and what she found may clear up misunderstandings about them.

Video Study: Food Safer in Africa’s Open-Air Markets Than In Supermarkets

These traditional markets supply 85-95 percent of all food in sub-Saharan African countries; study says the spread of supermarkets throughout Africa will only lower that number to 70 percent by 2040.

Video English in a Minute: Down to Earth

Someone who is "down to earth" is definitely not a "drama queen," which we learned in last week's episode. But what exactly does this phrase mean?


Audio More Assertive Japan Before Abe's US Visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making plans for a state visit to the United States. Mr. Abe will travel to Washington next month for talks with President Barack Obama. The two leaders are expected to discuss a number of issues, including the security alliance between their countries. More

Business & Economics

Video Small Beer Brewers Gaining Popularity in US

Number of “craft brewers” has increased rapidly in recent years, and brewers group predicts the number of small brewers will continue to grow. About ten percent of beer now sold in the U.S. is made by small brewers, up from three percent in 1997. The US now has more than 3,200 breweries. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Feed the People or Save the Planet?

New food guidelines in U.S. do something they have never done before -- they are linked to the environment. Some say feeding the hungry should come first. Others say saving the planet is equally important. Read on to see words like "carbon footprint" and "sustainability" in action. More



Video 'Cinderella' Is More Than Just a Movie for Kids

The new Disney movie made $70 million in ticket sales at its opening last weekend and will make more in the coming weeks. Also, Disney and its partners are making huge profits from merchandise linked to the movie. And, the fairy tale goods are not just for kids anymore. Women want them too! More


Video Landmark to Close as Camp David Hosts Afghan Meeting

Since the 1950s, American presidents have been going to Camp David in the mountains of Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. They have traveled there to rest or hold meetings away from the noise of the city and the news media. But President Barack Obama rarely goes to the camp. More

Science & Technology

Audio Overfishing Opponent Wins Environment Prize

A leading American supporter of a method to prevent overfishing, Jane Lubchenco, has won a major environmental prize. Jane Lubchenco served as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 2009 to 2013. She won this year's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. More


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Video A Blind Teacher's Vision

There are an estimated 70,000 blind children in Indonesia. Iyehezkiel Parudani lost his eyesight at age six from chicken pox. He now teaches English to blind and visually impaired students at the Pajajaran Special School in the city of Bandung. More


Grand Review of the Armies,  May 23, 1865

Audio The Civil War Ends

Four years of bloody fighting had preserved the Union of states and freed four million slaves. But the cost of the war was great – in lives, in money and in infrastructure. Yet the country had to find a way to rebuild. More

The Day in Photos

 A rescue worker is lifted into an helicopter at the Germanwings crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France.

A rescue worker is lifted into an helicopter at the Germanwings crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France.

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