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Just recently, Edward Snowden was living a normal life. Now, however, he is a hunted man with a future that is very uncertain. Once he revealed that U.S. authorities were monitoring the daily communications of ordinary citizens, his life effectively changed forever. In this lesson, Zoë and Jules discuss the Snowden affair. Let's listen.
Lesson #: 161
Florida was home to a recent winner of the Powerball jackpot of around 400 million dollars. As always, there was a media frenzy. In this lesson, Lucien and Zara discuss lotteries in general. Zara thinks they're scandalous. Lucien, on the other hand, thinks that Zara needs to lighten up. Let's listen...
Lesson #: 160
Today, several hundred million people around the world are 'tweeting'. In this lesson, let's hear a conversation between Bertrand and Amandine. Bertrand is a regular Twitter user, but Amandine is not. Let's listen...
Lesson #: 159
This time, our lesson focuses on the situation in Mali. In our role-play, Brendan asks Simone to shed some light on the reasons for the military intervention of France in one of its former colonies. An advanced lesson this time, mostly in French.
Lesson #: 158
One of our listeners, a doctor working in a French-speaking community in New York, suggested that we devote a lesson to a dialogue between a doctor and patient. That's the subject of this lesson. The patient, Mr Gauthier, has just come into the doctor's clinic, which is where the conversation takes place...
Lesson #: 157
More than a few people seem to suffer from the modern-day 'affliction' of almost constantly sending texts. That’s the topic of conversation in this lesson. Alain and Thérèse are out for dinner but they have not yet said a word to each other. Let's listen.
Lesson #: 156
We’ve all been there, in an auditorium, a church, a meeting where a phone has gone off. But few interruptions are as dramatic as a recent one in New York. Let’s hear what happened, exactly.
Lesson #: 155
Two men are at the forefront of the race to become the next president of the French republic. As is the case with all political battles, things often take an ugly twist on the campaign trail. Let’s find out more.
Lesson #: 154
Facebook is about to float on the stock market. In the business community, it has been one of the most talked-about events of recent years with its massive valuation. Can it possibly be as valuable as people are suggesting ? Let’s hear a dialogue between Geneviève and Bertrand. As someone with an interest in the stock market, Bertrand has strong views on the whole subject of the Facebook flotation.
Lesson #: 153
The situation on the Korean Peninsula changed dramatically in December 2011 with the death of Kim Jong Il. Our conversation in this lesson focuses on the harsh communist regime of North Korea, long dominated by the 'personality cult' of its 'Dear Leader'.
Lesson #: 152