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  • English Listening Exercises: The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard Of

    Hello online English learners! I’ve been busy for the last week, but we’ll be posting a lot of new blogs and videos this week, starting today.

    We’re starting off with an English listening exercise using one of my other favorite English language podcasts, Radiolab. Radiolab is hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. According to their website:

    Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Bring your curiosity, and we’ll feed it with possibility.

    Basically, the show is really interesting and fun to listen to. Below you’ll find one of their shows, about Lincoln Beachey a great aviator, the first person to discover aerobatics, but has been essentially forgotten by history. After the podcast, there are reading questions to try. Contact us if you’re interested in a class based on this program.

    Today on the podcast we start off ____ ___  _____ in New York City.

    What does the above phrase mean?

    Lincoln is the most famous man _____ _____ ____ __.

    What was Lincoln like as a kid? What in particular was unusual?

    What were planes like when Beachey was 18?

    What happened to him in L.A.?

    But Lincoln Beachey __ _ _____ ______ decided to do something _______ ___.

    He went _______.

    What did he do with a handkerchief?

    What does Jad think of that?

    Why did he retire, and return from retirement?

    How did he die?

    What kept his name alive?

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