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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 where you can learn English from native speakers while learning fascinating things about the world. Every episode comes with a transcript & key vocabulary and is spoken at a speed you can understand. Join listeners from 189 countries and discover the most interesting way to improve your English while expanding your mind. Find the bonus episodes, transcripts, key vocabulary, and learning materials at www.leonardoenglish.com

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#320 | The Florida & Munich Hostage Disasters
In this episode, we look at two of the most famous hostage crises of the 20th century: the Florida Hostage Crisis and the Munich Hostage Crisis.  Both took place within a year of each other and went on to have a lasting impact on the world of hostage negotiation.  Introduction to the Florida Hostage Crisis of 1971 The unusual trio arrive on the runway The situation turns nasty The FBI is alerted Arriving in Jacksonville The end of the hostage crisis Why did this hostage crisis go so badly wrong? The 6-Day War & Black September The Israeli block is attacked The kidnappers make their demands Errors in the German response The hostages are taken to Furstenfeldbruck airfield The crisis goes terribly wrong The aftermath of the Munich Hostage Crisis Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/florida-munich-hostages---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:56 01/12/22
#318 | A Job From Hell | Slaves in Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome was powered by the blood, sweat and tears of millions of slaves. In this episode, we look at what life was like for really like people unlucky enough to be sold into slavery in Ancient Rome.  The capture of a slave in Ancient Rome Aristotle & Slavery How slaves were recruited How many slaves were there in Ancient Rome? Who could become a slave? What happened to slaves after they were captured? The different roles of male vs. female slaves How much did slaves cost in Ancient Rome? What jobs did slaves do? The most unfortunate type of slave: the actor The better roles for slaves Working in the mines Slave uprisings Improving rights for slaves How slaves could be freed  Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/ancient-roman-slaves---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:34 24/11/22
#316 | The World Cup’s Five Biggest Controversies
The FIFA World Cup is full of controversy, on and off the pitch. In this episode, we look at five of the most controversial episodes in World Cup history and finish up with five interesting facts about the world's most popular football tournament.   Controversy #1: Diego Maradona & The Hand of God Controversy #2: The murder of Andres Escobar Controversy #3: The Kuwait Goal Scandal Controversy #4: Zinedine Zidane headbutt Controversy #5: Italy decide to play in black Trivia point #1: The unusual location of the first world cup Trivia point #2: How much beer is drunk Trivia point #3: How many people watch the world cup Trivia point #4: Pickles the trophy-finding dog Trivia point #5: The controversy of the Qatar World Cup  Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/world-cup-controversies---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
24:27 17/11/22
#314 | Michael Jackson | The Troubled Life of The King of Pop
He was the undisputed King of Pop, with 13 number-one hits, hundreds of millions of fans and a legacy that will continue to inspire artists for generations to come. But beneath the surface, Michael Jackson's life was plagued by insecurity, loneliness, and deep-rooted demons that would ultimately lead to his untimely and tragic death.  The early life of Michael Jackson His relationship with his father The early success of The Jackson 5 "I Want You Back" - the first big hit The first number one & becoming a child prodigy Breaking away from his brothers Becoming the global King of Pop His unusual private life His accident and physical changes Releasing "Bad" Allegations of child abuse Marriage and children His death and subsequent inquiry The legacy of Michael Jackson  Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/michael-jackson---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
24:45 10/11/22
#312 | A History of Witches | Misogyny, Magic and Murder
For centuries, a woman could be accused of being a witch for the simple crime of being too poor, too rich, or too old.For those accused, the trials were deeply unfair, and the punishment was often torture and death.In this episode, we explore the unfair and bloody history of witches. The Salem Witch Trials The punishments given for witches at Salem What actually was a "witch"? Reasons people could be accused of being a witch Black vs. White magic Witches & the Black Death Malleus Maleficarum: The Catholic Church's witch instruction manual How witch trials worked King James VI & witches Why witch fears declined Witches in modern culture Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/witches---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
25:32 03/11/22
#310 | A History of Vampires | Fangs, Fear and Fiction
