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Bethlehem Filled With Christmas Tourists for First Time Since 2019
AS IT IS
Bethlehem Filled With Christmas Tourists for First Time Since 2019

04:56 December 15, 2022

Visitors are returning to the West Bank city of Bethlehem this Christmas season, after a two-year absence because of COVID-19. At this time last year…


Rural South Korean Schools Welcome Seoul Students
Education
Rural South Korean Schools Welcome Seoul Students

06:45 December 14, 2022

In the 1970s, more than 800 students filled the classrooms of Cheontae Elementary School in rural Hwasun County. The school is set among a group of s…


Faces of Missing ‘Chibok Girls’ Sculpted in Nigerian Art Project
Arts & Culture
Faces of Missing ‘Chibok Girls’ Sculpted in Nigerian Art Project

03:25 December 14, 2022

A new art project in Nigeria is centered on the still missing victims of a 2014 mass kidnapping in the town of Chibok, Borno state. Militants raided …


Ukraine Shoots Down Russian Drones, US to Send Missile Defense System
AS IT IS
Ukraine Shoots Down Russian Drones, US to Send Missile Defense System

04:33 December 14, 2022

Ukraine says it shot down 13 drones launched by Russia Wednesday over the capital Kyiv. A city official in Kyiv, Serhii Popko, wrote on the social me…


New Zealand Bans Future Generations from Buying Cigarettes
AS IT IS
New Zealand Bans Future Generations from Buying Cigarettes

04:59 December 14, 2022

New Zealand passed a law on Tuesday to set a lifetime ban on buying cigarettes for any person born after January 1, 2009. This means that the minimum…


BTS K-pop Member Jin Begins Military Service
Arts & Culture
BTS K-pop Member Jin Begins Military Service

05:07 December 13, 2022

With a newly shaved head, Jin, the oldest member of the Korean pop group BTS, began his 18 months of required military service on Tuesday. Jin turned…


US Scientists Announce Major Advance in Fusion Development
Science & Technology
US Scientists Announce Major Advance in Fusion Development

05:40 December 13, 2022

American scientists have announced a “major scientific breakthrough” in the long-sought search for a way to use nuclear fusion to produce energy. The…


Many Poor Children in Ecuador Suffer from Malnutrition
AS IT IS
Many Poor Children in Ecuador Suffer from Malnutrition

05:19 December 13, 2022

Erwin Ronquillo, an official with the government program Ecuador Grows Without Malnutrition, is worried about hunger in his country. Ronquillo said c…


FTX Founder Arrested on Fraud Charges
AS IT IS
FTX Founder Arrested on Fraud Charges

04:28 December 13, 2022

The United States has charged the founder of cryptocurrency exchange FTX with several financial crimes. Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested Monday in the …


Beijing Music School Helps Autistic Students
Arts & Culture
Beijing Music School Helps Autistic Students

03:55 December 12, 2022

Zu Wenbao is a 23-year-old Chinese villager with autism. He grew up in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. Autism is a developmental disabilit…


What Is Rewilding?
Science & Technology
What Is Rewilding?

06:56 December 12, 2022

Animal and plant species are disappearing at frightening levels. The problem has led to efforts to “rewild” places where such life existed before hum…


A Way to Speed Up Composting Process
Health & Lifestyle
A Way to Speed Up Composting Process

07:36 December 12, 2022

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report. The key to healthy plants is healthy soil. And the best way to improve soil is by u…


Kenya’s Maasai Turn from Lion-killing to Olympics
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Kenya’s Maasai Turn from Lion-killing to Olympics

03:51 December 12, 2022

The Maasai people are easily the most identifiable in Kenya with their very colorful clothing. They raise animals and live near some of Kenya’s most …


Model Villages Are a Holiday Tradition
Arts & Culture
Model Villages Are a Holiday Tradition

04:29 December 11, 2022

Little model villages have long been part of many American families’ holiday decorating traditions. The life-like model villages have small houses, s…


Goose-necked Dinosaur Was Built Like a Diving Bird
Science & Technology
Goose-necked Dinosaur Was Built Like a Diving Bird

05:47 December 11, 2022

The expansive dinosaur group that includes big hunters like the T. rex has a strange new member. Its bones were found in Mongolia. Scientists named t…


Small Nevada Toad Listed as Endangered Due to Power Project
Science & Technology
Small Nevada Toad Listed as Endangered Due to Power Project

04:47 December 11, 2022

A power center that will create electricity by pumping hot water from the earth sounds like a good idea. The company that hopes to build the power ce…


NASA Pleased with Orion Test Flight as Spacecraft Heads Back to Earth
Science & Technology
NASA Pleased with Orion Test Flight as Spacecraft Heads Back to Earth

