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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

Sunday - May 15, 2016

Podcasts this Week (May 16, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1208 – Living on Low Wages

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 “wage” and “jet.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Disparaging Terms Related to American Companies.”
“Some of America’s major employers are often referred to ‘disparagingly’ (in a highly critical and offensive way)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 555

Topics: American Authors – Louisa May Alcott; Classic TV – Gilligan’s Island; up-to-date versus updated; to work out the kinks and to deserve a pat on the back; to seize the moment

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Survival Handbooks.”
“The ‘survival handbook’ ‘genre’ (type of writing, film, music, and more) is popular among people who want to be prepared for any possible situation….” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1209 – Questioning Mental Competency

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 “sharp” and “estate.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Determining Competence to Stand Trial.”
“Often the ‘outcome’ (how something ends) of a court trial depends on the attorney’s ability to determine the mental competence of the “defendant”…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - May 8, 2016

Podcasts this Week (May 9, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1206 – Outdoor Vacation Sports and Activities

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 recharge” and “more (one’s) speed.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Adventure Travel.”
“Some people look for ‘R&R’ (rest and relaxation) when they are on vacation, but other people are looking for excitement and adventure….” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 554

Topics: The Manhattan Project; Famous Songs – “Give My Regards to Broadway”; to propose versus to suggest versus to offer; to disclose versus to uncover versus to divulge; to stick it to (someone)

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Betsy Ross and the American Flag.”
“Most Americans believe that the U.S. flag was created by a woman named Betsy Ross…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1207 – Gauging the Doneness of Meat

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 “tough” and “raw.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Classic Dishes Made With Ground Beef.”
“Many traditional American ‘dishes’ (prepared foods) are made with ‘ground beef’ (beef that is cut into very small pieces)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - May 1, 2016

Podcasts this Week (May 2, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1204– Controlling Information to the Media

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 the dark” and “up front.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Woozle Effect.”
“The “Woozle effect” refers to the way in which ‘urban myths’ (things that many or most people believe, but that are not true, especially when talking about popular culture)..” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 553

Topics: Famous Americans – Lew Wallace; Classic TV – The Brady Bunch; to prevent versus to hinder versus to forbid; integral versus indispensable; to scare off game

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Leave it to Beaver.”
Leave it to Beaver is an American ‘sitcom’ (situation comedy; a series of humorous shows with the same characters in the same, familiar environment each week)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1205 – Bragging About Success With Women

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 “play-by-play” and “to slam.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Classic Dating & Relationship Shows.”
The Dating Game was a popular ‘dating show’ (a television program that shows people dating each other)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - April 24, 2016

Podcasts this Week (April 25, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1202 – Describing Student Achievement

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 coast” and “slow.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Educational Tracking.”
“One of the greatest ‘controversies’ (things that people do not agree on, with strong opinions on each side)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 552

Topics: American Presidents – Barack Obama; Famous Songs – “Achors Away”; diffidence versus timidity versus shyness; receipt versus reception; no problem versus not at all versus no big deal

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Navy SEALs.”
“The United States Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land Forces, most commonly referred to as the Navy SEALs…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1203 – Completing a Drug-Alcohol Rehabilitation

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 “sober” and “wise.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Open Container Laws.”
“In the United States, ‘open container laws’ ‘prohibit’ (do not allow) people to drive a ‘vehicle’ (automobile; car)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide