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Luke's English Podcast is an award-winning podcast for learners of English. Listen, learn and have fun while picking up natural British English as it really is spoken. http://teacherluke.co.uk Sign up to LEP Premium on Acast+ https://plus.acast.com/s/teacherluke. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
 
“Pod Save America” cohost Tommy Vietor thought foreign policy was boring and complicated until he got the education of a lifetime working for President Obama’s National Security Council. On “Pod Save the World,” he and former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes break down the latest developments and bring you behind the scenes with the people who were there. New episodes every Wednesday.
 
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We explore if the busiest shopping day of the year in the US has met retailers and consumers’ expectations, with discounts starting earlier this year and stores trying to clear inventory.We also take a look at the impact chip shortage is having on the car making industry after Jaguar Land Rover announces difficulties to stock up will force them to …
 
Daily number of Covid cases soar and reach a record high since the beginning of the pandemic despite stringent measures designed to eliminate the virus. We hear about the latest outbreak in Beijing, and the impact it's having on the population. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year in the US, but what about the rest of the world? We …
 
Beijing's Covid Zero strategy leads to weeks of unrest in the Zhengzhou facilities of Apple's main supplier, Foxconn. We take a look at the impact this will have on the production of the latest iPhone. We also hear from a Beijing resident about growing discontent with lockdowns and mass testing.Also in the programme, former Ukrainian finance minist…
 
In conversation with Mysterious Al, a contemporary artist / street artist from London now living in Melbourne, Australia. The conversation covers Al's background, how he makes his art, the difference between street art & graffiti, attitudes towards graffiti, how Al needs to use social media (but doesn't like it!) his recent ghost train exhibition, …
 
Some shocking revelations as FTX bankruptcy proceedings begin. Some 80,000 Britons may have lost money following the collapse of the crypto trading platform. We discuss the challenge of recovery and finding housing for the thousands of people displaced by Hurricane Ian in the U.S.And more drama as Manchester United seeks new investment into the clu…
 
It's been a day of ups and downs at the global oil market after Saudi Arabia denied discussing a hike in oil supply with OPEC+ Candles to the rescue in South Africa as troubled energy utilty company Eskom runs out of cash to buy diesel. Also on the programme, a conversation on Wales' bid to use the World Cup platform to promote business and tourism…
 
Has the latest global attempt to take control of climate change been a success? A panel of experts from the worlds of business, politics and the environment give their assessment on Business Matters.We explore the delicate art of climate financing and sustainable investing; take a virtual walk around the COP27 summit in Egypt; and why 'carbon cages…
 
Elon Musk gave Twitter’s employees a brutal ultimatum: They need to click the link whether to stay at the company or quit. Many of them are going to resign and already took advice from lawyers. We are discussing the potential consensuses for the company with Dr Priscilla Twumasi Baffour, senior lecturer, Department of Economics at the University of…
 
A growing list of American employers are reducing their headcount ahead of an anticipated recession. Layoffs have not peaked yet as hiring, inflation and major changes in many companies are impacting tech business. Zyma Islam, a journalist at the Daily Star newspaper, Dante Disparte, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy at the digital f…
 
Stephen from SEND7 podcast becomes the host to interview me about how I started LEP, the ins and outs of doing this, plus some advantages and challenges for podcasting to learners of English. Video version available. Episode page with audio download, video and links https://wp.me/p4IuUx-smy Sign up to LEP Premium on Acast+ https://plus.acast.com/s/…
 
Tommy and Ben cover the latest news out of Russia and Ukraine including reports that a Russian missile struck Poland, President Biden’s trip overseas, why this was a terrible week for Cryptocurrency, the UAE’s efforts to influence US politics, news about foreign corruption and influence peddling in Washington, the Iranian regime cracking down on te…
 
World leaders including Joe Biden, Xi Jinping and Rishi Sunak will be attending the G20 summit, an annual meeting which includes 19 advanced and emerging economies was created after the Asian financial crisis in 1999. Two guests join us from opposite sides of the world: Sushma Ramachandran, an independent business journalist and columnist for The T…
 
There's been a cautious welcome after Russian troops retreated from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. It's a hub of strategic and economic importance for the country. Businesses operating there tell us the celebrations come amid a continuing sense of unease.Elsewhere, one former wartorn nation eyes up a prosperous future. East Timor, still re…
 
Data from the US shows prices are beginning to stabilise - for now. President Joe Biden, however, has warned the country still has a way to go before things are back to normal.At COP27, leaders are discussing how to making richer nations pay for the damage brought about by climate change. It's as the total bill for recent deadly floods in Pakistan …
 
One of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, Binance, has pulled out of a deal to acquire its struggling rival FTX, leaving the latter's future in doubt. The near-collapse of FTX which was valued at thirty-two billion dollars at the start of the year has shaken the crypto market, with Bitcoin and other currencies suffering steep falls. Rahu…
 
One of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, Binance, has pulled out of a deal to acquire its struggling rival FTX, leaving the latter's future in doubt. The near-collapse of FTX which was valued at $32 billion at the start of the year has shaken the crypto market, with Bitcoin and other currencies suffering steep falls. Rahul Tandon is joi…
 
Special Guest Mark Steel joins me to discuss cultural and linguistic differences between the UK and France, plus accents in the UK and a little tour of some places in the UK that you don't know about. Also includes a discussion of swearing and rude language in Britain. What is the R word which you should never say in a specific part of the UK? List…
 
