November 30, 2017
In the first part of our program, we’re going to discuss current events. We will begin with Pope Francis's speech in Myanmar that met with criticism from various human rights groups. Next, we’ll talk about the engagement of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle. Then, we’ll have a conversation about a prediction that 2018 will be a year of higher earthquake activity due to a slight deceleration in the Earth’s rotation. And finally, we’ll talk about a man who plans to launch himself in a homemade rocket to prove that the Earth is flat.
- Pope Francis avoids direct references to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar speech
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce engagement
- Changes in Earth’s rotation may cause more major earthquakes in 2018
- Man plans to launch himself in homemade rocket to prove that the Earth is flat
November 23, 2017
As always, we’re going to start the program with a discussion of current events. We will begin with President Trump’s reversal on his own decision to allow the importation of elephant “trophies.” Next, we’ll talk about two E.U. agencies leaving the UK following Brexit. Then, we’ll have a conversation about a Leonardo da Vinci painting that was sold last week for $450 million. And finally, we’ll talk about an event that shocked many soccer fans – the Italian national soccer team has lost its chance to play in next year’s World Cup.
- President Trump reverses decision to allow imports of elephant “trophies”
- Amsterdam, Paris to host key E.U. agencies following Brexit
- Leonardo da Vinci painting sells for record-breaking $450 million
- Italy fails to qualify for World Cup for first time in six decades
November 16, 2017
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.
- European ministers sign joint defense pact
- Australians vote to legalize same-sex marriage
- As “Me Too” movement gains momentum, questions emerge about its lasting impact
- Poles encouraged to “breed like rabbits” in new video campaign
November 09, 2017
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.
- Church shooting, truck attack kill dozens in two separate incidents in the U.S.
- Silvio Berlusconi begins political comeback
- Crowds worldwide rush to buy latest iPhone
- Houston Astros win World Series
November 02, 2017
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.
- First charges filed in Russian meddling investigation
- Facebook, Twitter, and Google admit to wide-reaching Russian influence
- Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis crashes its host website
- Drinking alcohol improves pronunciation in second language, study shows