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1. Shania Twain专访
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KING: Good thinking. Why does Mutt never do interviews?

TWAIN: Because he doesn’t want to be a star, and…

KING: And he doesn’t want to talk about record production and music and…

TWAIN: You know, he doesn’t…

KING: … the thing he does?

TWAIN: He doesn’t feel like he has anything to contribute by talking about it, because it’s nothing he can explain in words. People like Mutt are not the professors of music; they’re the creators of music, so they don’t study and explain. They do. And I’m speaking for him now, I don’t know what he would really say himself.

KING: Well, he won’t speak for himself, so.

TWAIN: He won’t speak for himself, yeah.

KING: Might as well.

TWAIN: He’s a very humble guy. He doesn’t have to be famous to make a living, and that’s my catch in my career, for me to reach a certain level of success, fame comes with it. That’s all there is to it.

KING: He doesn’t even like his picture in the paper, right?

TWAIN: No.

KING: So he has an aversion to being paid attention to?

TWAIN: Yeah. A genuine one, though. He’s not a freak about it at all. He doesn’t hide from the public. He’s a lot more sociable than I am. He’s got a lot more friends than I do, and he’s just a real active guy. He’s much more interested in talking about politics than he is about music.

KING: Has your looks ever gotten in the way? By that I mean, sometimes when someone is really pretty, people don’t take them seriously. TWAIN: Yeah, oh, it’s very true. It’s completely true. In fact, I’ve run up against it many, many times. Even when I was still singing in bars before I had any success, you’re still dealing with the male factor, and you — I don’t know, when a guy gets up there and shakes his booty, he’s not exploiting himself, but when a girl gets up there and shakes her booty, she’s exploiting herself, and she’s exploiting the whole female race or…

KING: So they are looking at you, maybe not listening, more looking?

TWAIN: Of course, and it’s a delicate balance. I’m not really sure if I’ve figured it out yet, but I feel like I’m finally getting the respect that, you know, hit songwriting should get, or successful songwriting, and a successful career should get. You know, how much or what that is, I don’t really know, but I sense that I’m getting some of that, which is really great, because for quite a while I didn’t feel like I was getting it.

KING: You only record your own?

TWAIN: Yes.

KING: Won’t sing anybody else’s?

TWAIN: I will, I will at some point, but I’ve felt up to now that I needed to prove a point, and that I needed to — because I think, well, I don’t know, this is just something in the back of my mind. You know, if I had recorded someone else’s song along the way in these last 12 years, and it had been a big smash hit, then I think I would have defeated the purpose of proving the fact that I can write my own hits. So I’ve stayed away from that.

KING: But you can do both, can’t you?

TWAIN: Well, now, I can. Now I feel like I can. I feel like…

KING: So if you saw a song you loved, written by Phil Burns (ph), you would do it?

TWAIN: Yeah, I would. But then there’s the Mutt factor, because…

KING: Mutt wouldn’t do it?

TWAIN: Well, he feels kind of the same way that I do in his own right, that he really only likes producing songs that he’s written. It’s a whole complete thing. It’s kind of like an artist painting something, and then saying, leaving someone else to frame it. You’re going to be pretty picky if you’re the artist about how it’s framed, how it’s lit, where it’s hung, you know, all of that.

KING: But if you saw something you really liked?

TWAIN: Yes. No, I wouldn’t avoid it anymore now is what I’m saying. I think I would, and I’m up to doing covers and stuff like that. And I kind of get a bit giddy when I think about covering other material, because it’s been so long. Yes, there was a time when I was in clubs where I was dying to do my own stuff, and I got so sick of, you know, copying other records and top 40 stuff, and now I wouldn’t mind, you know, doing it.

KING: Have there been songs over the years where you say, wish I’d have sung that?

TWAIN: No, but there are…

KING: Really?

TWAIN: … there are many songs over the years that I’ve said, I wish I’d written that. Not that I would say I wish I had sung — I don’t really rate myself that highly as a singer. I know Mutt’s going to kill me for saying all this.

KING: You don’t think you’re a great singer?

TWAIN: No, I don’t think I’m a great singer at all. I think I’m a stylist, I have a thing, I guess. Mutt loves my voice. He’s a total fan of my voice. So, you know, he encourages…

KING: He discovered you as a voice, he didn’t discover you as a face.

TWAIN: That’s right, that’s right. He loves my voice. He really, genuinely loves it. He loves it. He loves listening to me sing.

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参考文本:

KING: Good thinking. Why does Mutt never do interviews?

TWAIN: Because he doesn’t want to be a star, and…

KING: And he doesn’t want to talk about record production and music and…

TWAIN: You know, he doesn’t…

KING: … the thing he does?

TWAIN: He doesn’t feel like he has anything to contribute by talking about it, because it’s nothing he can explain in words. People like Mutt are not the professors of music; they’re the creators of music, so they don’t study and explain. They do. And I’m speaking for him now, I don’t know what he would really say himself.

KING: Well, he won’t speak for himself, so.

TWAIN: He won’t speak for himself, yeah.

KING: Might as well.

TWAIN: He’s a very humble guy. He doesn’t have to be famous to make a living, and that’s my catch in my career, (1) That’s all there is to it. KING: He doesn’t even like his picture in the paper, right?

TWAIN: No.

KING: So he has an aversion to being paid attention to?

TWAIN: Yeah. A genuine one, though. He’s not a freak about it at all. He doesn’t hide from the public. He’s a lot more sociable than I am. (2). He’s much more interested in talking about politics than he is about music.

KING: Has your looks ever gotten in the way? By that I mean, sometimes when someone is really pretty, people don’t take them seriously.

TWAIN: Yeah, oh, it’s very true. It’s completely true. In fact, I’ve run up against it many, many times. Even when I was still singing in bars before I had any success, you’re still dealing with the male factor, and you — I don’t know, when a guy gets up there and shakes his booty, he’s not exploiting himself, but when a girl gets up there and shakes her booty, she’s exploiting herself, and she’s exploiting the whole female race or…

KING: So they are looking at you, maybe not listening, more looking?

TWAIN: Of course, and it’s a delicate balance. (3) but I feel like I’m finally gaining the respect that, you know, hit songwriting should get, or successful songwriting, and a successful career should get. You know, how much or what that is, I don’t really know, but I sense that I’m getting some of that, which is really great, because for quite a while I didn’t feel like I was getting it.

KING: You only record your own?

TWAIN: Yes.

KING: Won’t sing anybody else’s?

TWAIN: I will, I will at some point, but I’ve felt up to now that I needed to prove a point, and that I needed to — because I think, well, I don’t know, this is just something in the back of my mind. You know, if I had recorded someone else’s song along the way in these last 12 years, and it had been a big smash hit, then I think I would have defeated the purpose of proving the fact that I can write my own hits. So I’ve stayed away from that.

KING: But you can do both, can’t you?

TWAIN: Well, now, I can. Now I feel like I can. I feel like…

KING: So if you saw a song you loved, written by Phil Burns (ph), you would do it?

TWAIN: Yeah, I would. But then there’s the Mutt factor, because…

KING: Mutt wouldn’t do it?

TWAIN: Well, he feels kind of the same way that (4), that he really only likes producing songs that he’s written. It’s a whole complete thing. It’s kind of like an artist painting something, and then saying, leaving someone else to frame it. You’re going to be pretty picky if you’re the artist about how it’s framed, how it’s lit, where it’s hung, you know, all of that.

KING: But if you saw something you really liked?

TWAIN: Yes. No, I wouldn’t avoid it anymore now is what I’m saying. I think I would, and I’m up to doing covers and stuff like that. And I kind of get a bit giddy when I think about covering other material, because it’s been so long. Yes, (5), and I got so sick of, you know, copying other records and top 40 stuff, and now I wouldn’t mind, you know, doing it.

KING: Have there been songs over the years where you say, wish I’d have sung that? TWAIN:No, but there are…

KING: Really?

TWAIN: … there are many songs over the years that I’ve said, I wish I’d written that. Not that I would say I wish I had sung — I don’t really rate myself that highly as a singer. I know Mutt’s going to kill me for saying all this.

KING: You don’t think you’re a great singer?

TWAIN: No, I don’t think I’m a great singer at all. I think I’m a stylist, I have a thing, I guess. Mutt loves my voice. He’s a total fan of my voice. So, you know, he encourages…

KING: He discovered you as a voice, he didn’t discover you as a face.

TWAIN: That’s right, that’s right. He loves my voice. He really, genuinely loves it. He loves it. He loves listening to me sing.

≡参考答案:≡

1.for me to reach a certain level of success, fame comes with it.
2.He’s got a lot more friends than I do, and he’s just a real active guy
3.I’m not really sure if I’ve figured it out yet,
4.I do in his own right
5.there was a time when I was in clubs where I was dying to do my own stuff
1. that’s my catch in my career 这是我事业上的幸运之处。catch:if you describe someone as a good “catch”, you mean that they have a lot of qualities and you think their partner or employer is very lucky to have found them. (from Collins)
2. freak 奇怪的人.
3. run up against v.意外地碰到, 偶遇, 撞上, 与…相撞, 和…发生冲突
4. shakes his booty <俚语>扭屁股
5. it had been a big smash hit 这些歌曲可能会盛极一时 smash hit n.[口语]非常流行的东西
6. picky 过分的挑剔 picky adj. 吹毛求疵的, 好挑剔的, 过分讲究的
7. I kind of get a bit giddy 我有些轻率 giddy adj. 眼花缭乱的, 头晕的, 轻率的 v. (使)眼花, (使)眩晕[/replyview]

2. 最高法院提名

参考文本:

Senator Kyl, what do you think of the nomination and how will it do in committee?

SEN. JON KYL (R), ARIZONA: I think that Wolf Blitzer actually hit it right on the head. It’s a pretty wise choice.(1)  I think Senator Schumer voted against him in the committee, but he was confirmed unanimously by the full Senate to serve on the highest of the district courts((美国每个地区的)联邦地方法院) of the land. And someone who is going to be very difficult to oppose, I think, because of his widespread support in Washington, D.C., by both Democrats and Republican lawyers and judges who know him well.

So I think that Wolf is right. It’s a wise choice. Obviously, we have our work to do. We’ll ask the questions. At the end of the day, I suspect he’ll be confirmed.

KING: Senator Durbin, do you expect him to answer any tough questions, like Schumer’s what three decisions did you disagree with, and will that affect your decision?

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN (D-IL), MINORITY WHIP: Well, of course it will. I think the American people are entitled to answers. (2) The American people want to know if the values of the nominee are in the mainstream of America.

As a Supreme Court justice likely to serve for 20 years or more, will this nominee protect the rights of the minorities, in terms of women and workers, human rights, civil rights, protect the environment? Very fundamental questions of values.

KING: Senator Kyl, would you want to know his opinion of Roe versus Wade, an opinion already rendered by the Supreme Court, so it wouldn’t be hypothetical?

KYL: I think it depends on how you ask the question. If you ask him about that decision, he’s going to say it’s the precedent of the court. If you ask him a hypothetical question about how he might rule in a future case, I think he’s correct to say until I know all the facts of that case, it’s very difficult for me to decide.

KING: But will he have to answer his opinion of Roe versus Wade, not a hypothetical case?

KYL: He will be entitled to explain his views, his judicial philosophy in the context of specific cases, like Roe versus Wade, and (3) Expressing his view about a case, fine. Expressing how he might rule in the future, without knowing the facts of a case, a much different question.

KING: Senator Durbin, do you have a right to know his opinion of prior decisions?

DURBIN: Absolutely. And I asked him, when he came before our committee, he, in a briefing, said he wanted to overturn Roe versus Wade. And I said, “is that your position?” “No, no, no,” he said, “I was just an attorney for a client that took that position, in this case the government.” So I said, “what is your position on Roe versus Wade?” He said, “it’s settled law; Roe versus Wade is settled.” And on the Casey decision, another Supreme Court decision, he said “it’s more than settled.” But, of course, he was deferring to the Supreme Court. Now he wants to serve on the court. And I think we have a right — let me go further, an obligation — to determine what his position is when it comes to the privacy of families and individuals in America. That’s the underlying principle in Roe versus Wade. KING: (4)

DURBIN: No, because we have to know, when it gets to the heart of the issue, the real core constitutional values, where does he stand? And I think that’s a legitimate question. It isn’t enough that he’s legally skilled. People want to know whether he is in the mainstream of values of America.

KING: Senator Kyl, how tough is this going to get?

KYL: Well, I hope that it is conducted in a very fair and dignified manner, as the president said. There will be outside or special interests, as Candy Crowley said, that will try to drive the debate, opponents of the president, who will probably object to this nominee. But I would hope that the senators themselves, appreciating the need for a fair and dignified proceeding, will not be unduly swayed by that kind of approach, and will certainly ask tough questions, but do so in an appropriate manner. Even when we disagree, we can surely do it agreeably.

KING: Do you agree with that, Senator Durbin?

DURBIN: Absolutely. And I can guarantee you, the Democrats, whether they’re for or against John Roberts, Judge Roberts, are going to do their best to make certain that we have the kind of deliberation, the kind of questioning that really gets to the heart of the matter. The American people get this chance very seldom in their lifetime, to hear what a Supreme Court nominee really believes. And as has been said by others, this nominee is likely to serve for decades. I think we have an obligation to ask those questions, and we should have the time to ask them in a deliberate fashion, (5) but to make certain that our judgment is based on a true picture of Judge Roberts’ opinion of the bench and his position on it.

≡参考答案:≡

(1)A person of great qualifications and stature and experience, who was recently confirmed unanimously by the Senate.
(2)It isn’t just a question as to whether the nominee is honest, legally skilled and has a good temperament.

(3)I suspect that people who are very skeptical about his views will bore in, in every way possible, to get any kind of a hint from him that they can about how he might rule in a future case.

(4)Shouldn’t the answer on Roe versus Wade that he gave you suffice?

(5)not to rush to judgment

3. Addiction & Intervention

SARA: It worked because it got me away from my environment, it got me away from all of the friends I was using with. .KING: Ever have a desire to go back?
SARA: No.
KING: None at all?
SARA: None.

KING: . What do you have, a car, ready, ready outside the house?

VANVONDEREN: Yes. Or plane tickets.

KING: What did they do with you?

SARA: That day that I said yes, I mean, I went home. I had about 20 minutes to pack. And I hopped on the plane. And I landed in San Francisco.

KING: Will you eventually get your baby back?

SARA: Yes.

KING: How old now?

SARA: She’ll be 4 in September.

KING: She’s had her daddy?

SARA: Yes.

KING: You see her how often?

SARA: Tuesdays and Thursdays and every other Saturday.

KING: ?

SARA: Yes.

KING: You have to stay straight for a certain amount of time.

SARA: Yes.

KING: So, this show saved your life. This intervention saved your life.

SARA: It did. I was in and out of jail. I was just — I was near death. I really didn’t care if I lived or died. And the reason I answered the ad, too, is because my parents were on my back to get help and have something be done. And I thought if they’d seen what I was going through and  that maybe they’d get off of my back and not pressure me so much.

参考答案:≡
1. It showed me how other people live and just how other lifestyles are that are out there.
2. So, you got the facility ready

3. Is there a good possibility you will get custody

4. just seeing that I was truly addicted and what I was doing wasn’t enjoyable

解释
1. hop: hop后面跟副词或者介词常解释成“上(车,飞机的功能交通工具)”
eg: Hop in-I’ll drive you to the bus stop.
2. on one’s back: 试图让某人做自己不想做的事情
eg: Dad is on my back about my homework, so I can’t go out tonight

4. Bodies Found

MARTY EVANS, RED CROSS PRESIDENT AND CEO: Well, Larry, (1). It was unsafe to be in the city. We were asked by the city not to be there and the Superdome was made a shelter of last resorts and, (2), it was a good idea because otherwise those people would have had no shelter at all.

We have our shelters north of the city. We’re prepared as soon as they can be evacuated, we’re prepared to receive them in Texas, in other states, but it was not safe to be in the city and it’s not been safe to go back into the city. They were also concerned that if we located, relocated back into the city people wouldn’t leave and they’ve got to leave.

KING: Marty, everyone looks at themselves when they’re working in some kind of tragedy. (3)?

EVANS: Larry, we’re always looking at that and, you know, in this particular case it’s the largest disaster we have ever done in the history, 125 years of the Red Cross and we are determined to do more and more and, in fact, we are.

(4). We’re gearing up to shelter even more people. We have people sheltered in nine different states, 275 locations, so we will continuously look at what we’re doing, see if we can improve it.

And, the other thing I would say is that we’re breaking new ground. We’re setting up new systems and processes that get rid of the bureaucracy and make it easier for people.

参考答案:≡

1. It showed me how other people live and just how other lifestyles are that are out there.
2. So, you got the facility ready

3. Is there a good possibility you will get custody

4. just seeing that I was truly addicted and what I was doing wasn’t enjoyable

解释
1. hop: hop后面跟副词或者介词常解释成“上(车,飞机的功能交通工具)”
eg: Hop in-I’ll drive you to the bus stop.
2. on one’s back: 试图让某人做自己不想做的事情
eg: Dad is on my back about my homework, so I can’t go out tonight

5. Bodies Found

SOLEDAD O’BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR (by telephone): Well, Larry, it looks like the number of dead tops 30. (1), Sheriff Jack Stephens, really grisly scene at St. Rita’s Nursing Home.The nursing home apparently had about 80 to 100 patients. The sheriff said he thinks somewhere between 40 and 50 were actually evacuated safely and it’s unclear why the remaining 30-plus,in his words, were not evacuated.

Many theories abound and we’ve heard all of them. It’s unclear if staffers died along with some of the elderly patients in their care or maybe the staffers left or anybody who could get out left and left behind some of the patients who could not.

So, none of those things have been confirmed. The story of what happened is still really unclear but (2).

I mean it’s just covered in water still probably about three feet high I would guess and you can tell by the debris that’s on top of the cars in the parking lot the water came up at least eight feet.

The demort teams, which are helping in the recovery of the bodies, they were on the scene today with a big refrigerator truck bringing about half, in their estimation, of the bodies out and then they’re going to bring them to the morgue and continue to process them, hopefully eventually get the remains back to the family members.

KING: (3)?

O’BRIEN: It is. It’s one of the parishes right outside the city, so very close. And there was one parish, Jefferson Parish, (4).

I mean I asked one of the deputies to estimate if he could how much damage do you think what percentage of the community was damaged and ruined? And he said, “I would put that number at 100 percent.” It is the worst of the worst.


参考答案:≡

1. That’s confirmed to us by the sheriff there
2. the way it looks is absolutely terrible, just devastated, decimated, still looks like a nursing home plunked in a river

3.Is St. Bernard Parish right in — is it like a suburb?

4.that wasn’t as badly hurt and they’ve been ferrying, literally getting on a ferry and bringing supplies and men and help and clothes and food and everything to this parish because they have lost everything.

解释:
1.in one’s words 用某人来说的

2.parking lot n.停车场

3.on the scene 这个短语比较口语话,意思是出现,到场,在场。
eg.By then,there was a boyfriend on the scene.


6. 重建新奥尔良

BILL CLINTON, FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT: Well, I think the president did the right thing in taking responsibility. Clearly, the FEMA response was slow and there are lots of reasons that I think that happened. I believe that there should be some reorganization there, but I think the important thing is (1). We now have apparently a very able person in the Coast Guard admiral is there overseeing the FEMA operations.

We’ve got the state and local operations underway in Louisiana, also in Mississippi and Alabama and, you know, I’ve been governor during a lot of natural disasters, terrible natural disasters. And when I was president we had a lot of very big ones and now we just all need to be rowing in the same boat, trying to get people’s lives back together and get the plans in place to rebuild the areas, particularly New Orleans. KING: Your wife proposed that commission, right?

CLINTON: Yeah, and I think it was the right thing to do but if we’re not going to do that, then I think we ought to have a serious look at what should be done to change FEMA, (2) and all the rest of us should be focused on what we can do to help the people there. That’s what I think should be done.

KING: Should FEMA not be part of national security?

CLINTON: Well, you know, I’m biased. I liked it the way it was. I think the most important thing is we probably should have some sort of requirement that anybody who has the job has prior experience in emergency management. It’s a very serious, important job and the person I put in charge of it, James Lee Witt had been my emergency management person in Arkansas.

But typically, all through the past, (3). It’s sort of the standard thing but when an emergency strikes, that person becomes the most important person in the federal government. And I think the way we set it up, I had a qualified person there. (4). I made it a cabinet-level agency and when a disaster struck, everybody in the government worked for that person.
参考答案:≡
1. I had hoped this bill to set up a commission would pass because I don’t want it to obscure the present, urgent need of everybody to keep working together.
2. but that should be done in Washington without in anyway interrupting the flood of aid going to the areas

3.the people who got it were people who were considered for like cabinet jobs or sub-cabinet jobs or ambassadorships or something

4.We reorganized and strengthened the agency.

解释:
1.be rowing in the same boat 和某人在一条船上
2.put sb. in charge of 让某人管理,负责
eg.I’ve been put in charge of the team.

7. 追踪飓风丽塔

MAX MAYFIELD, DIRECTOR, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER: Well, Larry, it’s weakened a little bit but still a very powerful category three hurricane and I think the best analog to this is probably Hurricane Audrey back in 1957.

We’re really becoming concerned with the storm surge flooding here still near and to the east or where the center crosses the coast and (1).

Cameron, Louisiana is right here and that water is going to be pushed all the way off (INAUDIBLE) lake, possibly up the (INAUDIBLE) river there towards the Lake Charles area and that’s, you know, over 25 miles away from the coastline. And, you know, if it goes a little bit to the west of that, well then Sabine Lake and the Port Arthur area will get the highest storm surge.

KING: What weakened it?

MAYFIELD: Well, we’re really not sure exactly yet but we had been forecasting it to come down and the water temperatures were not quite as favorable as they were over the central Gulf of Mexico.

The upper level environment is also not as favorable but we sure don’t want to minimize this because remember Isabel two years ago, (2).

KING: It can’t pick up though from a category three to a four when it hits land can it or can it?

MAYFIELD: No, once it makes landfall here the winds will start going down. What we’re — well, a couple things that we’re concerned with here this red area you see (3).

But we don’t have to have hurricane force winds to cause trees to fall down and power outages, as we learned in Isabel and other hurricanes. So, I would expect power outages over a pretty large area there.

(4) and it may sit around there and cause very, very heavy rains over portions of extreme eastern Texas and western Louisiana.

参考答案:≡

1.if it stays on track here toward the Texas/Louisiana border, we’ll likely have 15 feet of storm surge along the coastline to the east here.
2.it weakened from a category five down to a category two hurricane and yet we had tremendous storm surge flooding and power outages from that wind as it moved inland.

