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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

Sunday - October 5, 2014

Podcasts This Week (October 6, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1040 – Dealing with Bureaucracy

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 the letter” and “to be palmed off.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Paperwork Reduction Act.”
“In 1980, the U.S. government  ‘enacted’ (made into law) the Paperwork Reduction Act…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 471

Topics: Famous Americans – John Brown; High School Reunions; phantom versus soul; coast versus shore; plug nickel

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue.”
“The Fugitive Law of 1850 was a law passed by the United States Congress that required citizens…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1041 – Being Rescued

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 “provision” and “to hear things.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Animals Used for Search and Rescue.”
“Animals are often used for search and rescue ‘missions’ (projects with a specific purposes)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - September 28, 2014

Podcasts This Week (September 29, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1038 – Types and Characteristics of Apartments

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 “lost” and “floor.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Impact of the Book How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York.
How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York is a ‘photojournalism’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 470

Topics: Famous Americans – James Fenimore Cooper; The Farmer’s Almanac; in favor of versus in (one’s) favor; feat of strength, raw human strength, and to be forced against table’s edge; to multitask

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Farmers’ Alliance.”
“The Farmer’s Alliance was an ‘agrarian’ (relating to farming) movement among…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1039 – Taking a Car for a Test Drive

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 buckle up” and “car lot.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Driver’s Ed.”
“In most states, people can get their ‘learner’s permit’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - September 21, 2014

Podcasts This Week (September 22, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1036 – Farming and Agribusiness

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 edge out” and “very.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Subsidies.”
“Businesses can receive many types of subsidies, but they can be divided into…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 469

Topics: American Presidents – Grover Cleveland; to understand versus to grab versus to grasp versus to get (it); the suffix –hood; pronouncing words with the first letter “e”

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “U.S. Bills in Large Denominations.”
Currently, the United States prints its ‘bills’ (paper money) in seven ‘“denominations’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1037 – Ending a Party

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 call it a night” and “to mean (something).”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Terms Used to Talk About Beer.”
“Beer is a popular drink in the United States, and many special terms are used to …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - September 14, 2014

Podcasts This Week (September 15, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1034 – Making Changes to a Hotel Reservation

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 “party” and “to stick to.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Hotels of America.”
“The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a ‘nonprofit’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 468

Topics: The Jonestown Massacre; Square Dancing; perspective versus prospective versus prospect; scheme versus schema; heart condition

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about the term “Hootenanny.”
“‘Hootenanny’ is a word with its ‘origins’ (beginnings) in Scotland, …”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1035 – Using a Self-Checkout Machine

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 “scale” and “to bag.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “History of the Use of Barcodes.”
“The earliest barcode was invented in 1948 and ‘patented’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - September 7, 2014

Podcasts This Week (September 8, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1032 – Different Management Styles

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 “top-down” and “to back a different horse.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Layers of Management.”
“Most American businesses have three ‘layers’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 467

Topics: Movies – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Famous Americans – Babe Didrikson Zaharias; to deliver versus to distribute versus to ship; describing the loss of hair on a man’s head; to ward off

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Fables Comic Book Series.”
“There are many children stories about talking animals, and ‘mythical’ (belonging to old stories, especially stories about how the world was created) creatures…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1033 – Discussing a Victory or Loss

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 “crushing” and “blowout.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Touchdown Celebrations.”
“Football players love to celebrate when they ‘score a touchdown’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - August 31, 2014

Podcasts This Week (September 1, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1030 – Adopting a Pet

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 “breed” and “stray.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Organizations Protecting Animals.”
“In the United States, many organizations have formed to protect animals…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 466

Topics: Ask an American – Being a twin; to revoke versus to nullify versus to rescind; waste; bon voyage

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Olsen Twins.”
“The Olsen twins are ‘arguably’ (many, but not all people, believe it is true) the most-recognized twins…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1031 – Following a High-Profile Court Case

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 crack down” and “at the expense of.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The People’s Court.”
“The People’s Court is an American ‘reality TV show’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 27, 2014

Podcasts this Week (July 28, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1020 – Making Verbal Mistakes

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 “delivery” and “to have (something) down cold.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Malapropisms, Spoonerisms, and Mondergreens.”
“Anyone who has done any ‘public speaking’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 461

Topics: The Basics of Basketball; Flea Markets; grass versus herb; delectable versus palatable; be my guest

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Nerf Balls.”
“In 1968, inventor Reyn Guyer started a company called Windsor Concepts that developed new toys and games…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1021 – Mental Disorders

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 “warning sign” and “well-adjusted.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.”
“The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is sometimes called the…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 20, 2014

Podcasts this Week (July 21, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1018 – Raising Teenagers

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 “piercing” and “to ease up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “After-School Programs.”
“Many ‘school districts’ (groups of schools in the same area that have the same management) offer…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 460

Topics: American Musicals and Movies – Grease; Workers’ Compensation Laws; whirl versus swirl versus eddy; to be curious versus to wonder; beloved

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Greasers.”
“There are many ‘subculture’ (smaller cultural or social) groups in every country …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1019 – Losing a Passport While Traveling

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 flag down” and “left behind.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.”
“The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a program of the ‘U.S. Department of State’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide