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Sunday - March 22, 2015

Podcasts This Week (March 23, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1088 – Selling a Business

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 sell up” and “to try (one’s) hand at.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Business Valuation.”
“Business valuation ‘comes into play’ (becomes relevant; is needed or necessary) whenever someone needs to know the ‘market value’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 495

Topics: Famous Americans – Jim Henson and The Muppets; The Doors; peculiar versus weird; ambiance versus environment; to wet (one’s) whistle

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Gumby.”
“‘Animation’ is a technique involving filming drawings or physical objects to show movement and action…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1089 – Unconventional Marriages

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 “convention” and “to live apart.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Weddings.”
“There are many types of ‘weddings’ (ceremonies that mark when two people get married to each other)….” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 15, 2015

Podcasts This Week (March 16, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1086 – Giving Bribes to Children for Good Behavior

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 “reward” and “dare.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Sharenting.”
“Parents are ‘proud’ (with feelings of pleasure and satisfaction related to something one has worked hard to do or create) …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 494

Topics: American Authors – Jack London; Our Gang and The Little Rascals; gruesome versus horrible versus disgusting; son of a gun; to lash out

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Jack London Square and Heinhold’s First and Last Chance Saloon.”
“Jack London Square is an entertainment and business area located along the water in Oakland, California…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1087 – Selecting Window Treatments

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 filter in” and “to call it a day.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Door-to-Door Sales.”
“In the past, especially before radio and television ads, “door-to-door sales” (the practice of having a sales person…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 8, 2015

Podcasts This Week (March 9, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1084 – Learning a New Operating System

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 install” and “search me.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Tech Support.”
“Many companies offer ‘tech support’ (technical support; assistance in using products or services correctly)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 493

Topics: Americans Abroad – The Founding of Liberia; The Gateway Arch; to struggle versus to fight versus to carry on; to churn and burn; hipster doofus

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Fair Saint Louis.”
“Fair Saint Louis is an ‘annual’ (occurring each year) celebration held during the July 4th Independence Day celebration…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1085 – Having Good and Bad Luck

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 “streak” and “ladder.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Good Luck Rituals.”
“Many people ‘engage in’ (participate in; do) certain actions to ‘ensure’ (make sure that they have or get) good luck…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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