3.behind me represents the most likely area of hurricane force winds and that will likely head up towards probably Lufkin, Texas.

4.And then after two to three days the steering currents forecasted will just collapse

解释:
1.come down 下降,降低
eg:The price of gas is coming down.

2.pick up 回升;增强
eg:Trade usually picks up in the spring.

8.Growing Pains

KING: When did you know you were different from other boys?

HUNTER: I guess I was about 13 maybe.

KING: What do you do with it at that age?

HUNTER: I think the first thing that really — my first (1) of — of things going choing (ph), choing, choing and all that at that age was there was a girl in the corner by the name of Lois that was really kind of always coming on to me and I was just a kid.

And one day I — we went around behind the (2) and I was just frightened to death and I ran back home a few minutes later and that night the police came by and she reported me with her mother to the police.

KING: Saying? HUNTER: Saying that I had, you know, molested her or whatever it was and it was so traumatic to me as a kid and that’s my first (3) and I didn’t — we didn’t really do anything. We just played, you know, but all the foreplay stuff. But then later, my next involvement was I believe someone came onto me in a theater when I was a kid.

KING: A boy?

HUNTER: Some man.

KING: And you liked it?

HUNTER: No, I felt — I felt very uncomfortable at that stage.

KING: When did you know you were — when did you know you were gay?

HUNTER: Well, see the word wasn’t around in the ’50s.

KING: No, it wasn’t.

HUNTER: And I was — I was a very fearful person. I was living…

KING: What did they call them then, you were a fag?

HUNTER: Well, I was going couldn’t you call me — every name they called you but I was very private. (4), you know. You know, you just never talked about anything like that ever.

And, I was living two lives because in (5) pictures I was a kid going “Wow, look at this what’s happening to me” but at the same token I had all these feelings that were — that I was trying to hold back and not knowing what to do with and expressing and not expressing. And my touch of reality in an unrealistic world were my horses, I really — they were — they’ve been major my whole life, Larry, my whole life.

—–参考答案:≡
1. awareness
2. garage
3. encounter
4. My mother was a very, very private person and brought us up to be like that
5. motion
new words: from collins dictionary
molest: A person who molests someone, especially a woman or a child, interferes with them in a sexual way against their will. =abuse 调戏

traumatic: A traumatic experience is very shocking and upsetting, and may cause psychological damage. 创伤的

motion: movement 移动的
motion picture: a film made for cinema(main Am) 电影(美语)

hold back:抑制
If you hold back something such as tears or laughter, of if you hold back, you make an effort to stop yourself from showing how you feel..

fag: homosexual(mainly AM, informal, offensive) 同性恋

9.人造美女?

LARRY KING: What was the first thing you did and why?

JENNY LEE: I started with my breasts and I was 19 and I started because I wanted to make an improvement to stop some derogatory comments (1) so…..

KING: That your breasts were too small?

LEE: Too small, out of (2), asymmetrical.

KING: So you had them enlarged?

LEE: Had them enlarged.

KING: Nineteen and you live in Austin, Texas, right?

LEE: I live in Austin now. I lived in Dallas. I lived in Houston then initially.

KING: Were all the (3) done in Texas?

LEE: In Texas.

KING: OK. All right, did that turn out OK, the breasts?

LEE: Actually, no. My left implant slipped out of place and basically fell out of the pocket, so I went in and I had both implants removed and replaced about I guess 18 months later.

KING: And was that before you did any other procedures?

LEE: At that time, I did my nose and full body liposuction.

KING: Why?

LEE: Because I guess it had been ingrained in my brain that I was overweight and that my nose was too big and, you know, I wanted to fix the problem with my breasts and you know…

KING: One thing led to another?

LEE: One thing led to another.

KING: What did your family say?

LEE: You know, I’m one of those people that I don’t ask for permission. I just kind of do it and, you know, they really didn’t have a whole lot to say because, you know, I was going to do what I was going to do no matter what they had to say about it. And, you know, afterwards they just kind of (4) it off like oh well, she’s going to do what she’s going to do anyway.

KING: Now Jenny Lee is your — you’re married right?

LEE: I’m married.

KING: Jenny, what does your husband think of all this?

LEE: My current husband?

KING: Yes, is he your second husband?

LEE: He’s my second husband.

KING: What does he think?

LEE: He’s OK with it all. He — just anything that will make me happy, you know he blesses, so you know I think he’d rather that I just stopped while I was ahead.

KING: Did the first husband not like it?

LEE: The first husband as much (5) as I got over the way that I appeared to look actually after I got the breast augmentation he was pretty upset.

KING: Really?

LEE: Yes. Yes, he was. He was upset. I gained some attention from men that I hadn’t gained before and I think there was a little bit of jealousy there and so it was really ironic that he had had such negative things to say about the way my breasts look and then I fixed them and then he didn’t like it.

KING: I guess what people would say is you weren’t ugly were you? LEE: No.

KING: OK. You have beautiful eyes.

LEE: Thank you.

KING: Nice shaped face, right. You’re very slim. You have a nice body. When you walked in you’re very pretty. Why do you need this? I mean really why do you need this?

LEE: Well, I just think it started a long time ago and, you know, once it’s engrained in your brain and it’s been beat in there it’s really hard to get it out and you just continue to self examine yourself and put yourself under the microscope and, you know, I think if you’re told something enough over and over again you begin to believe it.

KING: Would you say you’re addicted to it?

LEE: I would say I am — that I really like plastic surgery and I like the way that it makes me feel. I like the results when they’re finished and I don’t think that I’ll ever stop probably…

KING: have you had any problems other than the breasts with the first time?

LEE: I had a lip implant twice. Actually my bottom lip implant that I had put in it I guess is attached by scar tissue that holds it in place and I had ripped the scar tissue and so it had went in crooked into my lip and, you know, once it was in it and the scar tissue ripped it was crooked.

KING: Yet you keep coming back like a song, right? You keep on keeping on.

LEE: Yes.

KING: Hoping to do what? Are you an actress? I mean what do you want to do with this other than look great?

LEE: Well, I would like to be an actress and that’s something that I aspire to do and I work really hard in actively pursuing it but I think my main goal is just to be somewhat pleased with my appearance.

KING: Are you now not pleased?

LEE: It depends on the day, you know I mean.

KING: How are you today?

LEE: Today I’m OK. I’m not crazy about my hair. I did it up for you.

KING: Now you couldn’t have done something to your hair right? There’s no plastic surgery involved with hair right?

LEE: No.

KING: So that is your hair?

LEE: That’s my hair.

KING: How do you pay for all this?

LEE: For the…

KING: The procedures they’re expensive, aren’t they?

LEE: Well, yes, but I did it over a long period of time. I mean over the last eight or nine years, I spaced it out.

KING: So, you worked and paid for it as you went?

LEE: Yes. Yes.

KING: So, you don’t owe money for this?

LEE: No.

KING: How much has it cost you?

LEE: Well, if you ask me what the retail value of it is, it’s different than what I’ve actually paid.

KING: Did they give you breaks?

LEE: Well, yes, whenever you do multiple things all at the same time there’s usually, you know, a discount that you get.

KING: Oh you get like a rake off?

LEE: Yes.
≡参考答案:≡

1. that had been continuously made to me
2. proportion
3. procedures
4. shrugged
5. criticism
asymmetrical:不均匀的
shrug off: ignore sth or treat it as if it is not really important or serious
implant: 灌注
procedures:程序
jealousy:嫉妒
engrained:根深蒂固的,彻底的
other than:除了
rake off:佣金,回扣

12. 喜欢老友记的你记得她吗?Jennifer Aniston

KING: (Well, we don’t –) all of our pain is not front page.
ANISTON: No that’s true.

