October 30, 2014 18:44 UTC

Orbital Sciences Antares Launch

Video Questions for NASA after Rocket Explosion

An unmanned privately-owned rocket bringing supplies to the International Space Station exploded seconds after launch Tuesday night. The accident did not cause any injuries on the ground. However, it has raised questions about efforts by the US space agency NASA to use private companies. More


In the News

FILE - Zambia's new interim president is Guy Scott.

Audio Guy Scott Named Interim Leader in Zambia

Guy Scott is Africa’s first white president since F.W. de Klerk governed South Africa from 1989 to 1994. Chinese former army General has admitted to taking huge bribes. U.S airlines do not know where a passenger began his or her travels for Ebola screening. Free Syrian Army helped Kurds in Kobani. More


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See how Americans prepare for Halloween by carving a pumpkin to make a Jack-O-Lantern!
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Video Senegal Uses Technology to Teach Reading

Senegal has limited financing for literacy – reading and writing. At-home study programs are easy to operate and not costly.
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Video Is Kale a Superfood?

The vegetable has almost 100 percent of the daily suggested intake of both vitamin A and C. Kale is good for your heart and may help fight against some kinds of cancer.
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Video TALK2US: Baseball Terms in English Idioms

Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about some common baseball terms that have entered everyday conversation in English idioms.
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Video Dry Weather Hurts Farmers in Southwestern US

Parts of Texas and Oklahoma have had little rain for several years; farmers have suffered billions of dollars in losses.
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Video Talk2US: Pretty Little Adjectives!

Adjectives are words that describe something or someone. Jonathan Evans talked with callers about some of their favorite adjectives.
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Video What is Cosplay?

Have you ever wondered about the cultural phenomenon called 'cosplay?' Check it out with Dr. Jill!
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Video World's Rich Get Their Own Facebook

Users must pay thousands of dollars a year; information will be private and there will be no advertising. Also, the site will be supervised to prevent bad behavior.
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Video English in a Minute: Apple of One's Eye

What could the "apple of one's eye" possibly be? Watch this video and found out about the American English phrase.
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Video News Words: Consensus

Our hosts explain the term consensus and how it may be used in the news. Then, write a comment or ask us a question below.
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Video US Economy Shows Sharp Growth From April to June

Some economists say the second quarter growth is a sign that the U.S. economy is finally improving. Others are not so sure.
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Video US Program Aims to Support Girls' Education

The United States Agency for International Development has launched a $231 million program called “Let Girls Learn.” The effort will help girls in Afghanistan, Jordan, Guatemala, South Sudan and Nigeria.
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Video Are You an Airhead? Slang with Dr. Jill

English has many slang expressions that are insults. Here are some clean ones from Dr. Jill
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Video Fit Kids Have Better Test Scores

Being fit is not just good for your body. It may also help you in the classroom. Read more about how being active can help children learn.
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Video Surveillance Software Causes Concern at Internet Meeting

Delegates expressed concern about surveillance software at the United Nations-supported Internet Governance Forum meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.

World

Kidnapped by Islamic State

Video Youth Kidnapped by Islamic State Tells His Story

Last June, Islamic State militants kidnapped more than 150 students from the city of Kobani in northern Syria. Many of those kidnapped were ethnic Kurds. The militants released most of the students several months later. But about 20 students remain in captivity. One of those freed is Azad. More

Business and Economics

General view of the city of Luxembourg in this picture taken on November 20, 2012.

Audio Luxembourg Set to End Bank Secrecy

European Union finance ministers have reached an agreement that will make it more difficult for tax avoiders to hide their money. The new legislation was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. Countries known as tax havens had blocked the bank secrecy laws. More

Entertainment

Audio San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals'

The California baseball team, San Francisco Giants, is playing the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 Major League Baseball championship, the World Series. Two radio stations in San Francisco banned the hit song "Royals." In return, another station in Kansas City chose to play the song once every hour. More

Health

Brain Resource Infographic

Audio Dealing with Distractions and Overreactions

Five million American children and teenagers have Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult - if not impossible - to stay with a duty until it is complete. Katherine Ellison knows the problem well. | Health Report More

America

Star House

Video Home of Last Comanche Chief Close to Ruins

One of the most interesting people in U.S. history is Quanah Parker, the last chief of the country’s Comanche Indian tribe. Quanah Parker was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Quanah Parker was a fierce fighter. But that ended one day in 1875. More

Science and Technology

Methane oxidizing

Photogallery Small Organisms in Deep Sea Rocks Eat Methane

The gas methane has been linked to rising temperatures on Earth. But methane does not stay in the atmosphere as long as another “greenhouse gas” -- carbon dioxide. Scientists say both gases trap heat from the sun. They prevent heat from escaping into outer space. More

History

Audio Iron Ships Clash at Sea

The American Civil War was fought not only on land, but at sea. In 1862, Confederate and Union forces fought a new kind of navy battle in waters off Hampton Roads, Virginia. It was the first battle between iron ships. On the Confederate side was a ship called the Virginia. | The Making of a Nation More

Education

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Audio Free Online Test Targets English Learners

The new exam is called the EFSET, which is short for Education First Standardized English Test. The company, Education First, is known by the letters EF. It operates schools and offices in more than 50 countries. More

The Day in Photos

 An elderly man walks past a cartoon character painted on a school wall in Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, across from the Syrian town of Kobani.

An elderly man walks past a cartoon character painted on a school wall in Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, across from the Syrian town of Kobani.

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Monday, October 27, 1700 UTC: Do you carve vegetables or fruit? Anna Mateo and Dr. Jill Robbins show how to carve a pumpkin for Halloween.

Tuesday, October 28, 1330 UTC: Ashley Thompson talks about blended words.

Wednesday, October 29, 1500 UTC: Adam Brock talks about commonly confused words

Thursday, October 30, 1330 UTC: Jonathan Evans will SING2US and asks for your songs.

Friday, October 31, 1500 UTC: Caty Weaver presents more baseball idioms.

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