April 29, 2016 04:02 UTC

  • Video Highly Contagious Virus Sickens Millions, Costs Billions

    Of all the viruses out there, you may have not heard of one of the most common. Norovirus infects many millions around the world. And the dollar amount of this virus is in the billions. Read on to learn some very useful virus vocabulary.

Let's Learn English

Video Lesson 11: This Is My Neighborhood

This is the eleventh lesson of "Let's Learn English" - a new course for English learners. Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. The course continues for 52 weeks. This week, Marsha helps Anna do errands. Together they find many places in their neighborhood. More

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News Words: Birthright Citizenshipi
Birthright citizenship are a couple of long words. Find out what they mean and why they are important with your News Words hosts.

Video News Words: Birthright Citizenship

Birthright citizenship are a couple of long words. Find out what they mean and why they are important with your News Words hosts.

Video The Economics Report: There are Many Ways to Save Your Money in the U.S.

There are old sayings about the importance of saving money for your future. Here is a look at some ways to do that in the U.S.

Video The Education Report: More U.S. Students Choose College in Another Country

The number of students in the United States who seek a college education in a foreign country is increasing. A report from the Institute of International Education explains.

Video The Health Report: New York's Emergency Crews Learn Mandarin

First responders are the first emergency workers to arrive at a fire or other accident. It is important that they are able to collect information to study the problem. In New York City, some first responders are learning a difficult language so that they can do just that.

Video The Science Report: Scientists Could be Closer to AIDS Cure

Scientists say they may have found a way to permanently take the virus that causes the AIDS out of a person’s body. AIDS has taken many millions of lives. HIV is the killer virus that causes AIDS.

Video The Technology Report: Spanish ‘Smart’ City Project Saves Time, Money

A city in Spain uses technology to make life easier for its citizens and visitors. It is an example of a "smart city" that other cities are interested in trying.

Video English in a Minute: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

A lot of idioms in American English come from sports. "Keep your eye on the ball" comes from baseball, but we can use this expression for many situations.

Video English @ the Movies: 'Make It Count'

The movie "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II" is the last in The Hunger Games series. This week's English @ the Movies phrase is "make it count." Are they talking about counting, like in a math class? Listen and find out.

Video The Economics Report: How Much Do Illegal Immigrants Pay in Taxes?

Illegal immigration is a big subject in this year’s American presidential race. Do illegal immigrants pay their fair share in taxes to state and local governments?

Video News Words: Holy Grail

An old photograph was bought for $2. What makes it a holy grail? Find out in this week's News Words.

Video The Education Report: The New SAT Test Has Arrived

The new version of the SAT college entrance exam has been released. Find out what has changed and where you can take example tests to get ready for the almost four-hour exam.

Video The Health Report: Asian Children Face Hunger and Obesity

Child hunger and obesity are rising in Asia, says a new report.

Video The Science Report: New Drones Could Improve Weather Predictions

Scientists in the state of Oklahoma are developing planes with no pilots or drones that will help predict sudden and violent weather.


Audio Nepal Quake: Slowly Rebuilding One Year Later

One year after a large, deadly earthquake hit Nepal, the government announced plans to start reconstructing important sites. But the sites are not the only things that need rebuilding. Many people are still living in temporary shelters, and demonstrators are protesting the recovery’s slow speed. More

Everyday Grammar

Audio Commonly Confused Words: Part One

The English language is full of words that English learners - and even native English speakers - often confuse. These words may sound the same but mean different things. Or maybe, they are spelled the same but mean different things. This week, we look at three sets of commonly confused words. More

Health & Lifestyle

Why It's Harder to Sleep in a New Place

It is well know many people have a hard time sleeping in a new place. Researchers from Brown University think they know why. They said the left part of the brain is more active when people sleep in a new place. They said the brain appears to be keeping watch for possible danger. More


Maria Sharapova May Get a Second Chance

In March, the World Anti-doping Association suspended a number of athletes from competing in their sports because they tested positive for a drug banned in January. Now, the group says it does not know how long the drug can stay in an athlete’s system and it is reconsidering the suspensions. More


iPhone Sales Fall, Ending Apple's Record Growth

For the first time in 13 years, sales at Apple Inc. did not grow. Apple’s sales dropped by 13 percent in the quarter ending on Tuesday. The Chief Executive Officer of the company says the smartphone market is not growing anymore. More


Kids Need More Than 'The Basics' to Learn

America’s top education official says kids need more than just the basics – math, reading and writing. U.S. Education Secretary John King said his New York elementary school teacher helped him experience the arts and current events and that helped make him who he is today. More

Science & Technology

Apps to Help Students Do Their Best Work

Apps can help students get better organized, study for tests and prepare research papers. In other words, they can help the user do his or her very best work. Whether or not you are a student, here are some apps worth considering. More


Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Mathematician, Astronomer

Benjamin Banneker was one of the few free black people in the American colonies. The self-taught mathematician helped plan the nation’s capital and wrote a popular book. Today, he is remembered for questioning how Thomas Jefferson could ignore slavery in the Declaration of Independence. More

America's National Parks

Audio The Glacial World of Mount Rainier

This week on our National Parks journey, we travel to America’s mountainous Pacific Northwest. We are exploring Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. The mountain in Washington rises more than 4,300 meters above sea level. It is one of America’s most glacier-filled peaks. More

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Empty shelves are seen after items sold out at a store following a series of earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo.

Empty shelves are seen after items sold out at a store following a series of earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo.

The Making of a Nation

The US Expands West

In 1801, the United States under the Constitution was very young — only about 12 years old. And compared to its size today, the country was very small. The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the U.S. at the time. Even today, the land accounts for about one-third of America’s territory. More