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The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


American Stories

Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.


Science in the News

Science in the News is our weekly show about news from the worlds of environment and science.


Words and Their Stories

Words and Their Stories each week explains idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.


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Learning English use a limited vocabulary and are read at a slower pace than VOA's other English broadcasts. Previously known as Special English.

Learning English TV - Environment & Science

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Learning English TV - Economics

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Learning English TV - Education

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  • Audio Pope Allows Priests to Forgive 'Sin of Abortion'

    Pope Francis is calling his priests to forgive women of the “sin of abortion” during the upcoming “Holy Year of Mercy.” He released a letter Tuesday saying many women have told him of the pain when ending a pregnancy. He wrote women agonized and told him “that they [had] no other option." More

  • Audio Kerry Urges US Congress to Support Iran Nuclear Deal

    John Kerry appealed to U.S. lawmakers Wednesday to support the international agreement with Iran. He spoke a short time after Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski promised to support the nuclear deal when Congress votes on it. Her vote gave Obama the 34 needed to veto any override attempt. More

  • Audio Migrant Crisis Shows Effects in Budapest

    Also, a U.S. Senator announces her support for the international agreement with Iran; Pope Francis urges Roman Catholic clergymen to forgive women for having an abortion; And, North Korea denies apologizing for a landmine explosion in South Korea More

  • Audio US Calls for Release of Chinese Lawyers, Religious Leaders

    The U.S. government is urging China to release lawyer Zhang Kai and a group of religious leaders. They were detained in China as they were preparing to meet with the U.S. ambassador-at-large for religious freedom. More

  • Audio Obama Hikes Melting Glacier to Highlight Climate Change

    President Obama is touring Alaska to send the message that quick action is needed to combat climate change. Those who do not believe in climate change are standing on a "shrinking island," he said. Mr. Obama asked the world to respond quickly to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Tanglewood Music Center Celebrates 75th Anniversary

    The world famous Boston Symphony Orchestra normally performs at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. But its summer home is the Tanglewood Music Center in western Massachusetts. The Boston Symphony Orchestra also has a summer program at Tanglewood for young singers and musicians. More

  • Audio Are You Too Smart for Your Own Good?

    If you think being smart is always a good thing, think again. Smart has many meanings. Read on to find out what they are and the surprising origin of the term Smart Aleck. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: Fun with Future Tenses

    English has several ways to talk about the future. It's one of the most flexible tenses in English. We visit some popular songs for examples of the future forms. Read and listen as the Everyday Grammar team shows you six ways to express an event in the future. You will not regret it! More

  • Video A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce

    Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War. He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army? Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means to his father and fellow soldiers. More

  • Audio Betty Azar, 'Rock Star' of English Grammar

    It all started with a question from a student. The year was 1965. Betty Azar was teaching her first English as a Second Language class at the University of Iowa. A student from the Middle East asked Ms. Azar, “Why can’t I put a in front of water?’ As in ‘I drank a water.’” More

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