All posts by Catherine Weaver

What’s in a Name?

Posted June 9th, 2014 at 3:15 pm (UTC-4)
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The South China Sea is in the news a lot these days. We have had several stories about the recent tensions between China and Vietnam over the area. Some of our website visitors have objected to our use of the name “South China Sea.”  Some write that the area is called East Sea. So, we […]

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Delayed Reaction

Posted May 9th, 2014 at 9:10 pm (UTC-4)
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The school girls kidnapped in Nigeria have been held since April 9th.  The kidnapping was reported immediately.  But public condemnation of the act, and international demands for the girls’ release, grew slowly.  A universal horror was not expressed until this week, after Boko Haram released a video of its leader Abubakar Shekau. In the recording, he […]

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What’s Your Flavor?

Posted April 29th, 2014 at 7:05 pm (UTC-4)
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I went out of town last week to see family in the central northern state of Minnesota. The weather was mixed, the relatives were warm and the food was great. I ate what I would call a “very American” diet during my travels. Seafood, hamburger, lasagne and pizza.  But those foods can be found anywhere. […]

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Heroes Among Us

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 5:18 pm (UTC-4)
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Our most recent American Mosaic program included a report about American heroes. Some were heroes in military battles.  But others were just ordinary civilians who had taken extraordinary actions. There are also many “unsung” heroes out there. You might be one of them. I know many of our web visitors put themselves at risk just […]

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My Blue Jeans

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 8:14 pm (UTC-4)
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When I was in 5th grade, I had a friend in 6th grade who I looked up to. She was funny, sporty, popular and a good student.  She also had a “killer” pair of Levi’s. She defined “cool” in those jeans. I wanted to be just like her.  So, I asked my Mom to buy […]

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Labor of Love

Posted March 20th, 2014 at 5:25 pm (UTC-4)
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My name is Caty Weaver.  Some of you might have heard my work in American Mosaic and as a host of As It Is. I have what I consider a dream job as a reporter/producer for VOA Learning English. I get to investigate ideas that interest me, talk to experts in all kinds of fields […]

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