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Sunday - December 14, 2014

Podcasts This Week (December 15, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1060 – Disposing of Sensitive Documents

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 sort” and “to purge.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Disposing of Digital Information.”
“When people want to ‘dispose of’ (get rid of) ‘digital’ (electronic; stored in a computer)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 481

Topics: The Three Mile Island Accident; Famous Buildings: Chrysler Building; quarrel versus argument versus controversy; concerned versus worried; amounted to

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Christ Church.”
“Eleven American buildings have ‘held the title of’ (been recognized as; been called) …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1061 – Shopping for Men’s Shoes

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 “lace” and “boot.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Buster Brown and Mary Janes.”
“In the early 1920s, Buster Brown was a popular ‘comic strip’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - December 7, 2014

Podcasts This Week (December 8, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1058 – Preventing Binge Drinking

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 “rite of passage” and “to pass.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Combating Alcohol-Related Deaths on Campus.”
“Many American college students ‘drink heavily’ (drink a lot of alcohol), and in …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 480

Topics: American Musicals/Movies – The Sound of Music; Public Housing and “The Projects”; to soak versus to immerse versus to dip versus to pickle; pronouncing “ths

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Partridge Family.”
“In 1970, the American television show The Partridge Family made its ‘debut’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1059 – Feeling Restless and Jumpy

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 “worked up” and “jumpy.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Jitterbug.”
“The Jitterbug was a very popular dance in the United States in the early 1900s….” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - November 30, 2014

Podcasts This Week (December 1, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1056 – Finding Emerging Markets

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 “gamble” and “to work up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Emerging Market Terminology.”
“Use of the ‘term’ (a word or phrase with a specific definition or meaning)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 479

Topics: American Presidents – James K. Polk; beach versus shore versus coast; concept versus conception

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The President’s Scholars Program.”
“In 1964, the U.S. government established the Presidential Scholars Program. The program was created to …”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1057 – Storing Food

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 go to waste” and “might as well.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Home Canning.”
“In the past, ‘preserving food’ (preparing food so that it can be eaten much later)…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - November 23, 2014

Podcasts this Week (November 24, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1054 – Finding a Roommate

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 “common areas” and “suit.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Roommate Agreements.”
“‘Taking on’ (agreeing to have or do something) a roommate can present a big…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 478

Topics: Famous Musicals – All That Jazz; Winter Carnivals; irony and metaphor; pronouncing routed and data; hopefully

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Jazz Poetry.”
“In the 1920’s, a new kind of ‘poetry’ (style of writing with a particular rhythm and short lines, expressing feeling)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1055 – Riding Scooters and Motorcycles Edited

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 “lane” and “to wipe out.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Motorcyclists’ Colors.”
“The members of motorcycle clubs wear ‘distinct’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - November 16, 2014

Podcasts this Week (November 17, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
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SL Podcast 1052 – A Product Recall

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 “loss” and “to raise one’s profile.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Toy Safety.”
“Toys can present many safety hazards, especially for ‘infants’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 477

Topics: The American Indian Movement of the 1970s; Famous Buildings – The Sears Tower; inception versus conception versus to beget; to get back; cash on the barrelhead

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Sears Mail-Order Catalogue.”
“A ‘mail-order catalog’ is a small book a company produces showing its products …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1053 – Buying Food at the Concession Stand

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 hit” and “posted.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Dine-in Movie Theaters.”
“For most Americans, going to the movies involves buying a bag of popcorn, ‘theater candy’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - November 9, 2014

Podcasts this Week (November 10, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1050 – Describing Stomach Problems

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 escape to” and “gas.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “TOPS Club.”
“TOPS Club is a nonprofit organization based in the State of Wisconsin…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 476

Topics: Ask an American – Drought and a new gold rush; vendor versus salesman versus pitcher; to clinch versus to breeze into versus to blow away; pronouncing bird versus beard versus bear

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Grills.”
“In ‘hip hop culture’ (see English Café 224), many people like to wear ‘bling,’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1051 – Getting and Making Threats

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 vent” and “to plug away.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Threatening the President of the United States.”
“‘Threatening’ (saying that one will do something to hurt or kill another person) the President of the United States…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - November 2, 2014

Podcasts this Week (November 3, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast ESL Podcast 1048 – Launching an Initial Public Offering

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 cash in” and “to lose (one’s) shirt.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Employee Stock Options.”
“‘Employee stock options’ are sometimes part of a ‘compensation package’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 475

Topics: American Presidents – George W. Bush; I beg to differ, Would it kill you to (do something)?, ashes to ashes (dust to dust); worth more than; hodgepodge, gazillion, and tons of

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Margaret Truman.”
“Children of famous people often have ‘a hard time’ (difficulty) getting away…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast ESL Podcast 1049 – Buying Theater Tickets

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 “run” and “to break.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Longest-Running Plays in the United States.”
“Most of the longest-running shows in the United States are ‘musical theater’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

 

Sunday - October 26, 2014

Podcasts This Week (October 27, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1046 – Types of Luggage

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 “trunk” and “as we speak.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Traveler’s Cheques.”
“Before the1990s, “traveler’s cheques” were a “convenient” (easy-to-use) and safe…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 474

Topics: How to Become a Dentist; The Guano Island Act; classic versus classical; to be there for (someone) versus to take (someone) there; after full deliberation

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The United States Minor Outlying Islands.”
“The United States Minor Outlying Islands ‘consist of’ (are made of; include) nine…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1047

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 “positively” and “out.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Clean Air Act.”
“The Clean Air Act of 1963 is a U.S. federal law that was designed to control…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - October 19, 2014

Podcasts This Week (October 20, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1044 – Issuing a Public Apology

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 “plainly” and “to bounce back.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Corporate Public Apologies.”
“Companies often make mistakes and have to ‘apologize’ (say they are sorry) for …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 473

Topics: Famous Buildings/Structures – The Brooklyn Bridge; The Minimum Wage; to speculate versus to deliberate versus to contemplate; holy moly; down-and-dirty

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The National Registry of Historic Places.”
“On October 15, 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) became a…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1045 – Being Infatuated With Someone

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 “fan” and “sighting.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Fanzines.”
“‘Fanzines’ are unofficial magazines that are created by the fans of a particular…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - October 12, 2014

Podcasts This Week (October 13, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1042 – Being Diagnosed With and Treated For Cancer

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 “to face facts.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Great American Smokeout.”
“The ‘Great American Smokeout’ is an ‘annual’ (once a year) event organized by…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 472

Topics: Movies – Amadeus; The Adelsverein; neither and nor: earworm; badass

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Boston Pops Orchestra.”
“The Boston Pops Orchestra was created to ‘specialize in’ (concentrate on) playing…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1043 – TV Shows Being Renewed and Cancelled

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 “ratings” and “to get the ax.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Longest-Running American TV Shows.”
“Most TV shows have a short ‘lifespan’ (the amount of time that something exists)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide