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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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10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 24, 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.


3:24 PM - 3:37 PM January 22, 2015

The Exact Science of Matrimony


12:02 AM - 12:17 AM January 21, 2015

'Rappaccini's Daughter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Part 1


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 17, 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.


10:17 PM - 10:33 PM January 15, 2015

Pecos Bill


6:57 PM - 7:11 PM January 14, 2015

Pecos Bill - An American Folk Tale


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM January 10, 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 January 03, 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.


9:34 PM - 9:47 PM January 01, 2015

The Open Boat Part 2


6:36 PM - 6:49 PM January 01, 2015

The Open Boat Part 1


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 27, 2014

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.


9:21 PM - 9:34 PM December 24, 2014

The Open Boat Part One, by Stephen Crane


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 20, 2014

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 December 13, 2014

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.


7:47 PM - 7:59 PM December 11, 2014

A Princess of Mars Part 3


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM December 06, 2014

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.


2:46 AM - 2:58 AM December 01, 2014

A Princess of Mars Part Four


2:27 AM - 2:39 AM December 01, 2014

A Princess of Mars Part Three


1:39 AM - 1:51 AM December 01, 2014

A Princess of Mars Part Two


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM November 29, 2014

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.

    Video Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Part One

    Doctor Rappaccini grows poisonous plants in his garden. HIs beautiful daughter, Beatrice, helps him. A young medical student fall in love with Beatrice. How will he arrange to meet the young woman in the dangerous garden? Find out in this story by American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne.

    Video Pecos Bill, an American Folk Tale

    Today we tell a traditional American story called a "tall tale." A tall tale is a story about a person who is larger than life. The descriptions in the story are exaggerated – much greater than in real life. Long ago, the people who settled in undeveloped areas in America first told tall tales.

    Video The Open Boat by Stephen Crane, Part Two

    We continue the story of “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane. As we told you last week, the story is based on true events. In eighteen ninety-six, Crane was traveling to Cuba as a news reporter. On his way there, his ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean. Crane climbed into the last remaining lifeboat.

    Video The Open Boat by Stephen Crane

    American Stories presents a short story based on the author's real-life experiences after a shipwreck. Crane was traveling from the United States to Cuba as a newspaper reporter. One night, his ship hit a sandbar. It sank in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida.

    Video The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

    Editor's Note: We are pleased to share a traditional American holiday story with you, The Gift of the Magi. You can read along and listen or watch the video. The American writer William Sydney Porter wrote under the pen name, O. Henry. His stories are respected for their surprising endings.

    Video The Gift of the Magi

    The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

    Video A Princess of Mars, Part Four

    Editor's note: This is the fourth in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Last week, we told how John Carter observed a fierce battle between the green Martians and a race of red, human-like creatures.

    Video A Princess of Mars, Part Three

    This is the third in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Last week we told how John Carter was captured by a group of warriors on the planet Mars. John Carter continutes to tell about what happens to him...

    Video A Princess of Mars, Part Two

    This classic science fiction story by Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired many other writers. We hope you enjoy the second part of our four-part series. Last week, we met John Carter who begins the story. He enters a cave deep in the desert in the state of Arizona. There something happens....

    Video A Princess of Mars, Part One

    Today, we begin a new series from a book by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. The book is called “A Princess of Mars.” It is the first book in a series that Burroughs wrote about a man who travels to Mars during the last years of the eighteen hundreds.

    Video The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank Stockton

    Long ago, in the very olden time, there lived a powerful king. Some of his ideas were progressive. But others caused people to suffer. This story is a classic tale of a tough decision. Which door has the tiger behind it, and which door has the lady? We'll let you decide!

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