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Wednesday 11 September 2002
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

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How America has changed
Summary: One year after the September 11th attacks on New York and Washington, how has America changed? This report from Rob Watson.
The News Listen  
  Some of the changes are all too obvious. This is now a very security conscious nation. The feeling of safety provided by two mighty oceans now gone, Americans no longer get on planes as if they were buses or go to baseball games without a brush from a metal or explosives detector.

But as Dr. Matthew Spalding of the Heritage Foundation points out, alongside fear there is also pride, patriotism and a new sense of purpose.

Dr Matthew Spalding: “I think Americans have changed considerably. September 11th of last year, flags went up everywhere; a sense of patriotism abounded. A year later it's a sense of a mellowed patriotism, a thoughtful patriotism. Americans aren't afraid to be patriotic and want to think about it.

Secondly, I would say Americans are more thoughtful about foreign policy and domestic policy and, thirdly, I would say Americans are looking inward to things that are important to them; their families, their churches, service in their community -- things that in the long run will be good for them and their families and their lives.”

Rob Watson, BBC

The Words Listen
  a security conscious nation
The people in the USA now believe that security (e.g having their bags checked at airports and sports stadiums ) is important

large, powerful and strong

  a metal / explosives detector
a machine which is used to find metal or explosives, for example in luggage

  points out
says something which gives an important new piece of information

love for your country

  sense of purpose
the feeling of having a definite aim and being determined to achieve it

if a feeling abounds, then very many people have that feeling

kinder, less extreme

political activities which happen inside one particular country, here the USA

  in the long run
over a long period of time in the future

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