[VOA发展报道]The Importance of a Simple Water Pump2005-08-18
A simple water pump is helping to improve the lives of poor families in several Asian and African countries.
[VOA经济报道]Seeking Opinions on Health Reform, and Getting an Earful2005-08-14
President Obama is letting Congress write the details of his plan for what he calls health insurance reform. Congress is now on its August break. But members have been holding what are known as town hall meetings around the country to hear reaction. And they have been getting an earful from crowds for and against the plan.
[VOA万花筒]Rocking Out at the Air Guitar Championships2005-08-14
The United States Air Guitar Association organizes the event. It says the aim is to bring air guitarists out of the house where they secretly perform and onto the world's stage.
[VOA建国史话]At Fort Sumter, the War Begins2005-08-13
Just before sunrise on April twelfth, eighteen sixty-one, the first shot was fired in the American Civil War. A heavy mortar roared, sending a shell high over the harbor at Charleston, South Carolina. The shell dropped and exploded above Fort Sumter, a United States military base on an island in the harbor.
[VOA教育报道]The Life of a School Nurse? Busy2005-08-13
Last week, we discussed a new study of injuries in physical education classes in American schools. The number of students taken to hospitals increased one and a half times from nineteen ninety-seven to two thousand seven. Few injuries were serious. Then why treat them at emergency rooms? One possible reason: a shortage of school nurses.
[VOA健康报道]Battling a Stroke, and the Clock2005-08-12
Strokes are a major cause of death and disability. A stroke is a loss of blood flow in the brain. There are two kinds. An ischemic stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain gets blocked. A hemorrhagic, or bleeding, stroke happens when a blood vessel breaks.
[VOA自然探索]Hoover Dam, Finished in 1936, Is Still a Hugely Interesting Place2005-08-12
Our report today about Hoover Dam must begin with the Colorado River. This river made the dam necessary. The Colorado River begins high in the Rocky Mountains. It begins slowly, during the dark months of winter. Heavy snow falls on the Rocky Mountains.
[VOA农业报道]Study Finds Some Ocean Fisheries Are Recovering2005-08-11
Three years ago, a study of overfishing led to sharp debate. It warned that the world's ocean fish could be almost gone by the middle of the century. Now, a new study offers more hope. It shows that the risk of fisheries collapse has recently decreased in some areas -- some, but not all.
[VOA科学报道]Learning First Aid: What to Do Until Help Arrives2005-08-11
Doctors in hospital emergency rooms often see accidental poisonings. A frightened parent arrives with a child who swallowed a cleaning liquid. Or perhaps the harmful substance is a medicine. Or it might be a product meant to kill insects. These are common causes of accidental poisoning.
[VOA发展报道]Making a Difference: Tanya Pinto2005-08-10
India has an estimated eighteen million poor children. Some charity workers say the conditions on the streets are, if anything, worse than those shown in the film "Slumdog Millionaire." Many children depend on international charity projects like Baal Dan.
[VOA今日美国]40 Years Later, Taking Stock of Woodstock2005-08-10
That was Country Joe McDonald and the Fish with a song protesting the Vietnam War, a big issue in nineteen sixty-nine. In all, about thirty acts performed at Woodstock, ranging from Arlo Guthrie to Jimi Hendrix to Ravi Shankar. The opening act was Richie Havens.
[VOA词汇典故] State Nicknames, Part 22005-08-09
Idaho is known as "The Gem State." This is not because it has diamonds but because it believes it is the jewel of the western Rocky Mountains. Illinois is "The Land of Lincoln." It is named for Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president who led the nation through the Civil War in the eighteen sixties.
[VOA美国人物]Diane Arbus, 1923-1971: A Revolutionary Photographer of Unusual People2005-08-09
Diane Arbus is known for creating intense black and white photographs of very unusual people. She used a special camera that produced square shaped images. Often her subjects look sad, conflicted or physically abnormal. But they do not try to hide their insecurities.
[VOA时事新闻]Waiting for Next Move With North Korea2005-08-08
Former president Bill Clinton made a surprise visit to North Korea on Tuesday. He met with its leader to gain the release of two detained American journalists.
[VOA万花筒]Movie Strings Together Three Guitar Greats2005-08-07
Some dorms have a theme, like an international house, where students can learn about other cultures. In language houses, students try to avoid speaking their native language. The idea is to learn a different language.
[VOA经济报道]Getting Clunkers and Distracted Drivers Off the Road2005-08-07
Transportation and law enforcement officials, safety activists and others will discuss how to deal with drivers who do other things as they drive. Talking on the phone has long been an issue. But text-messaging while driving has gained more attention recently following a number of deadly crashes.
[VOA教育报道]More Physical Education, but Also More Injuries in Class2005-08-06
Different explanations are offered for America's weight problem -- a problem increasingly shared by other countries. Almost one-fifth of American children and teenagers are overweight.
[VOA建国史话] Lincoln's Policy on South Is Soon Tested2005-08-06
On a cold and cloudy day in March of eighteen sixty-one, Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth president of the United States. In his inaugural speech, the new president announced the policy that he would follow toward the southern states that had left the Union.
[VOA健康报道]Pregnant Women at Greater Danger From H1N1 Flu2005-08-05
The H1N1 flu virus that has spread around the world is especially risky for pregnant women. If they become infected, especially after the first three months of pregnancy, they can get very sick or even die. Cases of fetal death have also been reported.
[VOA自然探索]World's Fringe Festivals Celebrate the Unusual and Experimental2005-08-05
The roots of these independent festivals are in Scotland. In nineteen forty-seven, eight theater groups showed up uninvited to the first Edinburgh International Festival. Every year, more and more artists came to town during this festival to perform outside, or on the "fringe," of the official festival.
[VOA今日美国]How a Housing Bubble Burst Into a Global Financial Crisis2005-08-04
Some people think the policies of the Greenspan years helped create the conditions for that "tsunami." But there are many players in the story of the financial crisis, a crisis that raised fears of a Second Great Depression.
[VOA农业报道]Some Crops (Like Some People) Do Well as Companions2005-08-04
Companion planting is the idea that when some crops are planted together, they help each other grow. These compatible plants generally have similar needs for nutrients, soil and moisture.
[VOA发展报道]New Ways for Poor Countries to Diagnose Infectious Diseases2005-08-04
The first involves sheep. Researchers have found that hair sheep are a good source of blood for use in tests to diagnose infectious diseases in people.
[VOA美国故事]Short Story: 'The Last Leaf' by O. Henry2005-08-02
Many artists lived in the Greenwich Village area of New York. Two young women named Sue and Johnsy shared a studio apartment at the top of a three-story building. Johnsy's real name was Joanna.
[VOA美国人物]Leonard Bernstein,1918-1990: Composer, Conductor, Pianist and Teacher.2005-08-02
Welcome to People in America in VOA Special English. Today, Rich Kleinfeldt and Sarah Long tell about the life and work of one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century -- Leonard Bernstein.