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The media might portray it as just a failed state run by a mad dictator, but today we'll find out that it might be just a little bit more complicated than things seem.
Why do so many jobs seem quite so pointless?
Today we're taking a look at the phenomenon of the bullsh*t job, and its effect on us individually and as a society.
Confused about the difference between Great Britain and The United Kingdom, and always wondered when to call someone British instead of English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish?
Let's clear it up, and explain how we got to this, admittedly, pretty complicated situation.
It's time for Part 2 of our most common mistakes people make when learning English.
Learn about why you shouldn't worry about grammar, why 'survival' listening isn't the answer, why you don't need to go to an English-speaking country to learn English, and how to set yourself effective goals and not get disheartened.
From how to get over the fear of opening your mouth to why you shouldn't speak too fast, we go into some of the most common mistakes English learners make, and how to avoid them.
Have you always wondered how to properly use a dictionary to learn English? Here are our top tips for how to use a dictionary to help you remember words and become a more effective English learner
The fake meat industry is booming.
Today we take a look at why that is, and ask ourselves whether there will ever be a day that 'real' meat vanishes from our dinner tables altogether.
Today we are taking a look at conspiracy theories.
Why people believe them, why they can be so seductive, and the damage that they can do.
We'll also take a look at three of the wackiest ones out there - from why people believe Disney made Frozen to why people think the dinosaurs built the pyramids.
You've probably heard of carbon offsetting, and heard people praise it as one potential tool in the fight against climate change.
But how much do you really know about it?
In today's podcast we go into how it really works, why people love it, why others hate it, and discuss whether it's a positive or a negative force in the fight to prevent global warming.
It was called "Britain's biggest contribution to gastronomy" by the Wall Street Journal.
Today, in part 4 of our mini-series on British food, we're looking at the sandwich, the story behind it, why it is so important for people in Britain, and how it reached such an iconic status.
The English Breakfast is a truly British institution, and its history goes back 700 years.
In today's episode we go into the story behind the meal, and reveal how it went from favourite of lords and ladies to the way the working classes started the day.
It's a British classic, but how much do you really know about it?
Today we are diving into the fascinating history of fish and chips, and we'll discover that it might be not quite so British as you might think.
Part 1 of our 4-part mini-series on British food. First up it's the oyster.
It's not something that people normally associate with British food, but this little creature was hugely important in British cuisine.
In this podcast we'll learn about how it went from the choice of emperors to food of the poor, hear about how one man (supposedly) ate 1,200 in a single sitting, about a time when the average Londoner used to eat 1 oyster a day, and when they used to be given away for free outside pubs.
Why is the news always full of disasters?
What would the world be like if it wasn't?
In today's episode we take a look at some of the theories about why the news is always so negative, and imagine what kind of world might exist if it wasn't.
Why are babies so good at language learning, and what can we learn from them to make us better English students?
Today we take a look at 5 qualities that babies have that we should all incorporate into our language learning.
Have you ever wondered why January 1st is the start of the new year?
In today's episode we'll discuss the history of new year, talk about the longest year ever (it had 445 days), and you'll find out why new year is celebrated on January 1st, and not on any of the other 364 days of the year.
Today we're going to talk about a sea that disappeared, and find out what happens when a country tries to start a hub for cotton farming in the middle of a desert.
Spoiler alert: it doesn't go well.
Today we take a look at the book that is fundamental to our modern understanding of what makes Christmas, Christmas.
No, it's not the Bible. It was written in Victorian London, and tells the story of an old miser who discovers the Christmas spirit.
Today we take a look at three of the most successful advertising slogans of all time.
We'll explain how they work, why they work, and we'll go through any clever twists on language that they use.
We humans do a pretty good job of dividing up ownership of the world.
But what about beyond that?
Who owns space? Who decides who owns that, and why does it matter?
Part 2 of our 3-part series on who owns the sea, sky and stars.
Ever wondered who actually owns the sky?
Today we'll discuss who owns it, why it's still not clear who does own most of it, and why that doesn't actually really matter.
Part 1 of our 3-part series of who owns the sea, sky and space.
Every wondered who actually owns the sea?
Learn about who actually owns 2/3 of the surface area of the world, why countries want to claim ownership of rocks in the middle of nowhere, and why this matters.
Ever wondered how the Russian oligarchs actually managed to get so rich?
Today we're going to be taking a look at how 22 men managed to gain control of 39% of Russia's entire economy, while the the rest of the country suffered.
You can then decide whether you agree with Putin, who in 2019 said "We do not have oligarchs in Russia anymore".
How do other countries win the political game without force?
Why is language such a fantastic tool to project power across the world? What is Donald Trump doing for US interests outside the US?
Learn about how soft power is a vital tool in the global diplomatic toolbox.
Ever wondered how you can use podcasts to learn English?
This episode explains why listening to podcasts is the serious English learner's secret weapon, how it is 10x more effective than watching videos on YouTube or Netflix, and why you should start doing it today.
We'll explain some of the best techniques to maximise your learning, and give you an actionable plan on what steps you can take today to use podcasts to improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing.
From a Korean yoga expert to a wooden pistol, we take a look at the most ingenious ways in which people have escaped their captors.
Ever wondered if there are places in the world where planes can't fly?
From mountainous regions to hostile states, from theme parks to ancient temples, it's time to find out where planes can and can't fly.
Wondering what the English Learning for Curious Minds podcast is all about, who is behind it, and whether it's for you?
Well, this should clear things up. In today's inaugural episode, we'll cover who should be listening to the podcast (hint - if you want to improve your English and learn interesting things about the way the world works, this is you), who is behind the podcast (an English avid language learner), and talk about some of the quick things you can do to get the most out of the podcast.