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Learning English is VOA’s multimedia source of news and information for millions of English learners worldwide. Learning English began as Special English, which Voice of America launched in 1959. Special English newscasts and features were a primary fixture of VOA’s international shortwave broadcasts for more than half a century. In 2014, our line of products was expanded to include more English teaching materials, and the service became known as Learning English.
 
Babel will take you beyond the headlines to discuss what’s really happening in the Middle East and North Africa. It features regional experts who explain what’s going on, provide context on pivotal developments, and highlight trends you may have missed. Jon Alterman, senior vice president, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts the podcast along with his two colleagues, ...
 
The “Asia Chessboard” features in-depth conversations with the most prominent strategic thinkers on Asia. CSIS Senior Vice President for Asia and former senior national security council official Michael Green takes the debate beyond the headlines of the day to explore the historical context and inside decision-making process on major geopolitical developments from the Himalayas to the South China Sea. Experience the hard calls and consequential debates that drive US policy towards this criti ...
 
North Korea is the Impossible State. Each week join the people who know the most about North Korea—The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Victor Cha, Mike Green, and Sue Mi Terry—for an insider's discussion with host H. Andrew Schwartz about the United States’ top national security priority. Email your questions to ImpossibleState@csis.org.
 
Overwatch, an Institute for the Study of War podcast, goes beyond the news headlines to give listeners analysis and commentary on issues related to U.S. national security and American foreign policy. The episodes feature discussions with experts and practitioners to explore what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the U.S.
 
Fearless music activists. Savvy tech entrepreneurs. Social disrupters. Into Africa shatters the narratives that dominate U.S. perceptions of Africa. Host Judd Devermont, Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C., sits down with policymakers, journalists, academics and other trailblazers in African affairs to shine a spotlight on the faces spearheading cultural, political, and economic change on the continent.
 
Russian Roulette takes a look at the politics, economics, and culture of Russia and Eurasia through both interviews and lively discussion with experts from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and around the world. Hosted by CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program experts Olga Oliker and Jeffrey Mankoff.
 
Trade experts Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch break down the buzz around trade, how it affects policy, and how it impacts your day-to-day. The Trade Guys is hosted every week by H. Andrew Schwartz at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. Email your questions to TradeGuys@csis.org.
 
The Little Red Podcast: interviews and chat celebrating China beyond the Beijing beltway. Hosted by Graeme Smith, China studies academic at the Australian National University's Department of Pacific Affairs and Louisa Lim, former China correspondent for the BBC and NPR, now with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at Melbourne University. We are the 2018 winners of podcast of the year in the News & Current Affairs category of the Australian Podcast Awards. Follow us @limlouisa and @GraemeKSm ...
 
Understanding India and its place in the world in different ways. Tune into ThoughtSpace, the Centre for Policy Research’s podcast, and delve deeper into the important issues of our time: accountability, sanitation, urbanisation, land rights, climate change, technology and society, environmental law, state capacity, infrastructure, social conflict, great power politics, identity politics, election studies, and more.
 
The story of the Iran nuclear deal; how it came together, how it fell apart, and what that means for the rest of us. Hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
 
Veteran health podcaster, blogger, and international bestselling author (Keto Clarity and The Ketogenic Cookbook) Jimmy Moore from "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" discusses the current health headlines, dissect the latest medical and nutritional health research studies, and answer listener-submitted questions about the low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet. Submit your keto questions at KetoTalk.com.
 
Energy 360 examines the energy landscape from the intersection of policy, markets, technologies, and geopolitics. With commentary from leading energy and CSIS experts, we provide context and perspective on the most critical issues shaping energy today. Hosted by the CSIS Energy and National Security Program.
 
Hosted by Dan Runde, William A. Schreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Building the Future explores topics at the intersection of global development, foreign policy, and national security. In each episode, Dan sits down for a discussion with a leading expert from government, the private sector, and international organizations to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the world today.
 
Podcast from the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University, featuring Director Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia. Our scholars dive into critical international issues, offering insights into the history and context of the biggest stories in the news.
 
Discover what everyday life in Japan is REALLY like! Weekly podcast episodes with half-Japanese/half-American Burke (18 years in Japan) and Ben from England (13 years in Japan), based in Hokkaido, and their guests sharing experiences on dating, marriage, working at Japanese companies, teaching at all education levels, traditions, martial arts, the struggles of life here, and the reasons why Japan is truly an amazing place to be living!
 
What stocks do you own and why do you own them? What are the fundamentals that ultimately drive stock market returns? I'm Alex Mason, an individual investor like you. Join me in my journey to decode the business behind the stock, and uncover principles and best practices for individual investors. My goal is to improve your investing process with knowledge and insight through case studies of real companies. This is the show where we explore the histories, business models, and economic charact ...
 