06:37 December 11, 2022

The American space agency NASA says its Orion spacecraft has performed beyond expectations during its test mission to fly around the moon. Orion is s…


'Set in Stone'
Words & Their Stories
'Set in Stone'

04:50 December 10, 2022

And now, Words and Their Stories, from VOA Learning English. On this program, we explore words and expressions in the English language. We give examp…


Big Tech, Community Colleges Partnering in Education
Education
Big Tech, Community Colleges Partnering in Education

13:22 December 10, 2022

Neethi Anand Gangidi came from India to the United States to study chemical engineering. But when the Covid-19 pandemic created difficulties for her …


Scientists Study Oldest-known DNA
Science & Technology
Scientists Study Oldest-known DNA

04:58 December 10, 2022

Scientists discovered the oldest known DNA and used it to study what life was like 2 million years ago in Greenland. Today, northern Greenland is an …


Lebanon's New Poor Face Long-Term Economic Insecurity
AS IT IS
Lebanon's New Poor Face Long-Term Economic Insecurity

04:31 December 10, 2022

Lebanon is a former middle-income country, one that is neither rich nor poor. But its financial system collapsed in 2019. The collapse led to a great…


'The Murders in the Rue Morgue,' by Edgar Allen Poe, Part Four
American Stories
'The Murders in the Rue Morgue,' by Edgar Allen Poe, Part Four

12:20 December 9, 2022

We present the fourth of five parts of the short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," by Edgar Allen Poe. The story was originally adapted and re…


Unusual Atlantic City Museum to Close
Arts & Culture
Unusual Atlantic City Museum to Close

02:53 December 9, 2022

A popular place of interest for tourists in the U.S. state of New Jersey will be changing soon. The change involves the closing of the famous Ripley’…


All about Clothes
ASK A TEACHER
All about Clothes

05:07 December 9, 2022

Hello! This week on Ask a Teacher, we will answer a question about clothes, outfits, suits, and costumes. Question: Dear Teacher, Could you explain f…


Ukrainians Hid Orphaned Children from Russian Deportation
AS IT IS
Ukrainians Hid Orphaned Children from Russian Deportation

06:20 December 9, 2022

Hours after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, health workers at a children’s hospital in southern Ukraine started secretly planning how to save the…


Grammar for Exercise
Everyday Grammar
Grammar for Exercise

08:11 December 8, 2022

Do you like to “work out?” What do you do to “warm up” for exercise? Do you enjoying walking, dancing, or running? In today’s Everyday Grammar, we wi…


Scientists: Ancient Creature Grew Quicker Than Expected
Science & Technology
Scientists: Ancient Creature Grew Quicker Than Expected

04:00 December 8, 2022

Long before the time of the dinosaurs, an unusual creature called Whatcheeria was a top predator. New research is providing a deeper understanding of…


Chinese Businesses Prepare for COVID Infections after Easing Restrictions
AS IT IS
Chinese Businesses Prepare for COVID Infections after Easing Restrictions

05:21 December 8, 2022

Manufacturers and businesses wanting to stay open in China are staying careful by keeping COVID-19 measures. The Chinese government is beginning to e…


US Basketball Star Griner Exchanged for Russian Arms Dealer
AS IT IS
US Basketball Star Griner Exchanged for Russian Arms Dealer

03:22 December 8, 2022

The American basketball star and Olympic champion Brittney Griner is being released from prison. She had been held in Russia for almost 10 months. Th…


Millions of Birds Could Bring Visitors to Eastern Mexico 
Science & Technology
Millions of Birds Could Bring Visitors to Eastern Mexico 

04:10 December 7, 2022

Every year, millions of birds fly between Mexico's Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains and the Gulf of Mexico in an event known as the "river of raptors.…


San Francisco Pulls Back Decision to Permit Armed Police Robots
Science & Technology
San Francisco Pulls Back Decision to Permit Armed Police Robots

07:01 December 7, 2022

The city of San Francisco has put a policy on hold that would permit police to deploy armed robots to deal with emergency situations. The city’s Boar…


DNA Helps Holocaust Survivors to Reconstruct Family Trees
AS IT IS
DNA Helps Holocaust Survivors to Reconstruct Family Trees

07:00 December 7, 2022

The United States-based Center for Jewish History is launching a project to provide genetic tests to Holocaust survivors and their children. The test…


China Eases Zero-COVID Policy Following Protests
AS IT IS
China Eases Zero-COVID Policy Following Protests

05:14 December 7, 2022

China on Wednesday announced changes to its severe “zero-COVID” policy. The policy recently led to protests and calls for President Xi Jinping to res…


Why Did Students Struggle Most in Math during the Pandemic?
Education
Why Did Students Struggle Most in Math during the Pandemic?