For hundreds of years, people have been afraid of blood-sucking creatures that rise from the dead. But where does the vampire myth actually come from, what happened to the people accused of being a vampire, and what if there was a simple, biological explanation for it all? The start of Bram Stoker's Dracula The fundamental characteristics of vampires Vampires in ancient European folklore Why people might have thought vampires needed to drink blood Vampires being blamed for the plague The Great Vampire Epidemic The story of Petar Blagojević John Polidori’s The Vampyre Vampires & Vlad The Impaler Vampires on film Modern vampires Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/vampires---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
21:30 27/10/22
#308 | The Murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia Part 3 | A Culture of Impunity
It has been 5 years since the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.In part three of this three-part mini-series, we look at what has happened since then and ask ourselves whether we are any closer to knowing the truth. Recap of the story so far Vince Muscat starts talking to the police Melvin Theuma: the middleman Yorgen Fenech & 17 Black The phantom job Melvin Theuma starts getting paranoid The arrest of Melvin Theuma The letter to be passed to Yorgen Fenech Keith Schembri's lost phone The public inquest Political changes since Daphne's death The corruption and scandal involved in Daphne's murder investigation Will the killers ever be brought to justice? Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/daphne-caruana-galizia-part-3
20:17 20/10/22
#307 | The Murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia Part 2 | Crooks Everywhere You Look
A few months after Daphne's brutal assassination, the Maltese police raided a potato shed.They would "find" three men who would later admit to being involved in the murder, but were they really any closer to the truth? The initial investigations of Daphne's murder The December raid on the potato shed Vince Muscat & The DeGiorgio Brothers How the police caught the hitmen November 2019: when everything changed The arrest of Yorgen Fenech The power goes out and Keith Schembri is arrested Yorgen Fenech promises to "spill the beans" Fenech's pardon request is refused The resignation of the Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/daphne-caruana-galizia-part-2
18:29 17/10/22
#306 | The Murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia Part 1 | Cocaine, Corruption, and Filthy Money
On October 16th, 2017, a 52-year-old journalist was blown up in a car bomb outside her home in Malta.In part one of our three-part mini-series, we'll learn about who she was, and who might have wanted her dead. The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia Introduction to Malta Why small island countries are more prone to corruption The early career of Daphne Caruana Galizia Why Daphne Caruana Galizia was so popular Economic growth in 21st-century Malta “Malta is 17 miles by nine and flooded with cocaine, corruption, and filthy money” Daphne's corruption allegations in Malta Why Daphne was very unpopular with some Maltese citizens The attacks and harassment she faced Claims against Konrad Mizzi, Keith Schembri & Joseph Muscat Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/daphne-caruana-galizia-part-1
20:49 13/10/22
#304 | The Life of Donald Trump
He was the 45th President of the USA and the most controversial in recent history.In this episode, we look at the life of Donald J. Trump and examine how he went from real estate developer to the leader of the free world. The early life of Donald Trump His paternal and maternal influences Accusations of racism against Fred Trump Avoiding getting drafted in the Vietnam War ("bone spurs") Getting into business with The Trump Organization Early business controversies Going upmarket and entering the casino business A small loan of 1 million dollars Developing the family business and becoming a (self-reported) billionaire Business problems in the 1990s Becoming a TV celebrity after "The Apprentice" Donald Trump's business failures & controversies Trump's political alliances over the years His path to The White House A return to politics? Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/donald-trump---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
25:08 06/10/22
#302 | The Bloody History of Bullfighting
It's one of the most controversial topics in modern Spain; some say it's a cultural art form, and others say it's a brutal form of torture.In this episode, we look at the history of bullfighting through the ages and ask ourselves what lies ahead. The matador looks up to the crowd What happens in a bullfight The early history of bullfighting Bullfighting in the Iberian peninsula The first "anti-bullfighting" legislation in the 16th Century The development of "modern" bullfighting The different styles of bullfighting General Franco & bullfighting The opposition to bullfighting Bullfighting today Will bullfighting ever be banned in Spain? Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/bullfighting---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
26:37 29/09/22
#300 | Plastic Recycling - Is It Worth It?
