Dec 8, 2008

VOA Special English - Weekly Report

VOA Special English

Adding Up the Many Dangers of Tobacco -- and Finding New Ones
This week on SCIENCE IN THE NEWS: Researchers have more warnings for smokers. Also, advice about how to quit.

Looking for Energy in Algae
A Seattle company harvests wild algal blooms in search of natural gas and biochemicals.

Australia Aims for Cleaner Coal
On DEVELOPMENT REPORT: A demonstration project will seek to develop new technology to burn coal in pure oxygen and capture carbon dioxide underground.

Kennedy Center Honors Six Artists for Life's Work
On THIS IS AMERICA: This year's honorees are Morgan Freeman, Barbra Streisand (pictured with Dustin Hoffman), George Jones, Twyla Tharp, and Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey.

Henry Loomis, 1919-2008: Director of VOA Had Idea to Create Special English
On PEOPLE IN AMERICA: He also created the VOA Charter to establish VOA’s goals. He resigned from VOA in 1965 over disagreements with the government on how to report on the war in Vietnam.

Similarities, but Also Big Differences, Between Today's Crisis and 1930s
On IN THE NEWS: This downturn is bad, but rates of unemployment and bank failures do not compare to the Great Depression.

More and More Americans Bike Their Way to Work
Also on AMERICAN MOSAIC: A question from India about vegetarianism. And music by Darius Rucker.

US History: As Jackson Aims to Shut Bank, an Economic Crisis Results
On the MAKING OF A NATION: The powerful head of the Bank of the United States, Nicholas Biddle, told people to blame President Andrew Jackson for the problems.

Obama Chooses Economic Team for 'Historic' Crisis
On ECONOMICS REPORT: Among those chosen are Tim Geithner for Treasury, Larry Summers for the White House and Paul Volcker for a new economic recovery advisory board.

Foreign Student Series: Thanksgiving in the US
On EDUCATION REPORT: College and universities may arrange for students far from home to spend the holiday with local families. Part 12 of our series.

Feeling No Pain: The World of Anesthesia
On HEALTH REPORT: The kind of pain drugs that patients receive depends on their condition and the kind of procedure they need.

Four More People Who Are Making a Difference
On EXPLORATIONS: These activists, young and old, are making the world a better place in special ways.

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