336 - Surfing the Highest Wave!

May 11, 2018


This week's English News Weekly podcast revisits a topic that we first explored way back in 2012 in ENW 50. Back then we reported on the highest wave ever surfed by a 44 year-old American professional surfer Garrett McNamara. Well his six-year record has been broken when this month official recognition was given to a new height! How high was the wave surfed? Who broke Mr. McNamara's record? Where was the wave surfed?
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May 11, 2018
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335 - Switzerland, Swaziland or eSwatini?

April 27, 2018


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on a decision by one country in southern Africa to change its name. Usually when a country decides to adopt a new name it comes after independence from colonial rule. So the Gold Coast became Ghana and Rhodesia turned into Zimbabwe. However, the decision by the King of Swaziland to change the country's name has a slightly unusual reason behind it. Why has Swaziland changed its name? How easy is it to change a name?
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April 27, 2018
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334 - 1 California, 2 California, 3 California...?

April 20, 2018


This week's English News Weekly podcast explores an intriguing proposal from the west coast of the United States which could see a dramatic change to the make-up of the country. The biggest state, by population, in the US is California – home to 39m people. But, a proposal from one billionaire investor would see the state being split into three new states. Why has this proposal happened? Does it have support from the majority of Californians? Will it really happen?
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April 20, 2018
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333 - Will A Sugar Tax on Drinks Work?

April 13, 2018


This week's English News Weekly podcast explores a decision by the British government to impose a tax on all drinks being sold in the UK. The idea behind the new tax was after the UK became concerned about an increase in child obesity levels. The new tax has been imposed on any drink that contains sugar, with the hope that the increased price will reduce youngsters drinking sodas in particular. What are the ramifications? Has the decision been universally welcomed?
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April 13, 2018
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332 - Before Olympics Japan Cracks Down on Smokers

April 06, 2018


This week's English News Weekly podcast explores a dramatic change in Japan over the popular culture of smoking. The country was once a haven for smokers, having some of the highest levels of smoking of any developed country. This was fueled by low taxation on tobacco and some of the lowest cigarette prices in the world. Why has Japan suddenly cracked down on smoking? What is the reaction in the country? Will it reduce the number of smokers?
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April 06, 2018
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