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  • Video Bad News for Press Freedom Around the World

    A new report says working conditions for reporters have fallen severely in the last 10 years. The study says reporters face increasing restrictions and threats. At the same time, press freedom around the world is extremely low. Many countries have only a partly free press, or no free press at all. More

  • Video S.O.S. – In Other Words, Help!

    Language, as we know, is always changing. New words are often created, officially and unofficially, without anyone knowing about them. Read on to learn a word that many Americans do not know. Here is a clue: S.O.S. is one. More

  • Hippo bathing in the Serengeti National Park, west of Arusha, northern Tanzania.

    Audio Hippos: The Life Force of African Rivers

    The hippopotamus is an animal very important to the health of Africa's rivers and lakes. Tons of hippo dung -- or solid waste -- enter Africa's aquatic ecosystem every year. A new study says the waste produced by hippos serve a very important ecological function to many rivers and lakes in Africa. More

  • Audio Experts See Closer Link Between Earthquakes and Oil Drilling

    Since 2009, earthquake activity has greatly increased in the central and eastern United States. A new report from U.S. earthquake experts links drilling for oil and gas with the rise in the number of earthquakes in those areas. The US has expanded its oil and gas production in recent years. More

  • Video Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Death of Black Man

    The chief prosecutor in the eastern U.S. city of Baltimore, Maryland has announced charges against six police officers in the case of the death of a 25-year-old black man. Freddie Gray died in the hospital April 19th, a week after he was arrested. Mr. Gray’s death was ruled a homicide. More

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  • Video S.O.S. – In Other Words, Help!

    Language, as we know, is always changing. New words are often created, officially and unofficially, without anyone knowing about them. Read on to learn a word that many Americans do not know. Here is a clue: S.O.S. is one. More

  • Everyday Grammar - Double Negatives

    Audio Everyday Grammar: Double Negatives - Can't Get None?

    In this week’s episode of Everyday Grammar, we’re going to talk about two common types of double negatives. A double negative is when you use two negative words in the same clause of a sentence. Sometimes two negatives make a statement positive; sometimes two negatives form a stronger negative. More

  • Kate Chopin

    Video Athenaise by Kate Chopin

    Our story today is called "Athenaise" by Kate Chopin. Women in the United States long wanted to be independent. This classic American Story tells about a young married woman in the Bayou of Louisiana who questions her role as a wife. Can she have her personal liberty and stay married to Mr. Cazeau? More

  • Audio Change in Work Schedule Could Cure 'Social Jet Lag'

    If you sometimes feel as if you are sleep-walking through your day, it could be possible that your work and body clocks are fighting each other. Read on to learn great words like metabolism and circadian rhythm. These words will help you to talk about your body’s sleeping and waking cycles. More

  • French gendarmes, seen in this picture made available to the press by the French Interior Ministry April 1, 2015, work near debris from wreckage showing a German flag at the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes.

    Audio Are We Safer Without Pilots in the Cockpit?

    Officials say the co-pilot of a Germanwings flight crashed into a mountain on purpose. Now, experts wonder if removing pilots from planes would improve safety. Some suggest letting officials on the ground take control if the pilot is acting strangely. But some warn that the technology has problems. More

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