"Learn everyday English with over 50 free podcasts about everyday topics.
There are interactive exercises to help you practise the language you hear."
US Cities Celebrate #BiketoWorkDay - Text + Audio + Video - 20 May 2016
"National Bike to Work Day helps new bikers try cycling as a way to commute.
In big U.S. cities, local bicycle groups provide Bike to Work Day participants with food, drinks and support as they make their journeys.
The hashtag #BiketoWorkDay2016 trended on Twitter."
The Caliph, Cupid and the Clock by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
"Often we can feel like there is not enough time in the world. Many people hurry through life and take little time to enjoy the world around them. Read about one man's belief that clocks are bad in this classic American Story, "The Caliph, Cupid and the Clock" by O. Henry."
Levi's® Commuter™ x Jacquard by Google Trucker Jacket
"Levi's® and Google collaborate to create the newest in wearable technology - the Levi's® Commuter™ x Jacquard by Google Trucker Jacket.
Coming in the Spring of 2017, it is the first ever smart garment with Jacquard by Google technology woven in. Stay connected, not distracted as you get directions, information on nearby places, change your music, and answer calls.
Levi Strauss & Co. has been innovating since the birth of the first pair of jeans in 1873. The Levi's® Commuter™ x Jacquard by Google Trucker Jacket continues this legacy by offering seamless connectivity and a safer ride. Be in the moment on and off your bike.
Learn more about the Levi's® Commuter™ x Jacquard by Google collaboration at http://www.levi.com.
See the Levi's® Commuter™ collection at http://www.levi.com/US/en_US/features..."
White House shooting: Secret Service stops armed man- 21 May 2016
The White House has seen a number of security incidents in recent years, prompting changes at the executive complex.
In April, Secret Service caught an intruder climbing over the White House fence.
In 2014, Iraq War veteran Omar Gonzalez jumped the White House fence and ran into the building with a knife. Also that year,
a toddler squeezed through the gates of the fence and was caught on the lawn.
In 2013, one man tried to crash a jeep filled with knives and bullets into a security gate.
In 2011, Oscar Ortega-Hernandez shot at the White House and was charged with attempting to assassinate Mr Obama or a member of his staff."
Still The Most Shocking Second A Day - 9 May 2016
"A human tragedy is unfolding. 60 million people have been forced to flee their homes – creating the largest refugee crisis since World War II.
Among them is a generation of children who have lost everything they know: their homes, their education – sometimes even their families.
It’s a situation that has forced families into terrifying situations and impossible choices. And children have suffered most."
U.S. Scientists Say Genetically Engineered Foods Are Safe - Text + Audio- 19 May 2016
"A new American report says genetically-engineered foods are generally safe for humans and the environment.
The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released the report on Tuesday.
The findings probably will not end the debate over use of genetically-engineered foods in the U.S."
The Economics Report: Market for Illegally Made Goods Reaches $460 Billion - VIDEO - 19 May 2016
"An organization that studies economic and social issues says the international trade in counterfeit goods is rising.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development or OECD warns that some of these products can endanger the public
and might even finance terrorists or criminal groups."
J.J. Cale - Wish I Had Not Said That
(YouTube) + LYRICS: "You don't come here too often
You make my day when you come around
You know I love you something awful
You're a diamond I have found
Wish I had not said that, baby..." (azlyrics.com) Thanks to Richard C. (Ac. Versailles)
Oh I wished I'd looked after me teeth- a poem with AUDIO "Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth,
And spotted the dangers beneath
All the toffees I chewed,
And the sweet sticky food..."
(pamayres.com) Thanks to Fabienne G. (Ac. Amiens)
Working-class white people, most of them Afrikaans-speakers, are going through an intense crisis in South Africa
This is one of 80 white squatter townships in country where families live in poverty, with little food or running water
Seeking to undo years of racial inequality, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) government introduced laws that promoted employment for blacks and aimed to give them a greater share of the economy
This, along with the global financial meltdown, has meant many white South Africans have fallen on hard times
Royal Navy helps in mass rescue - a lesson plan (pdf)
"HMS Bulwark, a Royal Navy assault ship, has rescued more than 1,000 migrants from boats off the coast of Libya."
Six Things the World Could Learn from Burning Man
"Most people think that Burning Man is a bunch of naked hippies doing drugs in the desert... and they are right. But Burning Man is also much, much more. It has become a giant social experiment. It has launched movements, shaped global organizations and brought creativity to a whole new level to those who are brave enough to face the heat and face themselves in the infamous dust."
India's dying mother
"The Ganges is one of the greatest rivers on Earth, but it is dying.
From the icy Himalayan peaks, where it begins, right down to the Bay of Bengal, it is being slowly poisoned..."
Why the Brits love drinking - 6 May 2016
"The nation has a historic reputation for liking a drink – but is this a tired stereotype?
For the final part of the Myths of Britain series, Alastair Sooke finds out."
Barred from voting on their own future- 19 May 2016
"About three million people living in the UK are citizens of another EU country.
Many have lived here for decades and count Britain as their home, but they can't vote in the referendum
on whether to remain in the European Union. So what do they make of the vote?"
Can the Queen vote in the EU referendum? - 18 May 2016
"The Sun newspaper's been told off for misleadingly reporting that the Queen's in favour of the UK leaving the European Union.
But is she allowed to vote in next month's referendum, asks Justin Parkinson.
The Queen doesn't vote. She "has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters" and is "unable to vote or stand for election", according to the Buckingham Palace website. But..." (BBC)
Brexit: The (animated) Movie
"Hello, I'm Matt. I'm a British animator and have created this short animation making the case for why Britain should leave the EU.
I think it is very important more people understand that a post-Brexit Britain won't be swallowed by the ocean, or ignored by the world. Rather, a sovereign Britain will likely flourish under British leadership, working as partners with Europe and the rest of the civilised world - *not as vassals governed by the whim of an undemocratic and unaccountable European Commission!"
Thanks to Muriel O. (Ac. Montpellier)
A movie star and a maths expert fight for equal pay - 19 May 2016
"House of Cards star Robin Wright has revealed she demanded the same pay as her co-star Kevin Spacey
- but what does fighting for equal wages look like for women who are not movie stars?"
"Marta Brassfield, one of the Senior Painting Conservators
with Olin Conservation, Inc., uses a fine brush
to inpaint damaged areas of “Borne by Loving Hands,”
a painting by German artist Carl Bersch that captures
the aftermath of President Abraham Lincoln."
American Schools Remain Divided by Race- Text + Audio + Photos - 18 May 2016
"In 1954, the Supreme Court decided that public schools could not separate students by race.
The case was known as Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
Sixty-two years after a U.S. Supreme Court decision banned segregation, American schools remain divided by race."
Olympic Doping Probe Focused on Russian Athletes - Text + Audio + Photos - 18 May 2016
"Russian Olympic athletes may be in danger of missing this year’s Olympic Games in Brazil.
The IOC is investigating allegations of doping going back to the 2008 Games in China."
IOC = International Olympic Committee