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  • Audio America's Travel Destinations 'On the Rise'

    New York City may be the most popular place to visit in America, but the country has many small towns that are worth exploring, too. Here are the 2016 “Destinations on the Rise,” chosen by the travel website TripAdvisor. The expression ‘on the rise’ means that something is becoming more popular.


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English in a Minute: Fly Under the Radari
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This saying has to do with avoiding attention. But, how could "flying" under something help you avoid attention? Let Anna, Jonathan, and Ashley explain this week's English in a Minute expression!
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Video English in a Minute: Fly Under the Radar

This saying has to do with avoiding attention. But, how could "flying" under something help you avoid attention? Let Anna, Jonathan, and Ashley explain this week's English in a Minute expression!
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Video Valentine's Day Love Lost and Found

Joyce Morris and Norwood Thomas met in 1944 during the height of World War ll. The war tore them apart. Is there a happy ending 72 years later?
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Video English @ the Movies: 'Felt Like I Belonged'

Our English @ the Movies phrase today is "felt like I belonged." It is from the movie "Burnt," which stars Bradley Cooper. He plays a man with a passion for cooking. What does he mean when he says the kitchen is the only place that he has ever "felt like I belonged?" Let us watch.
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Video The Future of Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a digital currency created in 2009. You can use it to buy things online around the world. It is growing in popularity and some are concerned because it is not yet governed.
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Video “They” Wins as Linguists’ Word of the Year

Linguists take a look at the names and words from the news. Which one will be used and remembered beyond 2015?
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Video Mucus is Your Friend Against Illnesses

Just hearing the word "mucus" is enough to make some people uneasy. But science tells us that mucus protects us. Researchers recently found that many health benefits can come from mucus and viruses. When you have a cold, mucus is hard at work to make you healthy and keep harmful bacteria away.
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Video Everyday Grammar: Irregular Plurals

To learn more about plurals, read our story Everyday Grammar: Unusual Plurals
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Video Scientists Find Most Ancient Evidence of War

The remains found in northern Kenya included 21 adults and six children. They showed signs of a violent attack. The lead researcher says the findings “raise the question of whether warfare has been part of the human experience for much longer than previously thought."
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Video Has a Ninth Planet Been Discovered in Our Solar System?

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology say they have found evidence of a ninth planet. They are calling it "Planet Nine." The scientists are working to confirm that it is there, and hope to take a picture of it one day.
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Video English in a Minute: Fall Through the Cracks

Falling is no fun. You can get hurt. "Falling through the cracks" sounds even worse. But, what does this expression really mean? Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video Introducing Let's Learn English

Let's Learn English is a new course for English learners. Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. The course continues for 52 weeks. Each week, there will be a new lesson with video and instruction in speaking, vocabulary and writing.
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Video Russia Faces Pain over Falling Oil Prices

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told an economic gathering that the country’s economy would improve this year. However, low oil prices and inflation of 15 percent have made more Russians poor and hurt the middle class.
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Video English @ the Movies: 'Stand On its Own'

Today's English @ the Movies takes its phrase from a comedy-- the movie "Vacation." Do you know what the phrase "stand on its own" means? Watch and listen to find out.
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Video Copper Metal Prevents the Spread of Respiratory Viruses on Contact

Doctors and hospitals are constantly battling respiratory viruses ranging from pneumonia and the common cold to a host of recently emerged viruses, including those responsible for the deadly illnesses MERS and SARS. Now, doctors have a new way to battle these deadly infections.

World

Audio Work Soothes Pain of Acid Attacks in India

About 350 women were victims of acid attacks in India in 2014. The women’s faces are scarred from the attacks and they go into hiding. But a café in Agra is helping them re-enter society. More

Everyday Grammar

Video 'If You Learn Conditionals, You'll Be Glad'

In everyday conversation, English speakers often talk about things that are not true. Or, they talk about things that only happen if something else happens. Learn how to correctly use these conditional forms in English. If you write to us, we will let you know if it is correct. More

Health & Lifestyle

Olympic Athletes Concerned About Zika Virus

The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are less than six months away. With the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, many Olympic committees are discussing whether to send their athletes to the Games. More

Entertainment

Audio Trending Today: All You Need Is LoveMojis

Skpe and Paul McCartney teamed up to created some "LoveMojis" just in time for Valentine's Day. More

America

US Candidates Talk about Faith, Religion

Along with talk about how to improve the U.S. economy and combat terrorism, candidates for president are also talking about a more personal issue – their religious beliefs. Candidates are telling voters how their faith would affect their presidency if elected. More

Education

Audio Politicians Suggest Ways to Reduce College Tuition

The cost of higher education is an important issue in the U.S. presidential elections. What plans do candidates have for reducing costs? More

Science & Technology

Audio NASA: Big Asteroid Could Pass Near Earth Next Month

A 30-meter wide asteroid will pass close to Earth this March and again in September 2017. The odds of a collision with our planet are like winning a lottery. More

History

Audio Alexander Hamilton: Father of American Banking

Alexander Hamilton was not a president, but he was a famous early U.S. leader. Americans know him as the creator of the national bank, the face (for now) on the $10 bill and as a modern star on Broadway. His death is also one of the most celebrated stories in U.S. history. More

The Day in Photos

Workers hold a giant figure showing the King of Carnival during preparations for the carnival parade in Nice, France, February 11, 2016.

Workers hold a giant figure showing the King of Carnival during preparations for the carnival parade in Nice, France, February 11, 2016.

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The Making of a Nation

The US Expands West

In 1801, the United States under the Constitution was very young — only about 12 years old. And compared to its size today, the country was very small. The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the U.S. at the time. Even today, the land accounts for about one-third of America’s territory. More

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The western end of Route 66

Video Route 66 California: The End of the Trail

The western end of Route 66 is Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. California's Route 66 passes through the Mojave Desert, bypassed towns, and the urban sprawl of Los Angeles on its way to Hollywood, Beverly Hills and, finally, the Santa Monica Pier. More