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American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.

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4:08 PM - 4:20 PM August 21, 2015

A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce


7:22 PM - 7:35 PM August 18, 2015

The Return of a Private by Hamlin Garland


2:55 PM - 3:09 PM August 11, 2015

The Story of an Eyewitness by Jack London


10:22 PM - 10:35 PM August 05, 2015

AS: The Return of a Private by Hamlin Garland


6:56 PM - 7:10 PM August 05, 2015

The Boarded Window by Ambrose Bierce


7:19 PM - 7:32 PM July 27, 2015

Feathertop by Nathaniel Hawthorne


1:45 PM - 1:58 PM July 21, 2015

The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving


4:46 PM - 5:00 PM July 13, 2015

The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne


5:10 PM - 5:23 PM July 06, 2015

The Diamond Lens by Fitz-James O'Brien, Part Two


5:05 PM - 5:20 PM June 30, 2015

The Diamond Lens


3:01 PM - 3:14 PM June 25, 2015

To Build a Fire by Jack London


5:26 PM - 5:41 PM June 18, 2015

The Outcasts of Poker Flat


5:33 PM - 5:47 PM June 15, 2015

The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte


5:27 PM - 5:40 PM June 07, 2015

The Ambitious Guest by Nathaniel Hawthorne


3:00 PM - 3:14 PM June 03, 2015

The Lady in Black by Eleanor Porter


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 30, 2015

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 23, 2015

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 16, 2015

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


7:39 PM - 7:51 PM May 13, 2015

A Municipal Report by O. Henry


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 09, 2015

American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.

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