Category Archives: Podcast Episodes

Episode 76: The Winter Olympics

Episode 76: The Winter Olympics

Nick and Wendy talk about their memories of the Winter Olympics from childhood, and Nick talks about his experiences volunteering and working at four Winter Olympics for the Olympic News Service. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation. 

Episode 75: Swiss Identity

Episode 75: Swiss Identity

Our guest Yassin talks about the development of Swiss identity despite the language divides that exist in the country. He discusses direct democracy and differences between French-speaking Switzerland and France. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation. 

Episode 74: Santiago de Compostela

Episode 74: Santiago de Compostela

After walking for 39 days to get there, Nick and Wendy talk about the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela: the Celtic atmosphere, the historical architecture, and going up to the rooftop of the cathedral. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation. 

Episode 73: Townships and Towers

Episode 73: Townships and Towers

In their last conversation from Southern Africa, Nick and Wendy talk about visiting two historically poor but very different areas of Johannesburg: the township of Soweto and the Ponte Tower. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation. 

Episode 72: Inside and Outside the Soviet Union

Episode 72: Inside and Outside the Soviet Union

Our guest Ed talks about his parents’ early lives in the Soviet Union, growing up in Tajikistan in the 1960s, and moving to Canada at age nine. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation. 

Episode 71: Community Tourism in Lesotho

Episode 71: Community Tourism in Lesotho

Nick and Wendy talk about community tourism projects in Lesotho that help visitors get a better understanding of local life and culture while also improving the lives of local people through employment and other opportunities. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation.

Episode 70: The Mountain Kingdom

Episode 70: The Mountain Kingdom

Nick and Wendy talk about the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, the ninth and last country that they visited on their trip in Southern Africa. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation. 

Episode 69: Sailing Around the World

Episode 69: Sailing Around the World

Our guest Patrick is taking a break from his in-progress trip sailing around the world. He talks about the first part of his journey that took him from the United States to New Zealand. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation.

Episode 68: Robben Island

Episode 68: Robben Island

Nick and Wendy talk about visiting the famous Apartheid-era prison on Robben Island, near Cape Town in South Africa – where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned – and being guided by an ex-prisoner. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation. 

Episode 67: The Namibian Desert

Episode 67: The Namibian Desert

Nick and Wendy talk about visiting the Namibian Desert and enjoying its spectacular scenery, including deep red sand dunes and a very special place called Deadvlei. The episode comes with a worksheet containing a transcript of the conversation, analysis of the best vocabulary, and discussion questions to help you make the most of the conversation.