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.
7:19 PM - 7:32 PM July 27, 2015
1:45 PM - 1:58 PM July 21, 2015
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3:01 PM - 3:14 PM June 25, 2015
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10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 30, 2015
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7:39 PM - 7:51 PM May 13, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 09, 2015
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6:06 PM - 6:21 PM May 05, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 02, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 25, 2015
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This classic American story features a scarecrow that comes to life. Find out what adventures he has as he looks for love and admiration. His only problem is that he has to keep puffing on the pipe the witch gave him. If he stops - something terrible may happen!
In this classic American story, we learn about the hunt for a famous pirate's treasure and the greedy desire for wealth. One couple, Mr. and Mrs Tom Walker, learn the danger of making a deal with the devil. They want the treasure but learn there is a high price to pay.
We all want to make ourselves better. Women and men try to be more attractive, smarter, and kinder. This story shows us the danger of trying to improve someone else. Keeping in mind that "no one is perfect," we present a story about a husband who wanted a perfect wife.
A man wants to build the perfect microscope, but he needs a large diamond. He finds someone who seems to have just what he needs. His friendship with the owner does not stop him from stealing it. Then he is amazed by the tiny world he sees in a drop of water. But why is he still unhappy?
This story by a little-known American writer tells of a young man with a strong desire. He wants to learn how to use a microscope to see a tiny world. He tries to talk with a ghost to learn a secret from the inventor of the microscope. What will happen when he tries to build his own microscope?
This story about a man fighting to survive in the cold should help you feel cooler if the weather is hot where you live. It tells about a young man who came to the Yukon and broke the most important rule of the old-timers: never travel alone, especially when it is 60 degrees below!
See how well you understand this classic American story by taking a short quiz.
Life in the American West was hard. During the California Gold Rush, it was also very dangerous. This story by Bret Harte tells of a small group of people forced to leave their town. Read about their struggle to survive a journey in the freezing Sierra Nevada mountains.
See how well you understand the story by taking a short quiz
A stranger comes to share a warm fire with a family on a cold night in the mountains. They talk about what is most important to them. Then part of the mountain starts to fall. Rocks and earth fall near the little house. What will become of the family and their visitor?
See how well you understand this classic short story by taking a short quiz.
Something is troubling the Lady in Black. She is very sad and nothing seems to be able to change the way she feels. Her family needs her but she is not taking care of them. What will it take to bring her back to them? Find out in this classic American story.
Four tests in 18 months are seen as a sign of the Communist nation’s continuing efforts to make advanced weapons. But China said the tests are, in its words, “purely scientific." Experts worry China could someday lead the United States in developing these super-fast weapons. More
Sri Lanka plans to store and use a billion cubic meters of rainwater each year to support irrigation and power generation. The rainwater would go into the sea if it is not used. Sri Lanka is building the new water management system in the country's dry zone. More
Russia’s newest anti-NGO law, under which the National Endowment for Democracy is declared an “undesirable organization” prohibited from operating in Russia, is the latest evidence that the regime of President Vladimir Putin faces a worsening crisis of political legitimacy. More
Kenya will receive more support to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. The country will be part of the United States’ DREAMS project aimed at reducing HIV infections among young women. The U.S., the Nike Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have provided money for the effort. More
The US has promised not to give up its fight against human trafficking. The State Department released its 2015 report on human trafficking this week. It examines the illegal movement of people for forced labor or sex. But some question whether the the report was not harsh enough on some countries. More
May, Might and Must are modal verbs that cause confusion for some learners. The Everyday Grammar team is on the job, explaining how to use these modals to express how certain, or sure, you are of something. You can also use one of them to tell about your wishes for the future. More
This classic American story features a scarecrow that comes to life. Find out what adventures he has as he looks for love and admiration. His only problem is that he has to keep puffing on the pipe the witch gave him. If he stops - something terrible may happen! More
Studies have shown that children from poor families have more difficulty in school than other boys and girls. Children with higher socioeconomic roots seem better prepared and perform better on school tests. Now, American researchers may have found a biological reason for that difference. More
Researchers reviewed 61 studies from around the world; they discovered cigarette smoking is three times more common among those with schizophrenia who were receiving medical care for the illness for the first time compared to people who did not have the mental disorder. More
Fifty years ago, folk music legend Bob Dylan rocked out at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on an electric guitar. He was widely booed. The audience may have been unhappy with Dylan’s performance that day, but it changed the direction of music and culture in the United States. More
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