English Learning for Curious Minds

Leonardo English

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 read less
EducationEducation

Episodes

#444 | The Amazing Story of Christian The Lion
08-02-2024
#444 | The Amazing Story of Christian The Lion
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--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 hubJohn Rendall and Ace Bourke, Australians in LondonEncounter at Harrods "Pet Kingdom": Lion cub for saleLack of regulations for owning a lion in 1960s LondonLife with Christian in London: Challenges of raising a lion in a flatDesire to send Christian to Africa, his natural habitatNegotiations with the Kenyan government for Christian's entryPlans to introduce Christian to the wild, the challenge of a city lionFormation of a new lion pride with Boy and KataniaEmotional reunion of John, Ace, and Christian in Kenya Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/christian-the-lion ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
#442 | Shamima Begum | ISIS Bride
01-02-2024
#442 | Shamima Begum | ISIS Bride
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--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 15Begum's life in ISIS, marriage, and involvement in enforcing strict standardsBegum's reappearance in a Syrian refugee camp in 2019.Pregnancy, loss of children, and desire to return to the UKBritish government's decision to revoke Begum's citizenshipShamima Begum's return: National security concerns and legal aspectsMedia coverage: Front-page headlines, public and political responsesChallenges of being stateless and rejection by potential countriesShamima Begum's TV interviews, lack of remorse, and sympathy for ISISBroader implications for policies on citizenship and terrorism Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/shamima-begum-isis-bride ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
#440 | The Korean Wave: How K-Pop Conquered the World
25-01-2024
#440 | The Korean Wave: How K-Pop Conquered the World
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--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 cultureSouth Korea's unlikely rise to a musical powerhousePost-Korean War, the influence of American soldiers on Korean musicGovernment Intervention: Formation of Cultural Industry Bureau to boost pop cultureSeo Taiji and Boys to PSYBTS: The Global PhenomenonFactors Behind Success: Effective use of social media, especially by BTSInfluence and activism demonstrated by K-Pop fansImpact of K-Pop on fashion, language, and lifestyles worldwideParallel between K-Pop and Beatlemania Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/kpop ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
#438 | Bad Science | When Scientists Got It Wrong
18-01-2024
#438 | Bad Science | When Scientists Got It Wrong
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--Millions worldwide dedicate their lives to research, striving for medical breakthroughs and enhancing our understanding of the human body. But occasionally, they make mistakes.   In this episode, we'll explore three instances where scientific breakthroughs were announced but later proven to be mistakes.  Scientific Studies in MediaCase 1: Faster Than Light Neutrinos2012 CERN press conference: Einstein was wrongInvestigation reveals a fault in the fibre optic cableCase 2: Cold Fusion Fiasco1989 claim of "cold fusion" by electrochemists Fleischmann and PonsExperiment flaws exposed; Fleischmann and Pons discreditedCase 3: Chocolate and Weight Loss Hoax2015 false claim: Eating chocolate aids low-carb diet weight lossResearcher John Bohannon exposes the ease of making outrageous claims Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/bad-science ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
#434 | Edward Snowden | American Patriot or Traitor?
04-01-2024
#434 | Edward Snowden | American Patriot or Traitor?
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--He is probably the most famous whistleblower in the world after having leaked vast amounts of sensitive US government information back in 2013.  In this episode, we'll be telling the story of Edward Snowden, asking ourselves whether he is a great American patriot or a traitor.  Edward Snowden's background and early lifeSnowden's disillusionment with the CIA and government practicesSnowden's decision to leak classified informationSize and significance of the leaked dataSnowden's escape to Hong Kong and the publication of revelationsImpact of Snowden's leaks on global surveillance debateTwo contrasting perspectives on Snowden: hero or traitorSnowden's asylum in Russia and ongoing impact on privacy lawsChanges and debates triggered by Snowden's revelationsUnanswered questions about the role and protection of whistleblowers Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/edward-snowden ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
#426 | K-Pop, Zelensky & Cricket | 21st Century Soft Power
07-12-2023
#426 | K-Pop, Zelensky & Cricket | 21st Century Soft Power
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--K-Pop, Volodymyr Zelensky, and Indian Cricket – what do these three things have in common? Soft power, of course.  In this episode, we're going to be talking about Soft Power in the 21st century and the unusual but fascinating displays of it.   Global Soft Power Index: Brand Directory's annual survey.Soft Power according to Joseph Nye in 1990.Soft Power's non-military, non-economic influence.Korea's rise in soft power ranking.K-Pop's Soft Power: BTS and the Korean Wave.Zelenskyy's Soft Power Amid Conflict: Ukraine, Russia conflict. Transforming soft power into hard power.Cricket as soft power: Origin in England, spread by the British Empire.Cricket's popularity in former colonies.Cricket as a bridge in India-Pakistan relations. Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/kpop-zelensky-cricket ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
#424 | A Brief History of Salt
30-11-2023
#424 | A Brief History of Salt
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--We all know salt as a simple white seasoning to add to our cooking, but it's much more than that.   In this episode, we'll be exploring salt's fascinating role throughout history – from how it served as a catalyst for revolutions to how it is featured in society.   Salt's role in history and its surprising impact.Preservation: Salt's role in preserving meat, fish for months.Essential nutrient: Human dependence on salt in diets.Early trade routes based on the salt trade.La Gabelle: Infamous French salt tax causing regional disparities.Connection to French Revolution and discontent.American Revolution: British blockade, salt smuggling, victory.Societal impact: Salt shaping trade routes, language, culture.Recap of salt's multifaceted historical significance.Reflection on salt's impact on trade, language, and culture. Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/salt ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