We have been recycling for decades, yet only 9% of the world's plastic has ever been successfully recycled.In this episode, we ask ourselves the heretical question, "is plastic recycling actually worth it?" A brief history of plastic usage How much plastic do we really use? The uses (and advantages) of plastic Plastic's advantages in food production Plastic's usage in medicine Plastic as a way to reduce energy usage? The durability of plastic The problem of what to do with plastic after we have finished using it What proportion of the world actually recycles? The environmental "cost" of recycling Plastic vs. cotton bags: the numbers Recycling + reducing + reusing Simple acts to reduce plastic usage Technological developments with recycling Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/plastic-recycling---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:38 22/09/22
#298 | A Brief History of Climate Change
For thousands of years, humans have had ideas about mankind's potential impact on the climate.In this episode, we look at how these ideas have changed, the men and women who have contributed to them, and ask ourselves why it has taken so long to start paying attention. Ancient ideas about mankind's impact on the climate The North American "rain follows the plough" theory Joseph Fourier & The Greenhouse Effect Eunice Newton Foote's discovery about CO2 The theory that burning coal might be causing temperatures to rise Svante Arrhenius & global heating Guy Callendar, the amateur meteorologist The fear of a return to the Ice Age The Great Smog of 1952 in London Charles David Keeling attributes human activity to climate change Were rising CO2 levels good or bad? The establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Modern climate change theories The role of the oil & gas industry Climate change deniers in US politics Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/history-climate-change---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:06 15/09/22
#296 | Osama Bin Laden | The World's Most Wanted Man
He was put on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list in 1999, and he would only be removed after he was hunted down and killed by US operatives in 2011In this episode, we will tell the story of how Osama bin Laden went from a shy, religious young boy to the world's most famous terrorist. The early life of Osama bin Laden His time at university Deciding not to join the family business The Iranian Revolution of 1979 The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan Fighting in the Afghanistan War The invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi forces Why Osama bin Laden didn't want US forces in Saudi Arabia Losing his Saudi citizenship Launching Al Qaeda The 9/11 attacks Osama bin Laden's whereabouts after 9/11 The killing of Osama bin Laden What was found in Osama bin Laden's compound Popular misconceptions about Osama bin Laden The legacy of Osama bin Laden Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/osama-bin-laden---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:03 08/09/22
#294 | By Ballot Or By Bullet | The Life of Malcolm X
He was the American civil-rights leader who was a prominent spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Yet he grew too powerful and was killed by the same organisation he had represented.In this episode, we look at the amazing life, impact and legacy of Malcolm X. The assassination of Malcolm X The early family life of Malcolm X ("Little") The death of Malcolm's father The teenage years of Malcolm X Going to prison and finding religion Joining The Nation of Islam Becoming Malcolm "X" Converting Americans to the Nation of Islam (including Mohammed Ali) Clip of Malcolm X speaking The attack on Hinton Johnson Becoming known to the press (and the police) Going on a global tour Malcolm X vs. Martin Luther King Breaking with the Nation of Islam The murder of Malcolm X His legacy on the civil rights movement Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/malcolm-x---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
28:32 01/09/22
#292 | Chess & The Cold War
The game of chess played a vital role during the Cold War, allowing Russia and the United States to fight intellectual battles over a board game.In this episode, we'll explore how the game of chess was used in a world where nuclear weapons could not. The modern-day political impact of Chess The life of Anatoly Karpov The start of the Cold War Why chess was the battleground for the Cold War History of chess & statesmanship The "Fried Chicken Tournament" Why the USSR had a head start on the USA The early popularity of Chess in the USSR The fighting of "proxy wars" in the 1960s The relationship between KGB & chess players The bizarre 1978 Chess Championship in Manilla The arrival of Garry Kasparov Chess in the modern day Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/chess-cold-war---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