KING: What is that like?

ANISTON: It’s what you would (1)
it to be. It’s not great.

KING: A bitch.

ANISTON: It’s a bitch. It’s not great, no.

KING: But you chose the (2)
.

ANISTON: But I chose it. I also wouldn’t trade it in for the world what I get to do for that. I mean just because of that.

KING: But you (3)
successfully over it once didn’t you?

ANISTON: I have, yes, well…

KING: In other words, when someone printed something about you that was wrong you took action.

ANISTON: Yes. Yes, you — well, I’ll always take them head on if they — they cross lines anyway but when they really go too far, you know.

KING: Is it a thin line? What right, and this is for both of you, what right does the public have to your life?

ANISTON: I don’t really think any, private life none but it’s somehow got through the cracks and it’s just — it’s just OK.

KING: So you don’t say — it doesn’t go with the (4)
?

ANISTON: No. I think we do our job. We go to work. We give them a movie, a television show, theater, you know. You buy your tickets. You go and see our work, if we’re on the red carpet, we’re at a (5)
, we’re, you know, at a public event but when it’s your backyard, when it’s at your home, when it’s…

KING: They photograph you right?

ANISTON: Yes.

KING: They follow you around. It’s got to be a (6)
life.

ANISTON: Yes. But it’s also — there’s nobody sort of stopping it or corralling it in any way so it’s kind of just a free for all.

≡参考答案:≡
1. imagine
2. profession
3. sued 控告,起诉
4. territory 领土
5. premiere 首映
6. weird 奇怪,经常可见于美语中,英国人倾向于odd和strange
in other words 换句话说

13.
主持人失踪,帅哥美女登场

SEACREST: (OK). So this is it’s billed as a novel, the book.
RICHIE: Yes.

SEACREST: But now I’ve been reading some of it and it seems very much like your real life in Hollywood and your life with some of your friends or some of your enemies in Hollywood. How much of it is autobiographical?

RICHIE: Well, when I spoke to my dad because he’s a writer and I really wanted to know what to write about he said “You have to write about what you know and your experiences,” so that’s what I did and I just made it a lot more exciting.

SEACREST: There’s a character in the book, Chloe. Chloe is (1)
by a music superstar. Chloe enjoys a (2)
wild child like life growing up, gets into drugs, gets into rehab.

RICHIE: Yes.

SEACREST: Co-stars in a reality series.

RICHIE: Actually it’s a makeup (3)
.

SEACREST: This sounds like — OK.

RICHIE: Not a reality series.

SEACREST: This sounds like Nicole Richie.

RICHIE: Well, Chloe the character is loosely based on myself but no other characters are based on anybody else.

SEACREST: No other characters at all?

RICHIE: No.

SEACREST: Tell me about Simone, the character in the book.

RICHIE: Simone is the person that she gets to campaign with and Simone really (4)
just all of the people that I have kind of pushed out of my life after I got out of rehab and kind of decided to really become an adult, you know. You just kind of press the delete button on people that are not good for you.

SEACREST: Simone, wouldn’t you agree, has some things in common with Paris Hilton?

RICHIE: Yes, she does.

SEACREST: Like what?

RICHIE: She is tall and she had lost a (5)
device. She lost a cell phone but Paris lost a (6)
.

SEACREST: And Paris lost this device and stars’ numbers were released on the Internet. It was a big deal right?

RICHIE: Right, right.

SEACREST: I mean that is exactly what happened in her life and it’s in the book.

RICHIE: Yes.

SEACREST: What else?

RICHIE: I think that that’s pretty much it.

SEACREST: Do you or does Chloe get along with Simone in the book?

RICHIE: No.

SEACREST: Why not?

RICHIE: They don’t. They’re just two completely separate people. They’re just — they’re just really not the same people. They were more friends when Chloe kind of wasn’t in her right head space.

SEACREST: You know when I’m reading it what I’m doing as I’m looking at these pages is wondering which part is real.

RICHIE: Right.

SEACREST: And which part isn’t. Was that the idea to keep us guessing?

(RICHIE: Yes, that’s what makes it more fun.)

≡参考答案:≡1、adopted
2、privileged
3、campaign
4、represents
5、mobile
6、sidekick(伙伴)
reality series:美国的一些真人秀栏目,像the apprentice, Americal Idol等等 in common:有共同点

new words:
autobiographical:自传的 n-autobiography
rehab=rehabitation 恢复名誉

14.
“寻人私探组”

Monica (1)
this non-profit community united effort called CUE for Missing Persons in 1994, why?
MONICA CAISON: FOUNDED COMMUNITY UNITED EFFORT FOR MISSING PERSONS IN 1994: To be a (2)
for families to help the people that suffer behind the scenes and just to basically help bring loved ones home.

KING: Why you, Monica, what happened to you?

CAISON: There was just — there were several reasons why, three reasons in particular. I’ve been (3)
to other families that have suffered a missing person at different highlights in my life and it just touched me. And, by the time I was a teenager I knew that I wanted to help these families.

I’m originally from Florida and that was one of the largest cases of a missing girl, got missing down there. She’s still today has not been found. And it just — it (4)
me to get into this field. Actually it started then.

KING: The National Crime Information Center, as of July 1st of this year, reports 105,978 active missing persons, nearly 58,000 are (5)
, about 48,000 are adult.

CAISON: Right.

KING: Why do you think?

CAISON: I don’t know. Everybody asks me all the time is it happening more nowadays than it did years ago and I said, no, it’s the media that has brought it more to light.

KING: And you get involved how? Tell me how CUE works. What do you do? OK, someone — what do you do?

CAISON: Well, someone gets missing. Immediately we’re called in sometime by law enforcement, sometime by family, sometime by the media and we are called in. As long as there’s an official police report made we can become active.

We immediately go in an assess the situation, what’s going on, what’s been done, what needs to be done and then we get a goal plan and we work with law enforcement and other agencies and all that are concerned in that particular case to identify the needs and try to accomplish that.

KING: Who is the we?

CAISON: We are me and thousands of (6)
.

KING: All over the country.

CAISON: All over the country, search teams, people just like myself, professionals, retired law enforcement, retired marshals, you name it we’ve got it.

≡参考答案:≡
1、launched:投入,开始
2、liaison 联络,联系
3、be exposed to 受到……的作用,影响
4、compelled 强迫,迫使
5、juvenile 青少年
6、volunteers 志愿者


15.

美国式李敖?
HEFNER: (Quite the contrary, no. )(1)
and I’m living out my own dreams and (2)
and have been for a number of years and to remain at this stage of my life, you know, so alive and things have never been better. And, despite the age (3)
, I mean this is as good a relationship as I’ve ever had.
KING: With her?

HEFNER: Yes.

KING: And how about them?

HEFNER: Well them as well. It’s all…

KING: What if one of them got (4)
?

MADISON: I’d be really excited.

KING: Do you want a baby?

MADISON: Yes, definitely. I mean not right now but, you know.

KING: Not right now. He’s 80 and you’re waiting.

MADISON: I want to get my degree first.

KING: I mean you don’t see any downside to this?

HEFNER: No.

KING: No?

HEFNER: No.

KING: What about getting tired?

HEFNER: Being tired?

KING: Yes.

HEFNER: Well that’s a downside. I mean you have to take it easy.

KING: Doesn’t it knock you out a little? I mean you have to please.

