A new study by the Pew Research Center found that the public says women are just as qualified as men to hold top positions in business and politics. But women are still not equally represented in those top jobs. Most Americans think they will see a woman president in their lifetimes. More
The rights group Freedom House has reported a general decline in political and civil rights around the world last year. The group said its measure of international freedom has dropped in each of the past nine years. It added that democratic ideals are now under the greatest threat in 25 years More
War in Lebanon continues. Women from the opposing sides are coming together to cook – thanks to a non-profit called Ruwwad al Tanmeya-Lebanon. Experienced chefs helped the women complete training. Now they are selling their food to organizations such as the Red Cross. 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
The National Football League championship game is hugely popular with sports fans and television advertisers. Tens of millions of people watch the game for the competitive play and for the funny commercials broadcast throughout. Many also enjoy the halftime show. This year Katy Perry will entertain. More
Can animals be artistic? Some experts think so. Painting and music are part of efforts to keep animals happy at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Zookeepers there believe that animals need enrichment just like people do. Their unique pieces of art are popular items. More
A non-profit group is working to give Kenya’s poorest citizens access to information and technology. The Craft Silicon Foundation provides people who live in Kawangware a computer lab and computer training classes on a mobile bus. The bus has 12 computers powered by the sun through solar panels. More
The Obama administration wants to spend billions of dollars on education in science, technology, and engineering (STEM). The challenge is making girls feel welcome in this area of study. Parents, educators and toy makers are trying to increase the numbers of girls studying STEM subjects. 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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