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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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#464 | Will Scotland Ever Be Independent?
 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 history Reasons for Scottish independence Economic arguments for and against independence Impact on Scotland's global standing post-independence Cultural identity and political reasons for independence The younger generation's inclination towards independence Brexit's effect on the independence push Current status of the independence movement Likelihood of a future independence referendum Potential concessions before a new vote Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/scotland-independence ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
18:24 18.04.24
#462 | Fried Mars Bars, Bagpipes & Unusual Scottish Traditions
 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"Highland Games: sports, music, celebrationsTossing the caber, hammer throw, haggis hurlingDeep-fried Mars bar: calorific treatIrn-Bru: Scotland's iconic fizzy drinkBagpipes: national Scottish instrumentBagpipe facts: ancient origins, global presence, Nero's bagpipingGlenmorangie whisky: aged to bagpipe music Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/scottish-traditions ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
18:08 11.04.24
#460 | Prince Andrew | The Black Sheep of The Royal Family
 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 Express in Woking Being stripped of his military titles and royal patronages His scandalous post-Falklands War public image His role as Special Representative for International Trade Lavish spending and nickname "Airmiles Andy" his association with Epstein and subsequent fallout Potential legal implications for Prince Andrew following Epstein's crimes Unlikely prospects of Prince Andrew facing criminal charges Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/prince-andrew ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
17:15 04.04.24
#458 | The Rise Of OnlyFans
 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 sex work Content types on OnlyFans OnlyFans temporary ban on explicit content Financial statistics of OnlyFans Societal impact and controversies of OnlyFans Effects on both content creators and consumers Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/onlyfans ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
21:46 28.03.24
#456 | Fredric Tudor | The Ice King
 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 Challenges of transporting ice From Boston to the Caribbean and India Technological advances in ice transportation Importance of insulation and ventilation Monopolies in Martinique & Calcutta Competition and technological developments Legacy of Fredric Tudor Ice industry in decline due to artificial ice plants Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/ice-king ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
22:45 21.03.24
#454 | The Future of Fertility
 In part three of our mini-series on fertility, we'll explore the intriguing world of future fertility possibilities.   From creating eggs out of skin cells to the concept of artificial wombs, we'll explore the groundbreaking technologies that could revolutionise how we reproduce.   IVF: In vitro fertilisation Future of fertility technology IVG: In-vitro gametogenesis Artificial wombs for premature babies Implications for single-sex couples Ethical concerns about technology End of traditional reproduction? Implications for society Book "The End of Sex" Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/future-fertility ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
19:40 14.03.24
#452 | The World’s Shrinking Population
 In part one of a three-part mini-series, we'll look at the global trend of shrinking populations and what it signifies for the future.  Is the world's population really in decline, what are the reasons for this, and what does it mean for the world? Global population trends and downward fertility rates Demographic shifts and the replacement rate for stability Factors influencing declining birth rates globally Increasing gender equality and delayed childbearing Cost of raising children and economic implications Decreasing optimism and focus on convenience affect birth rates Global population decline and potential consequences National strategies to counter population decline Challenges in incentivising more childbirth Technological solutions and environmental implications Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/shrinking-population ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:04 07.03.24
#450 | The 1978 World Cup in Argentina
