Podcasts This Week (March 25, 2013)

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ESL Podcast 880 – Forming a Union

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “flyer” and “at long last.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The AFL-CIO.”
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English Cafe 391

Topics: Ask an American – Inventing Frozen Foods; prize versus accomplishment versus award versus reward; what the heck?; wholesale

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “TV Dinners.”
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ESL Podcast 881 – Eating Genetically Modified Foods

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “pest” and “to trust.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Genetically Modified Foods.”
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4 Responses to Podcasts This Week (March 25, 2013)

  1. Dan says:


    In Podcast 880 Jeff quits…ahahahah! LOL
    Made me laugh the way he throws the piece of paper and goes out.. That was a piece of really good acting.

    The podcast’s description it’s funny too “We’re going on strike here at ESL Podcast very soon. Listen to this episode to find out why.”

    Thanks guys

  2. emiliano says:

    Easter, run away far home or our own life as far, as son as possible? Is that true?.

    At least here in Spain…………..since lot of years I think Yes, that could be so.
    It seems to me that on “holy week” (easter) we run away of ourselves, and the best form of doing that is going To other place far away from home.
    Is it possible that we are so unhappy with our daily lives as to do that year after year?. Why if not this escape into highways or to catch the first plane
    to takes us nobody knows where?. To me it seems that the objective is to get out of our daily lives that seems us so bored.
    It is not my case, it is just what I see around me and just I can´t understand such general flight, as fast as posible if we have a bit of money to do that.

    It doesn´t matter that the roads are full of cars, hours inside a metalic box with the children shouting and moving fed up with the trip.
    It doesn´t matter the place, if there is not any we can invent one that seems attractive to go far from home or from our own life.
    It doesn´t matter to have money enough to do such a trip, if there is not money we ask for a credit to escape or at least it was what millions
    did some years before this crisis.

    Each one travel in relation with their position, may be a trip to the little village of our parents. or to the beach despite too much rain,or to much cold it could be
    there, we don´t care about the weather.
    Even more, it doesn´t matter to be hours in a plain to go as far as possible to see a place that means nothing in our life, or to be on a beach far away of our
    place of living.
    From mountains to the beach, from beaches to the mountains, from little cities to big cities, and of course from the big cities to the little one, it is just the same.

    All consist in escape from the daily routine that seems to crush our way of living day after day.

    Let me say there are more than tweenty years I don´t go any place on easter time, to me is a time to rest and enjoy my not crowded city, Remaining here it is like Paradise, not cars, not so much people to go shopping, to see a museum and so on.

    Home it is the best place to be, at least for me, so I have been happy for years having some days to be indoors. Reading, listening to music, going for a walk to the park, walking along the streets more empty, just a pleasure.

    For christians it could be also a good time of meditation, alone, or going some church not so crowded, but all depends of every one. I don’t need to go to a particular place to meditate, home is good, or a bench in the park ir enough or just a walk.

    The mistery to me is always the same, why so many people need to go out from their lives?. Mobbing the roads for hours to go and again once the days pass away mobbing roads to return into the daily routine?. Every year the same, is it we don´t think or we don´t like to stop the wheel of our life?.

    Yes, something to think about, if we have time to stop and to think a subject I doubt, sorry but seeing what I see I doubt there is enough time to think if we are going and coming as son as we have some days free.

    This year the crisis has been a retreat to hundred thousands who could be have more time to rethink about their lives, what evidently it could be a drama if they have enough time to feel their sorrows, the lack of work, what we are going to do in future?, where is the house close to the beach that we had last year to go on “holly weeks”?. What has happened with our world of yesterday?……

    Such a lot of questions to thousands that this year are not on the road.

    When I was a child this time of “holy week” (easter) there were days to meditate, to pray, to think about Christ Jesús, about Christ’s sufferings on the cross
    that gave His life for us. Of course, not every body did that, the same now that there are also some people who do just this kind of Christian meditation or prays, but are the less one.

    Even the processions are a tourist party, a way of getting lot of money from foreigners or visitors, but not a time to pray or just a time to stop and think about our own life.


    I am not a good believer, I could say I am a bad believer more an agnostic than other thing, but I like to meditate about life, God, other different life than this, and so on.
    May be that´s the reason I am so astonished about what “holy week” is it for lot of Christians, just a reason to be off from their own life or beliefs if they believe in something.

    I wish you a peaceful time of rest and meditation.


  3. Dan says:

    Hi Emiliano.

    I am going to stay too.

    I have all my little and simple things to do.

    Going running, listening to the radio, enjoying the cats….

    Thanks bye.

  4. Betty says:

    Hi Dan,

    Thanks for writing to share your appreciation of Jeff’s humour.

    I listened to podcast 880 more carefully than usual in order to find the funny part you told us.

    Jeff is born to be a star.

    How is Easter in Italy where you are? Looks like you are going to enjoy the peace and quiet in your beautiful town.

    I hope the Easter Holiday gives you and everyone a well deserved break.

    Best Regards

    Betty 🙂

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