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Audio Google Self-Driving Car Heading to Public Streets

This summer, the latest version of Google's self-driving car will make its first appearance on public roads. The two-seat vehicle does not need a gas pedal or steering wheel. The prototype can drive, brake and recognize road dangers without human involvement. More


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Fiery Cross Reef, Spratly Islands

Audio China Warns US Spy Plane in South China Sea

China's navy is reported to have issued eight warning messages to a U.S. military spy plane over several man-made islands. Boats with Rohingya migrants accepted in Indonesian waters. U.S. and Cuba continue talks toward diplomatic ties. More


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US Senate Committee Approves Trade Promotion Authority Billi
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05/21/2015
United States officials are working toward separate trade agreements with the European Union and Japan. At the same time, Congress is considering trade promotion authority that would require a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote on trade agreements.
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Video US Senate Committee Approves Trade Promotion Authority Bill

United States officials are working toward separate trade agreements with the European Union and Japan. At the same time, Congress is considering trade promotion authority that would require a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote on trade agreements.
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Video Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Kids Learn English

In the Safaliba-speaking community of Ghana, children are beginning to read and write in their home language, Safaliba. A team of researchers and teachers believe this early education helps when the children begin learning in English.
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Video Genetically-Engineered Bacteria Could Fight Cancer

A microbiologist at Arizona State University has developed a genetically modified salmonella bacteria that could be used as a weapon against cancer.
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Video Talk2US: Best Places to Visit Around The World

Jonathan talks with callers about interesting places to visit in their home countries.
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Video Hippos: The Life Force of African Rivers

Scientists say the hippopotamus provides important nutrients to Africa's river ecosystems. But the huge animals are disappearing from the wild.
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Video Could Computers Heat Homes?

Companies spend a lot of money cooling computer servers which generate a lot of heat. Now, a company wants to use that heat to warm homes.
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Video English in a Minute: Sleep Like a Rock

How does a rock sleep? And how do you sleep like one? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Delicate

This word has a special meaning when describing discussions and negotiations. Listen for the word in a news story. Our hosts explain other meanings as well!
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Video Motor-Free Device Reduces Stress from Walking

U.S. scientists have built a small, wearable addition to shoes that makes walking easier.
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Video In Ghana, Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Kids Learn English

In the Safaliba-speaking community of Ghana, children are beginning to read and write in their home language, Safaliba. A team of researchers and teachers believe this early education helps when the children begin learning in English.
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Video Work Schedule Changes Could Cure 'Social Jet lag'

If you sometimes feel as if you are sleep-walking through your day, it could be possible that your work and body clocks are fighting each other. Read on to learn great words like metabolism and circadian rhythm.
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Video Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals Is Expected to Grow

As the world demands more meat, milk and eggs, experts worry that heavy use of the medicine in livestock will cause a sharp increase in antibiotic-resistant infections.
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Video US Senate Committee Approves Trade Promotion Authority Bill

United States officials are working toward separate trade agreements with the European Union and Japan. At the same time, Congress is considering trade promotion authority that would require a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote on trade agreements.
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Video English in a Minute: Shoot the Breeze

If you're "shooting the breeze" with friends, what exactly are you doing? Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Hawkish

This word is not about birds or animal life, it has to do with ideas about defense. Hear the word used in a news story and watch our hosts explain.

World

Audio  Indonesia, Malaysia Agree to Temporarily Shelter Migrants

Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants and human trafficking victims trapped at sea. Thailand will provide humanitarian assistance. Until now, the three countries had expressed an unwillingness to help the estimated 7,000 migrants. More

Business & Economics

Audio Bugs Are the New Food

Caterpillars in Tanzania, grasshoppers in Mexico, water bugs in Thailand -- the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization says insects are a normal part of the diet of "at least two billion people" around world. Now, Americans are developing an interest in food made from crickets. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio How We Date: Here, There and Everywhere

The website datingcultures.com. uses humor and romance to spread cross-cultural understanding. Reporter Matthew Stein makes videos that ask and answer questions about dating. Other videos cover more serious subjects, such as abuse toward gay and transgender people, and women’s rights in East Africa. More

Entertainment

Audio Chinese-American Nightclub Scene Changed Racial Stereotypes

Chinese American nightclubs were West Coast hotspots in the U.S. during the 1950s and 60s. These popular nightclubs broke down racial barriers and paved the way for Asian actors to enter mainstream U.S. entertainment. This story is full of words and expression for talking about old school glamor. More

America

Mayor Brandon Paulin

Video 19-Year-Old Is Youngest Mayor in Maryland History

Brandon Paulin, 19, is the top official of a town in the U.S. state of Maryland. He is the youngest mayor in the state’s history. The person who held the job before him was almost 60. Voters say they like Mr. Paulin’s big goals for his small town. More

Science & Technology

Video Amazon Receives Patent for Drone Delivery System

Amazon.com has received patent rights to send its products to customers by unmanned drone aircraft. The company is the largest U.S.-based online seller of products. But even with a patent, it does not appear the company will put its new delivery system in place any time soon. More

Education

Audio Everyday Grammar: Problems with Pronouns and Gender

The English language is changing to meet the needs of online communities and a quickly changing society. Do we need new pronouns to talk about a person whose gender is unknown? It’s common now to hear that “Everyone has their own opinion” on this issue. More

History

Audio America Remembers Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

This week, Americans remember an important date in history: 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was killed. Museums and historic organizations all around the country have special exhibits and events.President Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated. More

The Day in Photos

A man uses a mobile phone while riding a camel through a traffic jam in downtown Cairo, May 20, 2015.

A man uses a mobile phone while riding a camel through a traffic jam in downtown Cairo, May 20, 2015.

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Jonathan talks with callers about interesting places to visit in their home countries.

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