29:56 25/08/22
#290 | Sigmund Freud | Father of Psychoanalysis
To some, he was a visionary who helped us understand our unconscious mind. To others, he was a sex-crazed maniac who made no contributions to psychiatry.In this episode, we'll explore the fascinating life and works of Sigmund Freud. The early life of Sigmund Freud Theories of the mind in 19th century Europe Meeting the love of his life, Martha Bernays Freud's first medical "treatment": cocaine Moving to Paris and studying with Jean-Martin Charcot The idea of the unconscious mind "The plunging of sexuality in theory and practice is not to my taste’" Opening his own "talking therapy" practice Coining the term "psychoanalysis" The publication of The Interpretation of Dreams Freud & The Oedipus Complex The publication of The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, and the idea of "Freudian slips" His friendship with Carl Jung The First World War breaks out Deteriorating health and final years The complicated legacy of Sigmund Freud Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/freud---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
25:37 18/08/22
#288 | Albert Pierrepoint | Britain’s Most Famous Executioner
He was Britain's most famous hangman and was responsible for the executions of up to 600 prisoners.In this episode, we'll explore the curious life of a man who ended people's lives for a living. The unusual boyhood dream of Albert Pierrepoint Executions running in the family Capital punishment in the UK in the early 20th century Becoming an assistant executioner and working with his uncle Conducting his first execution The "long drop" Executing Nazi war criminals Becoming a pub landlord Why Albert Pierrepoint was so successful Controversial hangings in the 1950s Was he really a kind and gentle man? Retiring from his job as an executioner The beliefs of Albert Pierrepoint about capital punishment Legacy in books, films & TV Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/albert-pierrepoint---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:24 11/08/22
#286 | The Atomic Bomb Part 3: The Aftermath
Part three of our three-part mini-series on The Atomic Bomb.Ever since the atomic bomb was dropped, people have been asking whether it was actually necessary.In this episode, we'll explore the arguments for and against the use of atomic weapons in World War II, and look at how this has changed the world we live in. Recap of the journey to dropping the bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki The American reasons for dropping the bomb “It seems to be the most terrible thing ever discovered, but it can be made the most useful…” Arguments against dropping the bomb on Hiroshima & Nagasaki #1: Drop a demonstration bomb somewhere else #2: Japan would have surrendered without a bomb #3: The use of atomic weapons is ethically unacceptable American counterarguments The scientists who were against dropping the atomic bomb Post-war theories about why the atomic bomb was used Was Japan really close to surrendering? Nuclear proliferation since 1945 Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/atomic-bomb-aftermath---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
20:05 04/08/22
#284 | The Atomic Bomb Part 1: The Manhattan Project
Part one of this three-part mini-series on The Atomic Bomb. In this episode, we explore the discovery of nuclear fission, the key scientists involved, The Manhattan Project and the race to develop a functioning atomic bomb. Early ideas about atomism Modern atomic theory in the 19th and 20th centuries The discovery of nuclear fission War breaks out in Europe Einstein and Szilárd's letter to President Roosevelt The Manhattan Project The first atomic test in Nevada “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds” Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/manhattan-project---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
19:00 28/07/22
[BONUS: REPLAY] The Rise of Air Conditioning
It has gone from luxury to necessity, and there are over 2 billion air conditioning units in the world today.In this episode, we'll take a look at how air conditioning got started, why people didn't mind being hot in the past, and what the true cost of staying cool might be for future generations. Staying cool is nothing new: Romans & Egyptian methods Ding Huan & the rotating fan Why people were afraid of creating cold artificially How the Dutch magician Cornelis Drebbel tricked King James I in 1620 Benjamin Franklin getting sweaty one July in Philadelphia Primitive air conditioning by pumping air over ice Did people actually mind that there was no air conditioning? Willis H. Carrier & the first air conditioning unit Convincing the US public that it was something they needed 1920s sweaty American cinemas Spending $600,000 on an air conditioning unit in 1932 The boom of air conditioning in the US How many households around the world have air conditioning in 2021? The impact of air conditioning: the good, the bad & the unexpected Environmental impact of air conditioning Future of air conditioning in the developing world New air conditioning technologies: high & low tech  Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/air-conditioning---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:50 27/07/22