 In this episode, we'll learn about the dramatic story behind the controversial 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.   From political corruption to unexplained favours, we'll explore what has come to be called the "Dirtiest World Cup in History".  1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina Dirty tactics off the pitch Brutal military dictatorship backdrop Political influence on the games Allegations of bribery and corruption Controversies around hosting the cup Victory marred by suspicions Notable protests and criticisms Unfair advantage allegations in matches Legacy of the "Dirtiest World Cup in History" Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/1978-world-cup ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
20:45 29.02.24
#448 | Modern Slavery
 In the final part of our mini-series on slavery, we'll explore the unsettling reality of modern slavery, exploring its prevalence and forms in our world today.   From deceptive promises to exploitation and control, we uncover how slavery lurks in the shadows, but there are more slaves in the modern world than at any point in human history.  Growth and abolition of historical slavery Overview of modern slavery Statistics on modern slavery Prevalence and hotspots of modern slavery Categories of modern slaves Causes of thriving modern slavery Illustrative example of modern slavery in Malta Legal frameworks against modern slavery Adaptation of slavery through the ages Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/modern-slavery ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
19:42 22.02.24
#446 | Slavery In The Ancient World
 In part one of a three-part series on slavery, we'll explore the role of slavery in the ancient world.  We'll explore how slaves were treated legally, some moral objections to slavery, and how forced labour powered many ancient civilisations we look up to.  Legal codes regarding slaves Different ways people became slaves Role of philosophy in justifying slavery Varied tasks of ancient slaves Female slaves' dual role The economic significance of slaves The absence of opposition to slavery Comparison to modern societal norms Evolution of slavery post Ancient Rome Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/ancient-slavery ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
19:23 15.02.24
#444 | The Amazing Story of Christian The Lion
 It's a short, feel-good tale about a lion called Christian.  In this episode, we'll be telling the heartwarming true story of Christian's unique journey and his special bond with his owners.  London in the 1960s: Description of 1960s Chelsea as a cultural hub John Rendall and Ace Bourke, Australians in London Encounter at Harrods "Pet Kingdom": Lion cub for sale Lack of regulations for owning a lion in 1960s London Life with Christian in London: Challenges of raising a lion in a flat Desire to send Christian to Africa, his natural habitat Negotiations with the Kenyan government for Christian's entry Plans to introduce Christian to the wild, the challenge of a city lion Formation of a new lion pride with Boy and Katania Emotional reunion of John, Ace, and Christian in Kenya Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/christian-the-lion ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
16:58 08.02.24
#442 | Shamima Begum | ISIS Bride
 It is a fascinating story that gets you thinking about the age of responsibility, the nature of citizenship, and the ethical dilemmas surrounding the fate of individuals who joined extremist groups.   In this episode, we'll be talking about Shamima Begum, a young lady who had her British citizenship revoked after leaving the country to join the Islamic State.   Shamima Begum's departure to Syria at 15 Begum's life in ISIS, marriage, and involvement in enforcing strict standards Begum's reappearance in a Syrian refugee camp in 2019. Pregnancy, loss of children, and desire to return to the UK British government's decision to revoke Begum's citizenship Shamima Begum's return: National security concerns and legal aspects Media coverage: Front-page headlines, public and political responses Challenges of being stateless and rejection by potential countries Shamima Begum's TV interviews, lack of remorse, and sympathy for ISIS Broader implications for policies on citizenship and terrorism Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/shamima-begum-isis-bride ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
18:36 01.02.24
#440 | The Korean Wave: How K-Pop Conquered the World
 It's the story of how artists from a small, somewhat unexpected country became global music sensations, amassing devoted fans and making billions in the process.   In this episode, we'll be talking about the rise of K-Pop, the strategic role of the Korean government, and the global phenomenon that is BTS.   Introduction to K-Pop: Impact on global music and pop culture South Korea's unlikely rise to a musical powerhouse Post-Korean War, the influence of American soldiers on Korean music Government Intervention: Formation of Cultural Industry Bureau to boost pop culture Seo Taiji and Boys to PSY BTS: The Global Phenomenon Factors Behind Success: Effective use of social media, especially by BTS Influence and activism demonstrated by K-Pop fans Impact of K-Pop on fashion, language, and lifestyles worldwide Parallel between K-Pop and Beatlemania Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/kpop ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
