The Internet gives new meanings to common words (October 20, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The fast pace at which the Internet has entered and transformed our lives has had an impact on the words and language we use."
What is climate change? - Article + Video - 22 October 2015
"In December, officials from across the world will gather in Paris, France, to try to hammer out a deal to tackle global warming.
Here's what we know and don't know about the Earth's changing climate."
Seeking asylum on children's bicycles - 23 October 2015
"Hundreds of migrants have cycled into Norway from Russia after finding a new route into Europe that avoids the deadly Mediterranean crossing. They are not allowed to cross the Arctic border on foot, so a lucrative trade in bicycles has opened up,
with migrants buying bikes and pedalling the final few metres."
Migrant crisis: The people cycling into Norway - VIDEO- 23 October 2015
"As Syrian refugees trying to enter Europe find the journey increasingly difficult and dangerous, they are looking for new routes in.
One is via North Western Russia and its land border with Norway. The refugees are allowed across but, curiously, only on bicycles.
The BBC's Tim Whewell reports from Storskog - above the Arctic circle."
America’s Top Fears 2015
"The Chapman University Survey of American Fears, Wave 2 (2015) provides an unprecedented look into the fears of average Americans.
In April of 2015, a random sample of 1,541 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about eighty-eight different fears across a huge variety of topics ranging from crime, the government, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and many others."
Insanely Over-the-Top Attorney Ad for the "Texas Law Hawk" "If you or a loved one has been arrested, then you need the "talons of justice."
Bryan Wilson, a lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas, is the bearer of those talons. He calls himself the "Texas Law Hawk."
As this ad demonstrates, if you've been arrested for DUI, he will show up while doing wheelies on a motorbike
and lay down some law on the cops."
Driving under the influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI),
"is the crime of driving a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs (including those prescribed by physicians),
to a level that renders the driver incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely. The name of the offense varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction
and from legal to colloquial terminology. Other terms include: drink-driving, drunk driving, drunken driving,impaired driving,
operating under the influence, drinking and driving, over the prescribed limit (OPL).]
People who receive multiple DUIs are often struggling with alcoholism or alcohol dependence."
Cats of the Urban Wild
"Tens of thousands of feral and stray cats roam the streets of New York.
How we should deal with the overpopulation has been contentiously debated for decades."
"There are thousands of feral cats in the streets of New York City. They were abandoned, or else were born to feral cats.
They hide in the shadows and don’t trust people. What to do about all those cats?
There aren’t enough homes for the feral cat population, so the response until recently was to catch and put them down.
But in the last couple of decades, the T.N.R. method has shown some promise. That’s "trap, neuter, return (or release)."
It’s been found to be effective in slowly reducing the population of feral colonies.
This video from The New Yorker follows volunteers as they go about trapping and caring for feral cats in Brooklyn."
Detailed Floor Plan Drawings of Popular TV and Film Homes
"Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde is an artist based in Spain who creates (under the name nikneuk) these wonderful drawings of the floor plans
of a variety of homes from television and film. These colorful plans are drawn to scale and include a number of endearing details
corresponding to the storylines of the characters to whom the homes belong.
See all of the series, including Big Bang Theory, Frasier, Sex and the City, Dexter, I Love Lucy and more, at the artist's DeviantART site."
Biden Decides Against Running for President - Text + Audio + Video - 21 October 2015
"Vice President Joe Biden ended months of speculation on his political future.
The Vice President concluded that the grieving process for his family prevented him from starting a presidential campaign"
Study Links Video Game Use to Problems in School- Text + Audio - 21 October 2015
"A new study warns that too much time spent playing computer games could affect a child's performance at school.
Britain's National Children’s Bureau Northern Ireland reported the results of the study.
They show that too many hours spent playing games can reduce students' chances of success."
TALK2US: How to Do Conversation Exchange Online - VIDEO - 20 October 2015
"Haruka and Dr. Jill talk with a caller who describes his conversation exchanges to learn English online.
He gives great advice on how to have a good attitude and get the most out of these exchanges."
10 Tech Tools to Teach You New Words- Text + Audio - 22 October 2015
"Technology has given us new tools and ways to learn languages faster and easier.
Here are a few tools that could help you on desktop, mobile and other browser tools."
