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Sunday - August 21, 2016

Podcasts this Week (August 22, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1236 – Dressing Inappropriately for Work

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “cut-offs” and “tank top.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “School Dress Codes.”
“In the United States, school dress codes are often ‘controversial’ (with strong opinions on both sides of an issue), especially among students who…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 569

Topics: John Muir and The Sierra Club; The Ma and Pa Kettle Movies; every versus each; Christmas/New Year break at colleges and universities; jinx

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “United Daughters of the Confederacy.”
“The United Daughters of the Confederacy is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1894. Its members are the female…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1237 – Disagreements About Spending Money

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “barely” and “to splash the cash.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Formal and Informal Bank Accounts.”
“Banks offer two main types of formal accounts: ‘checking accounts’ that are used for daily expenses, and ‘savings accounts’ that are used to save money…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - August 14, 2016

Podcasts this week (August 15, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1234 – Traveling With Pets

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “board” and “cabin.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Traveling with Pets.”
“Travelers who cannot ‘leave their pets at home’ (travel without their pets) must ‘comply with’ (follow the rules of) many restrictions if they want to travel…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 568

Topics: Famous Americans – Duke Kahanamoku; The Quiz Shows of the 1950s; terms used for family favorites; when versus what time; based on versus on the basis of

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Surf Music and the California Sound.”
“Orange County, California is almost ‘synonymous with’ (has the same meaning as; is thought of in connection with) ‘surf culture,’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1235 – Joining a Secret Society

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “the chosen few” and “to amount to.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The ‘Know Nothing’ Movement.”
“The ‘Know Nothing’ ‘movement’ (an organized effort to change society in some way) was an American ‘political party’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - August 7, 2016

Podcasts this Week (August 8, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1232 – Intimidating a Coworker

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to know full well” and “to pack it in.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Common New Hire Orientation.”
“When new employees ‘come on board’ (begin working at a company), they typically are required to participate in certain ‘orientation’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 567

Topics: American Authors – Gertrude Stein; Famous Songs – “Puff the Magic Dragon”; sport versus workout versus exercise; to come across versus to stumble upon; debaucherous behavior

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Dungeons and Dragons.”
Dungeons and Dragons is a popular ‘role-playing game,’ or a game in which each player pretends to be a particular character and uses words…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1233 – Improving Flexibility and Mobility

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to lift” and “to squat.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Mary Lou Retton.”
“Mary Lou Retton, often referred to as America’s ‘Sweetheart’ (a term of endearment; a word used to show affection and love for someone)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 31, 2016

Podcasts this Week (August 1, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1230 – Expressing Disapproval  of Elected Officials

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to reflect” and “regular folks.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Occupy Wall Street Protest Movement.”
“In 2011, the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ ‘movement’ (an initiative to change and improve society) began as people ‘protested’ (objected to)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 566

Topics: Famous Americans – Linus Pauling; The Texaco Star Theater and Milton Berle; squalid versus sordid; on my own versus by myself; postseason competition

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Six Flags Over Texas.”
“Six Flags Over Texas is a popular ‘theme park’ (amusement park; a large area that people visit to go on rides and enjoy other types of entertainment)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1231 – Feeding a Large Family on a Small Budget

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “staple” and “day-old.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Common Types of Store Savings.”
“‘Bargain hunters’ (people who want to buy something at a low price) have many ways to save money at stores….” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 24, 2016

Podcasts this Week (July 25, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1228 – Designing a Product Line

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to get (one’s) feet wet” and “trade.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “White-Label Products and Services.”
“‘White-label’ products and services are products and services that are ‘manufactured (produced), created, or…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 565

Topics: Movies – ­Ben-Hur; Carlsbad Caverns National Park; duty versus responsibility; Creedence Clearwater Revival

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Whitewashing.”
“In ‘Hollywood’ (the American film industry), ‘whitewashing’ refers to the practice of ‘casting’ (selecting actors to play particular roles)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1229 – Telling Others to Go Away

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to wave (someone) off” and “to get lost.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Common Children’s Games.”
“During ‘recess’ (breaks in the school day when children play outside) and ‘free time’ (time without scheduled activities)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 17, 2016

