Friday, December 31, 2010

US Economic Momentum Continues



VOAVideo: US Economic Momentum Continues

More signs that the US economy is moving in the right direction: The US Labor Department says new claims for unemployment benefits declined last week, dropping below 400,000 for the first time since July 2008. Other data also shows that businesses expanded in the month of December while home sales grew modestly in November. Despite the encouraging numbers, investors remain cautious as 2010 comes to a close. Mil Arcega reports.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Whole New World, Brought to Us by Gizmos and Gadgets

VOA Learning English: A Whole New World, Brought to Us by Gizmos and Gadgets
A look back at the revolution in consumer electronics over the past decade TECHNOLOGY REPORT download MP3 (Right-click or option-click and save link)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

2010 Christmas Underscores Economic Contrasts



VOAVideo: 2010 Christmas Underscores Economic Contrasts

The Christmas Holiday - a long tradition in the West, is quickly gaining a foothold in many countries. Even in countries with few Christians, the holiday which symbolizes the birth of Jesus, is finding a home among people of different cultures. But the holiday also gives insight into the tough economic times we live in. Mil Arcega takes a look at the Christmas spirit in a booming China and a debt-riddled Greece.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

iPads, E-Readers, Notebook Computers Top Wish Lists

VOA Learning English: iPads, E-Readers, Notebook Computers Top Wish Lists

''The buzz phrase in the industry is 'content anywhere,''' says a Consumer Electronics Association spokesman TECHNOLOGY REPORT (download MP3)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Recovering from a global financial crisis



VOAVideo: Recovering from a global financial crisis

The world's recovery from an economic downturn is proving to be a long winding road, and a bumpy one at that. But has the path that led to the global financial meltdown provoked governments enough to take corrective actions? VOA's Philip Alexiou reports.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Online Dictionary says Austerity Tops 2010 Words

VOA Learning English: Online Dictionary says Austerity Tops 2010 Words

Severe cost-cutting by governments in Europe has many looking up the word and worrying about the future ECONOMICS REPORT

Monday, December 20, 2010

Aiming for Work in the Video Game Industry



VOA Learning English News: Aiming for Work in the Video Game Industry

Jason is one of a growing number of students seeking jobs in the video gaming and technology industry. He attends Montgomery College in the state of Maryland.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Words and Their Stories: Money, Part 3


VOA Learning English: Words and Their Stories: Money, Part 3

Most people enjoy working for several reasons. Their job might be fun, or they like their employer and the other people at work. Most people I know, however, work for the money. I do not know anyone who is loaded, or extremely rich. download MP3 (Right-click or option-click and save link)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Inside Job Examines Economic Collapse



VOAVideo: Inside Job Examines Economic Collapse

More than two years after the U.S. government approved the $700 billion emergency bailout for the financial system, unemployment is high and housing foreclosures are still a cause for concern. Charles Ferguson's documentary "Inside Job," takes a hard look at the causes of the 2008 financial meltdown and warns there could be another recession if the Obama administration is not tougher on the U.S. banking sector and businesses it considers "too big to fail."

Thursday, December 16, 2010

TV Over the Internet Pushes Broadband Growth

VOA Learning English: TV Over the Internet Pushes Broadband Growth

Internet Protocol Television normally requires a subscription and a box on top of the set TECHNOLOGY REPORT download MP3 (Right-click or option-click and save link)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New York Burger Company Hopes to Succeed at 'Cursed Corner'



VOAVideo: New York Burger Company Hopes to Succeed at 'Cursed Corner'

New York City has every kind of restaurant imaginable, from Albanian to Zambian. A French family of restaurateurs of Romanian and Vietnamese ancestry will soon enter this international mix. They will serve the American hamburger. But although the burger is a perennial favorite, their restaurant will be on a busy street corner with a history of failed restaurants. Some say the location is jinxed, but as VOA New York Correspondent Peter Fedynsky reports, the family has taken precautions to avoid the worst.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Words and Their Stories: Money, Part 2



Does money really make the world go round? WORDS AND THEIR STORIES download MP3 (Right-click or option-click and save link)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Domino's Celebrates 50th birthday



VOAVideo: Domino's Celebrates 50th birthday

Philip Alexiou talks with the president and CEO of Domino's Pizza about the company's turnaround campaign and its international operations.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hero Pilot Now Turns to Stopping a Descent in New Pilots



VOA Learning English Video: Pilot Now Turns to Stopping a Descent in New Pilots

CHESLEY SULLENBERGER: "The number of student pilot starts, that is the number of people who begin to learn to fly, has decreased in the last number of years substantially. What we're trying to do is arrest that descent and to renew people's interest in aviation as a possibility for creation or for a profession."

Thursday, December 9, 2010

PC Recycler Strikes Gold in Old Computer Chips



VOALearning English Video: PC Recycler Strikes Gold in Old Computer Chips

Each year, Americans throw away millions of tons of electronic devices. That means business is good for a small electronics recycler in Chantilly, Virginia.Company President Jeremy Faber established PC Recycler. He spoke to us from the floor of his company's processing center. Workers were busy taking apart televisions, cell phones and computers -- anything electronic. Jeremy Faber says the flow of discarded electronics is only increasing. (read more)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

US Unemployment at 9.8% as Hiring Slowed in November



VOAVideo: US Unemployment at 9.8% as Hiring Slowed in November

The U.S. unemployment rate rose to a seven month high in November as employers added fewer than 40,000 jobs to their payrolls. That's a sharp decline from October, when private sector employment grew by more than 150,000. After remaining unchanged at 9.6 percent for three months Friday's disappointing numbers helped push the nation's unemployment rate two-tenths of a point higher. Mil Arcega has more.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Words and Their Stories: Money, Part 1


VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES: Money, part 1

I think people everywhere dream about having lots of money. I know I do. I would give anything to make money hand over fist. I would like to earn large amounts of money...download MP3

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Presidential Panel Outlines Big Changes to Tame US Debt



VOAVideo: Presidential Panel Outlines Big Changes to Tame US Debt

A presidential panel charged with finding ways to pull the U.S. out of its spiraling debt is calling for sweeping changes that would impact all Americans for generations to come. The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform recommends raising the retirement age and eliminating costly tax breaks as part of a larger plan to reduce the nation's mushrooming debt. The commission's leaders say failure to act could have grave consequences for the U.S. - but even panel's members are divided on whether the steps go too far or not far enough. Mil Arcega has more.

Friday, December 3, 2010

US Unemployment Benefits Set to Expire



VOAVideo: US Unemployment Benefits Set to Expire

Hundreds of thousands of Americans will see their federal unemployment benefits expire this week, and millions more by the end of the year, unless Congress acts to extend them. The payments are designed to provide the jobless with just enough temporary income to cover basic needs while they look for work. Congress has repeatedly prolonged the duration of those payments amid high U.S. unemployment but another extension is far from assured.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

ESL Podcast 636 – Being Lazy and Energetic

Are you an "ant" (energetic) or a "grasshopper" (lazy)?

ESL Podcast 636 – Being Lazy and Energetic

Are you feeling tired from working all day? So am I! But before I fall to sleep, let me tell you that this episode is about being tired and energetic. Download Podcast

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

US Holiday Shopping Season off to Good Start



VOAVideo: US Holiday Shopping Season off to Good Start

Early indications show the holiday shopping season in the United States is off to a promising start. The National Retail Federation says the number of Americans who visited stores and websites during the so called "Black Friday" holiday weekend was up significantly from last year. As Mil Arcega reports, retailers are hoping the online equivalent, called Cyber Monday, turns out to be just as successful - as the crucial holiday shopping season gets underway.