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It's prime time for fall foliage in North America 305

Fall foliage: what it is, where you can see it, and the industry surrounding it

At this point, people are taking any excuse to pack their bags and head out of cities, and right now is prime time for fall foliage and “foliage tourism” across North America. Some places even depend on the vibrant and varied colors of fall for the majority of their tourism revenues. Plus, learn what “leaf peepers” are and the phrasal verb “roll around.”

Uruguay is trying to attract new residents 304

While the rest of the world is closing its borders, one country is doing the opposite

Uruguay might be the only country in the world that is currently welcoming foreigners with open arms. The tiny country of 3.5 million is trying to attract 200,000 new residents. For what Uruguay lacks in flare, it makes up for in stability – which might be exactly what people want most right now. Plus, learn the English expression “fed up.”

A growing amount of space junk is orbiting the earth 303

Earth’s atmosphere is getting cluttered with man-made space junk

Did you know there are hundreds of thousands of man-made objects circling our planet? The objects are also multiplying: they collide into each other and split into smaller pieces. Scientists around the world are trying to figure out how to harness the objects from space and bring them back down to earth, but there isn’t a proven method yet. Plus, learn what a “close call” is.

Rio's carnival parade is canceled 302

Rio’s carnival parade is canceled for the first time in over 100 years

It’s all fun and games until all the fun and games are canceled. In the latest in pandemic-related cancelations, Rio’s carnival parade has been postponed indefinitely. Vendors that rely on the carnival for most of their annual income are grappling with the announcement. Plus, learn what it means to “keep your options open.”

E-scooters are making a comeback 301

Update: Alexei Navalny, micromobility, zero-alcohol drinks, pro sports and the Covid vaccine

Today, we are revisiting five previous episode topics: Alexei Navalny was poisoned; e-scooters and micromobility are making a comeback in the pandemic era; a new zero-alcohol drink was released; progress in the return to pro sports; and an update on the race for a Covid-19 vaccine. Plus, learn the phrasal verb “to break down.”

Live music venues struggling during COVID 300

Live music venues struggling as the industry is on pause

The live music industry is in trouble. Their business model isn’t exactly pandemic-friendly: they rely on packing as many people into a small indoor space as possible. Live music venues were among the first to close, and they will be the last to reopen – if they’re able to reopen at all. Plus, learn what it means to “weather the storm.”

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