July 05, 2015 23:35 UTC

Audio Average Americans Gave Away Billions in 2014

Last year, Americans again showed they are generous people. A majority of Americans, two-thirds, gave money to charity in 2014. And they gave away more money than ever before. They gave away an estimated total of $358 billion. It is a seven percent increase from 2013. More


In the News

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, July 1, 2015.

Video US, Cuban Embassies to Reopen

The move ends more than 50 years of tensions between the two countries. Many countries, groups support the decision by President Obama. But the US Congress could refuse to provide money to open an American embassy in Havana. | In The News More


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Egypt Says Expanded Suez Canal to Open in Augusti
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07/05/2015
Officials say the project will more than double the amount of money the canal earns for Egypt during the next 10 years. But will it improve the lives of most Egyptians?
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Video Egypt Says Expanded Suez Canal to Open in August

Officials say the project will more than double the amount of money the canal earns for Egypt during the next 10 years. But will it improve the lives of most Egyptians?
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Video English in a Minute: Out of the Blue

If something is "out of the blue," is it expected, or a surprise? Find out how to use this colorful idiom in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Secure

Secure usually means something is safe. Our hosts will talk about how other ways the word secure is used, and you will hear the word in a news story.
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Video The ‘Living Wage’ Debate Has Many Sides

In the U.S., some consider an increase in the minimum wage important for the working poor and the economy.
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Video Students in Cambodia Want to Learn English

China and Cambodia have close political and economic ties. However, does that translate into Cambodian students taking Mandarin classes? English remains the more popular language for students in Cambodia to learn in school.
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Video Fighting Obesity: A Long-term, Complex Problem

How people become obese, or extremely overweight, is a complex issue. It involves of course, diet and biology but also psychology, food marketing and even politics. A recent conference on obesity discussed all these issues.
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Video Can Forests Help Feed the World?

A new report says forests could help reduce hunger and improve nutrition if they are cared for correctly. It says forests and fields can co-exist, and help communities.
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Video TALK2US: Confusing Words in English

Anna Matteo and Marsha James talk about some words with opposite meanings.
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Video Social Media Apps Help Public Agencies, But Raise Questions

Social media are changing the ways that U.S. police departments and other government agencies operate. New media are closely watching movements by police officers, and keeping cars and trucks moving on congested roads.
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Video English in a Minute: Out of the Woods

The word "woods" refers to an area of land covered with many trees. But this idiom does not actually have anything to do with trees. Find out what it means to be "out of the woods" in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Unleashed

What happens if something is unleashed? Find out on today's News Words program. You will hear the word used in a news story and our hosts will explain its meaning and uses.
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Video China Is Investing in More than Mining in Australia

Chinese investment has moved from mining to property, the travel industry and infrastructure -- things like roads, bridges and ports.
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Video LinkedIn, EF Offer New Test for English-Learning Professionals

You can now post your English proficiency level for free on LinkedIn. Many online tests give test takers a score. The question is, how much can others believe the scores you post?
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Video Most African Children with AIDS Have No Access to Medical Care

A United Nations official says nearly 95 percent of African children living with AIDS do not have a way to get treatment for the disease.
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Video Plankton More Important than Scientists Thought

A four-year-long study shows that the small organisms are not just food for whales and other sea creatures. It found that plankton are a major provider of oxygen for our planet.

World

Audio Chinese Children Seeking a Happy Ending

Repeated cases of child abuse in China have shocked the country. They also have led to more protection of children’s rights. But child welfare activists say the government and private groups need to do more to stop neglect and violence against children. More

Business & Economics

Audio Is There a ‘Skills Gap’ in US Job Market?

8.7 million Americans are unemployed and 6.7 million are doing part-time work. But, many jobs remain vacant. Employers say many of those jobs are vacant because they cannot find people with the right skills to do the work. Some experts look at why that is the case and what to do about it. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Sweet Potatoes as Medicine

Researchers have helped to reduce a major health problem with a simple food – the orange sweet potato. A program created to help farmers grow the crop has unexpected and healthy results. Some reports say this is the first time an agricultural program has had a major effect on health. More

Entertainment

South Korea Film Terminator Genisys

Video Demons, Male Dancers and Dinosaurs at Theaters Everywhere

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator and Channing Tatum reprises his role as stripper Magic Mike. But there are also scary movies about demon children, comedies with a talking teddy bear and a marijuana-smoking secret agent; and a documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse. More

America

New York Officials Block Pro-Muslim Advertising

Two Muslims are taking New York City’s public transportation system to court. The Metropolitan Transit Authority had accepted anti-Muslim advertising until last year. But in a sudden change, it is now barring pro-Muslim ads. The two say that violates their rights under the U.S. constitution. More

Science & Technology

Audio Experts: Climate Change Is a Medical Emergency

Health and medical experts gathered at the White House in Washington DC this week for talks on climate change and public health. The Lancet Commission report says the effects of climate change could threaten the past 50 years of gains in public health. More

Education

A computer instructor helps a university student use offline digital library to read and download educational material at Ahmadu Bello University computer library.

Audio Bringing the Internet Closer Helps Students

What do millions of students do when they cannot get online to find educational materials? One non-profit service is bringing the internet to schools and other institutions in a project called Widernet. Students and teachers say it helps by making access faster and easier. More

History

Audio Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the 4th of July

Sure, you know Americans celebrate their Independence Day on the fourth day of July. But do you know they have the wrong date? Or where they get all those fireworks? Hint: not from the UK. More

The Day in Photos

Mass lightning bolts light up night skies by the Daggett airport from monsoon storms passing over the high deserts early Wednesday, north of Barstow, California.

Mass lightning bolts light up night skies by the Daggett airport from monsoon storms passing over the high deserts early Wednesday, north of Barstow, California.

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Anna Matteo and Marsha James talk about some words with opposite meanings.

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