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English in a Minute: Fall Through the Cracksi
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Falling is no fun. You can get hurt. "Falling through the cracks" sounds even worse. But, what does this expression really mean? Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Fall Through the Cracks

Falling is no fun. You can get hurt. "Falling through the cracks" sounds even worse. But, what does this expression really mean? Find out in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video Introducing Let's Learn English

Let's Learn English is a new course for English learners. Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. The course continues for 52 weeks. Each week, there will be a new lesson with video and instruction in speaking, vocabulary and writing.
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Video Russia Faces Pain over Falling Oil Prices

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told an economic gathering that the country’s economy would improve this year. However, low oil prices and inflation of 15 percent have made more Russians poor and hurt the middle class.
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Video English @ the Movies: 'Stand On its Own'

Today's English @ the Movies takes its phrase from a comedy-- the movie "Vacation." Do you know what the phrase "stand on its own" means? Watch and listen to find out.
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Video Copper Metal Prevents the Spread of Respiratory Viruses on Contact

Doctors and hospitals are constantly battling respiratory viruses ranging from pneumonia and the common cold to a host of recently emerged viruses, including those responsible for the deadly illnesses MERS and SARS. Now, doctors have a new way to battle these deadly infections.
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Video World’s Fishing Catch Is Under-Reported

A recent study using UN data finds that the world’s fish catch is under-reported by 30 percent.
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Video Technology Provides New Tools for Blind Students in Kenya

A non-governmental organization is bringing teaching technology to students in Kenya who are blind or visually impaired. Some students say it is much less costly than braille books. But the program manager says students may be challenged if they do not have the technology at their university.
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Video Everyday Grammar: Onomatopoeia

Learn more with Everyday Grammar: Pow! Whizz! What Are Onomatopoeia? in Level Three
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Video English in a Minute: Head Over Heels

Have you ever been "head over heels" for someone? Find out what this dizzying expression means in this week's English in a Minute!
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Video English @ the Movies: 'Bigger Than They Are'

Today's English @ the Movies phrase is taken from "Concussion." A concussion is a brain injury that can happen when people hit their heads hard. The movie is about a doctor taking on the football industry. What is the phrase? "Bigger than they are." Watch, and listen.
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Video U.S. Auto Industry Focuses on Technology at Detroit Auto Show

From a special type of cruise control to Smart Stop Technology to 3-D printing for interiors, every automaker is ‘launching some form of cool technology’.
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Video How America Elects: Caucuses & Primaries

Caucuses are more complicated than primaries. People who are registered in one of the parties gather for an evening of discussion and debate around the state. At the end of the night, everyone votes.
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Video Best Tool to Teach Babies Speech? Their Parents' Voices

Parents usually teach their babies more when they give them traditional toys and books, instead of electronic toys, says a new study.
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Video New U.S. Food Advice on healthy eating

Americans love their eggs – scrambled, poached and over easy. The new U.S. dietary guidelines say one a day is okay.

World

Audio Sierra Leone Releases 70 from Ebola Quarantine

The individuals were once thought to be at risk of developing Ebola virus disease. A World Health Organization official told the Associated Press that more than 40 others linked to the most recent cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone are still missing. More

Everyday Grammar

Improve Your Writing With Contrast and Concession

In order to communicate in English at an academic and professional level, it is important to be able to compare and contrast different ideas. Bring your speaking and writing to a higher level with these helpful adverbs. More

Health & Lifestyle

Video Person Infected With Zika Virus Through Sexual Contact

Officials in the southwestern state of Texas have reported what may be the first case of the Zika virus being transmitted in the United States by sexual contact. More

Entertainment

Audio Football Player Criticized for Dancing While Black

Cam Newton is a star quarterback in American football. But Newton, an African-American, is being criticized for the way he celebrates on the field. More

America

Audio Record Number of Jailed Americans Cleared of Crimes

Last year, US courts freed 149 individuals who had been jailed for crimes. New evidence showed they were not guilty of criminal charges. The number of cleared Americans is a record, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. A majority of the crimes involved murder or drug violations. More

Education

Audio US Religious Colleges Test Anti-Discrimination Law

The US government protects the rights of every person to receive equal education. But some religious colleges and universities can choose to ignore this right. These schools can discriminate against some people if the beliefs of the school's religion say the schools cannot accept them. More

Science & Technology

Bush dogs are seen in this camera trap photo taken in the wet tropical forests of Pirre, Darién Province, Panama, March 20, 2015. (Ricardo Moreno)

Audio Cameras Capture Pictures of Mysterious Bush Dog

Bush dogs live in Central and South America.  They are a rarely seen and threatened species. But new photos suggest they may more common than scientists thought. More

History

Audio Alexander Hamilton: Father of American Banking

Alexander Hamilton was not a president, but he was a famous early U.S. leader. Americans know him as the creator of the national bank, the face (for now) on the $10 bill and as a modern star on Broadway. His death is also one of the most celebrated stories in U.S. history. More

The Day in Photos

Protesters wear monkey masks during a rally at the Chinese Consulate in the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, to protest China's actions in the South China Sea. This year is the Year of Monkey.

Protesters wear monkey masks during a rally at the Chinese Consulate in the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, to protest China's actions in the South China Sea. This year is the Year of Monkey.

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The Making of a Nation

The US Expands West

In 1801, the United States under the Constitution was very young — only about 12 years old. And compared to its size today, the country was very small. The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the U.S. at the time. Even today, the land accounts for about one-third of America’s territory. More

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Video Route 66 California: The End of the Trail

The western end of Route 66 is Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. California's Route 66 passes through the Mojave Desert, bypassed towns, and the urban sprawl of Los Angeles on its way to Hollywood, Beverly Hills and, finally, the Santa Monica Pier. More