August 02, 2015 04:35 UTC

  • Audio What’s in a Name?

    The big news comes … you are going to have a baby! Now the work begins – the work of picking the perfect name for your bouncy baby boy or girl. In the US, some parents stick to traditional family names. Some are inspired by pop culture. And others pick qualities they hope their child to have.


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

Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a 'Must Win'

The US has promised not to give up its fight against human trafficking. The State Department released its 2015 report on human trafficking this week. It examines the illegal movement of people for forced labor or sex. But some question whether the the report was not harsh enough on some countries. More

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Have you ever felt like a "fifth wheel?" Found out what this expression means in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video English in a Minute: Fifth Wheel

Have you ever felt like a "fifth wheel?" Found out what this expression means in this episode of English in a Minute!
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Video News Words: Infrastructure

Infrastructure is a word that can mean a lot of things including roads, bridges and power plants. Our hosts tell you about it after you have heard the word used in a video news story.
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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.

World

Audio In Africa, Obama Praises Progress, Calls for Change

During his visit to Kenya and Ethiopia, the first African-American president said “the world must recognize Africa’s extraordinary progress.” But he also called for a change in the continent’s cultures of corruption and discrimination. More

Business & Economics

Audio Another Sharp Drop on China’s Stock Exchanges

China’s Shanghai Composite index dropped 8.5 percent on Monday: the largest single-day drop in eight years. The price drop comes after weeks of efforts by the government to support prices. One expert says these efforts will not work as some investors reduce their investment borrowings. More

Health & Lifestyle

Audio Study: Smoking May Increase Risk of Schizophrenia

Researchers reviewed 61 studies from around the world; they discovered cigarette smoking is three times more common among those with schizophrenia who were receiving medical care for the illness for the first time compared to people who did not have the mental disorder. More

Entertainment

Audio Folk to Rock: When Dylan Went Electric

Fifty years ago, folk music legend Bob Dylan rocked out at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on an electric guitar. He was widely booed. The audience may have been unhappy with Dylan’s performance that day, but it changed the direction of music and culture in the United States. More

America

Video Louisiana Using BP Settlement Money to Restore Coast

Five years ago, workers stopped a well that had been leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. This month, the company judged responsible for the disaster, BP, agreed to pay $18.7 billion to states along the Gulf coast. The money will help pay for economic and environmental restoration. More

Science & Technology

Video Changing Arctic Conditions Threaten Polar Bears

Researchers, following the animals on the Arctic, discovered sea ice is melting faster than predicted, making it harder for polar bears to survive. They are calling on nations to reduce greenhouse gases. If that does not happen, polar bears could one day disappear from our planet. More

Education

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Video US Student Filmmakers Fight Racial Stereotypes

Three high school students in Maryland explore the problems that can result from having beliefs about people based only on their race. The film project is based on minority students talking about their thoughts and experiences. The producers show the film in classrooms and hold discussions after. More

History

Video James Madison, Father of the Constitution

James Madison was one of the youngest and softest spoken members of the Constitutional Convention. He was certainly the shortest. But he was one of the most important founders of the U.S. government. How did he get the delegates to agree to his ideas? More

The Day in Photos

A Blue Moon, the second in one month, is seen next to the Statue of Liberty in New York, July 31, 2015.

A Blue Moon, the second in one month, is seen next to the Statue of Liberty in New York, July 31, 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.

SCHEDULE for TALK2US

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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