#282 | Joe Rogan & Spotify | The Most Expensive Podcast In The World
He is the world's highest-paid podcaster, and his podcast was acquired by Spotify for a reported $200 million in 2020.But who actually is Joe Rogan, and what does this deal mean for independent podcasts? Introduction to Spotify A time when you couldn't listen to podcasts on Spotify How Spotify works (as a business) The business model of most podcasts The Joe Rogan Experience podcast Who is Joe Rogan? Why Spotify decided to buy the Joe Rogan Experience The commentator's opinion of the acquisition Controversies of the Joe Rogan Experience The Platform vs. Publisher debate The future of independent podcasters & Spotify Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/joe-rogan-spotify---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:03 21/07/22
#280 | The Tower of London
It is one of London's most famous tourist attractions, and it has an amazing history that not all tourists are aware of.In this episode, we'll explore the bloody but fascinating history of London's oldest standing building. The arrival of William The Conqueror in 1066 How The Tower of London was built What The Tower of London was used for in the Middle Ages The country's most famous prison "Being sent to The Tower" Famous people who were executed at The Tower of London The Beefeaters of The Tower of London The Tower of London as a zoo The Royal Mint The first prisoner to escape from The Tower of London Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/tower-of-london---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
21:16 14/07/22
#278 | Londongrad: Why Russian Oligarchs Fell In Love With Britain’s Capital
Since the collapse of the USSR, London has become the city of choice for Russian oligarchs.In this episode, we'll explore how the UK's capital welcomed Russian money and why London became nicknamed "Londongrad". Roman Abramovich buys Chelsea Definition of "oligarch" Why was London the destination of choice for Russian oligarchs? London's cultural appeal The English legal system The English libel laws London as a financial hub Company ownership in the UK The "Golden Visa" scheme Links between Russian oligarchs and British politics Evgeny Lebedev becomes "Baron Lebedev" London doesn't ask questions about the origin of money The Russian invasion of Ukraine The future of "Londongrad" Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/londongrad---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
24:09 07/07/22
#276 | Oxbridge: Why Two Universities Dominate Britain
Despite only educating 1% of the population Oxford and Cambridge University have a tight grip over everything from UK politics to business.In this episode, we look at what life at Oxbridge is like, why graduates often go on to such powerful positions, and see what these two universities have been doing to improve access to disadvantaged children. Global rankings of Oxford & Cambridge university Influence and power of Oxbridge How Oxbridge is divided (the "college" system) How much students at Oxbridge need to work The most prestigious of the Oxbridge colleges Christ Church Oxford: the college that has produced 13 Prime Ministers Trinity College Cambridge: the college that has produced 34 Nobel prize winners Famous alumni of Oxbridge Why are graduates of Oxbridge so successful? Is access to Oxbridge fair? Private schools & Oxbridge Getting into Oxbridge vs. American universities The Varsity Blues scandal Curiosities of Oxbridge: Harry Potter, a library with 13 million books, the head of Oliver Cromwell and a tortoise race Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/oxbridge---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
22:56 30/06/22
#274 | The Rise of The Great Fashion Houses
The 20th century saw the creation of world-famous luxury fashion houses. In this episode, we'll explore the stories of Chanel, Dior, Gucci and Versace, and look at how they changed what we wear. The first fashion designer: Charles Frederick Worth The concept of "off the peg" clothes Coco Chanel Chanel & The Duke of Westminster The founding of Gucci The role of sanctions on Italy The later life of the Gucci family Christian Dior - designing in post-war Paris "This is a new look" Gianni Versace Versace's approach to using celebrities "Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten" - Aldo Gucci Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/rise-great-fashion-houses---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
