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The best podcast for learning English if you like current events and trending topics. Improve your English listening, learn new words, and build your confidence with the #1 English-learning podcast focused on stories and English expressions. Join Jeff and JR every Monday and Thursday for a short English lesson. In the first half, you'll enjoy a story about something happening in the world. In the second half, you'll learn how to use a common English expression or phrasal verb. Best of all, the lessons go a little slower than native speed so you can understand every word and improve your English...

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Recent Episodes of Plain English


America's best small museums (Pop culture)

America's best small museums (Pop culture)

Today's story: We've all heard of the largest museums. But the United States has many smaller museums, too, often focused on just one subject. From the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to the National World War II museum in New Orleans, learn about some of the nation's best smaller museums.

Learn this English expression: 'Pop culture' is the collection of images, people, and ideas that are popular and well-known

Full lesson: https://plainenglish.com/691

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Episode 691 11 July 2024 19m and 18s


The best big museums in America  (Make a difference)

The best big museums in America (Make a difference)

Today's story: In this lesson, you'll learn about the nation's great art museums: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Getty Center. You'll also explore air and space, the history of the automobile, the 9/11 attacks, and the world's biggest children's museum.

Learn this English expression: To 'make a difference' is to have a positive impact

Full lesson: https://plainenglish.com/690

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Episode 690 8 July 2024 18m and 59s


Is west-coast living really better? (Year-round)

Is west-coast living really better? (Year-round)

Today's story: Life on the west coast really is different. The weather is pleasant, people are healthy, and Western states are often at the forefront of cultural change. It's home to Hollywood and high-tech and has some great public universities. But car culture dominates west-coast cities.

Learn this English expression: Something happens 'year-round' if it's not seasonal

Full lesson: https://plainenglish.com/689

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Episode 689 4 July 2024 21m and 40s


Is west-coast living really better? (Year-round)

Is west-coast living really better? (Year-round)

Today's story: Life on the west coast really is different. The weather is pleasant, people are healthy, and Western states are often at the forefront of cultural change. It's home to Hollywood and high-tech and has some great public universities. But car culture dominates west-coast cities.

Learn this English expression: Something happens 'year-round' if it's not seasonal

Full lesson: https://plainenglish.com/689

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Episode 689 4 July 2024 20m and 10s


East-coast living: the pros and cons (Focus on)

East-coast living: the pros and cons (Focus on)

Today's story: The east coast of the U.S., between Washington, D.C., and Boston, is home to about 50 million people. It has rich history, great cultural treasures, top-notch universities, and four distinct seasons. But the winters are harsh, costs can be high, and the pace of life is fast.

Learn this English expression: To focus on something is to dedicate time and attention to a specific project

Full lesson: https://plainenglish.com/688

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Episode 688 1 July 2024 20m and 10s


Dollar stores dominate rural America (Fall out of fashion)

Dollar stores dominate rural America (Fall out of fashion)

Today's story: Dollar stores started as a novelty, a place where consumers could hunt for amusing bargains. But now, they're a big business. Customers can buy cleaning supplies, hardware, clothes, and some food there, all for rock-bottom prices. But not everyone loves dollar stores.

Learn this English expression: If something 'falls out of fashion,' it is no longer popular

Full lesson: https://plainenglish.com/687

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Episode 687 27 June 2024 20m and 45s


Bad harvests are pushing up orange juice prices (Worthwhile)

Bad harvests are pushing up orange juice prices (Worthwhile)

Today's story: Orange juice is the world's favorite fruit juice. But a series of bad harvests in Brazil and Florida is threatening the global supply. Now, producers are wondering whether to use lower-quality juice blends or add other citrus fruits to their orange juice. And farmers are asking whether it's worthwhile to plant new trees.

Learn this English expression: Something is 'worthwhile' if it's worth the time and effort

Full lesson: https://plainenglish.com/686

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Episode 686 24 June 2024 21m and 35s


Lost luggage: What happens to it? (Track down)

Lost luggage: What happens to it? (Track down)

Today's story: Have you ever wondered what airlines do with all the lost luggage? If they can't find owners after three months, they go to auction. Here's what happens to all the lost clothes, jewelry, and electronics (and how you might get in on the action).

Learn this English expression: To track something down is to find it after a long search

Full lesson: https://plainenglish.com/685

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Episode 685 20 June 2024 20m and 21s


Flying cars: are they finally here? (Creep closer)

Flying cars: are they finally here? (Creep closer)

Today's story: Almost since the invention of the car, people have fantasized about flying cars. But it has always been a dream. Now, though, new startups are ready to start transporting passengers in drone-like flying vehicles. The biggest hurdle now is not the technology, but permission from the government.

Learn this English expression: A date can 'creep closer' as it approaches

Full lesson: https://plainenglish.com/684

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Episode 684 17 June 2024 20m and 23s


Beethoven's hair provides clues to his hearing loss (Suffer from)

Beethoven's hair provides clues to his hearing loss (Suffer from)

Today's story: A new analysis of Beethoven's hair has found elevated levels of lead, mercury, and arsenic. And while these don't explain the famous composer's death, they may explain some of his many ailments, including gastrointestinal issues, kidney disease, and, yes, hearing loss.

Learn this English expression: Use 'suffer from' when someone experiences a specific, negative condition

Full lesson: https://plainenglish.com/683

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Episode 683 13 June 2024 18m and 54s

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