Special English

For Many People, First the Doctor’s Office, Then the Web

This is the VOA Special English Technology Report. A new survey finds that more than eighty percent of Internet users in the United States search for health information online. The survey is from the Pew Research Center”s Internet and American Life Project and the California HealthCare Foundation. Susannah Fox from the Pew Internet Project says [...]


The Carter Family: First Family of Country Music

STEVE EMBER: I’m Steve Ember. SHIRLEY GRIFFITH: And I’m Shirley Griffith with PEOPLE IN AMERICA in VOA Special English. Today we tell about the Carter Family, the first family of country music. STEVE EMBER: It was August second, nineteen twenty-seven. The news had spread fast. A man named Ralph Peer was coming to the city [...]


Patricia Neal, 1926-2010: Actress Had Great Success, but Also Tragedy

SHIRLEY GRIFFITH: I’m Shirley Griffith. CHRISTOPHER CRUISE: And I’m Christopher Cruise with PEOPLE IN AMERICA in VOA Special English. Today we tell about Patricia Neal, a famous actress who reached the top of her profession but had many personal tragedies. SHIRLEY GRIFFITH: In the nineteen forties and fifties, one American actress could be identified by [...]