HEFNER: I think that quite frankly the relationship keeps me young. I think that, you know, connecting to younger people does keep you young. And, also in this particular case, you know, these are very special ladies so that, you know, there isn’t the — what I’ve had to deal with in the past is a certain kind of sibling (5)
and cattiness, (6)
. I don’t have that here.
参考答案:≡

1. I think that I am the luckiest cat on the planet
2. fantasies 幻想
3. disparity 不同,差异
4. pregnant 怀孕
5. rivalry 竞争,竞赛

16.
政治总是麻烦的

GERAGOS: You want to — by logic and part of what he’s done so far is to take a page from Milosevic’s book which is to (1)
that the tribunal has no business and no jurisdiction over him and the fact of the matter is and you heard the little piece right there in the snippet right there is that his position is, is that America is an occupying nation.
They’re the ones who appointed these people. Therefore, it is not an Iraqi system and therefore he does not want to (2)
jurisdiction. It’s very similar to what Milosevic has been doing and in that case he at least had — Milosevic’s case is in international court.

KING: You’re both too young to remember but some famous people had to argue for Nuremberg(纽伦堡) because Nuremberg was on a (3)
ground and they tried a nation who was at war for war crimes. Is this similar?

FULGINITI: Yes, I think very much so and I also think, you know, on Mark’s point I personally think he can get a fair (4)
. This is a virgin court there’s no question and they’re learning as they go along but so were the Rwanda(卢旺达) and the Tanzania(坦桑尼亚) (5)
that were established by The Hague(海牙).

Those were courts that were originally set up at the beginning and they went through some bumps and lumps but they made it through and they ultimately set up and established a system that worked.

GERAGOS: But, you know, the problem with this in trying to do it in Iraq where you do not have a (6)
society at this point is look what’s happening to the defense lawyers. I think two of them have been murdered so far.

KING: And Ramsey Clark said yesterday they’re in danger.

参考答案:≡

(1)assert 断言,宣称
(2)subject himself to 服从于
(3)neutral 中立的
(4)trial 审判
(5)prosecutions 起诉
(6)subtle 敏感的
go through 经历……
make it through 完成,搞定,成功做……


19.
掏心掏肺的回忆录

KING: What’s your side, James?
JAMES FREY, AUTHOR, “A MILLION LITTLE PIECES”: My side is I wrote a memoir. I never expected the book to come under the type of (1)
that it has. A memoir literally means my story, a memoir is a subjective retelling of events.

KING: But it is supposed to be factual events. The memoir is a form of biography.

FREY: Yes. Memoir is within the (2)
of non-fiction. I don’t think it’s necessarily appropriate to say I’ve conned anyone. The book is 432 pages long. The total page count of disputed events is 18, which is less than five percent of the total book. You know, that falls comfortably within the realm of what’s appropriate for a memoir.

KING: James, with the kind of incredible life you’ve had, why embellish anything?

FREY: I mean, I’ve acknowledged that there were embellishments in the book, that I’ve changed things, that in certain cases things were toned up, in certain cases things were toned down, that names were changed, that identifying characteristics were changed.

There’s a great debate about memoir and about what should be most properly served, the story or some form of journalistic truth. Memoirs don’t generally come under the type of scrutiny that mine has.

KING: People reading a memoir expect it to be a true story, whether it’s Alan Alda doing a memoir of his life or James Frey doing a memoir of his, that the facts written down as they happened or their perception of their happening.

FREY: It’s an individual’s (3)
of what happened in their own life. This is my recollection of my life. A lot of the events I was writing about took place between 15 and 25 years ago. A lot of the events took place while I was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. I still stand by my book. I still stand by the fact that it’s my story. And that it’s a truthful retelling of the story.

KING: Are you surprised at the furor?

FREY: I am surprised. I’ve been surprised over and over again throughout this whole process. I’ve been surprised by the success of the book. I’ve been surprised by the reaction to the book. I’ve been surprised by the furor related to the book, especially considering I acknowledged I had that changed things. KING: You did at the beginning?

FREY: I have at various points all along the course of the publication and promotion of the book.

KING: Did you tell Oprah that?

FREY: I don’t remember specifically what I told Oprah, I certainly told her producers that, you know, things were altered in the book, that I made changes to the book, that sometimes those changes were made in order to protect the identities of specific individuals.

Sometimes things were changed because they were too ridiculous. Sometimes things were changed for simple reasons of efficiency. There’s one example of a change made where I talk about a gash I had, a cut that I received. In the book, I say I cut my cheek. In reality, what happened is when I fell down, my lower teeth tore up my lip and (4)
it in two separate places.

I received the (5)
I talked about receiving, but in the book I say, I cut my cheek.

KING: Why?

FREY: Because it’s a lot easier than saying over and over again that I cut the area between my lower lip and my chin. You know, I believe that the essential truth of the event remains, there it’s a large cut on my face

KING: Are you saying that essential truth of this book, you stand by 100 percent?

FREY: Absolutely. The book is about drug and alcohol addiction.

KING: Of which you were addicted to both?

FREY: Yes. Nobody’s disputing was a addict or alcoholic. Nobody was disputing that I spent a significant period of time in a treatment center. Five pages at the beginning of the book and five pages at the end of the book are the only parts that don’t take place in a treatment center.

≡参考答案:≡

1.scrutiny
2.genre
3.perception
4.penetrated
5.stitches

21
蜜月旅行新郎神秘失踪

参考文本:
LEVAK: (clinical psychologist) Well, I think profilers and psychologists do the same thing. We look at personality. What is the personality of the players? What is the story? Part of what’s fascinating about this is there seems to be a story. Here’s a honeymoon couple, upper middle class, they arrive on a boat and they start fighting. He spends the night without her. They get involved with men who have some kind of sexual charge with her. There is a story here. And putting together their personalities and what happened is part of the forensic piece. And in every crime that isn’t just an accident, there’s almost always passion, a story, and (1)
emotions.
KING: Mary, is anyone, do you think, ever going to be charged with something here?

FULGINITI: (the former federal prosecutor) I think if there was wrongdoing in this case and they can —

KING: Say there was.

FULGINITI: If there was wrongdoing and they can gather sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they committed or wanted to.

KING: Wouldn’t you say it’s going to be tough, are you going to have witnesses —

FULGINITI: Is it going to be tough? Yes. I think a lot of the witnesses here unfortunately have been tainted. They’ve been on a variety of news shows. They’ve told their story a number of different times. What happens is each time somebody tells a story there might be an (2)
which people like him would like to exploit if it ever gets to trial.

GERAGOS: (high profile defense attorney) I’m still waiting for somebody to say that there’s actually a crime here. I mean, Henry, if you notice what Henry said, they’re still trying to determine when it’s an accident or a crime. People have already speculated a scenario. We don’t even know if there was even a crime committed.

FULGINITI: He’s absolutely right. What we know is that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut took (3)
over this investigation. I think that’s highly unlikely they did that if they thought it was a complete accident. If they didn’t think there was any wrongdoing —

GERAGOS: That’s more a product of the press coverage than anything else.

FULGINITI: Not necessarily.

GERAGOS: I don’t think — there is obviously — the Turks were in there. They have developed some kind of forensic evidence. That forensic evidence and blood evidence and DNA evidence has been available to the FBI for a (4)
period of time. So if they thought there was something going on, I think you should just wait, wait and see what happens before you start speculating.

LEVAK: Right. But before you start speculating you know from all the prosecutions you’ve done and the defenses that you’ve done, there’s usually a story. If the story doesn’t make sense, something is wrong. That’s what you go on often.

GERAGOS: But I think you wait — part of the problem you find with wrongful convictions is when somebody has a story or a theory and they don’t let the facts drive it. Check the facts. Let the facts drive this. As of right now, we don’t know. We don’t know whose blood was under the sheet.

FULGINITI: That’s part of the frustration.

GERAGOS: We don’t know any of this.

