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Learn English the fun way—by listening to a podcast in English! Plain English is a program that you can understand! Join Jeff twice a week for an American English podcast about current events, such as American culture, travel, business, technology, politics and sports. The episodes also help you learn English vocabulary, idioms, phrasal verbs, English grammar and other expressions. Best of all, the show goes at the right speed for you—just a little bit slower than native speech. By listening ...
 
True stories for English speakers learning Spanish. From the makers of Duolingo, the most popular language-learning app, comes a new podcast that delivers fascinating real-life stories in easy-to-understand Spanish with English narration. These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through language. Hosted by Martina Castro, co-founder of NPR’s Radio Ambulante.
 
Lana M. 'Rochel Author features prose, poetry, and lyrics. Life isn't black and white. So is my creative writing! The gamut of genres I write is diverse. It's all about following your intuition and chemistry of words. Go along with me! Author bio: Lana M. 'Rochel is the pen name for a writer, poet, lyricist, and podcaster whose work has appeared in BFS Horizons, the Haiku Pea Journal of haiku and senryu, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Redemption: The best rejected manuscripts of 2020, and LitSt ...
 
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" New York City is experimenting with ranked-choice voting, where you rank the candidates in order of your preference. Countries like Australia and Ireland have been doing this for a century, and it’s a way to pick a clear winner in an election. There are a lot of advantages to this style of voting, but there is one very, very big disadvantage. Plu…
 
My Blessing, My Curse. Trailer. Creative nonfiction. The San Francisco Bay historical romance (1806), Plato and his Twin Flame concept, and another sad, true love story worth listening to. Background music: Sweet Dreams by Aykaye Music. Dark 90's Guitar Rap/Hip Hop Beat/Instrumental Spanish Guitar - Sketch #1 and Bb Trumpet - Sketch #1 by The Loop …
 
" A fully occupied condominium building in Surfside, Florida tragically collapsed in the middle of the night. Rescue efforts ran into several complications, and many people are still unaccounted for. The building board was apparently warned of the structural issues back in 2018, and an investigation is looking into what triggered the collapse. Plus…
 
" When Britney Spears was 26, she had just gone through a series of personal meltdowns. As a result, her father was legally appointed as her financial and personal conservator, meaning he has full control of her life and finances. But thirteen years later, Britney – and a movement of her fans – are fighting to get her out of it. Plus, learn what it…
 
" The world is facing a semiconductor shortage. Semiconductor microchips are in everything nowadays: from laptops, to cars, and even some toothbrushes. Demand for these tiny chips was already on the rise, and then the pandemic supercharged demand. Countries are scrambling to build more capacity, but it will be years before new factories are up and …
 
" This spring, Law & Order introduced its latest installment in the franchise: “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” One of the Law & Order series is the longest-running live-action drama in American television history, with 22 seasons and counting. But the new show is different, and will make you want to tune in week-after-week. Plus, learn “land on.” -…
 
" After a year of pandemic life and working from home in comfortable pants, Gen Z has declared that skinny jeans should be gone for good. Some millennials are rejoicing about ditching the uncomfortable style, while others are defending their beloved skinny jeans (and side hair parts, while they’re at it). Plus, learn “break out.” -- At Plain Englis…
 
" The gig economy – the future of work – is here, and consumers love it. We can get a ride, order food, or even have our dogs walked with the tap of an app. But the gig economy relies on its workers to be independent contractors, and some recent court cases are challenging that model. Should Uber drivers be employees or contractors? Plus, learn wha…
 
" A new dinosaur was discovered in Australia, named the “Australotitan cooperensis,” or “Cooper” for short. The dinosaur was enormous, even for dinosaur standards. It was two stories tall and as long as a basketball court, making it one of the top 15 largest dinosaurs ever discovered. Plus, a dinosaur-sized coincidence and learn what “named after” …
 
A Catch -22 by Lana M. 'Rochel. Nonfiction poetry in two parts. Part Two. "... the vow was made, the rings exchanged… So many shooting stars eventually get into Black Hole!" True, emotional, dramatic, cosmic alike, love story with cinematic, sombre note electronic music in the background. Tears in the Rain by Scott Buckley www.scotbuckley.com.au…
 
" When we think of scams, we usually think of vulnerable elderly people falling for a classic email or phone scam. But recently, the fastest growing segment of victims is ages 20-29, which is largely because of a rise in sophisticated dating app scams. Plus, learn what it means to “raise a red flag.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for…
 
A Catch -22 by Lana M. 'Rochel. Nonfiction poetry in two parts. Part One. "Born in Ontario he was…" True, sad, dramatic, cosmic alike, love story with beautiful ambient music in the background. Filaments by Scott Buckley www.scotbuckley.com.au Backed up by the scientific and celestial, the narrative doesn't hide behind the mask.A Catch-22, Part Two…
 
