قبل از گوش کردن، لغات را خوب بررسی کنید، متن را چندین بار گوش کرده و بعد از روی اسکریپت آن، بخشهایی را که متوجه نشدید بررسی کنید
Grim: ناراحت کننده
Uplifting: خوشحال کننده
You say that: حق با توئه
Bleak Stuff: چیزای ناراحت کننده
Defeat: پاکسازی شده، مقابله شده
Dismal: ناراحت کننده
Dismal Headlines: خبر مصیبت
The emphasis is always on : تاکید همیشه رو اینه که
Depressing: افسرده کننده
Make a fuss: توجه کردن
این پادکست برای سطح B2 (آیلتس 5 - 6.5) طراحی شده است
No News Is Good News
Jackie: we're talking about the news, either the TV news or the news on the Internet, its always depressing, isn't it, Richard?
Richard: Unfortunately yes, I er... often avoid the news, sometimes you just can't, its all bad.
Jackie: Its always bad and it gets you down, doesn't it?
Richard: It does.
Jackie: And I think for me sometimes when I feel very concerned about a... a certain story it also makes me feel helpless because there's nothing really I can do.
Richard: Yes, a lot of the stories, heartbreaking stories, [Jackie: I know] its all very grim.
Jackie: Mmm, I'm wondering whether people would be happier if they didn't watch the news or...
Richard: I think so definitely.
Jackie: Yeah. But the thing is Richard, that there are positive developments but good news stories, they just never make the headlines.
Richard: Mmm, often um... they aren't as dramatic you see, are they? Good news generally takes place over a longer period of time. The bad news is sudden: someone dies or there's an outbreak of disease, they're quite sudden but the good news stories are a little bit more long term.
Jackie: You say that, Richard, but if you think about one of the big, bad news stories was the Ebola outbreak, right, [Richard: Yes] now that went on for months and months, all those grim headlines about how many people had died um... and the fact that people were terrified it was coming to the West and, you know, to Europe and America and everything, that went on for ages.
Richard: Hmm, but?
Jackie: But the virus has been largely defeated.
Richard: On the whole, yes.
Jackie: Yeah, I mean there are very few cases since West Africa was declared Ebola free, but the end is in sight. Wow, isn't that cheerful news?
Richard: Yes, it is, very good news.
Jackie: But not such a... a big headline unfortunately.
Richard: No. Another good news story, if you like, from last year is about
Richard: Did you know that 25 years ago, a third of humanity were living in
Jackie: Well, that sounds awful. Are you saying its better now?
Richard: Now, its fewer than 10%.
Richard: Obviously there are differences of opinion, how do you measure
absolute poverty but one thing is for sure its definitely decreasing, poverty.
Jackie: Which is uplifting.
Richard: Which is great, great news, but you don't see this on the news, do you?
Jackie: Yeah, and another thing that you often get on the news is er...
climate change and carbon pollution and the link there.
Richard: The greenhouse effect, yes, all bad.
Jackie: But for the first time, China is showing a willingness to get on board
and to cut its carbon emissions.
Richard: And they're going right ahead with a lot of er... green energy, aren't
they? [Jackie: Yeah] solar... solar power, wind power, so that's good
news, again you don't really hear very much about it.
Jackie: So that's a shame, isn't it? Because its... the emphasis is always on
the bleak stuff, those dismal headlines but no, we should have more uplifting stuff.
Richard: Yes, more joyful news.
Jackie: So what about you, the listeners, what good news do you think we
should make more of a fuss about?
Richard: We’d love to heat from you.