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Sunday - September 25, 2016

Podcasts this Week (September 26, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1246 – Getting a Gynecological Exam

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 “lump” and “discharge.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Health Education in Schools.”
“Most public schools offer some “form” (type) of health education…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 574

Topics: Classic TV & Movies – Mission: Impossible; Famous Americans – Alfred Stieglitz; satisfactory versus satisfying; damaged goods and majorly unfair

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “MacGyver”
MacGyver is an “action-adventure” (with exciting storylines with a lot of movement and events) television series that was produced for…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1247 – Doing Meal Planning

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 map out” and “full-grown.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Meals on Wheels.”
““Meals on Wheels” is a ‘charitable organization’ (a nonprofit organization that tries to improve society and serve others in some way)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - September 18, 2016

Podcasts this Week (September 19, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1244 – Preparing Packages for Shipping

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 “layer” and “label.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “USPS Shipping Restrictions and Prohibited Items.”
“The United States Postal Service (USPS) has a long list of ‘shipping restrictions’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 573

Topics: American Authors – Kurt Vonnegut; Famous Songs – “When You Wish Upon a Star”; to knock up versus to knock down versus to knock over versus to knock off; new versus brand new; give and take

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Union Stock Yards.”
“The Union Stock Yards in Chicago, Illinois, were an important ‘meatpacking’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1245 – Measuring Mass and Volume

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 “cup” and “pound.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “United States Customary Units.”
“In the United States, people use a system of measurements known as ‘customary units’ or the ‘traditional systems of weights and measures.’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - September 11, 2016

Podcasts this Week (September 12, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1242 – Difficulty Reaching a Decision

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 lose heart” and “to hold out.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Grounds for Mistrial.”
“A ‘mistrial’ happens when a ‘trial’ (legal proceedings; a court case) is ‘rendered invalid’ (found to not be proper or legally applicable)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 572

Topics: Famous Americans – Eli Whitney; The Ziegfeld Follies; ROFL, straight outta, and meme; shack versus shed; to take advantage of versus to seize

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Whitney Museum of American Art.”
“Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a member of the ‘wealthy’ (rich; with a lot of money) Vanderbilt and Whitney families…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1243 – Getting an Anesthetic

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 wear off” and “needle.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Classic Game ‘Operation.'”
““Operation” is a ‘table game’ (a game played at a table, not while moving around) that was created in 1965…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - September 4, 2016

Podcasts this Week (September 5, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1240 – Giving Correct Change

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 “in a pinch” and “coin.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Bank Promotions.”
“Many U.S. banks offer ‘promotional items’ (things that are given away to customers or ‘potential customers’ (people who might become customers in the future)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 571

Topics: Classic TV Shows –  The Addams Family; The Hoover Dam; “Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”; to blow (something) apart; pronouncing “man” and “men”

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and the Midnight Movie.”
“A ‘midnight movie’ can refer to any ‘B movie’ (a movie produced inexpensively, with poor or medium quality)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1241 – Breaking an Arm or a Leg

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 “bone” and “cast.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Breakdancing.”
““Breakdancing,” also known as ‘breaking’ or ‘b-boying’ is a style of ‘street dance’ (dance performed on the street, not in a theater)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - August 28, 2016

Podcasts this Week (August 29, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1238 – Making Accusations

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 trash” and “I’d sooner.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Los Alamos National Laboratory.”
“The Los Alamos National Laboratory is a U.S. ‘complex’ (a group of buildings) in Los Alamos, New Mexico….” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 570

Topics: Famous Americans – Shirley Temple Black; Famous Songs – “Taps”; paper versus report; internship versus externship; to march (someone) to front of the class

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Kennedy Center Honors.”
“The Kennedy Center, named after former president John F. Kennedy, is a well known ‘performing arts center’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1239 – Sharing an Online Account

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 “by any chance” and “all right.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Parental Controls.”
““Parental controls” are electronic tools that help parents ‘control’ (place limits or restrictions on) how their children use electronic ‘devices’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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