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October 19, 2017
Weekly News in Slow English - Episode #6



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Emily: Today is Thursday, October 19th, 2017. Welcome to another weekly edition of News in Slow English! Hello, everyone. I’m Emily.
Chris: And I’m Chris.
Emily: In the first part of our program, we’re going to discuss current events. We will begin with news of the liberation of Raqqa, the Syrian city occupied by the Islamic State. Next, we’ll talk about the results of Austria’s national elections which were held last Sunday. Then, we’ll have a conversation about a study which seems to challenge what we previously believed about the domestication of dogs. And finally, we’ll talk about an Italian woman who was granted the right to earn paid time off in order to care for her sick dog.
Chris: Emily, are we shifting our program from world news to canine news?
Emily: I thought you might say that.
Chris: Well?
Emily: The last story is about the right to care for your pets. And the third story is about cooperation.
Chris: Cooperation? I thought the story was about domestication.
Emily: OK, I understand that it might be a little confusing, but it’s a fascinating topic for discussion.
Chris: In that case, let’s make it our Featured Topic for this week’s Speaking Studio.
Emily: Sounds like a plan, Chris! For now, let’s get back to the headlines. The second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll illustrate the use of today’s topic: Plural Nouns. And we’ll conclude our program with another English expression: “Actions speak louder than words.”
Chris: Awesome, Emily! Let’s get started!
Emily: Yes, Chris -- there’s no time to waste! Let the show begin!
Chris: Hit it!
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October 12, 2017
Episode #5
Weekly News in Slow English


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Emily: Today is Thursday, October 12, 2017. You’re listening to News in Slow English! A warm welcome to all our listeners. My name is Emily.
Chris: And I’m Chris.
Emily: For the first part of our program, we are going to dive into this week’s headlines. We’ll start with the ongoing tension between Catalonia and the Spanish government. Next, we’re going to cover the firing of movie executive Harvey Weinstein last Sunday over allegations of sexual misconduct. After that, we’ll talk about the work of Richard Thaler, a US economist, and the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Economics. And finally, we’ll discuss the controversial decision by Austrian authorities to fine a man wearing a shark costume, accusing him of violating a new law which forbids people to wear any face covering in public.
Chris: Great selection, Emily. I’m particularly puzzled by the last news story. What’s wrong with wearing a costume in public?
Emily: That’s a great question, Chris, but you’ll have to wait a little while to find out. I suggest that we choose this story as the Featured Topic for Speaking Studio this week.
Chris: Excellent!
Emily: But that’s not all, Chris. The second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll demonstrate the use of today’s topic: Units of Quantity -- Most, Almost, and Almost All. And we’ll end this week’s program with a brand new English expression: “To be a stick-in-the-mud.”
Chris: Awesome. Ready to go?
Emily: Yes, Chris -- no need to wait. Let the show begin!
Chris: Hit it!
October 05, 2017
Episode #4
Weekly News in Slow English


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Emily: It’s Thursday, October 5, 2017. Welcome to our weekly program, News in Slow English! Hello to all our listeners! Hi Chris!
Chris: Hi, Emily! Hello, everyone!
Emily: In the first part of our program, we’re going to discuss current events. We will begin with the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history which took place in Las Vegas on Sunday night, leaving 59 dead and more than 500 injured. Next, we’ll discuss the constitutional crisis in Spain following the Catalonian independence referendum. Then, we’ll have a conversation about the government of Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift the ban on women drivers. And finally, we’ll talk about an Italian woman who decided to marry herself, following a new trend gaining popularity: sologamy or self-marriage.
Chris: Emily, I am still in disbelief. So many mass shootings in our recent history, the Pulse nightclub shooting last year, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting five years ago...
Emily: The movie theater attack in Colorado in 2012, the Columbine shooting in 1999...
Chris: The list goes on... Ok, let’s continue with the program.
Emily: Yes, Chris. Let’s move on. The second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll illustrate the use of today’s topic: Units of quantity - many, much, few, a lot, plenty, every, and whole. And we’ll conclude our program with another English expression.
Chris: All right, Emily. Let’s get started!
Emily: Yes, Chris -- let’s begin the show!
Chris: Hit it!
September 28, 2017
Episode #3
Weekly News in Slow English