Ben and Tommy cover the ongoing debate about whether the US should be having talks with Russia about the war in Ukraine, and how Republican control of Congress might impact US military support, rare candor from a Russian oligarch, disgraced Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is back, a racist lawmaker is condemned in France, the climate change s…
 
The midterms decide who controls Congress as well as state legislatures and governor's offices. Rahul Tandon is joined by Dianne Brady, assistant managing editor of Forbes from New York and Tony Nash, the founder of Complete Intelligence in Texas. Billions of US dollars are being spent on the election campaign adverts that voters will be seeing and…
 
With the beginning of the tournament just over two weeks away, Tommy and Roger dig into the significance of athlete activism as they learn more about the dangerous and abusive living situations faced by migrant workers. Formerly imprisoned migrant worker Malcolm Bidali recounts the abuses he suffered in Qatar. Human rights activists Nick McGeehan a…
 
Grim day for Twitter’s employees. Many staff revealed that their jobs have been axed in posts on the platform, painting a picture of cuts that spanned the globe and hit departments that ranged from marketing to engineering.They included communications, content curation, and product development employees. Kurt Wagner, social media correspondent at B…
 
Tech groups started to cut jobs and pause hiring to cope with rising costs and interest rates. Walter Todd, president and chief investment officer Greenwood Capital from the US, explained why it is happening. Also in the programme, Jessica Khine, Business Development Consultant from Malaysia travelled explained how the Japanese tourism industry is …
 
The US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday announced a 0.75% jump in interest rates, suggesting future increases could be smaller.Emergency warnings have been triggered in Japan as North Korea launches a ballistic missile. It marks a further increase in tensions on the peninsula.Also on Business Matters, we look at one of Mexico’s most…
 
Learn English with a short story. In fact, this episode contains two stories. Listen until the end for the 2nd one. Repeat after me to practise your pronunciation. Learn some vocabulary & grammar in the second half of the episode, with an explanation of modal verbs of deduction in the past and present. Episode page to read/download the transcript h…
 
Tommy and Ben rejoice over Jair Bolsonaro’s defeat in Brazil and stress over early exit polls from Israel’s election that suggest Bibi Netanyahu might get back into power. Then they cover the latest in Ukraine, tragedies in South Korea and India, the potential national security implications of Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, and some unexpected go…
 
Brazil's defeated leader, Jair Bolsonaro, has made his first statement since his defeat at Sunday's elections. He made no mention of losing the election – but his ministry says transition talks have begun.We dig deeper into new research showing that 5% of plastic waste generated in the US last year was recycled – with the other 95% ending up as lit…
 
Oil and gas companies in the US may be penalised with windfall taxes if they do not use their record profits to lower costs for consumers, according to President Joe Biden.Fears continue to grow about global food shortages as Russia is to pull out of a UN-brokered deal to allow grain shipments out of the Black Sea.We examine environmental policies …
 
Tommy and Roger consider the complexities and deadly consequences of Qatar hosting the World Cup. You’ll hear from human rights activists and experts about what life is like in Qatar for migrant workers, and from Norwegian FIFA president Lise Klaveness and pro footballers Megan Rapinoe and Tim Sparv about the power of sports activism in the fight f…
 
Reading out loud can have lots of benefits on our memory and our mental health. How can it help with your English? In this episode I read an article, help you understand it and give comments on the importance of reading, both quietly in your head, and out loud. 📖 Read the article on the BBC Future website https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200917…
 
Tommy and Ben cover the wild week in British politics, the push for diplomacy in Ukraine from progressive Democrats, why former Chinese President Hu Jintao was dragged off stage at China’s party conference meeting, the US-Saudi relationship, former Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu’s right-wing comeback bid, Brazil’s upcoming election and more. Then Ben is…
 
Tommy and Roger look at how a country roughly the size of Connecticut with documented human rights violations was awarded the World Cup bid. They’re joined by Tariq Panja of the New York Times to discuss FIFA’s corrupt history, and global sports expert Simon Chadwick to explain the concept of sportswashing and why Qatar would want hosting duties in…
 
Last week a very special guest visited one of our comedy shows in Paris. I was given a ticket to the show, so I decided to record a podcast while riding through the streets on the way to the show, wondering if I might be able to interview this guest on LEP. Listen to find out what happened, and to hear some rambling and atmospheric sounds of Paris …
 
Ben and Tommy cover the latest from Ukraine, the ongoing disaster that is the Liz Truss-led Tory government in the UK, how former US military officials are making big money in Saudi Arabia, China’s party congress, the Iran protests, BTS joins the military, Biden’s surprising new proposals on Venezuela and Haiti, and some comedy via Bob Woodward and…
 
My dad returns to talk more about UK politics, this time describing the disastrous economic policy of Liz Truss and her Chancellor (finance minister) Kwasi Kwarteng. Advanced level English listening practice - this is complicated stuff, but keep listening to develop your English skills and learn about what's going on in UK politics and current affa…
 
Roger and Tommy dig into the history of FIFA, the governing body of international football, and trace FIFA's long history of corruption up to the moment they awarded the World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar. Tariq Panja of The New York Times shares insight into how FIFA operates and former Justice Department official Matt Miller recounts the m…
 
How do historians view the long road to war in Ukraine? As Russian state channels claim that Vladimir Putin’s invasion is meant to right historical wrongs from the end of the Cold War, I spoke with Dr. Mary Elise Sarotte, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, about the histor…
 
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