Podcast Recommendation 1 – Raising Money to Fight Ebola

On occasion, the LINGUA FRANCA blog will now be recommending podcasts for you to listen to. They will cover many topics and levels of English.

What is a podcast? Simply, it’s like a radio show you can download to your computer / MP3 player / smartphone etc. and listen to whenever you want. There are many options for downloading and listening to podcasts. Most will let you download or listen to individual episodes directly from their website. If you want to subscribe, iTunes (PC and Apple devices – use the iTunes Store to find your podcast) is the most popular, while Podkicker Podcast Player is one of many good options for Android.

The first podcast comes from the NPR: Planet Money series. It looks at the difficulties involved in raising money to fight Ebola. It is best suited to students with a B1+ level and higher.

NPR: Planet Money Podcast
Episode 571: Why Raising Money For Ebola Is Hard
On today’s show, the psychology of giving. Charities raised $1.4 billion to help rebuild Haiti after the earthquake. But when something like Ebola happens, so far, people look the other way.