395 - No Selfies with Geisha

November 08, 2019


This week’s ENW podcast reports on a decision by one Japanese city to try and combat what has become a modern trend across the world – selfie tourism. The city of Kyoto – home to some of the country’s most significant cultural sites has decided to implement a selfie ban. Their focus is the city’s 400 Geisha – who have complained that requests for selfies have become out of control. How will this ban be enforced? What will be the result on tourism?
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November 08, 2019
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391 - NZ Wrestles with 250th Anniversary

October 11, 2019


This week’s ENW podcast reports on the dilemma facing New Zealand over its colonial past. This month is the 250th anniversary of the landing of Captain James Cook on the north-east shore of the country’s North Island. Modern-day New Zealand stems from that first European incursion, yet the landing also spelled the death-nail for the country’s aboriginal peoples. How is New Zealand marking the anniversary? What is the reaction from the iwi people?
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Countdown to Our 1,000th Episode


The English learning podcasts from Hiroshima University (English News Weekly and Hiroshima University's English Podcast) will soon reach the milestone 1,000th episode!

For our 1,000th episode, we will present a special programme by Joe and Jaime.

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October 11, 2019
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377 - A Movie Only 20 People Can Watch!

May 17, 2019


This week’s ENW podcast reports on a fascinating news story that has emerged from western Canada about a movie filmed in a language that is one of the least-spoken in the world! The movie is called The Edge of the Knife and tells a supernatural story of death, family and culture set in the 19th Century among the Haida People. But what is more extraordinary is the language used in the film, Haida, can only be spoken by fewer than 25 people. So why was the movie made?
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May 17, 2019
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369 - Is Museum Sponsorship Unethical?

March 01, 2019


This week’s ENW podcast ponders whether museum sponsorship is a necessary evil or an unethical act that destroys reputations? This question comes on the back of growing protests at how some of the world’s most popular and widely-respected museums and galleries are taking money from companies to help with their annual budgets. What is the latest development? Should it be OK for companies to sponsor museums?
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March 01, 2019
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368 - The Eccentric Emperor of Fashion!

February 22, 2019


This week’s ENW podcast reflects on the death of one of the world’s most iconic and influential people – the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Mr. Lagerfeld sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer aged 85 in Paris this week, but his impact on fashion over the last 40 years is massive. As creactive designer of Chanel he helped rescue the French Fashion House. Although, in recent years his cat became almost as famous as Mr. Lagerfeld. Who was Mr. Lagerfeld? What was his impact on fashion and culture?
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Image credit: Stefan Kahlhammer via Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 3.0.


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February 22, 2019
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