March 29, 2015 04:24 UTC

American Stories

Foyer of Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Video Paul's Case by Willa Cather, Part One

WiIla Cather was a Pulitzer prize-winning American author. Her short story, 'Paul's Case,' tells about a young man who does not feel he belongs in his home town. He wants to leave his high school and enjoy the finer things in life.

Video The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain

It's Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and the frogs will be out soon. A frog is the main character of this American Story by Mark Twain. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Editor's note: This story includes some of the informal dialect that Mark Twain liked to include in his writing. More

Video 'Keesh' by Jack London

This week's American Story takes us to the far north. It is the story of a clever young Eskimo named Keesh. He must overcome problems with the leaders of his village. Find out how he uses his head to help both his mother and all the people of his village. More

 

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Monday, March 30, 1700 UTC: Jonathan Evans hosts.

Wednesday, April 1, 1400 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins hosts.

Thursday, April 2, 1700 UTC: Marsha James and Anna Mateo host.

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The Day in Photos

 Flowers in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings passenger plane crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France.

Flowers in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings passenger plane crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France.

Confessions of an English Learner
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Education

Audio UN Representative Pushing for Safe Schools

The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, wants international support for his Safe Schools initiative. The campaign is aimed at finding ways to help children return to school in conflict and crisis areas such as Pakistan, Nigeria, and Syria.

Audio  'Uglish' Gets Its Own Dictionary in Uganda

The official language in Uganda is English. But visitors to this African country soon recognize that the English spoken here is different from British or American English. Researcher Bernard Sabiiti published a small dictionary of Ugandan English also known as "Unglish.' More

Video A Blind Teacher's Vision

There are an estimated 70,000 blind children in Indonesia. Iyehezkiel Parudani lost his eyesight at age six from chicken pox. He now teaches English to blind and visually impaired students at the Pajajaran Special School in the city of Bandung. More

 

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Video TALK2US: Spring Break

Jonathan talks with callers about Spring Break, a period of time during a school year that many students in the US look forward to every Spring.
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Video TALK2US: Spontaneous Idioms

Marsha and Anna decide to "go with the flow" when they teach the idioms we use when we don't plan ahead.
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Video TALK2US: Animal Idioms

Caty and Ashley teach you how to use "cat's pajamas," "bee's knees," and other English idioms that refer to animals.
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Video TALK2US: Phrasal Verbs About Money

Ashley and Sahar talk about the expressions we use for spending and saving money.
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Video TALK2US: Expressions in Song Lyrics

Learn some new expressions with Caty and Ashley as they talk about idioms in popular songs.
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Video TALK2US: Would You Go to Mars?

Marsha James and Anna Matteo talk about whether or not folks would take a one-way ticket to Mars.
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Video TALK2US: Time Adverbs

Learn About Time Adverbs with Marsha James and Anna Matteo.
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Video TALK2US: Super Football Idioms

Learn some useful English expressions from the game of American Football with Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson.
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Video TALK2US: Under the Weather

Marsha James and Anna Matteo talk about words we use when we are not feeling well.

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