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#166: Theranos: When Blood Testing Goes Bad
It was a revolutionary idea: being able to conduct fast, cheap, and effective blood tests with only a tiny drop of blood.
But it turned out that the company behind it was one, huge fraud.
This is the fascinating story of how a Stanford dropout went from the youngest self-made female billionaire in history to facing 20 years in prison.
Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/theranos
#164: The Rise And Fall Of WeWork
It is the coworking company that was once valued at over $50 billion, but then came spectacularly crashing down.
In this episode, we'll learn about the amazing rise and fall of the company that tried to make office space cool.
Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/wework
#162: The Genius of William Shakespeare
He is the most famous playwright in history and has been translated into every major living language.
In this episode, you'll learn about this fantastic man's life, his works, and why he is still called "the world's greatest living playwright".
Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/shakespeare
#160: Politics & The Olympic Games
The Olympics are meant to be a politics-free zone.
But is this ever really possible?
In this episode, we'll learn about the history of The Olympics, and analyse five times politics was at the heart of the games.
Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/politics-and-olympics
#158: George Orwell
For many, he is the greatest writer in the history of the English language.
Outside the UK, he is known as the author of two of the most important political fiction books in history: Animal Farm & 1984.
Learn about the amazing life of this fantastic man and the events that shaped his worldview.
Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/george-orwell
#156: The Grand Tour
“A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see.”
It was the trip of a lifetime, where young, aristocratic British men would travel across Europe and open their eyes to new worlds.
Discover why these men would do this, how they travelled, what they got up to, and what it tells us about our relationship with tourism today.
Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/the-grand-tour