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Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, joins U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., during a get out the vote rally.

Audio Why Do So Few US Women Hold Top Jobs?

A new study by the Pew Research Center found that the public says women are just as qualified as men to hold top positions in business and politics. But women are still not equally represented in those top jobs. Most Americans think they will see a woman president in their lifetimes. More


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Video Freedom House: Democratic Ideals Threatened Around the World

The rights group Freedom House has reported a general decline in political and civil rights around the world last year. The group said its measure of international freedom has dropped in each of the past nine years. It added that democratic ideals are now under the greatest threat in 25 years More


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"Another One Bites the Dust" is a famous song by the band Queen. But what does it mean and how do you use this American English idiom?
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Video English in a Minute: Another One Bites the Dust

"Another One Bites the Dust" is a famous song by the band Queen. But what does it mean and how do you use this American English idiom?
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Video TALK2US: Desserts

Jonathan Evans talks about favorite desserts with callers from China, Somalia, Morocco, and Egypt.
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Video News Words: Expedite

This word is all about speeding things up. Listen to our hosts explain this word and how it is used in news about ebola. Do you have a question about a word in the news? Suggest a word or make a comment below.
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Video How Do You Develop More Female Engineers?

The Obama administration wants to spend billions of dollars on education in science, technology, and engineering (STEM). The goal is making girls feel welcome in this area of study. Parents, educators and toy makers are trying to increase the numbers of girls studying STEM subjects.
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Video Ebola Tops Health Stories in 2014

The Ebola outbreak began in rural Guinea, spread to the capital and crossed into Sierra Leone and Liberia.
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Video TALK2US: Watching Movies

With the Academy Awards coming up soon, Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about movies. Callers mention Titanic and Maleficent as movies they like.
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Video The Hungriest Place on Earth?

Burundi has the world’s highest hunger levels; war, poverty and overpopulation have affected physical and professional growth of up to two-thirds of people in the small East African country.
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Video Robot Finds Unexploded Mines Underwater

Students successfully designed and built a robot for uncovering unexploded mines at the bottom of the sea.
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Video Greeks Prepare for Early Elections

European officials are urging Greece to continue with economic reforms as the country prepares for early elections. The vote was called for after Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president for the third time recently.
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Video English in a Minute: Last-Ditch Effort

A "last-ditch effort" sounds like a difficult thing to do. Learn how to use this expression with this one-minute video.
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Video News Words: Civil War

This phrase describes a kind of war. Our hosts tell you about civil war in one minute with the pronunciation and definition. Let us know how these videos are helping you. Write a comment below and tell us.
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Video TALK2US: Interjections

Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson are joined by a special guest, Anna Mateo, as they sing "The Interjection Song"
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Video Young Activist Praises Girls’ Gains in Education

Beatrice Ayuru started a school for poor children in Uganda. Lira Integrated School teaches 1,500 students from nursery school through high school.
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Video Health Issues That Interested You in 2014

Popular stories included ones about siting less for better health, giving birth at home, and one about a 70-year-old who just graduated college.
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Video Low Prices Hurt Asian Rubber Farmers

China, other countries have been importing less rubber; prices have fallen below the cost to produce the rubber. There is some hope that conditions will improve in 2015.

World

Audio Lebanese Women Make Peace One Meal at a Time

War in Lebanon continues. Women from the opposing sides are coming together to cook – thanks to a non-profit called Ruwwad al Tanmeya-Lebanon. Experienced chefs helped the women complete training. Now they are selling their food to organizations such as the Red Cross. More

Business & Economics

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Video Cars Making a Comeback at North American Auto Show

The 2015 North American International Auto Show took a test drive in the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. It was the first major international car show in the U.S. Automobile manufacturers from around the world presented over 500 models, gas, electric, luxury, performance and concept vehicles More

Health & Lifestyle

China Inflation

Audio Will Chinese Drink Coffee over Tea?

Asia has long tradition of tea-drinking. And China is no exception. However, lately more and more Chinese people are turning to a different drink. Coffee has become an increasingly popular choice of Chinese people living abroad and in the country’s huge cities. More

Entertainment

AFC Championship Football

Superbowl Sunday: The Patriots, the Seahawks and Katy Perry, Too

The National Football League championship game is hugely popular with sports fans and television advertisers. Tens of millions of people watch the game for the competitive play and for the funny commercials broadcast throughout. Many also enjoy the halftime show. This year Katy Perry will entertain. More

America

Video Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sides

Can animals be artistic? Some experts think so. Painting and music are part of efforts to keep animals happy at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Zookeepers there believe that animals need enrichment just like people do. Their unique pieces of art are popular items. More

Science & Technology

Students learning computer skills on a mobile bus in Nairobi, Kenya

Video Mobile Computer Lab Helps Thousands in Nairobi Slum

A non-profit group is working to give Kenya’s poorest citizens access to information and technology. The Craft Silicon Foundation provides people who live in Kawangware a computer lab and computer training classes on a mobile bus. The bus has 12 computers powered by the sun through solar panels. More

Education

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Video How Do You Develop More Female Engineers?

The Obama administration wants to spend billions of dollars on education in science, technology, and engineering (STEM). The challenge is making girls feel welcome in this area of study. Parents, educators and toy makers are trying to increase the numbers of girls studying STEM subjects. More

History

Grand Review of the Armies,  May 23, 1865

Audio The Civil War Ends

Four years of bloody fighting had preserved the Union of states and freed four million slaves. But the cost of the war was great – in lives, in money and in infrastructure. Yet the country had to find a way to rebuild. More

The Day in Photos

Relatives of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh place a poster of him in front of their new gathering headquarters in Amman.

Relatives of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh place a poster of him in front of their new gathering headquarters in Amman.

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Monday, January 26, 1800 UTC: Jonathan Evans talks about traditional desserts. 

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