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Sunday - March 1, 2015

Podcasts This Week (March 2, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1082 – Traveling to a Remote Island

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 “remote” and “to make.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Remote U.S. Possessions.”
“A U.S. ‘possession’ or ‘territory’ is an area that is ‘governed’ (ruled) by the United States…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 492

Topics: Movies – Twelve Angry Men; Washington National Cathedral; cool versus awesome; closure and mental loafer; no biggie

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Jury Nullification.”
“In the United States, legal cases that need a ‘verdict’ (court decision) of ‘guilty’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1083 – Types of Pants

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 “slacks” and “broken in.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Women in Pants.”
“In the past, women almost always wore dresses or skirts, not pants…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - February 22, 2015

Podcasts This Week (February 23, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1080 – Automating 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 “tricky” and “on (one’s) hands.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Robotic Competitions for  Students.”
“American ‘policymakers’ (legislators; people who create laws) and educators want to increase students’ interest…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 491

Topics: American Presidents – Rutherford B. Hayes; emission versus propagation; he/she don’t; to do (someone’s) bidding

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Easter Egg Roll at the White House.”
“Easter is a Christian holiday held each year on a Sunday usually in March or April…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1081 – Personal Grooming

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 shave” and “to pluck.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “New Beauty Treatments.”
“‘Beauty salons’ (businesses that provide beauty services and treatments, especially for women) are always ‘innovating’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - February 15, 2015

Podcasts This Week (February 16, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1078 – Watching Action Movies

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 hot pursuit” and “to straddle the line.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Swashbuckler Films.”
“‘Swashbuckler films’ are a ‘genre’ (type of story or art) of action films with strong heroes who ‘engage in’ (participate in) many fights…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 490

Topics: Famous Americans – Muhammad Ali; The Golden Gate Bridge; valuable versus invaluable; north/south versus northern/southern; common ground and universal experience

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Bridge to Nowhere.”
“The term ‘bridge to nowhere’ is used to refer to building projects that are incomplete or has not been finished…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1079 –Receiving Letters and Packages in the Mail

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 “letter” and “to be forwarded.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Suspicious Packages.”
“A ‘suspicious package’ is an envelope or package sent through the mail that ‘raises suspicion’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - February 8, 2015

Podcasts This Week (February 9, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1076 – Celebrity Product Lines

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 lend (one’s) name ” and “upside.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Celebrity Product Lines.”
“Many celebrity product lines are ‘a match made in heaven’ (two things that are very well suited for each other)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 489

Topics: American Authors – Alex Haley; American Bandstand; continuous versus contiguous; let alone and to kick the bucket; the birds and bees talk

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Soul Train.”
“Television shows ‘featuring’ (has as its main topic) music have been popular since nearly the start of television…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1077 – Buying Travel Insurance

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 “remains.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Travel Insurance.”
“In addition to the travel insurance and medical insurance discussed in this podcast…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - February 1, 2015

Podcasts This Week (February 2, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1074 – Becoming a Vegetarian/Vegan

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 “cheese” and “to guard against.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Vegetarianism.”
“There are many types of vegetarianism, and some are considered easier to ‘adopt’ …”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 488

Topics: American Musicals/Movies – The Producers; The Statue of Liberty; sponsored by versus powered by versus encouraged by; putting the crunch back; hoochie

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Lesser-Known Members of a Film Crew.”
“Many professionals work on a film between ‘conception’ (having the idea) and ‘completion’ (finishing)…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1075 – Defying Orders

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 “order” and “to squeal on (someone).”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Military Court-Martial.”
“A ‘court-martial’ is a military court that is used for lawsuits against ‘members of the armed services’ …”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - January 25, 2015

Podcasts This Week (January 26, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1072 -Working Part-Time Jobs

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 “shift” and “to qualify for.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights Act of 2013.”
“In February 2013, Janice ‘Jan’ Schakowsky, a U.S. Representative for Illinois, ‘introduced’ …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 487

Topics: The Lenny Bruce Trial; American Cancer Society; to assume versus to guess; turtle versus tortoise

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Yellow Ribbon.”
“In the U.S., the yellow ribbon has become a ‘symbol’ (sign) of support for someone who is ‘absent’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1073 – Seeking Asylum

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 “urge” and “to follow-through.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Extradition Treaties.”
“‘Extradition’ is the process of one country transferring a ‘criminal’ (a person who has committed a crime and broken the law)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - January 18, 2015

Podcasts This Week (January 19, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1070 – Getting a Mortgage Loan

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 lock in” and “to point.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Foreclosure Process.”
“When homeowners are not able to ‘make’ (pay) their monthly mortgage payments…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 486

Topics: Ask an American – Independent Bookstores; ever since versus ever after; varied versus various; ability versus skill

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Niche Bookstores.”
“Many people believe that the most important thing for ‘survival’ (ability to continue existing without going out of business)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1071 – Waiting for Drug Approval

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 “drug” and “alone.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Off-Label Use of Medication.”
“In the United States, there are  two types of medications: ‘over-the-counter’ (OTC) drugs…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - January 11, 2015

Podcasts This Week (January 12, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1068 – An Expiring Business Lease

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 bring (something) up” and “to stew.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Common Lease Provisions.”
“Most ‘commercial leases’ (rental agreements for businesses) contain many ‘provisions’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 485 

Topics: Famous Americans – Charles and Ray Eames; The Black Fives Leagues and The Negro Baseball Leagues; inner and outer versus inside and outside; severely versus seriously

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about  “The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.”
“The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame ‘honors’ (gives recognition and respect to) basketball players…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1069 – Disinheriting a Child

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 “rash” and “will.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The U.S. Probate Process.”
“In the United States, ‘probate’ is the legal process that officially recognizes a will and ‘appoints’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - January 4, 2015

Podcasts This Week (January 5, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1066 – Buying a Luxury Car

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 “remote” and “lot.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Popular Car Ornaments.”
“Many people like to ‘accessorize’ (decorate with extra, unnecessary objects that are attractive)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 484

Topics: American Movies – Sunset Boulevard; the Borscht Belt and the Chitlin’ Circuit; renumeration/remuneration versus reimbursement versus kickback; to print off (copies) versus to photocopy; nitty-gritty

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Sunset Strip.”
“The Sunset Strip is a mile and a half ‘stretch’ (length) of road located on Sunset Boulevard…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1067 – Major Dental 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 “to be set up” and “to act as.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Anatomy of Teeth.”
“People who study human ‘anatomy’ (science related to the structures of a body or organism)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - December 28, 2014

Podcasts This Week (December 29, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1064 – Spotting Trends

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 spot” and “to lag behind.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Terms Stores Use for Different Categories of Clothing.”
“In many ‘department stores’ (large stores that sell clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, and household items)…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 483

Topics: American Presidents – William Howard Taft; deprecated versus obsolete versus outdated; to insist versus to persist; to set (one’s) jaw square

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Taft Broadcasting.”
“Taft Broadcasting Company was an American media ‘conglomerate’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1065 – Making Soups and Stews

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 “lid” and “pot.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Stone Soup.”
“‘Stone Soup’ is a ‘folk story’ (an old story that is shared among many generations, especially orally)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide