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Video Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Part Two

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


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People from the al-Kaseasbeh tribe and other tribes take part in a demonstration outside of Jordan's cabinet in Amman calling for the release of Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by Islamic State group militants, Jan. 27, 2015.

Audio Deadline Passes in Jordan-Islamic State Prisoner Exchange Deal

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


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How Do You Develop More Female Engineers?i
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The Obama administration wants to spend billions of dollars on education in science, technology, and engineering (STEM). The goal 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.
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Video How Do You Develop More Female Engineers?

The Obama administration wants to spend billions of dollars on education in science, technology, and engineering (STEM). The goal 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.
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Video Ebola Tops Health Stories in 2014

The Ebola outbreak began in rural Guinea, spread to the capital and crossed into Sierra Leone and Liberia.
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Video TALK2US: Watching Movies

With the Academy Awards coming up soon, Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about movies. Callers mention Titanic and Maleficent as movies they like.
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Video The Hungriest Place on Earth?

Burundi has the world’s highest hunger levels; war, poverty and overpopulation have affected physical and professional growth of up to two-thirds of people in the small East African country.
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Video Robot Finds Unexploded Mines Underwater

Students successfully designed and built a robot for uncovering unexploded mines at the bottom of the sea.
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Video Greeks Prepare for Early Elections

European officials are urging Greece to continue with economic reforms as the country prepares for early elections. The vote was called for after Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president for the third time recently.
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Video English in a Minute: Last-Ditch Effort

A "last-ditch effort" sounds like a difficult thing to do. Learn how to use this expression with this one-minute video.
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Video News Words: Civil War

This phrase describes a kind of war. Our hosts tell you about civil war in one minute with the pronunciation and definition. Let us know how these videos are helping you. Write a comment below and tell us.
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Video TALK2US: Interjections

Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson are joined by a special guest, Anna Mateo, as they sing "The Interjection Song"
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Video Young Activist Praises Girls’ Gains in Education

Beatrice Ayuru started a school for poor children in Uganda. Lira Integrated School teaches 1,500 students from nursery school through high school.
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Video Health Issues That Interested You in 2014

Popular stories included ones about siting less for better health, giving birth at home, and one about a 70-year-old who just graduated college.
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Video Low Prices Hurt Asian Rubber Farmers

China, other countries have been importing less rubber; prices have fallen below the cost to produce the rubber. There is some hope that conditions will improve in 2015.
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Video Tiny Needles Treat Eye Disease

Microneedles can help treat the eye disease glaucoma.
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Video Voting Rights Act Remembered in 'Selma,' 50 Years Later

Voting Rights Act Remembered in 'Selma,'
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Video English in a Minute: Poker Face

What does a poker face look like? We tell you about the idiom poker face in this one minute video.

World

Audio Rights Group Accuses Ethiopia of Suppressing Media

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

Business & Economics

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Video Cars Making a Comeback at North American Auto Show

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

Health & Lifestyle

China Inflation

Audio Will Chinese Drink Coffee over Tea?

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

Entertainment

NYC subway art

Video New York's 'Underground Museum' Pleases Passersby

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

America

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Video Obama Won't Meet with Netanyahu During Visit to Congress

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

Science & Technology

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Video French Farmers Are Using Drones to Examine Their Crops

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

Education

Authors Cathy Birkenstein and Gerald Graff

Audio Tips for Writing: ‘They Say, I Say’

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

History

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Audio The Civil War Ends

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

The Day in Photos

 A winter swimmer does push-ups on the snow-covered shores of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

A winter swimmer does push-ups on the snow-covered shores of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

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With the Academy Awards coming up soon, Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about movies. Callers mention Titanic and Maleficent as movies they like.

SCHEDULE for TALK2US

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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