" Tourism was put on hold for 2020. As the world recovers from the pandemic-induced recession, cooped-up consumers are ready to spend money on travel again. But the global hospitality industry is struggling to fill jobs in preparation for the return of the busy summer tourist season. Companies are offering incentives to compete for workers. Plus, l…
 
" “Long Covid” refers to the approximately ten percent of Covid sufferers whose symptoms do not go away within a few weeks. For some, the lingering effects of the disease has impacted every aspect of their lives. This lesson dives into the mysterious long-term side effects of the disease. Plus, learn “for a living.” -- At Plain English, we make Eng…
 
" A Ryanair flight from Greece bound for Lithuania was hijacked by the government of Belarus. The flight received a message that there was a bomb threat against the plane, so it had to be diverted for inspection in Minsk, Belarus. The bomb threat turned out to be a ploy, because shortly after landing, 26-year-old opposition activist and his girlfri…
 
" The current Chilean constitution is a controversial document, and many people don’t consider it legitimate. The group in charge of drafting the new constitution hopes to address long-held and deep-rooted issues of inequality in Chile. Even though the drafters are all primarily left-leaning candidates, there are still expected to be many challenge…
 
Juan Pablo grew up fascinated with bullfighting, a tradition in his home country of Spain. But when he discovers recorte — the art of bull dodging — he sees it as a thrilling, more humane alternative. He throws himself into the dangerous sport, risking his life every time he faces a bull. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duoling…
 
The episode consists of 3 poems by Lana M. 'Rochel: "In Glory," "Trendsetters," and "The Princess on the Pea." Background music: Belik Boom - Avada Kadabra (Soundcloud). Harry Potter progressive psy-trance. Fragments. Vivid cinematic storytelling spiced by the terrific Harry Potter theme tune. Casual contemplation about relationship, creativity, se…
 
" Check-writing is a low-tech, burdensome, and time-consuming form of payment. Some countries, like China, South Korea, and Japan, completely skipped personal checks and went straight from cash-based systems to electronic payments. So why are some of the world’s most advanced nations still writing personal checks? Plus, learn what it means to “reve…
 
Somewhere between Hyde Park and Soho… One Friday night, a Londoner comes across a passer-by in Mayfair. Dark philosophical urban fantasy and hip hop in the cinematic storytelling. Background music: Jackal - London Sound (Original Mix). Trap, hip hop, club music. Published in BFS Horizons#10, Dec 2019 by the British Fantasy Society.…
 
" Every 11 seconds, a company is a victim of a ransomware attack. Often, companies discreetly pay the ransom to avoid embarrassment. But recently, a ransomware attack unintentionally shut down the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies 11 states in the U.S. with their gasoline. Apparently, the hackers didn’t intend for the massive disruption, they just …
 
Tango is Argentina’s most iconic cultural tradition. But for a hundred years, tangos have only been written from the perspective of men. The conductor of “La empoderada” or “The Empowered,” Argentina’s first all-female tango orchestra, is trying to change that. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.…
 
" China is the world’s most populous country, and according to the recent 2020 census, China now has 1.41 billion people. But over the last ten years, China only added 72 million people – the country’s slowest population growth rate since the 1960s. So, what’s the big deal? We’re diving into it on today’s lesson. Plus, learn “make up.” -- At Plain …
 
" What is cognitive switching? It’s when you switch your attention from one task, or one type of task, to another. Cognitive switching could be robbing you of up to 40 percent of your daily productivity, and it may be increasing your potential to make mistakes. Plus, learn what it means to “leave off.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons f…
 
Go wild! Chill out! Live a vivid, spicy, erotic, dreamy, lounge, and humorous poetic adventure! Fantasy. Offbeat cinematic music! From Dusk Till Dawn - Retro Background Music by Keith Fane (Jazz & Blues). Lana M. 'Rochel Author features prose, poetry and lyrics. The gamut of genres I write is diverse like the shades of life. It's all about followin…
 
Uruguay consumes more mate than any other country in the world. But for a hundred years, almost all of that mate has been imported. Now, Rodrigo Patrón is trying to bring back mate production in Uruguay, in a way that respects both the environment and the famous tea’s origins. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.…
 
" A metro overpass collapsed in Mexico City as a train was traveling over it. Before the deadly accident, it was obvious there were structural problems with the line. There were cracks in the concrete, and the whole structure shook when trains went by. But little was done to repair it, and riders kept riding. Plus, learn “in charge of.” -- At Plain…
 
" This lesson reviews the latest news on previous Plain English topics: justice for George Floyd in the Derek Chauvin case; Volkswagen’s all-electric passenger van is coming soon; Tokyo is still planning on hosting the Olympics this summer; WeWork is hoping for a smoother second initial public offering, and more. Plus, learn “hold firm.” -- At Plai…
 
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