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we play music by Raheem DeVaughn …
a question about how to become a doctor in the United States …
about the "World's Longest Yardsale."
Long Yard Sale
cannot find what you want at the yard sale we are about to tell you about, then
maybe what you want just does not exist. Because this yard sale runs all the way from the Midwestern state of
Ohio to the Southern state of Alabama. That is more than one thousand kilometers of goods for sale along US
Route One Twenty-Seven. Faith Lapidus has our story.
like almost everyone buys or sells goods at yard sales in the United States.
People place used personal or household goods for sale outside their
One Twenty-Seven Corridor Sale is known as the World's Longest Yardsale. It
began in nineteen eighty-seven. The
event's headquarters is in Jamestown, Tennessee. A former local official, Mike
Walker, came up with the idea. He
thought it would bring people to the area and show them that small country
roads have a lot to offer. Others
agreed. They wanted people to consider traveling on these roads instead of the
popular interstate system.
year, the four-day sale begins on the first Thursday in August. So August seventh marks the opening of the
twenty-first World's Longest Yardsale.
The event now crosses five states --- Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee,
Georgia, and Alabama.
thousands of sellers take part. Some people who live along or near Route One
Twenty-Seven simply place their goods for sale in front of their house. Others use nearby public spaces, like
parks. People sell everything and
anything at the sale: furniture, clothing, toys, books and music. You can also find sporting goods, farm
equipment, tools and art. And, lots of
other things. Tens of thousands of
people from across the country drive along the road in search of interesting
things to buy. Route One Twenty-Seven
becomes crowded with vehicles.
Hustonis the director of tourism and membership at the Fentress County Chamber
of Commerce in Jamestown, Tennessee.
She says last year she came close to buying one of strangest looking
pieces of furniture she has ever seen --- a big, old, round bed. She said it had a complex design on the
shiny, smooth, light blue and white material that covered it. Miz Huston says the bed was made in the
nineteen thirties or forties. She said
it looked like something that should be at Elvis Presley's home, Graceland, in
Memphis, Tennessee. She says she thinks
it sold for more than one thousand dollars.
listener question this week comes from Ethiopia. Solomon Mengist Gardie wants
to know how a person becomes a medical doctor in the United States.
not easy to become a doctor in the United States. Students must attend a
college or university and do well in their studies. Students who want to become
doctors usually study large amounts of biology and chemistry in college. Some students work for a year or two in a
medical or research job before they attempt to enter medical school.
than one hundred twenty American schools offer study programs for people
seeking to become a doctor. Competition
to enter these medical schools is strong.
About thirty-five thousand people compete for sixteen thousand openings
in American medical schools each year.
must take the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT. The Association of American Medical Colleges
provides the test by computer.
Applicants for medical school need to do well on the MCAT.
medical school, students spend their first two years mainly in classroom
study. They learn about the body and
all its systems. They also begin
studying how to recognize and treat disease.
third year, students begin working with patients in hospitals. Experienced doctors who have treated many
patients guide them as they work.
the fourth year, students begin applying to programs in hospitals for the
additional training they will need after medical school. Competition to work at a top hospital can be
in hospitals are called interns or residents.
They treat patients while guided by experienced doctors, medical
professors and other experts.
Some doctors work a long time in hospitals before they are
fully trained in a specialty.
Neurosurgeons are a good example.
They operate on the brain, neck and back. Some neurosurgeons spend six years or more as residents in
hospitals before beginning private practice and treating patients on their own.
American Association of Medical Colleges reports that last year there were over
seven hundred thousand active doctors practicing in the United States.
DeVaughn sings and writes songs that include several musical influences. He describes himself as an "R-and-B, hippie,
neo-soul, rock star." Barbara Klein
tells more about the singer and plays some of his music.
DeVaughn has loved music since a very early age. But he did not begin his musical career until he was in college. He attended Coppin State University in
Baltimore, Maryland. Raheem joined a
singing group and began writing and recording songs. He soon left the university and the singing group to begin
singing on his own in nightclubs in Washington, D.C.
first album, "The Love Experience," was released in two thousand five. The songs are influenced by soul music made
popular in the nineteen seventies. Here
is the hit song "Guess Who Loves You More" from that album.
DeVaughn's latest album is called "Love Behind the Melody." Music critics praise his singing and song
writing. They say his smooth voice and
the important messages in his songs are a welcome addition to the music
industry. His hit song "Woman" honors
women for the many important parts they play in life.
you with another song from Raheem DeVaughn's new album "Love Behind the
Melody." This is "Butterflies."
Johnson. I hope you enjoyed our program
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