Placeholder Image

Subtitles section Play video

  • This is CNN STUDENT NEWS. It`s Thursday, May 29th, I`m Carl Azuz.

  • The first story we are covering - President Obama`s speech yesterday at West Point.

  • It was a graduation speech at the U.S. Military Academy, but it was a foreign policy speech, too.

  • The president wanted to define how his administration has dealt and would deal with other nations.

  • Basically, represent the U.S. on the world stage.

  • He`s being criticized on this issue.

  • Republicans say America has lost influence in the world under President Obama`s leadership.

  • Critics say the U.S. has appeared soft on issues concerning the Syrian civil war and unrest in Ukraine.

  • The president highlighted his administration`s work to end the war in Iraq,

  • wind down the war in Afghanistan.

  • Kill terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. He also said that true leadership isn`t only having the world`s most powerful military, but in doing the right thing.

  • Time for the Shoutout. Who said, We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated? If you think you know it, shout it out!

  • Was it Franklin Roosevelt, Kevin Garnett, Helen Keller or Maya Angelou? You`ve got three seconds, go.

  • It was poet Maya Angelou who penned these words in addition to many others.

  • That`s you answer and that`s your shoutout.

  • American writer Maya Angelou or Angelou knew something about defeat.

  • She was sexually abused as a child, she struggled and made mistakes before her rise to renown,

  • her refusal to be defeated led her to victories in literature, dancing, acting.

  • Angelou passed away yesterday morning at age 86.

  • Fredricka Whitfield reviews her life as enduring and preserving as the words Angelou wrote.

  • The hells we have lived through and live through still have sharpened our senses and toughened our will.

  • Celebrated poet and activist Maya Angelou, may have been speaking about herself on that day in 1995.

  • Born Margaret Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, April 4, 1928, the hells she lived through began at the age of seven when she was raped by her mother`s boyfriend.

  • After she spoke out against him, he was beaten to death by a mob.

  • Young Margaret blamed herself.

  • I was 7.5 and my 7.5-year-old logic deduced that my voice had killed him so I stopped speaking for almost six years.

  • And it was during those years of silence that she discovered poetry and her love of art.

  • Her poetry was first physical.

  • Winning a dance and drama scholarship in San Francisco, then later touring Europe in 1954 in Porgy and Bess.

  • But her growing love for the written word took her to Egypt and Ghana where they became a newspaper editor.

  • In Ghana, she met Malcolm X and returned to the U.S. in 1964 to join his fight in the civil rights movement.

  • After Malcolm X`s assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, asked her to join him.

  • He was killed on her birthday in 1968.

  • The following year her first memoir was published, I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings.

  • More bestsellers would follow.

  • Blazing trails on the big and small screens, she directed documentaries.

  • Her screen play for 1972`s Georgia Georgia was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

  • Maya Angelou was dominated for a Tony Award.

  • She won three Grammys and in 2011 President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  • I am the hope and the dream of the slave.

  • And so naturally, there I go rising.

  • Jamesville, Howell and Tuscaloosa are three cities in three states that are on today CNN STUDENT NEWS Roll Call.

  • Jamesville`s in Wisconsin, the Craig High School Cougars are there, ticking off today`s segment.

  • Next, to Howell, Michigan. It`s where we`ve got the Highlanders on our list.

  • They are watching from Howell High School.

  • And in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, it`s the Eagles we are talking about.

  • Thank you for watching at Duncanville Middle School.

  • A great mystery we covered this school year involved the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

  • It hasn`t been solved. The plane hasn`t been found. No wreckage has been recovered.

  • It hasn`t been solved. The plane hasn`t been found. No wreckage has been recovered.

  • Experts use this to conclude that the plane crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.

  • The critics say there are some holes in the data, that it`s not complete and the search itself has been put on hold.

  • Wednesday marks the last day for the Bluefin-21 to carry out its underwater search for Flight MH-370,

  • in the Southern Indian Ocean just around 1600 kilometers away from the western coast of Australia.