22:59 25.01.24
#438 | Bad Science | When Scientists Got It Wrong
 Millions worldwide dedicate their lives to research, striving for medical breakthroughs and enhancing our understanding of the human body. But occasionally, they make mistakes.   In this episode, we'll explore three instances where scientific breakthroughs were announced but later proven to be mistakes.  Scientific Studies in Media Case 1: Faster Than Light Neutrinos 2012 CERN press conference: Einstein was wrong Investigation reveals a fault in the fibre optic cable Case 2: Cold Fusion Fiasco 1989 claim of "cold fusion" by electrochemists Fleischmann and Pons Experiment flaws exposed; Fleischmann and Pons discredited Case 3: Chocolate and Weight Loss Hoax 2015 false claim: Eating chocolate aids low-carb diet weight loss Researcher John Bohannon exposes the ease of making outrageous claims Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/bad-science ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
19:20 18.01.24
#436 | Transhumanism & The Rise of The Superhumans
 It's the idea that humans can enhance our bodies with the use of technology, all in a bid to allow us to break free from our biological reality.   In this episode, we'll be talking about the roots of transhumanism, the quest for radical life extension, and the ethical dilemmas surrounding the enhancement of human abilities.   Introduction to Transhumanism Historical Roots of Transhumanism Medical Technology Advancements Core Concepts of Transhumanism Radical Life Extension Cognitive Enhancement through Technology Ethical Considerations Transhumanism in Popular Culture Real-Life Example: Brian Johnson Philosophical Questions on Transhumanism Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/transhumanism-superhumans ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
22:39 11.01.24
#434 | Edward Snowden | American Patriot or Traitor?
 He is probably the most famous whistleblower in the world after having leaked vast amounts of sensitive US government information back in 2013.  In this episode, we'll be telling the story of Edward Snowden, asking ourselves whether he is a great American patriot or a traitor.  Edward Snowden's background and early lifeSnowden's disillusionment with the CIA and government practicesSnowden's decision to leak classified informationSize and significance of the leaked dataSnowden's escape to Hong Kong and the publication of revelationsImpact of Snowden's leaks on global surveillance debateTwo contrasting perspectives on Snowden: hero or traitorSnowden's asylum in Russia and ongoing impact on privacy lawsChanges and debates triggered by Snowden's revelationsUnanswered questions about the role and protection of whistleblowers Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/edward-snowden ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
22:21 04.01.24
#432 | The Most Unusual New Year's Eve Traditions
 A New Year's Eve celebration isn't always fireworks. Sometimes it's colourful underwear, dark-haired men rushing into Scottish houses, and smashing plates.   In this episode, we'll explore the most unusual New Year's Eve traditions around the world.   Origins of Unusual Traditions Italian Red Underwear Tradition Scottish First Footing Ritual Scottish Hogmanay Celebrations Dangerous Johannesburg Tradition Spanish Twelve Grapes Tradition Japanese Temple Bell Ritual Danish Plate Smashing Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/unusual-new-year-traditions ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
16:07 28.12.23
#430 | What Is Effective Altruism?
 It's an idea and a way of life that is all about doing good, helping others, and improving the world in the most efficient way possible.   In this episode, we'll be talking about Effective Altruism, its core principles, and its unique approach to addressing the world's most pressing problems.   Effective Altruism Defined Thought Experiment: Drowning Child Peter Singer's Famine, Affluence, and Morality Essay William MacAskill: Effective Altruism Co-Founder Effective Altruism's Goal and Approach Impact Maximization: Notable Examples Funding Disparities: Pandemics vs. Terrorism Animal Welfare: Factory Farming vs. Shelters Sam Bankman-Fried: Effective Altruist in Action Criticisms and Peter Singer's Moral Philosophy Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/effective-altruism ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:34 21.12.23
#428 | Sanctions: Do They Even Work?