05:16 December 6, 2022

Students at American public schools struggled in math during the pandemic. The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) is a math and reading…


The Tradition of Santa Claus Returns After COVID
Arts & Culture
The Tradition of Santa Claus Returns After COVID

04:59 December 6, 2022

Santa Claus is a character who brings gifts to children during the holiday of Christmas. During the holiday season, many performers play Santa. They …


Taliban Permits Girls to Take High School Graduation Exams
AS IT IS
Taliban Permits Girls to Take High School Graduation Exams

05:24 December 6, 2022

Afghanistan’s Taliban-led government says it will permit girls to take their high school graduation exams this week. The move came although the Talib…


Confusion over Iran’s Morality Police as Women Drop Hijab
AS IT IS
Confusion over Iran’s Morality Police as Women Drop Hijab

04:57 December 6, 2022

Confusion over the standing of Iran’s morality police continues after state media gave different reports over the weekend. But more Iranian women hav…


Indonesia to Ban Sex Outside of Marriage
AS IT IS
Indonesia to Ban Sex Outside of Marriage

05:27 December 6, 2022

Indonesia’s parliament on Tuesday voted for new laws to ban sex outside of marriage. The new measure also bans people from insulting the president an…


Performing Artists Honored for Influences on American Culture
Arts & Culture
Performing Artists Honored for Influences on American Culture

06:02 December 5, 2022

A group of performing artists were honored Sunday night for their influence on American arts and culture. The honorees included actor George Clooney,…


Gardening Words even English Speakers May Not Know
Health & Lifestyle
Gardening Words even English Speakers May Not Know

02:57 December 5, 2022

Do you garden in English or another language? Associated Press writer Jessica Damiano spent 2022 writing about gardening. She wrote about how to prep…


Scientists Use Quantum Computer for Teleportation Experiment
Science & Technology
Scientists Use Quantum Computer for Teleportation Experiment

04:36 December 4, 2022

Scientists say they have successfully used a quantum computer to “teleport” messages between two simulated black holes. Quantum computing uses elemen…


Scientists Use Facial Recognition to Study Seals
Science & Technology
Scientists Use Facial Recognition to Study Seals

05:03 December 4, 2022

Scientists believe they have found a new use for facial recognition technology: saving large ocean animals known as seals. Researchers at Colgate Uni…


Fig Trees Can Survive Cold Weather
Health & Lifestyle
Fig Trees Can Survive Cold Weather

04:13 December 4, 2022

Fig trees are native to Europe around the Mediterranean Sea, Asia and Africa, but they can grow in much cooler climates. Once mature, fig trees can a…


‘Having Skin in the Game’ Is Not as Painful as It Sounds
Words & Their Stories
‘Having Skin in the Game’ Is Not as Painful as It Sounds

04:45 December 3, 2022

And now, Words and Their Stories, from VOA Learning English. On this program we explore words and expressions in the English language. We give exampl…


Classical Violin Brings Afghan, Iranian to Indiana
Education
Classical Violin Brings Afghan, Iranian to Indiana

08:54 December 3, 2022

Mehran Fanous wanted to play the violin from the moment he first heard a recording at the age of six. And ten-year-old Parastoo Heidarinejad heard th…


UN Adds Serbian Plum Brandy to Cultural Heritage List
Arts & Culture
UN Adds Serbian Plum Brandy to Cultural Heritage List

02:16 December 3, 2022

Serbia’s traditional plum brandy sljivovica is being added to the United Nation’s cultural heritage list. UNESCO experts gathered in Morocco this wee…


Amazon Deforestation Rate Slows Somewhat Last Year
Science & Technology
Amazon Deforestation Rate Slows Somewhat Last Year

05:58 December 3, 2022

The deforestation rate in the Brazilian Amazon dropped slightly last year, new satellite data shows. The data found the rainforest lost an area cover…


Why Do Few Americans Know about Nutrition Guide?
Health & Lifestyle
Why Do Few Americans Know about Nutrition Guide?

05:20 December 3, 2022

Only one in four Americans know about the most recent government effort to get people to eat a healthy diet. That information comes from a study rele…


'The Murders in the Rue Morgue,' by Edgar Allen Poe, Part Three
American Stories
'The Murders in the Rue Morgue,' by Edgar Allen Poe, Part Three

11:18 December 2, 2022

We present the third of five parts of the short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," by Edgar Allen Poe. The story was originally adapted and reco…


Remembering Musician Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac
Arts & Culture
Remembering Musician Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac

05:38 December 2, 2022

British rock and roll musician Christine McVie died Wednesday at the age of 79. McVie wrote many hit songs, played the keyboard and sang as a member …

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