August 28, 2015 09:28 UTC

  • Video A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce

    Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War. He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army? Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means to his father and fellow soldiers.


The Making of the U.S. Constitution

The Making of the Constitution is part of the VOA Learning English series “The Making of a Nation.” The series teaches U.S. history by telling the stories of major events and characters from the country’s founding to the present day. More

Audio George Washington: President, Man, Myth

“First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” That was how one of George Washington’s friends and fellow soldiers described him at his funeral. He left a long list of accomplishments. Even today, George Washington remains one of the most important people in U.S. history. More

In the News

Audio As many as 50 Migrants Found Dead in a Truck in Austria

The discovery of up to 50 dead refugees in Austria came on the same day as a European migrant crisis meeting in Vienna. Also in the news, President Barack Obama visits New Orleans ahead of the city's 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; China's stock markets recover after 5 days of losses. More

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Western Restrictions Could Cut 9 Percent From Russia’s Economyi
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08/27/2015
The Fund says the immediate effect of sanctions had been to remove between one and 1.5 percent off Russia’s GDP – the value of all its goods and services. It also predicted “weak” economic growth of around 1.5 percent a year over the next few years.
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Video Western Restrictions Could Cut 9 Percent From Russia’s Economy

The Fund says the immediate effect of sanctions had been to remove between one and 1.5 percent off Russia’s GDP – the value of all its goods and services. It also predicted “weak” economic growth of around 1.5 percent a year over the next few years.
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Video How Poverty Could Limit Learning

Are there biological reasons for poor students’ low test scores? An American study has found that an estimated 20 percent of the difference on school performance tests could be tied to poverty.
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Video Screams Have Special Place in the Brain

No matter where they are from, people all over the world react the same way to screams. Why is that? And why are screams important? Read on to learn some great vocabulary about sounds, screams and fear!
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Video Study Finds Fewer Tigers Than Once Thought

A population count in 2004, found 440 tigers in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans forest, the world’s largest mangrove forest. But, a recent study found only 182.
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Video Futuristic Transportation System Moves Closer to Reality

A company aims to create a high speed transportation system using steel tubes.
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Video English in a Minute: Nail-biter

Biting your nails is a bad habit. But, is that what this idiom is really talking about? Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Scope

The word scope is more common than you might think, especially when talking about world events. Watch and listen to the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you another possible meaning.
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Video China’s Stock Market Hit with Turmoil in July

China’s Stock Market Hit with Turmoil in July
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Video More Comparisons Between English Tests

An international student offers her own advice about taking two of the major exams of English language knowledge for foreign speakers.
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Video ‘Highly Effective’ Ebola Vaccine Developed in Guinea

Researchers say they have developed a vaccine that is highly effective at preventing the disease Ebola. The World Health Organization says the vaccine has so far been 100 percent effective in tests in Guinea.
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Video Urgent Move to Freeze DNA Before Creatures Die Off

Urgent Move to Freeze DNA Before Creatures Die Off
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Video Simulation Technology Helps Control and Manage Traffic

Simulation Technology Helps Control and Manage Traffic
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Video English in a Minute: Clam Up

A clam is a type of shellfish that lives in water. But what does it mean if a person "clams up?" Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Combat

The word combat is usually used when talking about warfare, but it can also be used to describe equipment. Watch and listen to how the word is used in a news story and our hosts will tell you more.
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Video Activists Warn: Greece not the Only Country Facing a Debt Crisis

The Jubilee Debt Campaign is warning of a “debt trap” for many developing nations. The group notes that net debt grew by 30 percent between 2011 and 2014. And it predicts debt levels will rise, putting many nations at risk.

World

Audio US Navy Commander Confirms 'Great Angst' Among Allies

The new commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet says the U.S. pivot to East Asia will continue. Some allies in the area are concerned about China's maritime activities in the South China Sea. Defense Department released its maritime security roadmap with key role for Japan and others More

Business & Economics

Audio Global Markets Fall as China Economic Fears Rise

The Shanghai Composite dropped 8.5 percent, marking the sharpest fall China has seen since 2007. Stock markets in the U.S., Asia and Europe responded to China's drop Monday. Observers warn changes in global markets are likely to continue. More

Health & Lifestyle

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Video Could Organizing Your Home Change Your Life?

A new movement in the United States is all about clearing away unnecessary things in your life. A Japanese cleaning expert on clutter is now the hot topic on playgrounds, at work and parties. But can cleaning out clutter really help you succeed at your job or lose weight? Read on to learn more. More

Entertainment

Video Movie Shows Rap Group 'Straight Outta Compton'

The music genre known as gangster, or gangsta, rap was born in the poor, dangerous neighborhood of Compton, in Los Angeles, California. The violence of street life there and tense relations between the community and police influenced the sound. More

America

Audio Gunman Kills Two Journalists During 'Live' Broadcast

A gunman opened fire on an American television news crew during a ‘live’ television broadcast Wednesday morning. Two people died in the attack. They were identified as 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman, 27-year-old Adam Ward. More

Science & Technology

Video Scientists Work to Understand Earth's Magnetic Field

Most of us rarely think about the earth's magnetic field. We might know that it helps guide birds as they travel and keeps our compasses pointing north. But, the magnetic field is much more. It is one of the main components that make life on the planet possible. More

Education

Audio Everyday Grammar: We Suggest That You Learn the Subjunctive

How can we be polite and stress urgency at the same time? The subjunctive offers speakers a polite and diplomatic way to give a command or express that something is very important. Learn how to use it in noun clauses from the Everyday Grammar experts. More

History

Audio George Washington: President, Man, Myth

“First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” That was how one of George Washington’s friends and fellow soldiers described him at his funeral. He left a long list of accomplishments. Even today, George Washington remains one of the most important people in U.S. history. More

The Day in Photos

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, center, gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant, left, as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, center, gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant, left, as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.

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Unemployed (adjective)

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TALK2US: Phrasal Verbs About Sports and Activitiesi
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07/30/2015
Caty and Ashley talk about "getting into" cycling and "trying out for" a team. You can get a good language "work out" by watching their video.

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