FULGINITI: That is part of the frustration in this case. This is a case, you have to understand, it’s very important that the prosecution and the FBI keep — they do have evidence in this case. They are analyzing it. They’re putting it together. It’s very important that they keep it close to the vest and not divulge it. They want to maintain the credibility and integrity of the investigation.

KING: Gregg McCrary, what absolutely do we know?

MCCRARY, VETERAN FBI PROFILER: Well, what we know, again, there’s been some test — not really testimony but apparently investigation has shown there has been some involvement, some noise in the cabin. I think it’s fair to say that Mr. Smith went over.

There’s blood on the (5)
below where he probably impacted and slid over. But beyond that, we don’t really know a lot. And I’d go back, for sure, and that’s what we’re trying to determine. As far as the FBI’s involvement or the U.S. attorney’s involvement, I go back to the thing I said early on.

The responsibility is — first responsibility is to determine whether or not a crime has been committed. You think of the TWA flight 800, you remember, took off from Kennedy not long after 9/11, it blew up. It took a year of investigation by the FBI and the NTSB to determine that, in fact, it was an accident. That it had blown up. So we’re really at that phase right now.

KING: Dr. Lee, just on what you know limited, do you think this was a crime?

LEE: I don’t think. I only look at the physical evidence. Let the physical evidence tell me.

KING: So far, what does it tell you?

LEE: Seven and a half months now, the family really deserve to have an answer. This is not a national security issue, nor an international terrorist investigation. Just one person missing. Seven and a half months. We should provide the family some kind of answer.

≡参考答案:≡

(1)convoluted adj.错综复杂的
(2)inconsistency n.矛盾
(3)jurisdiction n.权限
(4)prolonged adj.延长的
(5)canopy n.(床,座位等上面的)遮蓬,罩盖
make sense v.有意义
eg: This sentense doesn’t make sense.

go back to (sth.) v.回到(原来的话题)
eg: Can I go back to what you said at the beginning of the metting?


23 绝望主妇带你“穿越美国”

参考文本:
Tonight’s program is devoted to the subject of the transgender and an extraordinary new movie called Transamerica from our friends at the Weinstein Pictures Corporation, an (1)
film in many ways and one of the most — biggest ways is the actress who stars in it and has been nominated for an Academy Award and who my friends tell me got a good chance to win it is Felicity Hoffman, the best actress nominee for her role as the male to female transgender Sabrina in the film Transamerica. She’s perhaps best known as Lynette (ph) on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Did you like this script right away
HUFFMAN Right away. Duncan Tucker wrote a (2)
, moving screenplay and I would have done craft service to be on it and, yes.

KING But yet you’re a beautiful woman. You can’t play beautiful in this movie. You have to play non beautiful.

HUFFMAN Yes, but that wasn’t a challenge. That’s a relief. The challenge was to try and get it right. The challenge was to live up to the screenplay, not whether or not I was pretty or not.

KING All right, you’re a woman being a man who wants to be a woman.

HUFFMAN Yes.

KING Now you can’t (INAUDIBLE) anything in your personal life to come up with this.

HUFFMAN Yes.

KING So what do you — how do you find that

HUFFMAN That’s a great question. I found that (3)
myself at first. I thought I don’t know how to scale this conundrum and I decided to go with what her inner story was. What’s her internal journey not becoming a woman but through her heart and that is a story about becoming who she really is, which I think is something everyone does to become who you really are in life, to come home to oneself.

KING Everyone I’ve talked to that has done it one way or the other and I’m so old I remember Christine Jorgensen.

HUFFMAN Yes, yes.

KING Who was the first.

HUFFMAN Yes.

KING And had it done overseas and I interviewed her in Miami.

HUFFMAN Oh!

KING And then that was an amazing story. But I remember Dr. Renee Richards.

HUFFMAN Yes, yes.

KING And she said the toughest part is to be in a body you don’t feel like being in.

HUFFMAN Yes.

KING One could only wonder what that’s like.

HUFFMAN On a small scale I think you can imagine if you woke up tomorrow morning and suddenly instead of what you actually have, Larry, you have what I have and you’d wake up and go What’s this This is not my body.

And, on a broader scale I think that transgender people are faced with an (4)
choice which is if they decide not to go through with the transformation then they’re alienated from their true selves. If they decide to go through with it, then they’re alienated from society so, yes, I think it’s a tough place to be in.

KING This was a low budget film too right

HUFFMAN Yes, I think it was $2.50. KING Are you surprised at the attention this received

HUFFMAN Oh, are you kidding! I’m going to the Academy Awards! Yes, I thought my mom would see it. I’m pretty sure my husband would see it, some of my friends in New York but that was pretty much it. Kevin, the wonderful Kevin Zegers who’s in it with me plays my son, we’d sit in that hot station wagon where it was 150 degrees and no air-conditioning and he’d go No one’s ever going to see this movie. I’d go Yes, I know no one’s ever going to see this movie.

KING He’s terrific by the way.

HUFFMAN Isn’t he great

KING And William Macy is your husband right

HUFFMAN Yes, he is.

KING He must be very proud.

HUFFMAN Yes, he is, very.

KING So he’s going to the awards accompanying you.

HUFFMAN I know.

KING Do you think you might win it

HUFFMAN I don’t know and this is not (5)
. I’m not just saying this because it’s the (INAUDIBLE) litany that everyone says. It’s honesty a win to go. I never thought I would go. I gave up the dream of being paid for acting long, long ago……

≡参考答案:≡

extraordinary 不同寻常的
brilliant 优秀的
daunting 恐惧的
untenable 无法维持的,此处为无法逃避的
pabulum 维持生命所必需的营养或食物(a suspension or solution of nutrients in a state suitable for absorption)
live up to 成功做到某事,此处是说达到剧本的要求

24 与“星”共舞的酸甜苦辣

参考文本:
KING: Season two of “Dancing With the Stars” started with ten couples but only a trio of duos remain and for the next hour we’ll put some of the survivors and a couple of the (1)
through their paces here on LARRY KING LIVE.
Stacy Keibler, why did you enter this?

STACY KEIBLER, PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER: Well, I thought that this was going to be such a great experience and it really has been the best thing I’ve ever done.

KING: Because?

KEIBLER: I’ve never worked so hard for something in my entire life and I’ve given up my life. I put my heart and (2)
into it and I’m just so excited that the show is a hit and that I’m a part of it and that I’m working for it. I’m working to entertain and perform for people.

KING: Does it beat wrestling?

KEIBLER: It’s totally different than wrestling. It’s a totally different experience. This is the best thing I’ve ever done so…

KING: And you’ve made that clear.

KEIBLER: And it’s true like so seven years in the wrestling business I thought that that was the best thing I’ve ever been a part of and now this came along, so…

KING: George Hamilton, I know you’re now (3)
after round five but why George? You didn’t need this for the career, why?

GEORGE HAMILTON: Larry, this was a near death experience for me. I was — I would have shot myself in the knee had I gone any longer. It was great. I actually started and thought it would be a fun thing to do until they told me what it was about and then all of a sudden I busted four ribs and I thought I was out of it.

And, instead they saw Sea Biscuit here and I went on week after week and I actually got better and felt so good at the end of the time that it was a little bit of a disappointment but I was very happy to exit when I did. It was great for me.

KING: Did you expect to last longer?

HAMILTON: No, not really. I thought I’d be out in a couple of days but it kept getting on and it’s so (4)
. A lot of the people not in the outside world have no idea right now what you’re in for the minute you go in a nightclub. I’ve been asked last night in the Dominican Republic, I was asked by 30 women to dance and one woman just threw herself on me and knocked me down on the floor. And I said I had four busted ribs. She said “You don’t tonight.”