22:49 23/06/22
#272 | Apollo 13
It was meant to be a simple space mission to the moon, but 56 hours into the flight tragedy struck.In this episode, we'll learn how three astronauts managed to use teamwork and quick thinking to escape death and return to Earth alive. Background to the Apollo programme The objective of the Apollo 13 mission The pilots of the Apollo 13 mission The three parts of the Apollo 13 spacecraft The importance of ground control at Houston The uneventful first 56 hours of the mission A piece of routine maintenance goes wrong "Houston, we've had a problem" What actually went wrong? Losing all power and being 330,000 km away from Earth How quick thinking turned this lunar mission into a rescue mission Figuring out the path back Conserving oxygen and water and going around the moon Fixing the spacecraft to avoid getting carbon dioxide poisoning Returning to Earth The legacy of Apollo 13 Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/apollo-13---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
23:52 16/06/22
#270 | The Inimitable Charles Dickens
He was the Victorian era's most famous social writer, and his novels were loved by everyone from Queen Victoria to street children.In this episode we'll learn about Charles Dickens shone a light on the injustices of 19th century Britain and invented the modern idea of Christmas. Definition of "inimitable" The early life of Charles Dickens His early experience with grinding poverty Becoming a legal clerk and then reporting on parliamentary debates His talent for writing sketches His first book: The Pickwick Papers The serial publication style of Charles Dickens The private life of Charles Dickens His vast literary output The social activism of Charles Dickens Going on tour in his later years The fame of Charles Dickens His universal appeal Charles Dickens & the modern idea of Christmas The legacy of Charles Dickens Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/charles-dickens---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
20:59 09/06/22
#268 | Grigori Rasputin - The Mad Monk
He was the peasant who went from a village in Siberia to the centre of the Russian imperial court, befriending the Tsar and Tsarina, and playing a role in the downfall of Russia’s longest-serving dynasty, The Romanovs. In this episode, we'll learn about the unlikely but fascinating life of Grigori Rasputin. Russia in 1900 Overview of the fall of the Romanov Dynasty The early life of ​​Grigory Yefimovich Novykh ("Rasputin") Discovering the "Khylsts" and “sinning to drive out sin” Earning the nickname of "The Mad Monk" Rasputin's personal hygiene (or lack of) Curing the Tsar's son, Alexei Securing a place within the imperial family Rasputin's relationship with the Tsarina, Alexandra An assassination attempt by a noseless peasant The plot to kill Rasputin The (very long) murder of Rasputin Russia after Rasputin's death The legacy (and importance) of Grigori Rasputin on Russian history Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/rasputin---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
26:40 02/06/22
#266 | What’s Happening In San Francisco?
It is one of the most influential cities in the United States but has recently been accused of falling into disrepair, with rising homelessness and open drug dealing.In this episode, we'll look at what is happening in San Francisco, what has caused this, who and what is thought to be responisble, and what is being done to change it. The mothers' billboards: “Unfortunately, we’re just as famous for our dirt-cheap fentanyl” A brief history of San Francisco The tech boom contributes to an increase in house prices San Francisco's growing homeless population Drug use and petty crime The election of Chesa Boudin Chesa Boudin's personal experience with imprisonment Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act Theories about the causes of San Francisco's decline The San Francisco budget: more per capita than any other US city The use of fentanyl in San Francisco The recall Chesa Boudin campaign Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/san-francisco---You might like:🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, transcripts & vocabulary🧑‍💼 Demystifying Business English Course📹 A look inside Leonardo English membership [VIDEO]⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English [GUIDE]📧 Join the weekly newsletter✍️ Free English Grammar Checker---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
20:50 26/05/22