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  • Video Feathertop by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    This classic American story features a scarecrow that comes to life. Find out what adventures he has as he looks for love and admiration. His only problem is that he has to keep puffing on the pipe the witch gave him. If he stops - something terrible may happen!


The Making of the U.S. 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

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Video: The Making of the U.S. 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

In the News

Audio Taliban Confirms Death of Leader Mullah Omar

Also Thursday, the Nigerian army said it rescued 59 hostages in a raid on Boko Haram hideouts; an American voter study shows businessman Donald Trump with a big lead in the Republican Party presidential race; And, the US government is investigating the killing in Zimbabwe of the beloved lion, Cecil. More

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TALK2US: Phrasal Verbs About Sports and Activitiesi
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07/30/2015
Caty and Ashley talk about "getting into" cycling and "trying out for" a team. You can get a good language "work out" by watching their video.
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Video TALK2US: Phrasal Verbs About Sports and Activities

Caty and Ashley talk about "getting into" cycling and "trying out for" a team. You can get a good language "work out" by watching their video.
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Video China Fights Stock Market Drop

The government has tried a number of measures to help support stock prices, which have fallen sharply on Chinese exchanges in the past three weeks. China’s Securities Regulatory Commission blames the losses partly on a “panic sentiment” and “irrational selling.”
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Video Affirmative Action Case Returns to the Supreme Court

Are college admissions policies unfair to whites and Asian-Americans?
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Video Growing Minds Need Greener Spaces

Does being in and around nature help children learn? That is the question researchers around the world want to answer. Two recent studies seem to show a connection between more green spaces and better test scores.
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Video Israel Helps California Deal with Water Shortages

The U.S. state has been suffering from severe drought for the past four years. Israel has dealt with water shortages for many years. It says California must learn to treat water as a resource -- like natural gas and oil.
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Video One-Person Flying Vehicles Close to Reality

Two companies are testing flying machines that can carry one person. The designs are very different. But the result is the same: a personal flying machine.
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Video English in a Minute: Jazz it Up

Jazz is a type of music that started in the United States. But what does it mean to jazz something up? Find out in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Gridlock

What is Gridlock? It is a word you often hear in the news. Listen to the word used in a news story and our hosts will tell you about its meaning.
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Video Experts: China May be Facing Economic Problems

The International Monetary Fund predicts China’s economy will grow at a rate of under six percent for the next several years. One expert told Congress that China will stagnate unless new reforms are undertaken.
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Video Bringing the Internet Closer Helps Students

A new project aims to provide millions of off-line digital documents to students, medical workers and researchers in Nigeria.
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Video WHO Warns Against Unnecessary Caesarean Sections

More and more women are asking doctors to perform a C-Section when they are ready to give birth. Until recently, the operations were performed only in emergencies. Now, some doctors look to surgical childbirth as an easy way to do business.
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Video Oysters Return to New York’s Great South Bay

Almost destroyed by a powerful storm, the famous oyster beds again are being harvested by a small group of businesses.
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Video New Technology Fights Graffiti in Australia

Sensors hidden in the walls of trains recognize the paint and markers these “artists” use. The sensors then tell police. The system is now operating in Sydney, Australia and is helping the city save millions of dollars.
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Video English in a Minute: Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch

Is this expression about math, farming, or something else? Find out why you shouldn't count your chickens before they hatch in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Museum

Sometimes reporters talk to people who work in museums to learn more about history or scientific research. Today, you will see a news video about a museum and our hosts will tell you more about the word.

World

Audio Wreckage Could Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

An airplane part about two meters long was on Reunion Island, 3,500 kilometers from where the flight was last heard from. Now, investigators are trying to find out if it really is part of the plane that went missing in March 2014. The piece is about two meters long. It appears to be a flaperon. More

Business & Economics

Audio Activists: Greece Not the Only Nation Facing Debt Crisis

The Jubilee Debt Campaign is warning of a “debt trap” for many developing nations. The group notes that net debt grew by 30 percent between 2011 and 2014. And it predicts debt levels will rise, putting many nations at risk. It calls for tighter controls of lending and cancelling some debts. More

Health & Lifestyle

Almonds are also high in calcium.

Audio Eat Nuts to Stay Healthy

Recently researchers in the Netherlands have found that you do not need to eat many nuts to get all the health benefits. Also, not all nuts have the same nutrients. This article features some of the more popular nuts in the American diet. More

Entertainment

Video After Much Delay, Wildlife Park Opens in Jerusalem

Activists fought for the park for almost 20 years against the wishes of developers who wanted to build businesses and homes on the land. The activists wanted to show how wildlife can live in cities. “Just leave some space for nature…and let people in so they can enjoy all this beauty.” | As It Is More

America

Video Bus Brings Meals to Hungry Children

In the United States, millions of students depend on schools for meals during the school day. That means they eat less when schools are closed over the summer. An aid group has found a way to reach out to some of these children with a former school bus. More

Science & Technology

Fish teeth and shark scales from sediment in the South Pacific Ocean dating around the mass extinction event 66 million years ago, photographed under a high powered microscope. (Credit: E. Sibert on Hull lab imaging system, Yale University)

Audio Dinosaur Death Leads to Rise of Fish

Tens of millions of years ago, an asteroid hit what is now the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The event led to a global mass extinction that has been linked to the end of the dinosaurs. New examination of fossils from sediment shows what that great disaster led to: a modern age of fish. More

Education

Audio Study Shows How Poverty Could Limit Learning

Studies have shown that children from poor families have more difficulty in school than other boys and girls. Children with higher socioeconomic roots seem better prepared and perform better on school tests. Now, American researchers may have found a biological reason for that difference. More

History

Audio Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the 4th of July

Sure, you know Americans celebrate their Independence Day on the fourth day of July. But do you know they have the wrong date? Or where they get all those fireworks? Hint: not from the UK. More

The Day in Photos

Piper Hoppe, 10, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, holds a sign at the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota, July 29, 2015.

Piper Hoppe, 10, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, holds a sign at the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota, July 29, 2015.

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Caty and Ashley talk about "getting into" cycling and "trying out for" a team. You can get a good language "work out" by watching their video.

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Monday, July 27, 1900 UTC: Jonathan Evans talks about singing Karaoke.

Wednesday, July 29, 1700 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins hosts.

Thursday, July 30, 1500 UTC: Anna Matteo and Marsha James host.

Friday, July 31, 1700 UTC: Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson host

 

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