Melody Gardot - Preacherman
"The profound nature of our existence is that we are able at any moment to connect to anyone, anywhere. History is there to remind us of how far we've come, and every day our journey is to continue with that progress of becoming more wise, more compassionate and more considerate human beings. Remembering Emmett though song is way to remind people that there is no need to continue with senseless crimes. Race and racism do no go hand in hand. We are only one race: human." Melody Gardot
"Melody Gardot’s tribute to the legacy of Emmett Till via the video, Preacher Man and song, helps to take each of us on an important emotional journey back in history. Preacher Man, sadly also raises our consciousness, as we witness the haunting tragedy of 14 year old Emmett Till’s death on August 28, 1955..."
"I have seen the darkness
lord knows I've seen the light
don't recall the lord
sayin' there's a difference
if you're black or white..."
Politics on the school dinner menu in France- 21 October 2015
"France is going through one of its periodic bouts of "secularitis" - that disease of the national soul
whose symptom is loud and prolonged agonising over the encroachments of religion.
This time the issue is school meals - and specifically the question of whether town authorities should be obliged to offer Muslim children
an alternative to pork, whenever pork appears on the menu."
My life with a face tattoo- VIDEO - 17 October 2015
"It's estimated that one in five of the UK population has a tattoo, and that number is even higher amongst young people.
Necks, hands and full sleeves are becoming more and more popular. But your face is the one place you can never hide.
We've been to Dundee where there is a small but growing community of people who have face tattoos - and are proud of them.
This is the story of Sean Green."
Migrant crisis: Trapped in no-man's land at the Croatia/Serbia border - VIDEO - 19 October 2015 "Croatia re-opened its border with Serbia on Monday evening, removing one of the bottlenecks for thousands of stranded migrants.
About 3,000 people had been stuck in cold and wet weather in a no-man's land between the two countries.
The Balkans are struggling to cope with the huge influx of migrants -- making their journey into Western Europe.
Our Europe Correspondent Damian Grammaticas reports from the village of Berkasovo."
Not Many Syrian Refugees Welcomed in Russia - Text + Audio - 19 October 2015
"Tens of thousands of refugees from Syria continue to flee unrest by traveling to Europe and neighboring countries.
But many do not seek refuge in Russia, despite long-time political and economic relations between the two countries."
Idioms of the World - Part II "After reading the original Idioms of the World piece on Hotel Club the team of translators at Comtec started discussing their favourite funny foreign phrases and realised that there were loads more to share. So after much debate and deliberation they narrowed these down to their 10 favourites, in Idioms of the World 2!"
Photos Show Today’s Native Americans- Text + Audio + Photos- 18 October 2015
"Matika Wilbur has a goal that will take her across the United States. She plans to photograph every federally recognized Native American tribe in the country. She hopes that her photographs will help end the many stereotypes Americans and others worldwide have of native people."
Teen CEO Says Everyone Should Code- Text + Audio + Video - 18 October 2015
"What does the average 15-year-old do with her free time? Most teenagers are hanging out with friends, talking on their smart phones or playing games on their computer. But Swetha Prabakaran is different. She enjoys spending her time making the use of technology easier for all."
The multi-million pound business started as a laugh - 19 October 2015
"As with so many good ideas, inspiration came to them after a few beers. At the time, the three co-founders of MorphCostumes had successful corporate careers. But nevertheless, the notion of starting a business to sell top-to-toe spandex bodysuits seemed like a good plan."
Migrants held in the rain near Slovenian border - VIDEO - 19 October 2015
"Tensions are building among thousands of migrants heading north through Balkan states
as their route to Western Europe is stalled by new controls.
Slovenia has warned that it cannot accept an unlimited number of migrants entering its territory
unless its northern neighbour, Austria, says it will let them through.
Croatia has called on Slovenia to accept at least 5,000 migrants per day after Hungary closed its border to them."
Slovenia sets daily limit to cope with migrant numbers- VIDEO - 19 October 2015
"Slovenia has warned that it can't accept an unlimited number of migrants and says it will allow 2,500 migrants to cross its borders daily.
People are being diverted through Slovenia after Hungary sealed its border with Croatia."
France's migrant 'cemetery' in Africa- 19 October 2015
"Europe has been so transfixed by tragedies in the Mediterranean in recent years that a similar crisis in the Indian Ocean has gone almost unnoticed. It is caused by the magnetic attraction of the French island of Mayotte to the inhabitants of the neighbouring Comoros Islands."
Hungary closes border to migrants and refugees- VIDEO - 17 October 2015
"Thousands of migrants are seeking a new route to western Europe, after Hungary shut its border with Croatia.
Many of the migrants are now heading for Croatia's border with Slovenia.
The BBC's Damian Grammaticas reports from the Croatian border."