 From export and import controls to asset freezes and travel restrictions, there are various methods for imposing sanctions. But how effective are they?  In this episode, we will discuss sanctions, how they work, and pose the perhaps controversial question: do they truly work?  PhD Program Rejection Types of Sanctions: Embargoes, Controls, Freezes, Restrictions Historical Context: Ancient Greece to Modern Era Effectiveness Debate: Agathe Demarais' Analysis Case Study: US Sanctions on Cuba Success Case: Sanctions on South Africa Contemporary Example: Sanctions on Russia Challenges in Assessing Sanctions' Efficacy Human Impact: Siavash's Wife's Story Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/do-sanctions-work ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:33 14.12.23
#426 | K-Pop, Zelensky & Cricket | 21st Century Soft Power
 K-Pop, Volodymyr Zelensky, and Indian Cricket – what do these three things have in common? Soft power, of course.  In this episode, we're going to be talking about Soft Power in the 21st century and the unusual but fascinating displays of it.   Global Soft Power Index: Brand Directory's annual survey. Soft Power according to Joseph Nye in 1990. Soft Power's non-military, non-economic influence. Korea's rise in soft power ranking. K-Pop's Soft Power: BTS and the Korean Wave. Zelenskyy's Soft Power Amid Conflict: Ukraine, Russia conflict. Transforming soft power into hard power. Cricket as soft power: Origin in England, spread by the British Empire. Cricket's popularity in former colonies. Cricket as a bridge in India-Pakistan relations. Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/kpop-zelensky-cricket ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
22:30 07.12.23
#424 | A Brief History of Salt
 We all know salt as a simple white seasoning to add to our cooking, but it's much more than that.   In this episode, we'll be exploring salt's fascinating role throughout history – from how it served as a catalyst for revolutions to how it is featured in society.   Salt's role in history and its surprising impact. Preservation: Salt's role in preserving meat, fish for months. Essential nutrient: Human dependence on salt in diets. Early trade routes based on the salt trade. La Gabelle: Infamous French salt tax causing regional disparities. Connection to French Revolution and discontent. American Revolution: British blockade, salt smuggling, victory. Societal impact: Salt shaping trade routes, language, culture. Recap of salt's multifaceted historical significance. Reflection on salt's impact on trade, language, and culture. Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/salt ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
18:16 30.11.23
#422 | Jeffrey Epstein | American Sex Offender
 It is a story that brings together billionaires, presidents, princes, private islands, and unfortunately, decades of sexual abuse of underage girls.  In this episode, we will be talking about the disgraced American financier, Jeffrey Epstein.  Epstein's background and early career Epstein's rise in the world of finance Initial arrest and charges related to sexual abuse Controversial plea deal in 2008 Epstein's second arrest in 2019 on sex trafficking charges Allegations of Epstein's involvement with powerful people Epstein's death in jail and conspiracy theories The impact of Epstein's case on society Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/jeffrey-epstein ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
22:16 23.11.23
#420 | The Economics of Chicken
 How has a small bird from the jungles of southeast Asia gone on to be the most popular source of protein in the world?  In this episode, we are going to talk about the economics of chicken, and how farmers have managed to drastically reduce its price.   The transformation of chicken from a luxury to a cheap protein source Origin of domesticated chickens in Southeast Asia Historical chicken sizes and uses Development of efficient egg incubators The post-war competition to breed bigger and cheaper chickens The modern broiler chicken's rapid growth and engineered characteristics The use of hormones and genetic modification in chicken farming The impact on chicken prices and its popularity The economics behind the low cost of rotisserie chicken Ethical concerns related to chicken consumption and alternatives Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/chicken-economics ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
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#418 | The Race To The South Pole
 It is the most amazing story of success, failure against the odds, and a race to get to the bottom of the world.  In this episode, we will be talking about explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott, and their intense Race to the South Pole.  Antarctic expedition in 1911 Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen British explorer Robert Falcon Scott Different approaches: dogs vs. ponies Harsh conditions, frostbite, and scurvy Tragic sacrifices: Oates and Scott's last diary entries Norwegian victory and Amundsen's legacy Lessons learned from the race Impact of Norwegian explorers on Arctic and Antarctic exploration Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/race-to-south-pole ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
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#416 | The Quest To Find The Origin of The River Nile | Henry Morton Stanley
