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November 16, 2017
Weekly News in Slow English - Episode #10



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Jessica: It’s Thursday, November 16, 2017. Welcome to another episode of our weekly program, News in Slow English! Greetings to all our listeners! I’m in the studio with my friend, Chris. Hi, Chris.
Chris: Hello, everyone! Hi, Jessica.
Jessica: In the first part of our program, we’re going to discuss current events. We will begin with the new European joint defense pact - PESCO. Next, we’ll talk about a new poll in Australia that shows overwhelming support for gay marriage. Then, we’ll have a conversation about the “Me Too” movement in which more than 1.7 million people in 85 countries have shared their experiences of sexual assault, abuse, or harassment. And finally, we’ll talk about a new video campaign in Poland to promote higher birthrates.
Chris: Excellent! All of these topics are very interesting! But we need to choose just one for Speaking Studio this week.
Jessica: Hmm… it’s not an easy choice!
Chris: I propose the “Me Too” story. I’m sure our audience will have thoughts to share on this topic.
Jessica: Good idea. You don’t need to have experienced an assault or harassment in order to participate in this conversation.
Chris: And as always, our Speaking Studio participants can choose any story from the program to discuss. The Featured Topic is just a suggestion.
Jessica: OK, let’s continue. The second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll illustrate the use of today’s topic: Pronouns. And we’ll conclude our program with another English expression: “To blaze a trail / To be a trailblazer.”
Chris: Very good, Jessica. Let’s get started!
Jessica: Yes, Chris. There’s no time to waste. Let the show begin!
Chris: Hit it!
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November 09, 2017
Episode #9
Weekly News in Slow English


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Jessica: Today is Thursday, November 9, 2017. Welcome to another weekly edition of News in Slow English! Hello, everyone. I’m Jessica.
Chris: And I’m Chris.
Jessica: For the first part of our program, we’re going to look at what’s happening around the world this week. We will begin with two tragedies that took place in the U.S., one in Texas and the other in New York. Next, we’ll look into the results of the elections in Italy that present an opportunity for former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to re-enter national politics. Following that, we’ll talk about the new iPhone X which went on sale last Friday and drew thousands to Apple Stores around the world. And finally, we’ll talk about the 2017 World Series and the victory of the Houston Astros over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Chris: It was such a great game, Jessica! Do you think we should choose this story as the Featured Topic for Speaking Studio this week?
Jessica: I thought you would suggest that, Chris. But since not everyone is as much a fan of baseball as you are, I think we should discuss the attacks on New York and Texas instead. I think these tragic events are on everyone’s mind.
Chris: You’re right. That topic definitely deserves our attention.
Jessica: For now, let’s finish up our introduction. As always, the second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll illustrate the use of today’s topic: Gender Neutral Nouns. And we’ll close this week’s program with a new English expression: “A cock and bull story.”
Chris: Sounds good. I can’t wait to get started!
Jessica: So what are we waiting for? Let the show begin!
Chris: Hit it!
November 02, 2017
Episode #8
Weekly News in Slow English


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Jessica: Today is Thursday, November 2nd, 2017. Welcome to another episode of our weekly program, News in Slow English! Greetings to all our listeners! I’m in the studio with my friend, Chris. Hi, Chris.
Chris: Hello, everyone! Hi, Jessica.
Jessica: For the first portion of our program, we are going to dive into this week’s headlines. We’ll start with a discussion on the first criminal charges brought against some of President Trump’s former aids on Monday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the Russian meddling investigation. Next, we’re going to talk about the Russian use of social networking platforms Facebook, Google and Twitter to influence the outcome of the 2016 United States presidential election. After that, we’ll discuss the publishing of Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis on Cambridge University's website. And finally, we’ll talk about the findings of a study suggesting that drinking alcohol could improve one’s pronunciation when speaking a foreign language.
Chris: What a selection, Jessica! And what would you suggest as the Featured Topic for this week’s Speaking Studio?
Jessica: I suggest the publishing of Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis. There are a number of interesting points to discuss there.
Chris: Good choice, Jessica.
Jessica: For now, let’s finish up our introduction. As always, the second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll illustrate the use of today’s topic: Irregular Noun/Verb Agreement. And we’ll close this week’s program with a new English expression: “To bridge the gap.”
Chris: Very good, Jessica! Let’s get started!
Jessica: Yes, Chris -- there’s no time to waste! Let the show begin!
Chris: Hit it!
October 26, 2017
Episode #7
Weekly News in Slow English


