January 29, 2015 18:58 UTC

Audio Lebanese Women Make Peace One Meal at a Time

War in Lebanon continues. Women from the opposing sides are coming together to cook – thanks to a non-profit called Ruwwad al Tanmeya-Lebanon. Experienced chefs helped the women complete training. Now they are selling their food to organizations such as the Red Cross. More


In the News

Burning vehicles are seen near the village of Ghajar on Israel's border with Lebanon, Jan. 28, 2015.

Audio Israeli Soldiers Killed in Exchange of Gunfire with Hezbollah

Two Israeli soldiers and a UN peacekeeping soldier were killed Wednesday along the border between Israel and Lebanon. Jordan to trade jailed suspected terrorist for hostage with IS. Afghan cabinet nominees rejected. New Greek government holds first meeting. Democratic ideals are under threat More


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Ebola Tops Health Stories in 2014i
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The Ebola outbreak began in rural Guinea, spread to the capital and crossed into Sierra Leone and Liberia.
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Video Ebola Tops Health Stories in 2014

The Ebola outbreak began in rural Guinea, spread to the capital and crossed into Sierra Leone and Liberia.
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Video TALK2US: Watching Movies

With the Academy Awards coming up soon, Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about movies. Callers mention Titanic and Maleficent as movies they like.
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Video The Hungriest Place on Earth?

Burundi has the world’s highest hunger levels; war, poverty and overpopulation have affected physical and professional growth of up to two-thirds of people in the small East African country.
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Video Robot Finds Unexploded Mines Underwater

Students successfully designed and built a robot for uncovering unexploded mines at the bottom of the sea.
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Video Greeks Prepare for Early Elections

European officials are urging Greece to continue with economic reforms as the country prepares for early elections. The vote was called for after Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president for the third time recently.
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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 TALK2US: Interjections

Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson are joined by a special guest, Anna Mateo, as they sing "The Interjection Song"
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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.

World

Audio Rights Group Accuses Ethiopia of Suppressing Media

Human Rights Watch says Ethiopian officials are taking steps against independent media and journalists who have different opinions than the government. The report shows how the Ethiopian government has restricted independent reporting and 22 journalists have been charged with crimes. More

Business & Economics

Customers drink coffee as they read newspapers at the Tamoka coffee bar in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, September 16, 2013.

Video Experts Decide Ethiopia Has the Best Coffee

What makes Ethiopian coffee the best? International coffee experts travel the world to find the best tasting cup of coffee, however they keep returning to Ethiopia. The country has an export revenue of more than $840 million a year from coffee to 120 countries. 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

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Video Rare, Important Art Is Now Only a Click Away

The public has never seen the majority of works in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museums of Asian Art. Now they can be downloaded from the Internet -- in many cases for free. The Freer and Sackler Galleries worked for over 15 years to make digital copies of more than 40,000 objects. 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

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Video French Farmers Are Using Drones to Examine Their Crops

It used to be mostly the military that used small, unpiloted aircraft, called “drones.” The little planes were very costly. But as they have dropped in price more people have begun to use them. Rescue workers and farmers are among the new users. The drones save money and time. 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

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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

Free Syrian Army fighter Ahmed al-Hussein pets puppies near the frontline in Aziza village in the southern countryside of Aleppo.

Free Syrian Army fighter Ahmed al-Hussein pets puppies near the frontline in Aziza village in the southern countryside of Aleppo.

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With the Academy Awards coming up soon, Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about movies. Callers mention Titanic and Maleficent as movies they like.

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Monday, January 26, 1800 UTC: Jonathan Evans talks about traditional desserts. 

Wednesday, January 28, 1800 UTC:  Dr. Jill Robbins talks about public speaking skills.

Thursday, January 29, 1800 UTC: Marsha James and Anna Mateo talk about feeling “under the weather.”

Friday, January 30, 1700 UTC:  Caty Weaver  and Ashley Thompson talk about the Superbowl, and explain some common football expressions/phrasal verbs. 

 

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