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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

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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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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English


Episodes

#170: A Brief History of Scientology

6/24/2021
It is, by some standards, the most successful modern religion. Discover how Scientology went from the pseudo-medical ideas of an out-of-luck science fiction writer to a religion that counts some of the world's most famous film stars among its believers. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/scientology

Duration:00:27:46

#168: The Curious History of Spice

6/17/2021
Spices are an integral part of almost every cuisine in the world and are something that most of us now take for granted. Yet spices used to be an incredibly valuable commodity and were the preserve of only the very richest in some societies. In this episode, we'll learn more about how they went from being the preserve of the very richest in society to something that we sprinkle on our dishes without worrying about the cost. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the...

Duration:00:19:34

#166: Theranos: When Blood Testing Goes Bad

6/10/2021
It was a revolutionary idea: being able to conduct fast, cheap, and effective blood tests with only a tiny drop of blood. But it turned out that the company behind it was one, huge fraud. This is the fascinating story of how a Stanford dropout went from the youngest self-made female billionaire in history to facing 20 years in prison. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/theranos

Duration:00:23:24

#164: The Rise And Fall Of WeWork

6/3/2021
It is the coworking company that was once valued at over $50 billion, but then came spectacularly crashing down. In this episode, we'll learn about the amazing rise and fall of the company that tried to make office space cool. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/wework

Duration:00:22:34

#162: The Genius of William Shakespeare

5/27/2021
He is the most famous playwright in history and has been translated into every major living language. In this episode, you'll learn about this fantastic man's life, his works, and why he is still called "the world's greatest living playwright". Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/shakespeare

Duration:00:25:54

#160: Politics & The Olympic Games

5/20/2021
The Olympics are meant to be a politics-free zone. But is this ever really possible? In this episode, we'll learn about the history of The Olympics, and analyse five times politics was at the heart of the games. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/politics-and-olympics

Duration:00:25:38

#158: George Orwell

5/13/2021
For many, he is the greatest writer in the history of the English language. Outside the UK, he is known as the author of two of the most important political fiction books in history: Animal Farm & 1984. Learn about the amazing life of this fantastic man and the events that shaped his worldview. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/george-orwell

Duration:00:26:02

#156: The Grand Tour

5/6/2021
“A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see.” It was the trip of a lifetime, where young, aristocratic British men would travel across Europe and open their eyes to new worlds. Discover why these men would do this, how they travelled, what they got up to, and what it tells us about our relationship with tourism today. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website:...

Duration:00:23:21

#154: Las Vegas

4/29/2021
It's the world's Sin City, where fortunes and made and lost. In this episode, you'll learn about the history of this unlikely city, from its early days as a desert oasis to its links with the Mafia, from eccentric entrepreneurs right through to atomic bombs. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/las-vegas

Duration:00:20:39

#152: The French Revolution

4/22/2021
It is the most famous revolution in Europe and saw the continent's most populous country execute its monarch and restructure its society. From guillotines to out of touch queens, the French Revolution is the story of how France became the country of "liberté, égalité, and fraternité". Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/french-revolution

Duration:00:28:25

#150: The Industrial Revolution

4/15/2021
It was the period in the mid-18th century where Britain experienced a radical transformation. The Industrial Revolution saw huge improvements in manufacturing, millions of people move to the cities and the fabric of British society change forever. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/industrial-revolution

Duration:00:25:51

#148: Tax

4/8/2021
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes" Tax might not sound interesting or exciting to most people, but it affects all of us. In this episode, we explore what paying taxes actually means, and how it affects our relationship with the government and society. And we'll do all of this through the story of two pen-pals, Arlette from Paris, France, and John from Austin, Texas. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website:...

Duration:00:20:35

#146: Diego Maradona

4/1/2021
He is considered by many to have been the greatest footballer to have ever lived, yet off the pitch his life was full of tragedy. Learn about the fascinating history of this amazing man, and discover why he arrived in Naples as a hero and left as the most hated man in Italy. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/maradona

Duration:00:22:47

#144: Whaling

3/25/2021
It has been called the "bloodiest business in history", and cost the lives of 3 million whales. In today's episode, we take a look at the amazing history of whaling, from how it really worked to the reasons it went on for so long. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/whaling

Duration:00:17:31

#142: Scotland

3/19/2021
It's one of the four countries that form part of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and has a fantastic history of invention, rivalry with its neighbour, and fierce pride. In this episode, we take a look at the fantastic history of Scotland and ask ourselves how long it will remain part of the UK. “We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.” - Voltaire “Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their...

Duration:00:17:21

#140: Cockney Rhyming Slang

3/11/2021
It's a dialect from a small area of London's that might sound impossible to understand. In this episode, you'll learn what "apple and pears" means, what you should do if a friend asks if you want to go to the "battle", and who your "trouble and strife" might be... Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/cockney-rhyming-slang

Duration:00:16:10

#138: Disney Part III: The Magic

3/4/2021
In the last part of our three-part series on Disney, we take a look at the magic of Disney and ask ourselves what ingredients are in its special, magic sauce. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/disney-magic Looking for parts I & II of this mini-series? Part I: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/disney-history Part II: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/disney-business

Duration:00:19:04

#136: Disney Part I: The History

2/25/2021
In the first part of our three-part series, we take a look at the fascinating history of Disney. From why Mickey Mouse isn't a rabbit through to what Walt Disney was like as a person, the history of Disney is as interesting as it is magical. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/disney-history

Duration:00:20:25

#134: A Short History of The English Language

2/19/2021
From a small, wet island, English has come to be the world's dominant language. How did this actually happen, where does English actually come from, and how has the language changed over the years? Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/history-of-english-language

Duration:00:19:59

#132: Valentine's Day

2/11/2021
It's the day of the year where we celebrate love and desire. But where does it actually come from? The origins of Valentine's Day are mysterious, and not even that closely related to love at all. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/valentines-day

Duration:00:18:48