September 18, 2014 16:24 UTC

Botanist Steve Perlman collects seeds from of the few remaining Platanthera holochila, a native orchid species which is on the Plant Extinction Prevention program’s target list. (Photo by ©Hank Oppenheimer)

Audio Botanist Works to Save Hawaii's Rare Plants

Hawaii is home to many native plants. They include 1,200 species, 90 percent of which are not found anywhere else in the world. But Hawaii also has become the endangered species capital of the United States. Nearly 40 percent of the plants on that endangered list grow in Hawaii. More


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Audio Obama: No Ground War in Iraq

The US leader spoke a day after top general said combat force deployment possible. President says airstrikes would be the base of US efforts. U.S. proposed talk with North Korean on three detained American. India and China signed trade agreements. Scotland to vote on independence. | In the News More


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Raw Chocolate May Be Healthieri
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The experts disagree on the health qualities of chocolate. But most agree that raw chocolate could be the healthiest kind available.
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Video Raw Chocolate May Be Healthier

The experts disagree on the health qualities of chocolate. But most agree that raw chocolate could be the healthiest kind available.
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Video Conflicts Place Heavy Demands on World Food Program

The WFP says it has had to use airplanes to transport 50 times more food this year than in the first half of last year.
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Video Use of Public Transportation in US Highest in Almost 60 Years

As Americans move into cities, they are driving less and using subways and buses more; public transportation trips in New York City alone number in the billions.
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Video China's Alibaba to Sell Stock on the New York Stock Exchange

Alibaba could raise $20 billion or more by selling stock to the public in the U.S. The company holds an 80 percent share of China’s online market.
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Video News Words: Biofuel

Have you heard the word biofuel before? Get an explanation from our hosts and comment or ask a question below.

The Day in Photos

Egyptians walk past a graffiti with modern and Pharaonic designs on Mohammed Mahmoud Street near Tahrir Square, in downtown Cairo.

Egyptians walk past a graffiti with modern and Pharaonic designs on Mohammed Mahmoud Street near Tahrir Square, in downtown Cairo.

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Monday, Sept. 15, 1700 UTC: Jonathan Evans discusses daily routines: How do you wake up and get to work or school?
 
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1200 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins discusses common gestures Americans use to greet each other: waving, shaking hands and hugging.
 
Thursday, Sept. 18, 1200 UTC: Adam Brock discusses funny mistakes language learners make. Have you made a funny mistake in English?
 
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