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By: Les Perras

This is my podcast for general English listening. Listen in for easy English listening practice about a variety of topics. I will talk about a topic for a few minutes so it isn't too long. My pronunciation is clear and rhythmical, yet conversational. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Why are Chameleons Tricky Pets?
#378
Yesterday at 3:00 PM

Why are Chameleons Tricky Pets? I love chameleons. But even if you love them, they are still tricky pets. I'm going to tell you why chameleons are so tricky to keep. First we have to look at the cages. I'll tell you two features of cages that are necessary and if you don’t have them, Your chameleon could be in trouble. Then we'll talk about chameleon friends and why you want to have only one chameleon. Then I’m gonna talk about some of their behaviours that make them tricky to keep. Hi and welcome to the Les Perras podc...


Who Discovered the Americas First?
#377
Last Wednesday at 3:00 PM

Who Discovered the Americas First? This is an old question, and everyone thinks they know the answer, but today I want to give you a different answer. Along the way, we’ll take a look at the mystery of the Polynesians, a sideways view of sweetpotatoes, and one of my childhood heroes, Thor Heyerdahl, along with some DNA studies. ## The Polynesian Mystery Before we get into the sweet potatoes, let me tell you a short story. A few years ago, I flew to Guam. As I looked out the window on the vast open sea below me, I wondered, how di...


Who Discovered the Americas First?
#377
Last Wednesday at 3:00 PM

Who Discovered the Americas First? This is an old question, and everyone thinks they know the answer, but today I want to give you a different answer. Along the way, we’ll take a look at the mystery of the Polynesians, a sideways view of sweetpotatoes, and one of my childhood heroes, Thor Heyerdahl, along with some DNA studies. ## The Polynesian Mystery Before we get into the sweet potatoes, let me tell you a short story. A few years ago, I flew to Guam. As I looked out the window on the vast open sea below me, I wondered, how di...


Where is El Dorado?
#376
02/19/2024

In this video we are going to explore the history of El Dorado and I'm going to tell you where it is, along with some of the stories about it. Along the way I'll tell some stories about the Conquistadors, a very special Conquistador called Quesada and the mysterious Muisca tribe and their secret gold ceremony. Hi, my name is Les Perras and welcome to the Les Perras podcast episode number 376. This episode, naturally, is about El Dorado. ## The Conquistadors When Spanish conquistadors arrived in South America naturally, they came in contact with lots of the indigenous people of South...


I Was Almost Hacked!!
#375
02/12/2024

Are you worried about hackers? I’ve studied computers. I’ve studied programming. I run my own server. I thought I knew about computers. I felt secure. I was wrong. Hi welcome to the Les Perras podcast episode number 375. Today's episode is about hackers and online safety. Listen to some common sense advice about physical security with computers, and, more importantly, mental security. Then hear about the close call that I had on the internet. ## Your Connection Maybe the simplest and first thing you should do is make sure that you have a safe connection to the Internet. If you go t...


The Incredible Story of Melvin and the Scissors
#374
02/05/2024

The Incredible Story of Melvin (He Survived!) Scissors are Dangerous! Regardless of the age, you should always be careful when you have scissors. Melvin learned this the hard way. You can learn from Melvin’s experience, too. Hi and welcome to the Les Perras podcast episode number 374. This episode is about a young boy named Melvin Jones, and safety with scissors. ## An Innocent Afternoon One afternoon in 1925, Melvin Jones was having fun playing with his sister and brother. They were in their kitchen and their mother was preparing dinner. They were thinking of things to do. They decided to make pa...


Imagine all the Hairpins Just Disappeared!
#373
01/29/2024

Imagine a world, where, all of a sudden, out of the blue all the hairpins instantly disappear. You can just begin to imagine the chaos that would ensue in such a disastrous event. Hi and welcome to the Les Perras podcast episode number 373. This episode is about hairpins or rather how much we rely on hairpins, and what would happen if they all disappeared. ## Sarah Take Sarah for instance. She's at work, and she feels confident about her appearance because she has her hair up in a bun, and the bun is being held in place with hair pins. Then...


Is the Moon Connected to Us?
#372
01/22/2024

Does the moon affect us in ways that we don't fully understand? Are prisons more dangerous at the full moon and are our hospital emergency rooms more full at the full moon? These observations have been largely dispelled as myths. But recently scientific research is showing a slightly different connection between humans and the moon. Hi and welcome to the Les Perras podcast episode number 371. Today I want to talk about the moon or more specifically our connection to the moon or the moon's connection to us. ## David Avery In 2005, David Avery was working in a psychiatric ward. A patient...


Should you take a cold medicine?
#317
01/21/2024

You wake up in the morning and instantly you know that you have a problem because your throat has a funny tickle to it. This is going to be OK today but by tonight it's gonna be worse and the next day you're gonna have a sore throat and then the cold is gonna come on full throttle. Should you take a cold medicine? Hi and welcome to the Les Perras podcast episode number 371. Today I want to talk about cold medicines, what's in them, what they do, and should you use them? What are the main ingredients? Depending on...


Hand Sprays in the Pandemic
#370
01/20/2024

Handspray use literally exploded in consumption with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic. Almost overnight it seemed sales went up and there were all sorts of things that happened in connection with that. Hi and welcome to the Les Perras podcast episode number 370. Today I want to talk about hand sprays in the context of the corona virus pandemic. ## Contagious At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, people were worried about how this virus was being transmitted. Of course the first thing we thought was dirty hands because that's how the common cold is transmitted, and there are certain limited...