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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

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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

Sunday - June 12, 2016

Podcasts this Week (June 13, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1216 – Working in a Job You Love

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 “calling” and “to do for a living.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Job Corps.”
“Since 1964, the U.S. Department of Labor has ‘administered’ (operated; managed and run) the Job Corps…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 559 

Topics: Frank Lloyd Wright; prohibited versus forbidden versus not allowed; beforehand versus in advance; spot-on; pronouncing passion and patient, worm and warn

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Erector Sets.”
“Parents like to buy toys for their children that allow them to learn while using their ‘imagination’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1217 – Fighting the Effects and Signs of Aging

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 “cream” and “active.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.”
“Founded in 1993, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine is a nonprofit organization that ‘promotes’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - June 5, 2016

Podcasts this Week (June 6, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1214 – Expressing Dread

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 wrong” and “called for.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Breakup Etiquette.”
“As in all ‘social interactions’ (relationships between people), there are many rules of ‘etiquette’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 558

Topics: Classic TV/Movies – Star Trek; The Homestead Act; medicine versus medication versus drug; wild card and K9; to lay it on too thick

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Hugo Awards.”
“The Hugo Awards are given to authors ‘in recognition of’ (giving attention and respect to) the best ‘science fiction’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1215 – A Fear of Heights

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 fall” and “ground floor.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Common Phobias.”
“People have many ‘phobias’ (fears that cannot be explained rationally) in addition to the ‘acrophobia’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - May 29, 2016

Podcasts this Week (May 30, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1212 – Providing Tech Support

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 “remotely” and “zip, zilch, zero.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Multi-tiered Tech Support.”
“Businesses often offer multi-tiered tech support to improve their customer service….” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 557

Topics: American Authors – Sylvia Plath; Famous Songs – “Hush, Little Baby”; consciousness versus awareness; distinct versus distinctive; classy dress

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Hushpuppies.”
“Hushpuppies are a ‘savory’ (salty; not sweet) food that is common in the Southern United States…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1213 – Using Different Payment Systems

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 be rejected” and “wire.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Early Credit-based Payment Systems.”
“Before the ‘advent’ (creation and appearance) of credit cards, there was a large ‘untapped’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - May 22, 2016

Podcasts this Week (May 23, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1210 – Small Town Charm

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 “charming” and “lively.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Most Famous Streets in the U.S.”
“The U.S. has more than one million streets, but some of them have become ‘household names’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 556

Topics: Apollo 11; Famous Americans – Soapy Smith; certainly versus definitely versus surely; to have a crush on (someone) versus to be in love with (someone); out on a limb

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Vigilance Committees and The Ox-Bow Incident.”
The Ox-Bow Incident is a 1940 novel and a 1943 movie about a ‘vigilance committee,’ or a group of ‘private citizens’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1211 – Watching Movie and TV Franchises

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 be turned into” and “spin-off.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Movie Merchandizing and Tie-Ins.”
“Movies used to be a form of entertainment, but they are ‘increasingly’ (more and more) viewed as opportunities for…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide