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English Learning for Curious Minds is a podcast for intermediate-advanced English learners.

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Are you looking for a more interesting way to learn English?

English Learning for Curious Minds is a podcast for intermediate-advanced English learners.

Learn weird and wonderful things about the world at the same time as improving your English.

Every episode comes with an interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary and is spoken at a speed you can understand.

Join listeners from 189 countries and discover a more interesting way of improving your English.

Find the bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles, key vocabulary, and more at www.leonardoenglish.com

    #450 | The 1978 World Cup in Argentina

    #450 | The 1978 World Cup in Argentina

     
    In this episode, we'll learn about the dramatic story behind the controversial 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.
     
    From political corruption to unexplained favours, we'll explore what has come to be called the "Dirtiest World Cup in History".
     


    1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina
    Dirty tactics off the pitch
    Brutal military dictatorship backdrop
    Political influence on the games
    Allegations of bribery and corruption
    Controversies around hosting the cup
    Victory marred by suspicions
    Notable protests and criticisms
    Unfair advantage allegations in matches
    Legacy of the "Dirtiest World Cup in History"



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    • 20 min
    #448 | Modern Slavery

    #448 | Modern Slavery

     
    In the final part of our mini-series on slavery, we'll explore the unsettling reality of modern slavery, exploring its prevalence and forms in our world today.
     
    From deceptive promises to exploitation and control, we uncover how slavery lurks in the shadows, but there are more slaves in the modern world than at any point in human history.
     


    Growth and abolition of historical slavery
    Overview of modern slavery
    Statistics on modern slavery
    Prevalence and hotspots of modern slavery
    Categories of modern slaves
    Causes of thriving modern slavery
    Illustrative example of modern slavery in Malta
    Legal frameworks against modern slavery
    Adaptation of slavery through the ages



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    • 19 min
    #446 | Slavery In The Ancient World

    #446 | Slavery In The Ancient World

     
    In part one of a three-part series on slavery, we'll explore the role of slavery in the ancient world.
     
    We'll explore how slaves were treated legally, some moral objections to slavery, and how forced labour powered many ancient civilisations we look up to.
     


    Legal codes regarding slaves
    Different ways people became slaves
    Role of philosophy in justifying slavery
    Varied tasks of ancient slaves
    Female slaves' dual role
    The economic significance of slaves
    The absence of opposition to slavery
    Comparison to modern societal norms
    Evolution of slavery post Ancient Rome



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    • 19 min
    #444 | The Amazing Story of Christian The Lion

    #444 | The Amazing Story of Christian The Lion

     
    It's a short, feel-good tale about a lion called Christian.
     
    In this episode, we'll be telling the heartwarming true story of Christian's unique journey and his special bond with his owners.
     


    London in the 1960s: Description of 1960s Chelsea as a cultural hub
    John Rendall and Ace Bourke, Australians in London
    Encounter at Harrods "Pet Kingdom": Lion cub for sale
    Lack of regulations for owning a lion in 1960s London
    Life with Christian in London: Challenges of raising a lion in a flat
    Desire to send Christian to Africa, his natural habitat
    Negotiations with the Kenyan government for Christian's entry
    Plans to introduce Christian to the wild, the challenge of a city lion
    Formation of a new lion pride with Boy and Katania
    Emotional reunion of John, Ace, and Christian in Kenya



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    • 16 min
    #442 | Shamima Begum | ISIS Bride

    #442 | Shamima Begum | ISIS Bride

     
    It is a fascinating story that gets you thinking about the age of responsibility, the nature of citizenship, and the ethical dilemmas surrounding the fate of individuals who joined extremist groups.
     
    In this episode, we'll be talking about Shamima Begum, a young lady who had her British citizenship revoked after leaving the country to join the Islamic State.
     


    Shamima Begum's departure to Syria at 15
    Begum's life in ISIS, marriage, and involvement in enforcing strict standards
    Begum's reappearance in a Syrian refugee camp in 2019.
    Pregnancy, loss of children, and desire to return to the UK
    British government's decision to revoke Begum's citizenship
    Shamima Begum's return: National security concerns and legal aspects
    Media coverage: Front-page headlines, public and political responses
    Challenges of being stateless and rejection by potential countries
    Shamima Begum's TV interviews, lack of remorse, and sympathy for ISIS
    Broader implications for policies on citizenship and terrorism



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    • 18 min
    #440 | The Korean Wave: How K-Pop Conquered the World

    #440 | The Korean Wave: How K-Pop Conquered the World

     
    It's the story of how artists from a small, somewhat unexpected country became global music sensations, amassing devoted fans and making billions in the process.
     
    In this episode, we'll be talking about the rise of K-Pop, the strategic role of the Korean government, and the global phenomenon that is BTS.
     


    Introduction to K-Pop: Impact on global music and pop culture
    South Korea's unlikely rise to a musical powerhouse
    Post-Korean War, the influence of American soldiers on Korean music
    Government Intervention: Formation of Cultural Industry Bureau to boost pop culture
    Seo Taiji and Boys to PSY
    BTS: The Global Phenomenon
    Factors Behind Success: Effective use of social media, especially by BTS
    Influence and activism demonstrated by K-Pop fans
    Impact of K-Pop on fashion, language, and lifestyles worldwide
    Parallel between K-Pop and Beatlemania



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    • 22 min

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