2017
October

October 26, 2017
Episode #7




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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.
  • Xi Jinping is China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong
  • Populist billionaire to become next Czech leader
  • Cave on moon’s surface could serve as shelter for humans
  • Melania Trump imposter theory captivates the internet
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.”
October 19, 2017
Episode #6




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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.
  • City of Raqqa falls to U.S.-backed Syrian forces
  • Austria shifts to the right following national elections
  • Domestication has not made dogs cooperate more with each other, when compared to wolves
  • Italian woman wins right to earn sick pay to care for ailing dog
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.”
October 12, 2017
Episode #5




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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.
  • Uncertainty continues over Catalan secession
  • Movie executive Harvey Weinstein fired following sexual allegations
  • US economist Richard Thaler wins this year's Nobel Prize in Economics
  • Man in shark costume fined under Austria's 'burqa ban' law
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.”
October 05, 2017
Episode #4




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In the first part of our program, we’re going to discuss current events. We will begin with the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history which took place in Las Vegas on Sunday night, leaving 59 dead and more than 500 injured. Next, we’ll discuss the constitutional crisis in Spain following the Catalonian independence referendum. Then, we’ll have a conversation about the government of Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift the ban on women drivers. And finally, we’ll talk about an Italian woman who decided to marry herself, following a new trend gaining popularity: sologamy or self-marriage.
  • Deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history leaves 59 dead in Las Vegas
  • Spain in constitutional crisis following Catalonian independence referendum
  • Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive
  • Italian woman marries herself, saying “each of us must first of all love ourselves”
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: Units of quantity - many, much, few, a lot, plenty, every, and whole. And we’ll conclude our program with another English expression.