March 31, 2015 21:03 UTC

Audio Tensions Rise Again over Falkland Islands

Britain and Argentina went to war for the territory in 1982. The British win helped the country's government win re-election. Argentina says Britain's move to increase security on the islands now is political and provocative. Argentina has officially protested to several international organizations. More

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Audio Difference Remains in Iran's Nuclear Talks

How to dispose of Iran’s nuclear materials remains a barrier. Also, Arab-coalition airstrikes continue in Yemen; France's Socialist Party faces election losses; Nigerians vote for president; the U.S. and South Korea hold joint military exercises; and blogger killed in Bangladesh. More

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Scientists Look to Engineer Crops That Need Less Wateri
Plant scientists hope to use the coyote squash to develop tasty vegetables that need less water.

Video Scientists Look to Engineer Crops That Need Less Water

Plant scientists hope to use the coyote squash to develop tasty vegetables that need less water.

Video Worms Can Teach Us a Lot About Space Travel

Researchers at the University of Delaware are using worms to better understand the effects of space travel on humans.

Video English in a Minute: Open Book

Does this phrase to do with reading? Probably not, so let's find out what it means.

Video News Words: Objective

Objective can be used in several ways in a discussion. Hear how it is used in one of our news story and learn from our hosts how to use it in different ways. Let us know what you think in the comment section.

Video China Increases Aid to South Pacific Area

A recent report says China is likely to become the third biggest donor to the South Pacific area after Australia and the United States.

Video Using Body Language Can Help Your Public Speaking Skills

Body language includes posture, eye contact and gestures, how you move your hands and arms. Using body language can help you communicate better and improve understanding.

Video TALK2US: Spring Break

Jonathan talks with callers about Spring Break, a period of time during a school year that many students in the US look forward to every Spring.

Video Program Gives Low-Cost Glasses to Rwandans

A group based in Britain, Vision for a Nation, provides low-cost glasses to people in Rwanda. Several kinds of glasses are available. The World Bank helps keep the prices low.

Video Britain Permits "Three-Person Babies"

The process called mitochondrial replacement therapy, or MRT, creates a human embryo using material from three people. Scientists say the treatment could help avoid genetic diseases, but it has also raised ethical and moral concerns.

Video TALK2US: Spontaneous Idioms

Marsha and Anna decide to "go with the flow" when they teach the idioms we use when we don't plan ahead.

Video Capturing CO2 Gas Is Not Easy

Most scientists agree that carbon-dioxide gas is partly to blame for climate change: rising global temperatures. But capturing the CO2 gas released by power stations is costly and difficult.

Video English in a Minute: Nip it in the Bud

"To nip" means to cut. A bud is a young flower. So, what could this idiom mean? Find out!

Video News Words: Assets

What are assets, and what does it mean if they are frozen? Our hosts will tell you how the word is used in news stories in this one-minute video.

Video TALK2US: Animal Idioms

Caty and Ashley teach you how to use "cat's pajamas," "bee's knees," and other English idioms that refer to animals.


Conversion of forests to agricultural use create starkly different habitats for small mammals that carry zoonotic disease such as plague, resulting in increased risk of plague transmission. (Photo Credit: Douglas McCauley)

Audio Land-Use Changes May Increase Risk of Plague

Efforts to increase food production in Africa may be increasing the risk of plague infection. A new report looks at efforts to clear land for farming in natural, undeveloped areas of Tanzania. The report links the development of croplands to an increase in the number of rats carrying the plague. More

Business & Economics

Audio Chinese Development Bank Gains Members

The Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, proposed by China, is aimed at financing infrastructure projects in Asian countries. The United States has voiced concerns about how the bank might affect organizations such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. But some U.S. allies have joined. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio New Treatment for AIDS Called a ‘Big Deal’

Read on to learn words like mutate, neutralize and antiretroviral as you learn how researchers have found a way to trick HIV, the virus causing AIDS, into killing itself. The difficulty level might be high as this article describes what happens when a genetically modified cell becomes an HIV killer. More


Video Ceramic Guitar Proves Good for Rockin'

Musicians have been using clay, or ceramic, wind and percussion instruments for a long time. But a rock guitarist in Spain is now attracting audiences with not only his music, but his unique ceramic guitar. Luis Martin says there is a unique quality of sound bouncing off ceramic material. More


U.S. Prison

Audio Prison Watchdog Group Watching US Jails

The United States has more than two million people in prison. That is almost a fourth of the world's prison population. One group in the American state of Illinois is working to improve conditions for prisoners in that state. The John Howard Association was just rewarded for their prison work. More

Science & Technology

Fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls before infrared imaging, right, and after, left, are seen.

Video Dead Sea Scrolls Still Have Lessons to Teach

A California museum is now showing the largest exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls ever seen outside of Israel. There are 20 Dead Sea Scrolls and many other royal and ritual objects on display in the exhibit. Modern science is revealing hidden texts and the exact age of the scrolls. More


Audio  'Uglish' Gets Its Own Dictionary in Uganda

The official language in Uganda is English. But visitors to this African country soon recognize that the English spoken here is different from British or American English. Researcher Bernard Sabiiti published a small dictionary of Ugandan English also known as "Unglish.' More


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

 A jury member examines a Bengal cat at the World Cat Show in Athens, Greece.

A jury member examines a Bengal cat at the World Cat Show in Athens, Greece.

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