• Listening

    BBC news 2020-01-13

    BBC news with Jerry Smit. In Iran, there has been a second day of protest after the country's leader admitted shooting down a Ukrainian passanger plane, killing more than 170 people. Television footage are showing students refusing to walk on US and Israeli flages as the authorites wanted....

  • Listening

    VOA news 2020-01-13

    This is VOA news. I'm Marissa Melton. Iranian demonstrators defied a heavy police presence Sunday night to protest their country's days of denials that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 people. Reuters' David Doyle has more. The word they're chanting is resignation. ...

  • Culture

    The most powerful word in English

    The most commonly-used word in English might only have three letters – but it packs a punch. ‘The’. It’s omnipresent; we can’t imagine English without it. But it’s not much to look at. It isn’t descriptive, evocative or inspiring. Technically, it’s meaningless. And yet this bland and innocuous...