Oct 8, 2008

VOA Special English - Weekly Report

Join the new English Learners Group at USA Votes 2008

You're invited to be among the first members of a community for English language learners on VOA's new Web site for the presidential election campaign. You can post videos, photos, audio tracks and comments.

Click here to go to the group page, and be sure to bookmark it. Registering to submit content is simple. Use the "join now" link at the top of the group page.

> This group is a chance for learners outside the U.S. to use their English and to discuss American politics. So post your thoughts. Here's a question: Who would you vote for if you could vote, and why?

Storms of September: One Month, Three Hurricanes in the Atlantic
On SCIENCE IN THE NEWS: Gustav, Hanna and Ike caused major damage. But have storms' intensity increased because of climate change?

US Food Stores Must Identify More Foods by Country
On AGRICULTURE REPORT: Fresh fruits and vegetables and some meats are among the products that must now be labeled by origin. But the new rules exclude many foods.

Another World, Underground: Carlsbad Caverns National Park
On THIS IS AMERICA: In New Mexico, one of the world's largest caves attracts human visitors for its mineral formations (pictured), and bats for a place to hang out.

At Home in a Shipping Container
On DEVELOPMENT REPORT: An American company designs a heavy-duty house for poor workers in Mexico.

Willa Cather, 1873-1947: She Celebrated Europeans Who Settled in the American Midwest
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: Her best stories are about these pioneers. She developed a way of writing, both beautiful and simple, that made her a pioneer, too.

Before Next McCain-Obama Debate, Palin and Biden Take Their Turn
On IN THE NEWS: A look at Thursday night's vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. Also, the modern history of presidential debates.

Credit and the Crisis of Confidence
On ECONOMICS REPORT: How a loss of trust in the financial system has made it increasingly difficult for businesses to get loans.

Infectious Disease Expert, Sax Player Are Among MacArthur Winners
Also on AMERICAN MOSAIC: A question from Russia about great American tennis players. And music by blues guitarist Buddy Guy.

American History Series: In Election of 1824, a Clash of Personalities
On THE MAKING OF A NATION: John Quincy Adams won the presidency, but it required a vote in Congress -- a vote that led to charges of a corrupt deal.

Foreign Student Series: Public or Private?
On EDUCATION REPORT: In part four, we look at an example from Oregon of price differences between a state university and a private college.

New Money for Malaria
On HEALTH REPORT: Governments and groups promise $3 billion for a plan that aims to stop the disease in Africa by 2015. Also, the W.H.O. sharply lowered its estimate of malaria cases worldwide.

Isaac Newton: One of the World’s Greatest Scientists
On EXPLORATIONS: Much of today's science of physics is based on Newton's discovery of the three laws of motion and his theory of gravity. He said of his work: ''If I saw further than other men, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants.''

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