#420 | The Economics of Chicken
16-11-2023
#420 | The Economics of Chicken
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--How has a small bird from the jungles of southeast Asia gone on to be the most popular source of protein in the world?  In this episode, we are going to talk about the economics of chicken, and how farmers have managed to drastically reduce its price.   The transformation of chicken from a luxury to a cheap protein sourceOrigin of domesticated chickens in Southeast AsiaHistorical chicken sizes and usesDevelopment of efficient egg incubatorsThe post-war competition to breed bigger and cheaper chickensThe modern broiler chicken's rapid growth and engineered characteristicsThe use of hormones and genetic modification in chicken farmingThe impact on chicken prices and its popularityThe economics behind the low cost of rotisserie chickenEthical concerns related to chicken consumption and alternatives Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/chicken-economics ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
#416 | The Quest To Find The Origin of The River Nile | Henry Morton Stanley
02-11-2023
#416 | The Quest To Find The Origin of The River Nile | Henry Morton Stanley
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--He embarked on a perilous journey to explore the Great Lakes of Africa and unravelled the mystery of the Nile's origin. In the final part of our mini-series, we are going to talk about Henry Morton Stanley and his quest to find the origin of the River Nile.  Introduction to the quest for the source of the NileRecap on explorers: Burton, Speke, and LivingstoneHenry Morton Stanley's life and backgroundStanley's successful discovery of Dr. LivingstoneStanley's mission to find the Nile's sourceChallenges and dangers of the expeditionStanley's successful navigation around Lake Victoria and TanganyikaIdentification of the Lualaba River as a key clueStanley's final journey to prove Lake Victoria as the Nile's sourceThe legacy of the quest and the possibility of the Rwenzori Mountains as the "mountains of the moon" source. Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/henry-morton-stanley ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
#414 | The Quest To Find The Origin of The River Nile | Burton vs. Speke
26-10-2023
#414 | The Quest To Find The Origin of The River Nile | Burton vs. Speke
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--It's an amazing story of exploration, near-death experiences, and the most almighty feud.   In part one of our mini-series on The Quest To Find The Origin of the River Nile, we'll be telling the story of the first major expedition by British explorers, Sir Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke.  Introduction to the search for the Nile's origin.Meet British explorers Burton and Speke on their mission.Challenges of Nile ExplorationBurton's belief in Lake Tanganyika as the Nile's source.Speke's argument for Lake Victoria as the Nile's source.Intense Rivalry and Feud between Burton and Speke.Tragic Turn of Events: Speke's tragic death before the Nile's source could be confirmed.Unsolved Mystery: the Nile's true origin. Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/burton-vs-speke ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
#412 | A Short History of Mental Health
19-10-2023
#412 | A Short History of Mental Health
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--Mental health – it is a sensitive subject that affects every single one of us, with some of us struggling more than others.   In this episode, we are going to explore how mental health has been perceived throughout history and look at some of the reasons that led a top UN official to declare that we are living in a mental health crisis.   History of mental health treatmentsTrepanning as an ancient "cure"Transition from religious defect to medical conditionGrim conditions in early "mad houses"Introduction of The Lunacy Act in 1845Controversial treatments like lobotomy and electroshock therapyRising awareness and reporting of mental health issuesFactors influencing modern mental health problemsDebate over the validity of the mental health crisisMichel Foucault's quote on human behavior and consequences Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/mental-health-history ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
#410 | (Keeping Up With) The Kardashians
12-10-2023
#410 | (Keeping Up With) The Kardashians
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--Over the past two decades, this one family has shaped not just American but global culture – but how did they become so influential?  In this episode, we'll be telling the story of the Kardashians and their rise to fame, the influence they have on culture, and whether it is all about to come crumbling down.   The Kardashians' impact on global cultureInitial public reception and ratings of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"The family's history and membersHow Kris Jenner's idea led to the reality TV seriesOverview of the TV show's contentThe Kardashians' relatability and luxury lifestyleThe family's strategic use of social mediaThe Kardashians' successful product endorsements and businessesThe question of authenticity and appearanceThe Kardashians' influence on fashion and beauty trendsSpeculations about their future in the evolving social media landscape Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/keeping-up-with-kardashians ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية
#408 | Upstairs, Downstairs: The Lives of British Servants
05-10-2023
#408 | Upstairs, Downstairs: The Lives of British Servants
⚡️ Register for "The Making Of A Dictator": https://bit.ly/DictatorCourseRegistration closes 23:59 25/02/2024 || Special Launch Price €99--It was at one point the most popular job in Britain, surpassing professions such as coal mining and factory work.   In this episode, we'll be talking about the servant class, the hierarchy of different types of servants, and the decline of household service in Britain.  Most popular job in Britain: Household service in 1901Reasons for high servant numbers: Supply and demand factorsExperiences of female servants were generally worseHierarchy among servants: Butler and housekeeper at the topDecline of domestic service: Supply, demand, and technological changesModern view: Live-in servants are mostly limited to the very wealthyRecommended media: Downton Abbey, Gosford Park, The Remains of the Day Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/british-servants-lives ---You might like:💊 Join The Making Of A Dictator (closes 23:59 25/02/2024) 🔓 Unlock bonus episodes, interactive transcripts, subtitles & vocabulary lists⚡️  How To Use Podcasts Like A Boss To Learn English📧 Join the weekly newsletter---Keywords: Learn English, idioms, aprende inglés, idiomas, aprender inglês, apprendre l'anglais, imparare l’inglese, ingilizce öğren,英語を習う, تعلم الإنجليزية