Non-Muslims may have some difficulty understanding Muslim concerns about their Prophet Muhammad. But the National Museum of Women in the Arts is being criticized for its exhibit on how the Mother of Jesus appears in European art. More
Mr. Obama was the first U.S. president to attend the event, which celebrates India’s first constitution as an independent state. The election results are likely to place Greece in conflict with the E.U. and international creditors. Deadly violence in Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines website hacked. More
Japan says the government is working with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese cititizen. The Islamic State militant group is holding Kenji Goto hostage, but claims to have executed another Japanese hostage. The hostage crisis will likely increase divisions among the Japanese public. More
What makes Ethiopian coffee the best? International coffee experts travel the world to find the best tasting cup of coffee, however they keep returning to Ethiopia. The country has an export revenue of more than $840 million a year from coffee to 120 countries. More
Asia has long tradition of tea-drinking. And China is no exception. However, lately more and more Chinese people are turning to a different drink. Coffee has become an increasingly popular choice of Chinese people living abroad and in the country’s huge cities. More
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s Oscar nominations. As usual, not everyone is happy about the choices. The nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood, California. Few people of color received nominations this year. More
Some religious minorities in America are demanding that schools close on their religious holidays. They ask, if Christian and Jewish holy days are recognized, shouldn’t those of other faiths also be observed? The issue is being debated in Maryland, near Washington, DC. More
New technology could help to more closely follow passenger airplanes, and find them when they crash; international group to meet next month to discuss changes. Airline industry leaders and regulators want to improve airplane safety. They want better, more dependable tracking devices. More
English learners often think that academic writing is all about spelling, grammar, and organization. Author Cathy Birkenstein says almost anyone can put a sentence together. The difficult part is learning to read and think critically. Listen to these tips from Birkenstein and Gerald Graff. More
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
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Monday, January 26, 1800 UTC: Jonathan Evans talks about traditional desserts.
Wednesday, January 27, 1800 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins talks about public speaking skills.
Thursday, January 28, 1800 UTC: Marsha James and Anna Mateo talk about feeling “under the weather.”
Friday, January 30, 1800 UTC: Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about the Superbowl, and explain some common football expressions/phrasal verbs.
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