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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

Sunday - December 21, 2014

Podcasts This Week (December 22, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1062 – Being a Bachelor

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 “confirmed” and “to set (someone) up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Bachelor & The Bachelorette.”
“The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are popular ‘reality TV shows’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 482

Topics: American Authors – Willa Cather; the basics of hockey; oblivious versus forgetfulness; carnivore versus predator; equal versus identical

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about the “Ice Capades.”
“In the 1930’s, ice skating performances were held in between hockey games as…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1063 – Preparing for a New Baby

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 part with” and “to free up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Baby Showers.”
“A ‘baby shower’ is a party ‘thrown’ (organized and held) ‘in anticipation of’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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