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  • Video Pigs Is Pigs by Ellis Parker Butler

    Mr. Morehouse wants to send two small guinea pigs to another town. They are pets. The problem is, the man at the shipping office wants to charge him a higher rate, for farm animals. How can this confusion be cleared up? Find out in this very funny episode of American Stories!


The Making of the US 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

Audio What Does the US Constitution Say?

It begins with the three powerful words, "We the People." From there onward, the U.S. Constitution made history. It is the oldest written constitution still in use in the world today. In this article, learn what it says and hear a simple explanation of the meaning of each article. More

In the News

Audio In Hungary, Migrants Seeking to Go West Clash with Police

Also, China says it will reduce its military by more than 10 percent; South Korea, China and Japan agree to talks; Iran’s Supreme leader says parliament should decide on the nuclear deal with Western Powers, and the U.N. says 13 million children are out of school in the Middle East and N. Africa. More


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China’s Money Has Sharpest Single-Day Drop in Valuei
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09/03/2015
Experts are calling a sharp drop in the value of China’s money a devaluation. The yuan lost two percent of its value in one day. However, a weaker yuan means Chinese exports will be less cost for other countries, and Chinese exports dropped by eight percent in July compared to a year ago.
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Video China’s Money Has Sharpest Single-Day Drop in Value

Experts are calling a sharp drop in the value of China’s money a devaluation. The yuan lost two percent of its value in one day. However, a weaker yuan means Chinese exports will be less cost for other countries, and Chinese exports dropped by eight percent in July compared to a year ago.
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Video African Universities: More Students, Less Money

Academics from around the continent met in Johannesburg for the African Universities Summit. They talked about how to solve some of the issues of higher education in Africa today.
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Video TALK2US: Superheroes!

Jonathan talks with callers about superheroes and tall tales.
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Video Health Agreement Asks Chinese People to Help Strangers

The American Heart Association and the People's Republic of China recently created a first-ever partnership that was years in the making. The benefit of this partnership might save lives in China, the U.S. and beyond. But is the main component of the agreement asking too much?
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Video Economic Growth in Asia Threatens Environment

Conservation group urges countries to work together to save endangered coral reefs, plants and animals in the area. But leaders say it will not be easy for businesses to put off short-term profits for long-term gains.
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Video US Company Develops Space-Based Plane Tracking

In three years, a satellite system is expected to be able to track airplanes making sure that they are never lost again.
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Video English in a Minute: On the Edge of Your Seat

What does it mean if you are 'on the edge of your seat?' Find out in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Chaos

This short word captures a lot of meaning. Watch a news video using the word and our hosts will tell you about chaos.
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Video Western Restrictions Could Cut 9 Percent From Russia’s Economy

The Fund says the immediate effect of sanctions had been to remove between one and 1.5 percent off Russia’s GDP – the value of all its goods and services. It also predicted “weak” economic growth of around 1.5 percent a year over the next few years.
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Video How Poverty Could Limit Learning

Are there biological reasons for poor students’ low test scores? An American study has found that an estimated 20 percent of the difference on school performance tests could be tied to poverty.
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Video Screams Have Special Place in the Brain

No matter where they are from, people all over the world react the same way to screams. Why is that? And why are screams important? Read on to learn some great vocabulary about sounds, screams and fear!
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Video Study Finds Fewer Tigers Than Once Thought

A population count in 2004, found 440 tigers in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans forest, the world’s largest mangrove forest. But, a recent study found only 182.
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Video Futuristic Transportation System Moves Closer to Reality

A company aims to create a high speed transportation system using steel tubes.
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Video English in a Minute: Nail-biter

Biting your nails is a bad habit. But, is that what this idiom is really talking about? Find out in this week's English in a Minute!

World

Audio Pope Allows Priests to Forgive 'Sin of Abortion'

Pope Francis is calling his priests to forgive women of the “sin of abortion” during the upcoming “Holy Year of Mercy.” He released a letter Tuesday saying many women have told him of the pain when ending a pregnancy. He wrote women agonized and told him “that they [had] no other option." More

Business & Economics

Diana Kuya is a student at the University of Nairobi.  She plans to start her own agribusiness once she graduates.

Video More Kenyans Exploring Agricultural Businesses

Kenya is facing high unemployment rates. Recent college graduates face a difficult time in finding a job. Now, more and more Kenyan university graduates are planning to start pursuing agricultural business -- 'agribusiness'-- as way to have their own business and make money. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Explosions Change Soldiers’ Brains, Study Says

Researchers say powerful explosions can force blood from the chest into the front of the brain. This can lead to conditions that cause some soldiers to become violent or suffer from depression. Improving chest protection may prevent brain injuries, according to a new study. . More

Entertainment

Audio Serena Williams Chasing History at US Open

The U.S. Open tennis tournament begins Monday in New York City. It is the last opportunity for 127 women to win a ‘Grand Slam’ title this year. And it is a chance for one player, Serena Williams, to win a place in history. A victory would give Williams a rare 'calendar-year Grand Slam.' More

America

Audio Obama Hikes Melting Glacier to Highlight Climate Change

President Obama is touring Alaska to send the message that quick action is needed to combat climate change. Those who do not believe in climate change are standing on a "shrinking island," he said. Mr. Obama asked the world to respond quickly to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. More

Science & Technology

Video The Secret Life of Roots

Roots are the subject of a new exhibit at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. It shows in great detail what is taking place underground and the ecosystem services roots provide. The exhibit is called "Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots." More

Education

Audio Everyday Grammar: Fun with Future Tenses

English has several ways to talk about the future. It's one of the most flexible tenses in English. We visit some popular songs for examples of the future forms. Read and listen as the Everyday Grammar team shows you six ways to express an event in the future. You will not regret it! More

History

Audio What Does the US Constitution Say?

It begins with the three powerful words, "We the People." From there onward, the U.S. Constitution made history. It is the oldest written constitution still in use in the world today. In this article, learn what it says and hear a simple explanation of the meaning of each article. More

The Day in Photos

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, center, gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant, left, as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, center, gets a hug from visiting anchor Steve Grant, left, as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner reflects after their early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.

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09/01/2015
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