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Jessica: Today is Thursday, October 26, 2017. Welcome to another weekly edition of News in Slow English! Hello, everyone. I’m Jessica.
Chris: And I’m Chris.
Jessica: For the first half of our program, we’re going to look at what’s happening around the world this week. We’ll begin with a discussion of China’s most important political event that ended on Tuesday - the Communist Party Congress. Next, we’ll address the results of Czech elections and the nomination of the Populist billionaire Andrej Babiš. After that, we’ll discuss the discovery by scientists from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) of a 30 mile-long cave on the surface of the moon. And finally, we’ll talk about a rumor that has spread throughout social media this week.
Chris: What do you think about selecting the Czech election and growing populism in Europe as our Featured Topic for this week’s Speaking Studio?
Jessica: It’s an excellent choice, Chris.
Chris: Thank you!
Jessica: Let’s continue. As always, the second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll illustrate the use of today’s topic: Countable and Uncountable Nouns. And we’ll close this week’s program with a new English expression: “To go back to the drawing board.”
Chris: I can’t wait to get started.
Jessica: So what are we waiting for? Let the show begin!
Chris: Hit it!
October 19, 2017
Episode #6
Weekly News in Slow English


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Emily: Today is Thursday, October 19th, 2017. Welcome to another weekly edition of News in Slow English! Hello, everyone. I’m Emily.
Chris: And I’m Chris.
Emily: In the first part of our program, we’re going to discuss current events. We will begin with news of the liberation of Raqqa, the Syrian city occupied by the Islamic State. Next, we’ll talk about the results of Austria’s national elections which were held last Sunday. Then, we’ll have a conversation about a study which seems to challenge what we previously believed about the domestication of dogs. And finally, we’ll talk about an Italian woman who was granted the right to earn paid time off in order to care for her sick dog.
Chris: Emily, are we shifting our program from world news to canine news?
Emily: I thought you might say that.
Chris: Well?
Emily: The last story is about the right to care for your pets. And the third story is about cooperation.
Chris: Cooperation? I thought the story was about domestication.
Emily: OK, I understand that it might be a little confusing, but it’s a fascinating topic for discussion.
Chris: In that case, let’s make it our Featured Topic for this week’s Speaking Studio.
Emily: Sounds like a plan, Chris! For now, let’s get back to the headlines. The second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll illustrate the use of today’s topic: Plural Nouns. And we’ll conclude our program with another English expression: “Actions speak louder than words.”
Chris: Awesome, Emily! Let’s get started!
Emily: Yes, Chris -- there’s no time to waste! Let the show begin!
Chris: Hit it!
October 12, 2017
Episode #5
Weekly News in Slow English


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Emily: Today is Thursday, October 12, 2017. You’re listening to News in Slow English! A warm welcome to all our listeners. My name is Emily.
Chris: And I’m Chris.
Emily: For the first part of our program, we are going to dive into this week’s headlines. We’ll start with the ongoing tension between Catalonia and the Spanish government. Next, we’re going to cover the firing of movie executive Harvey Weinstein last Sunday over allegations of sexual misconduct. After that, we’ll talk about the work of Richard Thaler, a US economist, and the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Economics. And finally, we’ll discuss the controversial decision by Austrian authorities to fine a man wearing a shark costume, accusing him of violating a new law which forbids people to wear any face covering in public.
Chris: Great selection, Emily. I’m particularly puzzled by the last news story. What’s wrong with wearing a costume in public?
Emily: That’s a great question, Chris, but you’ll have to wait a little while to find out. I suggest that we choose this story as the Featured Topic for Speaking Studio this week.
Chris: Excellent!
Emily: But that’s not all, Chris. The second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll demonstrate the use of today’s topic: Units of Quantity -- Most, Almost, and Almost All. And we’ll end this week’s program with a brand new English expression: “To be a stick-in-the-mud.”
Chris: Awesome. Ready to go?
Emily: Yes, Chris -- no need to wait. Let the show begin!
Chris: Hit it!