September 17, 2014 05:28 UTC

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Video NASA Chooses Boeing, SpaceX to Fly Astronauts

NASA announced the return of “human space flight to U.S. soil.” The space agency has chosen two spaceships, the Boeing CST-100 and SpaceX Dragon version 2, to bring American astronauts to the international space station. The program will cost $6.8 billion. More


In the News

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, Sept. 16, 2014.

Audio US, UN Join the Fight Against Ebola

President Obama plans to deploy 3,000 troops to West Africa to help contain the crisis while U.N. officials call for $1billion to limit the spread of the disease. More


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Conflicts Place Heavy Demands on World Food Programi
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09/16/2014
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 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.
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Video Foreign Investors Returning to Vienam After Anti-China Protests

Many foreign investors fled Vietnam after protests against China damaged hundreds of factories.

The Day in Photos

Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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American vs. British: Chips vs. Crispsi
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American English and British English, at times, use different words to describe the same thing. Are chips the same as crisps?

SCHEDULE for TALK2US

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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