Join Kathleen Hicks, senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as she speaks with experts on the most important defense debates in the 2020 U.S. election cycle.
 
The CSIS Americas Program podcast looks at the politics and policies of the 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere. It especially focuses on U.S. engagement with the region, whether on trade, diplomacy, or security issues like drugs and terrorism. Guests include top policymakers from the U.S. and other countries.
 
This series is developed by students, staff, research centers and the faculty at the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development (IHEID). It will host podcasts on a plethora of topics that range from research and studying to aspects of international life in Geneva and at the Institute.
 
The Global Development Primer. The podcast about all issues in International Development Studies. Your host is Dr. Bob Huish, broadcasting from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The podcast covers the basics of International Development, while featuring the work of researchers and practitioners from around the world. This is your podcast to learn more about International Development and to stay in touch with important global issues.
 
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Climate scientists, Indigenous activists and religious leaders from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific have urged the region's big players to take more action on climate change, as Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson tells his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison that it's time for 'bold action'.…
 
The President of the New Zealand Institute of Architects says the decision to strengthen the Wellington Central Library building is the most sustainable choice. An engineers assessment in March last year raised concerns about its safety in the event of a significant earthquake. Since then, it's been closed. Wellington City Councillors voted unanimo…
 
Military analysts think Labour's victory at the general election will put some Defence Force changes and purchases on the backburner. The former Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, was unsuccessful in Wairarapa and New Zealand First failed to get any MPs at the election. The army veteran had a busy three years introducing a $20 billion dollar capability…
 
An acute shortage of vets looks set to worsen just in time for the crucial summer period. Last month, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi announced thirty border exemptions to help fill the skills gap. Vets claim that number is nowhere near enough and warn staff are burning out under the workload, putting animal welfare at risk. Here's political repor…
 
The contrast between the campaigning styles of Donald Trump and Joe Biden has been a feature of the US presidential election race. President Trump's persona is well known but how has his Democratic Party rival handled the campaign so far? Some critics say Joe Biden has been too safety-first - not seen nor heard enough in front of large audiences - …
 
You've heard of Contiki, but what about Pick Tiki? It's a new online job service dreamed up by university graduates, Emma Boase and Summer Wynyard, to get students into summer fruit picking work. Backed by NZ Apples and Pears Limited, Pick Tiki links young New Zealanders with jobs around the country in areas where fruit growers are in urgent need o…
 
A new survey has exposed a gender gap in the financial knowledge of Kiwi men and women. The Commission for Financial Capability surveyed 3000 New Zealanders about their understanding of basic financial concepts like interest, inflation and risk diversification. It found only half as many women as men answered all questions correctly, and the gap in…
 
Kaikohe locals are warily welcoming news that the town is to get a new water reservoir. Earlier this year all of Northland was placed under mandatory water restrictions as the entire region experienced extreme drought. Construction of a reservoir to serve Kaikohe and surrounding farms is now being fast-tracked but is still at least a couple of year…
 
Auckland's schools have recorded their fastest growth in more than a decade, with mid-year figures showing four thousand more students than at the same time last year. That's putting pressure on schools, including those that haven't felt it before. President of the Auckland Primary Principals' Association Stephen Lethbridge and president of the Auc…
 
The Silver Ferns beat the England Roses 58-45 in the first test in the Taini Jamison Trophy netball series in Hamilton tonight. England co-captain Laura Malcolm tried to explain what it was like playing international netball in front of a crowd again after months off court due to Covid-19. Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua said while the score…
 
Early votes in the US election are now more than half the total votes in 2016. With less than a week until the polls close, both President Trump and Joe Biden have been hitting the campaign trail hard in key parts of the country. Just what will be the battleground states that swing this year's vote? Worldwatch's Max Towle filed this report.…
 
The CEO of Consumer New Zealand says supermarkets have failed New Zealanders by overcharging at the till. Jon Duffy believes the charging of Mangare Pak n Save for misleading customers about price is a warning shot for the industry that is in need of an overhaul to ensure systems are properly serving customers. He believes pricing errors of this ki…
 
Far North mayor John Carter says Northland locals are unnerved as two men who shot at a police officer remain on the loose. The officer was alone in a patrol car on State Highway 11 when the incident happened early on Tuesday morning. The police are also investigating links to people who kidnapped a man nearby on the same night and a car being torc…
 
The Ports of Auckland has introduced its own rules for placing international shipping crews into managed isolation after frustration at a lack of action from the government. Currently, crew who arrive in New Zealand to relieve workers on ships are not required to do 14 days in isolation and are only tested if they have to spend at least three days …
 