 He embarked on a perilous journey to explore the Great Lakes of Africa and unravelled the mystery of the Nile's origin. In the final part of our mini-series, we are going to talk about Henry Morton Stanley and his quest to find the origin of the River Nile.  Introduction to the quest for the source of the NileRecap on explorers: Burton, Speke, and LivingstoneHenry Morton Stanley's life and backgroundStanley's successful discovery of Dr. LivingstoneStanley's mission to find the Nile's sourceChallenges and dangers of the expeditionStanley's successful navigation around Lake Victoria and TanganyikaIdentification of the Lualaba River as a key clueStanley's final journey to prove Lake Victoria as the Nile's sourceThe legacy of the quest and the possibility of the Rwenzori Mountains as the "mountains of the moon" source. Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/henry-morton-stanley ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
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#414 | The Quest To Find The Origin of The River Nile | Burton vs. Speke
 It's an amazing story of exploration, near-death experiences, and the most almighty feud.   In part one of our mini-series on The Quest To Find The Origin of the River Nile, we'll be telling the story of the first major expedition by British explorers, Sir Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke.  Introduction to the search for the Nile's origin. Meet British explorers Burton and Speke on their mission. Challenges of Nile Exploration Burton's belief in Lake Tanganyika as the Nile's source. Speke's argument for Lake Victoria as the Nile's source. Intense Rivalry and Feud between Burton and Speke. Tragic Turn of Events: Speke's tragic death before the Nile's source could be confirmed. Unsolved Mystery: the Nile's true origin. Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/burton-vs-speke ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:56 26.10.23
#412 | A Short History of Mental Health
 Mental health – it is a sensitive subject that affects every single one of us, with some of us struggling more than others.   In this episode, we are going to explore how mental health has been perceived throughout history and look at some of the reasons that led a top UN official to declare that we are living in a mental health crisis.   History of mental health treatments Trepanning as an ancient "cure" Transition from religious defect to medical condition Grim conditions in early "mad houses" Introduction of The Lunacy Act in 1845 Controversial treatments like lobotomy and electroshock therapy Rising awareness and reporting of mental health issues Factors influencing modern mental health problems Debate over the validity of the mental health crisis Michel Foucault's quote on human behavior and consequences Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/mental-health-history ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
17:16 19.10.23
#410 | (Keeping Up With) The Kardashians
 Over the past two decades, this one family has shaped not just American but global culture – but how did they become so influential?  In this episode, we'll be telling the story of the Kardashians and their rise to fame, the influence they have on culture, and whether it is all about to come crumbling down.   The Kardashians' impact on global culture Initial public reception and ratings of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" The family's history and members How Kris Jenner's idea led to the reality TV series Overview of the TV show's content The Kardashians' relatability and luxury lifestyle The family's strategic use of social media The Kardashians' successful product endorsements and businesses The question of authenticity and appearance The Kardashians' influence on fashion and beauty trends Speculations about their future in the evolving social media landscape Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/keeping-up-with-kardashians ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
21:32 12.10.23
#408 | Upstairs, Downstairs: The Lives of British Servants
 It was at one point the most popular job in Britain, surpassing professions such as coal mining and factory work.   In this episode, we'll be talking about the servant class, the hierarchy of different types of servants, and the decline of household service in Britain.  Most popular job in Britain: Household service in 1901 Reasons for high servant numbers: Supply and demand factors Experiences of female servants were generally worse Hierarchy among servants: Butler and housekeeper at the top Decline of domestic service: Supply, demand, and technological changes Modern view: Live-in servants are mostly limited to the very wealthy Recommended media: Downton Abbey, Gosford Park, The Remains of the Day Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/british-servants-lives ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
20:52 05.10.23
#406 | What Does “Lord” Really Mean? An Exploration Of The British Aristocracy.
 "Duke", "Earl", "Lord", and "Baron" – what do these titles actually mean? In part one of our mini-series on British social class, we'll be talking about the origins of the British aristocracy and the roles they have in modern Britain.    Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/lord-meaning-british-aristocracy ---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English 📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, vocabulary, lessons, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
21:52 28.09.23

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