Podcasts this Week (July 18, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1226 – Describing Sounds

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “here goes” and “chain.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Jack Foley and the Art of Foley.”
“Jack Foley (1891-1967) ‘left his mark on’ (became well known and remembered for) the film industry…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 564

Topics: American Authors – Mary Roberts Rinehart; Famous Songs – “I’ll be seeing you”; to dispense, wedgie, and on principle; to get on with (something), to get along with (someone), and in a nutshell; semi

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Howcatchems.”
“In a traditional detective story, a ‘crime is committed’ (someone does something that breaks the law) and then the ‘detective’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1227 – Altering Clothing

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to take up” and “to grow out of.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Getting Rid of baby Clothes.”
“Children grow quickly, but it can be difficult to know what to do with the clothes and toys that they ‘leave behind’ …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 10, 2016

Podcasts this Week (July 11, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1224 – Setting Timers and Alarms

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to time” and “to buzz.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The CONELRAD Emergency Broadcast System.”
“The CONELRAD Emergency Broadcast System was intended to be used as a way to send messages to ‘the American public’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 563

Topics: The Black Soxs Scandal; Classic TV – The Flintstones; census-designated place versus community versus unincorporated community; to mean well and to bend the rules; pit crew

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Bobby Socks and Bobby Soxers.”
“A ‘bobby sock’ is a small, usually white sock that was very popular among young girls in the 1940s and 1950s…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1225 – A Good Samaritan

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “(one’s) own fault” and “deed.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Good Samaritan Laws.”
“Good Samaritan laws are ‘enacted’ (made into law) to protect people who help others ‘with good intentions’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 3, 2016

Podcasts this Week (July 4, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1222 – Describing Amounts and Movement of Liquid

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “mix” and “hose.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Car Clubs.”
“In the United States, there are many ‘clubs’ (associations; groups of people who have similar interests or hobbies) for car ‘enthusiasts’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 562

Topics: Famous Americans – Alexander Graham Bell; Famous Songs – “At Last”; pluralizing “fish,” all things considered; to talk tech

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Prefix 555.”
“In the U.S., all phone numbers are formatted with seven ‘digits’ (any number between 0 and 9) in this format:…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1223 – Experiencing a Difficult Childhood

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “heavy” and “seemingly.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Boot Camps for Juvenile Offenders.”
“A ‘boot camp’ is usually a short-term training program, especially when referring to training for new soldiers or intense…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - June 26, 2016

Podcasts this Week (June 27, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1220 – Ramping Up Production

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “production run” and “saddled with.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Federal Property Disposal.”
“When the ‘federal’ (national) government has ‘surplus’ (extra and unnecessary) ‘property’ (things that one owns)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 561

Topics: The Comstock Lode and the Silver Rush; Classic TV – The Beverly Hillbillies, lesson versus lecture versus seminar; interesting versus interested; I rest my case

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Rodeo Drive.”
“The most famous street in Beverly Hills, California is Rodeo Drive. The street itself is two miles (3.2 kilometers) long…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1221 – Buffing Up Home Security

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “timer” and “compound.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Civil Defense Sirens.”
““Civil defense sirens” are ‘sirens’ (things that make a loud noise as a warning to others)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - June 19, 2016

Podcasts this Week (June 20, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1218 – Describing Relative Location

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “after” and “to get settled.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Pseudonyms.”
“Sometimes people use a ‘pseudonym’ (a false name; a name that is not one’s real name) to ‘hide'”… – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 560

Topics: Movies – The Jazz Singer; The Selective Service System; microaggressions, social justice warrior, and trigger warning; to insulate versus to isolate; pluralizing glass

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Draft Dodgers and Deserters.”
“The U.S. draft requires men to serve in the military during a war unless they meet particular requirements for an ‘exception'”… – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1219 – Expressing Disapproval

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “not (one’s) place” and “to go behind (one’s) back.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.”
At the Movies was a popular TV program that ‘reviewed movies’ (provided professional opinions about the quality of movies)”… – READ MORE in the Learning Guide