  • Now, it`s carried out more than 20 missions over the last few weeks, searching an area of around 40 square kilometers at a time.

  • But now that underwater search is going to meet quite a lengthy pause, longer than we were expecting.

  • While The Australian Authorities, Malaysian and Chinese as well, tens of new contractors were faced to.

  • They want to bring this one step up or they want one contractor to provide several underwater search vehicles, sidescan sonars.

  • They want them all map out and check out a wider area in that 60,000 square kilometer searching for any signs of the plane,

  • any kind of debris as well, or the blackboxes which could lead to the answers of what exactly happened onboard Flight MH-370.

  • This is a dangerous season for young drivers.

  • AAA and organizations that promote safety on the road says the 100 deadliest days for teenage drivers start on Memorial Day.

  • Chances of a fatal crash are 26 percent higher now than they are the rest of the year.

  • So they released a few tips on driving safety.

  • One, drive only when you have somewhere to go, just driving around for the heck of it can increase the risk of a wreck.

  • Two, spend some time driving with a parent.

  • Might not be as fun as with your friends, but they`ve been driving a long time and can explain how to handle different situations.

  • Also, the more friends you have in a car, the more likely you are to crash.

  • Three, drive less at night. AAA says more than half of night time crashes happen between 9 p.m. and midnight.

  • George Orwell`s book "1984" was published in 1949.

  • Aldous Huxley`s Brave New World, 1932.

  • Ray Bradbury`s Fahrenheit 451, 1953.

  • They all imagine what the world would be like decades or hundreds of years in the future.

  • Scientists are trying to do that now, but with cities.

  • What if you could build the perfect city from scratch? What would it look like?

  • Around the globe, developers are trying to answer those questions.

  • In Songdo, South Korea, it`s a $35 billion preplanned smart city that uses pneumatic tubes to transport trash.

  • In a desert of Abu Dhabi, Masdar City is a $19 billion oasis to sustainable energy.

  • That recycles 80 percent of its water and is replacing cars with electric (INAUDIBLE)

  • Your destination .

  • And in Japan, a $592 million called Fujisawa will soon have smart streetlights with motion sensors that create an invisible security network.

  • Each house will also be solar-powered and has a capability to stay off the grid for up to three days.

  • Many of these projects like Masdar have been government-funded.

  • But increasingly, money is coming from commercial and private organizations.

  • A New York-based development firm called Gale International is building Songdo, while Fujisawa is funded by Panasonic.

  • So far, the answer is mixed: 33,000 have moved into Songdo.

  • Fujisawa will only build 1,000 homes, and Masdar currently only has a few thousand residents.

  • To attract more people, Masdar has deliberately quartered academics and scientists teaming with MIT to build a satellite campus.

  • They are hoping that the masses will follow the brains.

  • In each case, these custom-built towns seem to be more laboratory than final product,

  • each is trying to look into the future to see what tomorrow`s generation will need.

  • One thing seems clear, the world`s major cities aren`t going anywhere,

  • but these popup cities may very likely show us all how to live better.

  • When my producer said today`s Before We Go segment was otters playing a keyboard,

  • I knew we had won.

  • Look at this, it`s otters playing the keyboard.

  • Someone at the National Zoo thought it`d be awesome to let otters play a keyboard. They were right.

  • These are Asian small-clawed otters, they are participating in the Zoo program that`s supposed to help animals get creative and stimulate their senses of sight, touch and hearing.

  • Some probably thought that was otter than swimming, maybe they thought the keyboard otherworldly.

  • But even if they thought they ought to stay away, none tried to weasel his way out of it.

  • These creatures are always in the something or otter.

  • I`m Carl Azuz. And we`ll have an otter edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS on Friday.

This is CNN STUDENT NEWS. It`s Thursday, May 29th, I`m Carl Azuz.

Subtitles and vocabulary

Operation of videos Adjust the video here to display the subtitles

B1 US

May 29 2014 - CNN Student News with subtitles

  • 2448 65
    VoiceTube posted on 2014/05/28
Video vocabulary