Today, we complete the story "Rappaccini’s Daughter." It was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Here is Kay Gallant with the second and final part of “Rappaccini’s Daughter.” Many years ago, a young man named Giovanni Guasconti left his home in Naples to study in northern Italy.... More
Jordan wants proof that pilot is still alive. Also in the news, a gas explosion near a maternity hospital in Mexico kills at least seven; Benjamin Netanyahu blames Iran for fighting along Israel-Lebanon border; and the World Health Organization's focus on fighting Ebola shifts to ending outbreak. More
Human Rights Watch says Ethiopian officials are taking steps against independent media and journalists who have different opinions than the government. The report shows how the Ethiopian government has restricted independent reporting and 22 journalists have been charged with crimes. More
The 2015 North American International Auto Show took a test drive in the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. It was the first major international car show in the U.S.
Automobile manufacturers from around the world presented over 500 models, gas, electric, luxury, performance and concept vehicles 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
For the past thirty years, artists have been asked to create works of art for New York’s huge subway and train system. The works often relate to city life or to the neighborhood of a station. Some people call it New York’s “underground art museum," with over 250 pieces of original artwork. More
The US Congress has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at a joint meeting of the House and Senate in March. House Speaker John Boehner said he did not contact the Obama administration about the visit. President Obama will not meet with Mr. Netanyahu. More
It used to be mostly the military that used small, unpiloted aircraft, called “drones.” The little planes were very costly. But as they have dropped in price more people have begun to use them. Rescue workers and farmers are among the new users. The drones save money and time. 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 28, 1800 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins talks about public speaking skills.
Thursday, January 29, 1800 UTC: Marsha James and Anna Mateo talk about feeling “under the weather.”
Friday, January 30, 1700 UTC: Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about the Superbowl, and explain some common football expressions/phrasal verbs.
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