July 05, 2015 13:51 UTC

Audio The Changing Face of America

The faces of Americans in the United States are changing rapidly. In a few decades, the minority population will become the majority, as the white population decreases in the U.S. Those are the findings of a new report by the Census Bureau. More


In the News

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, July 1, 2015.

Video US, Cuban Embassies to Reopen

The move ends more than 50 years of tensions between the two countries. Many countries, groups support the decision by President Obama. But the US Congress could refuse to provide money to open an American embassy in Havana. | In The News More


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English in a Minute: Out of the Bluei
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07/04/2015
If something is "out of the blue," is it expected, or a surprise? Find out how to use this colorful idiom in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Out of the Blue

If something is "out of the blue," is it expected, or a surprise? Find out how to use this colorful idiom in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Secure

Secure usually means something is safe. Our hosts will talk about how other ways the word secure is used, and you will hear the word in a news story.
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Video The ‘Living Wage’ Debate Has Many Sides

In the U.S., some consider an increase in the minimum wage important for the working poor and the economy.
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Video Students in Cambodia Want to Learn English

China and Cambodia have close political and economic ties. However, does that translate into Cambodian students taking Mandarin classes? English remains the more popular language for students in Cambodia to learn in school.
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Video Fighting Obesity: A Long-term, Complex Problem

How people become obese, or extremely overweight, is a complex issue. It involves of course, diet and biology but also psychology, food marketing and even politics. A recent conference on obesity discussed all these issues.
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Video Can Forests Help Feed the World?

A new report says forests could help reduce hunger and improve nutrition if they are cared for correctly. It says forests and fields can co-exist, and help communities.
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Video TALK2US: Confusing Words in English

Anna Matteo and Marsha James talk about some words with opposite meanings.
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Video Social Media Apps Help Public Agencies, But Raise Questions

Social media are changing the ways that U.S. police departments and other government agencies operate. New media are closely watching movements by police officers, and keeping cars and trucks moving on congested roads.
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Video English in a Minute: Out of the Woods

The word "woods" refers to an area of land covered with many trees. But this idiom does not actually have anything to do with trees. Find out what it means to be "out of the woods" in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Unleashed

What happens if something is unleashed? Find out on today's News Words program. You will hear the word used in a news story and our hosts will explain its meaning and uses.
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Video China Is Investing in More than Mining in Australia

Chinese investment has moved from mining to property, the travel industry and infrastructure -- things like roads, bridges and ports.
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Video LinkedIn, EF Offer New Test for English-Learning Professionals

You can now post your English proficiency level for free on LinkedIn. Many online tests give test takers a score. The question is, how much can others believe the scores you post?
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Video Most African Children with AIDS Have No Access to Medical Care

A United Nations official says nearly 95 percent of African children living with AIDS do not have a way to get treatment for the disease.
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Video Plankton More Important than Scientists Thought

A four-year-long study shows that the small organisms are not just food for whales and other sea creatures. It found that plankton are a major provider of oxygen for our planet.
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Video Heat-Resistant Glassware Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Pyrex, as it is known in the United States, has been manufactured as cookware for a century. However, the usefulness of borosilicate glass as a material used in cooking containers was discovered by accident.

World

Audio Chinese Children Seeking a Happy Ending

Repeated cases of child abuse in China have shocked the country. They also have led to more protection of children’s rights. But child welfare activists say the government and private groups need to do more to stop neglect and violence against children. More

Business & Economics

Audio International Lender Urges Gains for Poor, Middle Class

A new IMF study says income inequality is hurting the potential for growth around the world. It says the best way to deal with the inequality -- or lack of fairness -- is by helping poor people and the middle class. The study disputed the main idea of what has been called "trickle down" economics. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Sweet Potatoes as Medicine

Researchers have helped to reduce a major health problem with a simple food – the orange sweet potato. A program created to help farmers grow the crop has unexpected and healthy results. Some reports say this is the first time an agricultural program has had a major effect on health. More

Entertainment

South Korea Film Terminator Genisys

Video Demons, Male Dancers and Dinosaurs at Theaters Everywhere

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator and Channing Tatum reprises his role as stripper Magic Mike. But there are also scary movies about demon children, comedies with a talking teddy bear and a marijuana-smoking secret agent; and a documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse. More

America

Blue Point Oysters from New York's Great South Bay

Video Oysters Return to New York’s Great South Bay

The Blue Point oyster is returning to the Great South Bay of New York after almost disappearing from the world marketplace. Over-farming, pollution and Hurricane Sandy had severely damaged the Blue Point oyster business. Now, the population is growing in its home on the coast of Long Island. More

Science & Technology

Video Robots Ready to Work in Restaurants

For many years, machines have been doing work that people once did, including some difficult jobs. Search and rescue operations employ high technology robots. But there is another area that may soon take jobs traditionally held by human beings: the restaurant industry. More

Education

A computer instructor helps a university student use offline digital library to read and download educational material at Ahmadu Bello University computer library.

Audio Bringing the Internet Closer Helps Students

What do millions of students do when they cannot get online to find educational materials? One non-profit service is bringing the internet to schools and other institutions in a project called Widernet. Students and teachers say it helps by making access faster and easier. More

History

Audio Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the 4th of July

Sure, you know Americans celebrate their Independence Day on the fourth day of July. But do you know they have the wrong date? Or where they get all those fireworks? Hint: not from the UK. More

The Day in Photos

Mass lightning bolts light up night skies by the Daggett airport from monsoon storms passing over the high deserts early Wednesday, north of Barstow, California.

Mass lightning bolts light up night skies by the Daggett airport from monsoon storms passing over the high deserts early Wednesday, north of Barstow, California.

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Anna Matteo and Marsha James talk about some words with opposite meanings.

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