Dec 24, 2008

VOA Spacial English - Weekly Report

A Direct Look at Five Planets Far From Our Solar System
Also on SCIENCE IN THE NEWS: Scientists find evidence of tsunamis from long ago. And a study suggests that being surrounded by happy friends and neighbors could have more of an effect on your happiness than money.

Food Safety After a Flood
On AGRICULTURE REPORT: Advice from experts about what to keep and what to throw away.

Small Loans Grow in a Big Way
On DEVELOPMENT REPORT: As the microfinance industry grows, there are efforts to prevent abuses.

Spirit of the Season: Christmas Music and Traditions in America
On THIS IS AMERICA: A music-filled program looking at how Americans observe the most widely celebrated religious holiday in the U.S.

Proverbs: Famous Sayings About Love, War and Other Issues
On WORDS AND THEIR STORIES: Examples of proverbs that Americans use.

Jesse Owens, 1913- 1980: He Was Once the World's Fastest Runner
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: He was the first American in the history of Olympic track and field events to win four gold medals in a single Olympics.

A Special Christmas Story: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS STORY: A husband and wife give each other the most special Christmas gift of all.

Common Theme Ties Cases of Madoff, Siemens and 'Light' Cigarette Ads
On IN THE NEWS: The legal cases of a New York money manager, a German engineering company and the U.S. tobacco industry are all rooted in the idea of dishonesty.

Fed Cuts Short-Term Rates to Nearly Zero; Now What?
On ECONOMICS REPORT: The U.S. central bank can follow a policy of easy money -- for now -- because inflation is no longer a concern.

Leo Villareal's Art Brightens Washington's Season of Lights
Also on AMERICAN MOSAIC: A question from China about winter weather. And music from some new Christmas albums.

Foreign Student Series: TOEFL or IELTS?
On EDUCATION REPORT: In part 15, we look at the two major English language tests accepted by colleges and universities in the U.S.

American History Series: Jackson, 'the People's Friend,' Leaves Office
On THE MAKING OF A NATION: In 1837, the presidency passed from Andrew Jackson (pictured) to Martin Van Buren.

Simple Measures Can Prevent Injuries to Children
On HEALTH REPORT: A new U.N. report says unintentional injuries kill more than 2,000 children each day.

Under the Sea, Under the Fake Sea: Visiting Some Popular Aquariums
On EXPLORATIONS: Millions of people around the world visit aquariums. At some of them, you can even swim with sharks.

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