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Emily: Today is Thursday, September 28, 2017. Welcome to another weekly edition of News in Slow English! Hello, everyone. I’m Emily.
Chris: And I’m Chris. I will be Emily’s co-host for this episode. Hi, everybody!
Emily: For the first half of our program, we will look at what’s happening around the world this week. We’ll begin with the challenges that Puerto Rico is facing in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Next, we’ll talk about the kneeling controversy in the National Football League (NFL). Following that, we’ll discuss the results of a poll conducted by the BBC which reveals that nearly 4 in 5 Internet users worry about the increase in fake news stories. Finally, we’ll talk about the decision of an acclaimed French chef to renounce his Michelin stars.
Chris: A French chef wants to renounce his Michelin stars? Really? That’s like an Olympian throwing away his medal, or an Oscar winner returning the award, or like a shark saying “no” to easy prey, or like a ...
Emily: OK, OK, I see your point. I see how fascinated you are by this story. We’ll have plenty of time to take a closer look at it. For now, let’s finish up our introduction. As always, the second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll illustrate the use of today’s topic: Units of quantity--some, no, not any. And we’ll close this week’s program with a new English expression: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
Chris: I can’t wait to start!
Emily: So what are we waiting for? Let the show begin!
Chris: Hit it!
September 21, 2017
Episode #2
Weekly News in Slow English


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Emily: It’s Thursday, September 21st, 2017. Welcome to our weekly program, News in Slow English! Hello to all our listeners! Hi Joshua.
Joshua: Hi Emily! Hello, everyone!
Emily: In the first part of our program, we’re going to discuss current events. We will begin with the General Assembly of the United Nations. Next, we will talk about tensions ahead of the Catalonia independence vote planned for October 1st. Then, we will discuss NASA’s decision to end the Cassini spacecraft’s Saturn expedition mission after 13 years. And finally, we will talk about the performance of a robot named YuMi, that led the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra last week in Pisa, Italy, to open the first International Festival of Robotics.
Joshua: Excellent!
Emily: But that’s not all, Joshua. The second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll illustrate the use of today’s grammar topic: Article Omission. And we will conclude our program with another English expression: “To cost an arm and a leg.”
Joshua: Very good, Emily. Let’s get started!
Emily: Yes, Joshua -- there’s no time to waste. Let the show begin!
Joshua: Hit it!
September 14, 2017
Episode #1
Weekly News in Slow English


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Emily: It’s Thursday, September 14th, 2017. Welcome to the very first episode of our weekly program, News in Slow English! Hello to all our listeners! My name is Emily and I will be hosting this week’s episode with my friend Joshua.
Joshua: Hello, Emily! Hello, everyone!
Emily: Every Thursday, Joshua and I will come to the studio to talk about world events and political news. We’ll also talk about American culture, history, society, and lots more. Our goal is to help you improve your English in an interesting and engaging new way.
Joshua: That’s right. We’ll be discussing a lot of different topics in the studio, but don’t expect Emily and me to agree on everything. We’ll debate many different issues and sometimes we will disagree. We can, however, promise you an interesting discussion in every segment of our program!
Emily: Thank you, Joshua. Let’s start with the headlines. In the first part of our program, we’re going to talk about the devastation left by hurricane Irma. Next, we’ll discuss the ethnic cleansing campaign in Myanmar against the Rohingya minority. We’ll continue with a controversial study conducted by Stanford University claiming that a computer algorithm can determine the sexual orientation of an individual from a photograph. And we’ll conclude the first section of our show with the National Syrian soccer team’s victory that has brought the team closer to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Joshua: Excellent!
Emily: But that’s not all, Joshua. The second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll illustrate the use of today’s grammar topic: Definite and Indefinite Articles. And we will conclude our program with an English expression: “To burn the candle at both ends.”
Joshua: Very good, Emily! Let’s start our first episode of the program!
Emily: Yes Joshua -- there’s no time to waste! Let the show begin!
Josh: Hit it!

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