July 29, 2015 18:00 UTC

  • Audio North Korea: 'No Interest at All' in Nuclear Deal

    U.S. special diplomat to North Korean talks is meeting with Chinese and South Korean officials about restarting talks with North Korea on its nuclear program. However, North Korea has said it is not interested in giving up its weapons. The six-party talks were suspended in 2009.


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

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Video: 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

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Audio Obama Speaks to African Union on Last Day of Africa Trip

Also, the European Union foreign policy chief is in Iran to begin working on the new nuclear agreement; North Korea’s ambassador to China says his country is not interested in negotiations about its nuclear program; and South Korea says the MERS outbreak in the country is over. More

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Growing Minds Need Greener Spacesi
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07/28/2015
Does being in and around nature help children learn? That is the question researchers around the world want to answer. Two recent studies seem to show a connection between more green spaces and better test scores.
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Video Growing Minds Need Greener Spaces

Does being in and around nature help children learn? That is the question researchers around the world want to answer. Two recent studies seem to show a connection between more green spaces and better test scores.
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Video Israel Helps California Deal with Water Shortages

The U.S. state has been suffering from severe drought for the past four years. Israel has dealt with water shortages for many years. It says California must learn to treat water as a resource -- like natural gas and oil.
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Video One-Person Flying Vehicles Close to Reality

Two companies are testing flying machines that can carry one person. The designs are very different. But the result is the same: a personal flying machine.
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Video English in a Minute: Jazz it Up

Jazz is a type of music that started in the United States. But what does it mean to jazz something up? Find out in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Gridlock

What is Gridlock? It is a word you often hear in the news. Listen to the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you about its meaning.
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Video Experts: China May be Facing Economic Problems

The International Monetary Fund predicts China’s economy will grow at a rate of under six percent for the next several years. One expert told Congress that China will stagnate unless new reforms are undertaken.
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Video Bringing the Internet Closer Helps Students

A new project aims to provide millions of off-line digital documents to students, medical workers and researchers in Nigeria.
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Video WHO Warns Against Unnecessary Caesarean Sections

More and more women are asking doctors to perform a C-Section when they are ready to give birth. Until recently, the operations were performed only in emergencies. Now, some doctors look to surgical childbirth as an easy way to do business.
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Video Oysters Return to New York’s Great South Bay

Almost destroyed by a powerful storm, the famous oyster beds again are being harvested by a small group of businesses.
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Video New Technology Fights Graffiti in Australia

Sensors hidden in the walls of trains recognize the paint and markers these “artists” use. The sensors then tell police. The system is now operating in Sydney, Australia and is helping the city save millions of dollars.
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Video English in a Minute: Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch

Is this expression about math, farming, or something else? Find out why you shouldn't count your chickens before they hatch in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Museum

Sometimes reporters talk to people who work in museums to learn more about history or scientific research. Today, you will see a news video about a museum and our hosts will tell you more about the word.
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Video US Congress Gives President Obama a Powerful Trade Tool

Trade Promotion Authority is expected to improve the chances for two of the biggest trade deals in U.S. history. The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could be passed by simple majority votes.
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Video Successful Program Reduces College Sexual Assaults

Universities are looking for ways to reduce the danger of sexual assault by giving special training to students. A recent study reports success in cutting the number of sex crimes by almost 50 percent.
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Video Muslim Family Reflects on Life in America

Mozna Khraiwesh and her husband Muneer Abbas were born in Jordan. They now live in the United States with their three children.

World

Audio Western Values Inspire Gay Rights Debate in S. Korea

Thousands of South Korean gay rights supporters and opponents recently held demonstrations in front of Seoul's city administration building. Both sides say they find inspiration and support from the U.S. and other Western nations. Support for gay rights is growing in South Korea. So is Christianity. More

Business & Economics

Audio Activists: Greece Not the Only Nation Facing 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. It calls for tighter controls of lending and cancelling some debts. More

Health & Lifestyle

Almonds are also high in calcium.

Audio Eat Nuts to Stay Healthy

Recently researchers in the Netherlands have found that you do not need to eat many nuts to get all the health benefits. Also, not all nuts have the same nutrients. This article features some of the more popular nuts in the American diet. More

Entertainment

Video After Much Delay, Wildlife Park Opens in Jerusalem

Activists fought for the park for almost 20 years against the wishes of developers who wanted to build businesses and homes on the land. The activists wanted to show how wildlife can live in cities. “Just leave some space for nature…and let people in so they can enjoy all this beauty.” | As It Is More

America

Video Bus Brings Meals to Hungry Children

In the United States, millions of students depend on schools for meals during the school day. That means they eat less when schools are closed over the summer. An aid group has found a way to reach out to some of these children with a former school bus. More

Science & Technology

Audio Experts: Let Produce Dry Out to Avoid Bacteria

American researchers say farmers should wait one day after a rain storm or watering their fields to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables. They say gathering the crops at least 24 hours after rainfall increases food safety. They say it also may be enough to protect people from food borne illnesses. More

Education

Audio TOEFL, IELTS, or TOEIC? Comparing the Tests

When international students want to apply for schools or jobs, they must pass a standardized test of English as a Foreign Language. Learn about the differences and similarities between the tests. Hear from an international student who has taken them. 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

Giant panda Jia Jia eats bamboo next to her birthday cake made with ice and vegetables at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 as she celebrates her 37th birthday.

Giant panda Jia Jia eats bamboo next to her birthday cake made with ice and vegetables at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 as she celebrates her 37th birthday.

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TALK2US: Confusing Words in Englishi
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Anna Matteo and Marsha James talk about some words with opposite meanings.

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