Great Fire of London

KA WORDCAST: Listen and Learn! LESSON FIFTY: Virtual History

Listen to KA Wordcast: Listen and Learn! LESSON FIFTY HERE!     In today’s lesson, entitled Virtual History, you will learn a bit about the Great Fire of London of 1666. You will also hear about a fascinating new mobile phone app that can transport you back in time to key historical moments. That’s right. Time travel—well, sort of. Listen…

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Rain Man

KA WORDCAST: Listen and Learn! LESSON FORTY-NINE: The Curious Case of the Walking Encyclopedia

Listen to KA Wordcast: Listen and Learn! LESSON FORTY-NINE HERE!     In today’s lesson, entitled The Curious Case of the Walking Encyclopedia, you will listen to a passage about Kim Peek, an American savant who had a remarkable ability to memorize all sorts of things. You will also learn a little about autism and how our attitude towards people…

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The Choshu Five

KA WORDCAST: Listen and Learn! LESSON FORTY-EIGHT The Choshu Five

Listen to KA Wordcast:  Listen and Learn! LESSON FORTY-EIGHT HERE!     In today’s lesson, entitled The Choshu Five, you will listen to a passage about five young Japanese men who, during Japan’s Edo period, risked everything to come to London and learn about Western ways.  Listen carefully to the passage and then answer the questions that follow. It’s always…

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statue of liberty

KA WORDCAST: Listen and Learn! LESSON FORTY-SEVEN Where Are the Women?

Listen to KA Wordcast:  Listen and Learn LESSON FORTY-SEVEN HERE!       In today’s lesson, entitled Where Are the Women?, you will learn a bit about the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. You will also hear why the Statue of Liberty and all that she stands for are not equally represented in parks and public squares in…

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CRAM

KA WORDCAST: Listen and Learn! LESSON FORTY-SIX Robotic Critters

Listen to KA Wordcast: Listen and Learn LESSON FORTY-SIX HERE!         In today’s lesson, entitled Robotic Critters, you will listen to a passage about a handy new robot that is fact, not science fiction. And you will learn how researchers have used, of all things, the cockroach as a model for the new robot’s design and how…

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TITANIC

KA WORDCAST: Listen and Learn! LESSON FORTY-FIVE The Ship of Dreams

Listen to KA Wordcast: Listen and Learn LESSON FORTY-FIVE HERE!          In today’s lesson, entitled The Ship of Dreams, you will listen to a passage about the events leading up to and following the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Listen carefully to the passage and then answer the questions that follow. It’s always a good idea to…

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banana varieties

KA WORDCAST: Listen and Learn! LESSON FORTY-FOUR: Going Bananas!

Listen to KA Wordcast: Listen and Learn! LESSON FORTY-FOUR HERE!      In today’s lesson, entitled Going Bananas, you will listen to a passage about why bananas are often called “Nature’s Perfect Power Snack.” You will also learn about a disease that could wipe out banana crops all over the world. Listen carefully to the passage and then answer the…

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BARBIE DOLLS

KA WORDCAST: Listen and Learn! LESSON FORTY-THREE: A Broader View of Beauty

Listen to KA Wordcast: Listen and Learn LESSON FORTY-THREE HERE!     In today’s lesson, entitled A Broader View of Beauty, you will listen to a passage about where the Barbie doll’s creator got her inspiration, and why, after nearly 60 years, Barbie is undergoing a big transformation. Listen carefully to the passage and then answer the questions that follow….

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Svalbard Seed Vault

KA WORDCAST: Listen and Learn LESSON FORTY-TWO: Seeds for Humanity

Listen to KA Wordcast:  Listen and Learn LESSON FORTY-TWO HERE!   Find us on Facebook! In today’s lesson, entitled Seeds for Humanity, you will hear a passage about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway where a group of scientists have been planning ahead against a possible “doomsday” future. Listen carefully to the passage and then answer the questions that…

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sustainable living

KA WORDCAST: Listen and Learn LESSON FORTY-ONE Sustainable Living

Listen to KA Wordcast: Listen and Learn LESSON FORTY-ONE HERE!   Find us on Facebook! In today’s lesson, entitled Sustainable Living, you will hear a passage about the “ecological” and “carbon” footprints we all leave on the planet just by going about the business of daily living. You will also learn why pet dogs … well, you’ll see in a…

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