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Obama

Audio Has Obama Set the Message for the 2016 Campaign?

“I have no more campaigns to run … I know because I won both of them.” Mr. Obama cannot run for president again – U.S. presidents may serve only two terms. But some observers say his most recent State of the Union message on the middle class sounded like a campaign speech. More


In the News

An Indian girl stands near a kite with portraits of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama, displayed for sale at a shop ahead of the Hindu festival of Makar Sakranti, also knowns as kite festival, in Hyderabad, India, Monday

Audio Obama Visit Aims to Increase US-India Partnership

President Obama is set to make history as the first U.S. president to attend India’s Republic Day ceremony. Obama administration officials say the visit marks a major event in relations between the two countries. This is Obama's second visit to India since taking office. He also visited in 2010. More


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Video English in a Minute: Last-Ditch Effort

A "last-ditch effort" sounds like a difficult thing to do. Learn how to use this expression with this one-minute video.
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Video News Words: Civil War

This phrase describes a kind of war. Our hosts tell you about civil war in one minute with the pronunciation and definition. Let us know how these videos are helping you. Write a comment below and tell us.
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Video Young Activist Praises Girls’ Gains in Education

Beatrice Ayuru started a school for poor children in Uganda. Lira Integrated School teaches 1,500 students from nursery school through high school.
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Video Health Issues That Interested You in 2014

Popular stories included ones about siting less for better health, giving birth at home, and one about a 70-year-old who just graduated college.
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Video Low Prices Hurt Asian Rubber Farmers

China, other countries have been importing less rubber; prices have fallen below the cost to produce the rubber. There is some hope that conditions will improve in 2015.
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Video Tiny Needles Treat Eye Disease

Microneedles can help treat the eye disease glaucoma.
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Video Voting Rights Act Remembered in 'Selma,' 50 Years Later

Voting Rights Act Remembered in 'Selma,'
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Video English in a Minute: Poker Face

What does a poker face look like? We tell you about the idiom poker face in this one minute video.
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Video TALK2US: Environmental Problems

Jonathan Evans talks with callers about climate change, pollution and what people can do to help the environment.
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Video News Words: Reconnaisance

You may hear this word in stories about the military. Our hosts tell you about this News Word in one minute by giving you the pronunciation and the definition. Don't forget to tell us what you think in the comment section below.
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Video Exchange Value of Russia's Money Drops Sharply

The decreasing value of Russia’s money has raised fears in Moscow of rising prices. Russia’s central bank increased interest rates in an effort to support the value of the money.
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Video Experts: Writing Well Means Making Changes

Does the first version of your paper say everything you need to say? We offer more expert advice in our series on writing school papers.
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Video Can Light Pollution Harm Your Health?

The president of the International Dark Sky Association says too much light is bad for your health. He says it can damage sleep and affects hormones.
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Video Center Helps Refugees with American Life

Every year, hundreds of refugees are resettled in Philadelphia, also known as the “City of Brotherly Love.” Many refugees expect to see the glamorous America they see in the media—a land of big cars, big houses, and easy money. Southeast by Southeast is a community center for the refugees.

World

Supporters of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, carrying placards reading "I am Charlie", stage a silent protest outside the Foreign Correspondent Club in Hong Kong, Jan. 8, 2015.

Audio China Reacts Differently to Charlie Hebdo Free Speech Debate

Parisians lined up to buy the French magazine Charlie Hebdo after the attacks on its offices earlier this month. Many buyers wanted to show support for free speech. Muslims find the magazine’s cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed offensive. But, Chinese officials have their own interpretation. More

Business & Economics

Kenya building collapse

Video Why Do Buildings in Kenya Keep Collapsing?

Many buildings are going up in Kenya. Two buildings collapsed recently in Nairobi. There are not enough government inspectors to ensure builders are obeying safety rules. One group says the country’s construction inspection service is one of the most corrupt agencies in Kenya. More

Health & Lifestyle

China Inflation

Audio Will Chinese Drink Coffee over Tea?

Asia has long tradition of tea-drinking. And China is no exception. However, lately more and more Chinese people are turning to a different drink. Coffee has become an increasingly popular choice of Chinese people living abroad and in the country’s huge cities. More

Entertainment

87th Academy Awards - Nomination Announcement

Video Several Surprises in Oscar Nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s Oscar nominations. As usual, not everyone is happy about the choices. The nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood, California. Few people of color received nominations this year. More

America

Should Schools in US Recognize Muslim Holidays

Video Should Schools in US Recognize Muslim Holidays?

Some religious minorities in America are demanding that schools close on their religious holidays. They ask, if Christian and Jewish holy days are recognized, shouldn’t those of other faiths also be observed? The issue is being debated in Maryland, near Washington, DC. More

Science & Technology

A screen grab from YouTube captured by Wang’s new imaging system shows a laser pulse propagating in air and being reflected from a mirror. (Credit Lihong Wang, Washington University)

Audio New Camera Takes Billions of Pictures Every Second

The speed of light is almost 300 million meters per second. At that speed, it would take just one second to travel around the entire world seven-and-a-half times. A biomedical engineer and his team of researchers can now photograph light particles moving at that speed using a unique camera. More

Education

Authors Cathy Birkenstein and Gerald Graff

Audio Tips for Writing: ‘They Say, I Say’

English learners often think that academic writing is all about spelling, grammar, and organization. Author Cathy Birkenstein says almost anyone can put a sentence together. The difficult part is learning to read and think critically. Listen to these tips from Birkenstein and Gerald Graff. More

History

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

Artists from the southern Indian state of Telangana perform during a media preview for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India.

Artists from the southern Indian state of Telangana perform during a media preview for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India.

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Wednesday, January 21, 1800 UTCDr. Jill Robbins Talks About Recycling - What do you recycle?

 

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