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English Learning for Curious Minds

Are you looking for a more interesting way to learn English? English Learning for Curious Minds is a podcast for intermediate-advanced English learners. Learn weird and wonderful things about the world at the same time as improving your English. Every episode comes with an interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary and is spoken at a speed you can understand. Join listeners from 189 countries and discover a more interesting way of improving your English. Find the bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles, key vocabulary, and more at www.leonardoenglish.com

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Recent Episodes of English Learning for Curious Minds


#474 | The Trial Of Amanda Knox (pt1)

#474 | The Trial Of Amanda Knox (pt1)

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Amanda Knox's study abroad adventure turned into a nightmare when her housemate was brutally murdered and she found all police attention pointed at her.  

In this episode, we'll learn about the twists and turns of this murder case that gripped Italy, the UK and the United States. 

Overview of Amanda Knox casePerugia as a popular student cityMeredith Kercher and Amanda Knox's backgroundDiscovery of Mer...

Episode 23 May 2024 27m and 55s


#472 | Nayib Bukele | “The World’s Coolest Dictator”?

#472 | Nayib Bukele | “The World’s Coolest Dictator”?

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Nayib Bukele is the self-proclaimed "world's coolest dictator", and he has managed to do what many people thought was impossible in El Salvador. 

In this episode, we'll learn about his rise to power, his controversial treatment of gang members, and explore what comes next for the small Central American nation. 

President Nayib Bukele of El SalvadorBukele legalises Bitcoin as currencyHigh crime rates in El SalvadorBukele...

Episode 16 May 2024 22m and 40s


#470 | The Collapse Of Venezuela

#470 | The Collapse Of Venezuela

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In this episode, we'll explore how the country with the largest oil reserves in the world managed to implode, plunging its citizens into extreme poverty. 

We'll discover how a mixture of economic decisions, political ideologies, and external pressures contributed to the country's current situation. 

Rise and collapse of VenezuelaChavez's presidency and socialist policiesControl over currency and economyThe impact on inflation and poverty ratesMaduro's pres...

Episode 9 May 2024 21m and 55s


#468 | I Lived In Malta For 7 Years (Part 1)

#468 | I Lived In Malta For 7 Years (Part 1)

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I lived in Malta from 2017-2024. In part one of this two-part series, I'll talk about some of my experiences living there, and try to answer a question I'm asked multiple times a week: "Should I come to Malta to study English?" 

We'll talk about what types of people come to Malta to study English, how this changes over the year, and what life is really like...

Episode 2 May 2024 18m and 33s


#466 | Adnan Khashoggi | The Richest Man On Earth?

#466 | Adnan Khashoggi | The Richest Man On Earth?

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He became known as “The Great Gatsby of The Middle East”, and once claimed to be the richest man on Earth. 

From facilitating lucrative business deals between the West and Saudi Arabia to his lavish lifestyle and controversial ventures, in this episode, we'll explore the intriguing life of Adnan Khashoggi. 

Adnan Khashoggi: businessman, arms dealer, "The Great Gatsby of The Middle East"Wealth exaggerated: $10bn...

Episode 25 April 2024 22m and 35s


#464 | Will Scotland Ever Be Independent?

#464 | Will Scotland Ever Be Independent?

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Scotland has had a long and complicated relationship with its southern neighbour. 

But will it ever break free? In this episode, we explore the key arguments for and against Scottish independence and look at whether it will ever become an independent nation. 

Scottish independence movement historyReasons for Scottish independenceEconomic arguments for and against independenceImpact on Scotland's global standing post-independenceCultural identity and political reasons for inde...

Episode 18 April 2024 19m and 25s


#462 | Fried Mars Bars, Bagpipes & Unusual Scottish Traditions

#462 | Fried Mars Bars, Bagpipes & Unusual Scottish Traditions

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In part one of a four-part mini-series on Scotland, we'll explore some unusual Scottish traditions.  

From the mythical haggis "creature" to the Highland Games, the deep-fried Mars bar to the mysterious taste of Irn-Bru's, and finish up with five intriguing facts about Scotland's national instrument the bagpipes.  

Unusual Scottish traditions and factsHaggis: a Scottish dish, not an animal Burns Night: reading "Address to a Haggis"Highlan...

Episode 11 April 2024 19m and 9s


#460 | Prince Andrew | The Black Sheep of The Royal Family

#460 | Prince Andrew | The Black Sheep of The Royal Family

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Today, we uncover the controversial story of Prince Andrew, the black sheep of the British royal family.

 

From his ties to Jeffrey Epstein to his car crash interview, we explore the life of Queen Elizabeth's second son, Prince Andrew, The Duke Of York.

 
Prince Andrew's controversial involvement with Jeffrey Epstein The infamous BBC interview with Emily Maitlis The questionable alibi involving Pizza Expr...

Episode 4 April 2024 18m and 15s


#458 | The Rise Of OnlyFans

#458 | The Rise Of OnlyFans

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Is it a platform for emancipation, or is it a dangerous tool that objectifies women and destroys futures?

 

In this episode, we'll explore the complex history of OnlyFans, the world's number one "adult creator" platform.

 
OnlyFans: Empowerment or exploitation? Background and purpose of OnlyFans Business model and revenue of OnlyFans Impact of COVID-19 on OnlyFans' growth OnlyFans as an alternative to traditional...

Episode 28 March 2024 22m and 47s


#456 | Fredric Tudor | The Ice King

#456 | Fredric Tudor | The Ice King

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In this episode, we'll explore the story of Fredric Tudor, the man who revolutionised the global ice transportation market in the 19th century.

 

We'll learn about Tudor's bold vision, his struggles, the enduring legacy he left behind, and why he fully deserves the name of "The Ice King".

 
Frederic Tudor, "The Ice King" The invention of the global ice transportation market Chal...

Episode 21 March 2024 23m and 46s

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