A group of top epidemiologists are suggesting that people arriving from places with a low Covid-19 risk spend half of their quarantine at home. The suggestion is one of several recommendations the scientists claim could strengthen the response to Covid-19 at the border. It's part of a raft of recommendations to strengthen the country's virus respon…
 
The US presidential election will be over a week from now but there's no guarantee we'll know at that stage who holds the power. There's a growing belief the Supreme Court will have a key role to play if a cliffhanger result plays out next Wednesday, New Zealand time. Uncertainty could lead to weeks of political and legal maneuvering. White House-b…
 
Auckland schools have recorded their fastest growth in 16 years. Education Ministry figures show at the middle of the year the region's schools had 283,000 children. That is 4000 more since the same time last year. Here's RNZ education correspondent, John Gerritsen. [audio_play] In a statement the Ministry of Education's Deputy Secretary Sector Ena…
 
Heavyweight nations in Europe are set to reinstate tight lockdown measures as Covid-19 continues to infect the continent in record numbers. France, where surging case numbers is steepest, is expected to shortly unveil details of a drastic month-long nationwide lockdown. Meanwhile Germany is awaiting an announcement from Chancellor Angela Merkel, wh…
 
Auckland schools have recorded their fastest growth in sixteen years, with mid-year figures showing the city had 4113 more students than at the same time last year. Principals have told RNZ they are surprised by the increase because the pandemic has slowed immigration and reduced the number of foreign students in the city. Stephanie Thompson from B…
 
Tourism New Zealand's chief executive says the sector will play a crucial role in the country's recovery. Stephen England-Hall is leaving the organisation to take a top role in Wayfare, one of the South Island's largest tourism companies. He told tourism reporter Tess Brunton he's excited about the new opportunity, but he knows there are plenty of …
 
Auckland schools are bursting at the seams with double their usual roll growth and more to come Joe Biden and Donald Trump push their messages six days out from election day. Calls for shortened managed isolation for some people returning to the country Consumer says supermarkets have failed New Zealanders by overcharging at the till.…
 
During the 2016 presidential election cycle, Russian operatives used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms to spread disinformation in order to divide the American public. Four years later, misleading and false information about the 2020 presidential election is still rampant online. And this time around, more of that misle…
 
In this episode of Building the Future, Tomás Serebrisky, Principal Economic Adviser at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Infrastructure and Energy Department, speaks with Dan about his recent book, From Structures to Services: The Path to Better Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean. The pair cover the growing need to prioritize se…
 
In the wake of major terrorist attacks, calls for ever more draconian policies to prevent further outrages are common. Such responses raise the pressing question: is it possible to effectively fight terrorism while respecting democratic values of equality and trust? Examining recent examples of terrorist atrocities – from the murder of Muslims in N…
 
In the wake of major terrorist attacks, calls for ever more draconian policies to prevent further outrages are common. Such responses raise the pressing question: is it possible to effectively fight terrorism while respecting democratic values of equality and trust? Examining recent examples of terrorist atrocities – from the murder of Muslims in N…
 
Ventas is a REIT that operates at the intersection of real estate and healthcare. With over 1200 properties spread throughout the United States, they are one of the biggest nursing home and medical office landlords out there. We'll discuss Ventas' history, business model, and financials, as well as some closing thoughts. Want to say hello? Send a D…
 
What are the identity conflicts that define contemporary society? In Brexitland: Identity, Diversity and the Reshaping of British Politics (Cambridge UP, 2020) Maria Sobolewska and Robert Ford, professors of politics at the University of Manchester, explore the long term, structural changes in British society that underpinned the 2016 referendum on…
 
When he appeared before the British House of Commons in the wake of the Stamp Act crisis, Benjamin Franklin reminded his audience that the American colonies were governed ‘at the expense only of a little pen, ink, and paper; they were led by a thread’. As the British sought to come to grips with an expanded American empire in territories ceded by F…
 
After reading How Dead Languages Work (Oxford University Press 2020), Coulter George hopes you might decide to learn a bit of ancient Greek or Sanskrit, or maybe dabble in a bit of Old Germanic. But even if readers of his book aren’t converted into polyglots, they will walk away with an introduction to the (in)famous Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which i…
 
In 1990, the Japanese government introduced the Nikkei-jin (Japanese descendant) visa and since then it has attracted more than 190,000 Nikkei Brazilian nationals to Japan. In Jesus Loves Japan: Return Migration and Global Pentecostalism in a Brazilian Diaspora (Stanford UP, 2019), Dr. Ikeuchi points out that “Unlike Japanese migrants in early twen…
 
Ben and Burke discuss some of the interesting types of Japanese people that foreigners may come across while living in Japan. They only really account for about 10% of the population so are rare, but when they do appear, it leaves a memorable impression. Some of these types include The Gaijin Hunter, the Helpful Hito, The Engish Vampire, The Gaijin…
 
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