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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

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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

Sunday - April 17, 2016

Podcasts this Week (April 18, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1200 – Learning a Skilled Trade

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 “trade school” and “dying art.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Vocational Education.”
“Vocational education trains people for particular jobs, giving them technical skills and knowledge…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 551

Topics: Movies – Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Famous Americans – Luther George Simjian; to distract versus to detract; in a manner of speaking; thanks a bunch

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Classic Egg Dishes.”
“Eggs are a common food for Americans, especially for ‘breakfast’ (the first meal of the day, eaten shortly after waking up)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1201 – Types of Non-alcoholic Drinks

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 “sugar” and “tap.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Sugary Drinks Portion Cap Rule.”
“‘Obesity’ (a condition when people are unhealthy and weigh too much) is a major problem in the United States…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - April 10, 2016

Podcasts this Week (April 11, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1198 – Failed Government Projects

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 “doomed” and “to go through the motions.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “‘Boondoggles” and “Pork Barrel’ Projects.”
“Americans often complain about how their ‘elected representatives’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 550

Topics: Famous Americans – Casey Jones; Classic TV – Happy Days; to try out versus to examine versus to test; dude and buddy; courtesy of

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Happy Hour.”
“A ‘happy hour’ is a period of time when a ‘bar’ (pub; a business that primarily serves alcoholic drinks)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1199 – Eating on the Run

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 “filling” and “on the run.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Healthy Snacks on the Run.”
“Busy people rarely have time to sit down and eat a ‘full meal’ (a group of foods eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - April 3, 2016

Podcasts this Week (April 4, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1196 – Checking Facts and Figures

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 issue” and “to flag.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “New Journalism.”
“‘New Journalism’ is a style of writing and of news reporting in which the ‘reporter’ (the person who reports or presents the news) is less…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 549

Topics: Musicals – Porgy and Bess; Tupperware; finish versus objective versus destination; to tumble short of (one’s) dreams, to form a habit, and to leave (something alone); to call it a day/night

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Pyramid Schemes.”
“A ‘pyramid scheme’ is a ‘business model’ (plan for making money) that promises participants…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1197 – Reaching a Legal Settlement

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 pay out” and “the long and short of it.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Binding Arbitration.”
“‘Binding arbitration’ is a way for two parties to end a dispute without involving the courts…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 27, 2016

Podcasts this Week (March 28, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1194 – Using a Map Program

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 type in” and “run-down.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Google Map Controversies.”
“Many Americans ‘turn to’ (decide to use) Google Maps when they need to ‘pinpoint’ (specify)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 548

Topics: American Authors – Edith Wharton; American Songs – “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”; to matriculate versus to enroll versus to register; to bid versus to tender; period versus dot

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Radio Mystery Shows.”
“During the ‘Golden Age of Radio’ (the period of time when radio was the main form of entertainment at home)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1195 – Types of Allergies

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 “bite.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Avoiding Allergens.”
“‘Allergy sufferers’ (people who have allergies) have many tools and strategies to help them avoid ‘allergens’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 20, 2016

Podcasts this Week (March 21, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1192 – Using a Property Management Company

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 show” and “on call.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Eviction Process.”
“An ‘eviction’ occurs when a renter is forced to leave the home or apartment that he or she had been renting,…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 547

Topics: Famous Americans – Thomas Paine; Classic TV – The Twilight Zone; responsibility versus accountability versus liability; to go haywire versus to go crazy; pronouncing whole, hole, role, and holy

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Twilight Series.”
“American author Stephenie Meyers has written an extremely popular ‘series’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1193 – Reducing Food Waste

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 fish out” and “beyond.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Food Businesses’ Efforts to Reduce Waste.”
“The food industry, which includes restaurants, grocery stores, and ‘produce’ (fruit and vegetable)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide