Podcasts This Week (July 7, 2014)

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ESL Podcast 1014 – Becoming a Spy

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to live a double life” and “for (one’s) cover to be blown.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Extraordinary Rendition.”
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English Cafe 458

Topics: Miranda v. Arizona; Famous Americans – Rube Goldberg; to heal versus to cure; to give up versus to give in; no way

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Garrity and Kalkines Warnings.”
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ESL Podcast 1015 – Conducting a Search

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to report in” and “don’t look now.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The FBI Victims Identification Project and The Charley Project.”
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8 Responses to Podcasts This Week (July 7, 2014)

  1. Dan says:

    Hi there.

    One of the few things I remember from school is that races between humans do not exist.

    I am writing this because listening to NPR and other sources, I keep hearing people using the term “Race” referring to “Black and Whites” I do not even like the words “white and black” for people

    And many of those using the term are highly educated people. That let me puzzled on how exactly the term “Race” is used in the US.

    Or, I am wrong and races between human exist?

    Help! guys out there.


  2. Tania says:

    Hi, Dan!
    Listen again The English Cafe 448! It’s not the first time when Jeff tells us about
    “discrimination” and “segregation”.
    Segregation – people separated into groups after human race: Africano-Americans, Whites, Indians…
    And after geographical location there are human races .
    Remember the song composed by Michael Jackson, “Black or White”, ” a rock’n’ roll dance
    song about racial harmony”.

    “Yes we’re one and the same
    But, if you’re thinkin’about my baby
    It doesn’t matter if you’re
    Black or white.”

  3. Tania says:

    Hi! I have seen a title of a movie: “Confession of a Shopaholic”.
    Jeff told us about this word: addicted to shopping.

  4. Tania says:

    Hi! Last night I saw the movie “21” on TV.
    It is a 2008 American heist drama film starring Kevin Spacey.
    According to Wikipedia, the film is inspired by a true story .
    It was a box office success , and was the number one film in the U.S. and Canada
    during its first and second weekend of release.

    I don’t know the meaning of the phrase “heist drama film”.

  5. Dan says:

    Thank you for podcasts 1014.

    It is also worth remembering the recent first tweet of the CIA
    “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet”

    I find that funny.

  6. emiliano says:

    YES, I am going to Berlin, incredible.

    That´s true, after so many years without traveling, except last year that I went to London, next
    eleventh of july I´m going to one of the big capitals of Europe that is Berlin.

    Berlin it is not only one of the bigger nice cities of Europe but it is also a symbol of how
    time changed after some decades, as this a city with a large history since the last seventy years of
    last century.

    When I was born, Berlin was the capital of The German Nation that was under
    the Nacional Socialism Regimen that has inmersed Europe, and the rest of the world, in
    the Second World War.

    Along the years of the Second World Berlin thousands of bombs
    were throwed on the city till its total destruction.

    After that, once the war was over and the nazis were defeated, the city of Berlin was divided
    in four parts, the same as the rest of German, England, France, EE.UU. and Russia occupied
    the four parts of the German Nation.

    Some years after, Berlin was divided only in two sides, the Russian Communist Side and the East part
    controled by EE.UU. , and a wall was erected on 1961 by the D.G.R., to prevent the bad capitalists
    ideas of the East and preserved the communist regiment of the West as long as possible from that
    bad capitalist east influence on people.

    In fact what the R.D.G. wanted was avoid the pass of german people from the West side to the East.
    So Germany was divided in two, the East, capital Bohn, and the West, capital West Berlin.

    The Cold War between the West countries of Europe and the East, together with EE.UU. and
    other allies , was so long tha I could live it in first person along all my youth and adult life.

    It seems the world was going to be destroyed by the Nuclear Bombs, and some how every
    body was afraid of that events.

    But in 1989, radical political changes occurred in the Eastern Side.

    After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on 9 November 1989
    that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed
    and climbed onto the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere.

    Over the next few weeks, euphoric public and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the
    wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of what was left.

    The physical wall was primarily destroyed in 1990. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved
    the way for German reunification in one Nation, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990.

    All these events are a piece of my life and now I am going to see this City of Berlin
    and another part o this Great Country that is Germany.


  7. Marcos says:

    Hi everyone

    Thank you Jeff for this podcast, 458. A couple days I sent you a e-mail about rights and what I can do or not when face to face with a cop ( Marcos vs. cop ) rs. and Miranda vs. Arizona help me understand something more.

    See you next

  8. emiliano says:

    Dear Aecio, so sorry for Brasil, I was astonished watching
    the match, looking so many people crying. It was like a
    nightmare for thousands in the stadium and millions of your people.
    Sorry again.


    I suppose Germans are happy today, but it has been too much.
    Next sunday being in Berlin sure I will be watching the final
    surrounded by thousands Germans that will be happy if finally Germany
    gets the Cup.


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