≡参考答案:≡

casualties 出局者(伤亡) eliminated 出局(消失) soul 灵魂 bizarre 奇怪的
bust 打碎 破碎 rib 肋骨 knock …down 撞倒….came along 陪伴

25 第78届奥斯卡主持人Jon Stewart
参考文本:
KING: Is it true are you picking the Oscar winners?
STEWART: Yes. This year they’re going to try something different is just right before the announcement I’m just going to write whatever name pops into my head on a card and that’s who wins. It’s very different this year because Price Waterhouse, as you know, was bought by a company in Dubai, so the security at this year’s Oscars is going to be handled by an Arab company.

KING: So, in other words this will be a set up?

STEWART: What will be a set up?

KING: The winners. You will know the winner before it’s announced?

STEWART: No, no, of course it’s a very protective process and it’s very secretive and no one can know. Actually, no one does know until — I feel badly for the guy in the (1)
. Bill Conte has to learn all five songs depending on whether or not who’s going to win. I’m hoping Terrence Howard wins. I just want to hear Bill Conte and the orchestra play “It’s Tough out Here for a Pimp.” I just want to hear how that sounds with violins. Have you been to the Oscars?

KING: I’ve never, you know, I’ve never. I go to the “Vanity Fair” party but I’ve never been to the Oscars. Oh, George Clooney invited me to be his guest this year.

STEWART: And I’m sure he meant that. I’m sure he did.

KING: I’m holding him.

STEWART: What could happen? If it goes badly for me, what could happen? Will they stop honoring film? Like what really is the huge (2)
here? It’s really just for me right?

KING: (3)

STEWART: Except for me is that I will be (4)
.

KING: I mean do you know that let’s say Letterman had a bad time is that part…

STEWART: And he seems to have bounced back. He seems to have done reasonably well.

KING: Yes, I would say.

STEWART: Yes, so I think that — and by the way have you ever watched that show, like I have a DVD of it? He’s hilarious. He’s really funny on it. It’s actually quite funny and the woman Oprah thing that everybody always talks about he tagged it with, “Oh, and also I want to introduce you to my friend Keanu” and the place went crazy. They laughed like hell. So, it’s, you know, the lore of it is somewhat different than it seems the reality.

KING: You are very cool with this.

STEWART: I’m sorry?

KING: You’re very cool with this.

STEWART: I’m excited. You know I feel like so you give up a homerun in the All Star game, do you know what I mean? At least you got there. I have very low expectations for myself, so this is one of those things that, you know, it has surprised me so far people’s (5)
level for me. You know there’s — I really have got a sense where people are like “Are you OK?” And I just think yes.

KING: Well you know why. You’re not Hollywood. You’re not…

STEWART: Right.

KING: You’re different.

STEWART: But that’s why I think the jeopardy is much less for me. What are they going to do bump me down from basic cable? How far lower? Where am I going to go public access? What can happen? This is the biggest stage I’ve ever been on. It’s the (6)
opportunity I’ve ever had. I just think it’s — I vow to enjoy it.

≡参考答案:≡

Price Waterhouse普华永道(四大会计事务所之一,负责oscar计票工作)
Dubai 迪拜,阿拉伯联合酋长国之一
orchestra 管弦乐队
jeopardy 危险
scorned 蔑视 鄙视
anxiety 担心 忧虑
grandest 巨大的
句子:There’s no jeopardy. The only jeopardy is you.

26 飞黄腾达的地产大亨Donald Trump

参考文本:
KING: ……”The Donald vs Martha,” “It’s War.” And then we have another instance if I could find the page, “Donald and Martha at war.” OK, what’s going on?
TRUMP: Well, look, first of all I like Martha and I know you like her. You’ve been — I’ve watched her on your show many times and she’s terrific. But, you know, NBC did something because of the success and the tremendous (1)
of “The Apprentice” they said, you know, let’s do a second one. We’ll put Martha on and it sounded like a good idea. As you know, I was never (2)
it. I never liked the idea.

KING: I thought you were? You did promo shots with her.

TRUMP: No, I promoted it. I helped her but I was never — I never liked it, you know, selfishly I never liked it because frankly I thought it was going to work and I didn’t, you know…

KING: So the promos…

TRUMP: I’m not sure if I — I’m not sure if I wanted it to work, OK.

KING: The promos weren’t in your heart?

TRUMP: No, probably not in my heart. I thought that it was a mistake putting it on. I thought it caused (3)
and lots of other things and it did. The fact is we ended up, as you see we ended up finishing number two for the week in my “Apprentice,” but it took a little while to get there because there was such confusion. People didn’t know what to…

KING: Because the first week was bad right?

TRUMP: Yes, people didn’t know what to think. They didn’t know which show to watch. They didn’t know what was going on. It didn’t work. Martha frankly didn’t do well in “The Apprentice” and she sort of took shots at Mark Burnett and myself and tried to blame us. I said, “What did we have to do with it? I mean you have a show. It didn’t have the temperament. It didn’t have the mood.” And she tried. It didn’t work.

And, I heard this three or four times and then finally I (4)
down a little letter and sadly the letter got picked up by the press and it became like this national/international crazy deal and people are still talking about it. But I like Martha. You know I like Martha. Martha used to like me, probably doesn’t anymore but that’s OK, you know. I’ve had worse things. KING: True or false, she says that you said you were passing the mantle to her.

TRUMP: Yes, well that’s false. Look, I had the number one show on television, Larry. That’s like saying to Jennifer Aniston at the height of “Friends,” listen you’re going to get off. We’re going to replace you.

In all fairness why would NBC or Mark Burnett or anybody say, “OK, you have the number one show,” as you know the number one show in television, why would we get off that show and somebody else would come on and take my place?

Now, what did take place is let’s do a second version and that’s fine. Unfortunately the second version wasn’t popular. I was surprised by it. I never liked the idea of it but I did think it was going to be successful. I was surprised by how badly it did. I think you were surprised by how badly it did.

KING: Why didn’t it work?

TRUMP: It didn’t have the mood. It didn’t have the temperament.I think Martha was trying to be overly nice and you can’t be particularly nice on the show. I was never nice. I was firm and solid and all those things.

KING: You can’t be (5)
though can you? I mean isn’t that a thin line?

TRUMP: Well you have moments of meanness. You have moments of love. You have moments of like everything but there was no — there was no energy on the show. It just didn’t have the energy and people didn’t like it. You know the bottom line is the ratings went down every week down, down, down. It didn’t work.

KING: And why would that have affected you?

TRUMP: Well, I own the show with Mark Burnett and Mark Burnett is a great guy and he’s a great friend of mine and I was protecting Mark also because to be honest it wasn’t his fault that the show didn’t work. The show didn’t have the right temperament or mood and the mood is caused by the star.

≡参考答案:≡

ratings 收视率
in favor of 喜欢
confusion 迷惑 疑惑
jotted 写下 记下
mean 不友好的, 严重的说就是“贱”
have something to do with 与……什么有关
get off 下去 撤下

27 小鬼不再当家,小鬼已经长大
参考文本:
MACAULAY CULKIN, ACTOR: Well it’s just a collection of things that I’ve been doing over the years. I’ve always enjoyed writing. And I part put together a small collection of things. And I sent it over to a lit agent, and I expected her to say like that’s great. Now go write a (1)
or go write a novel. And she said no this is great. Keep doing this. So…
KING: It’s like a series of thoughts on various things…

CULKIN: Yes. It’s…

KING: And sometimes you (2)
.

CULKIN: Yes, there’s a lot of…

CULKIN: … self-censorship, yes.

KING: You cross things out of the page.

CULKIN: en uh

KING: What does that mean…

CULKIN: Well, there’s certain times where for certain reasons people around me who are trying to protect me wanted me to take things out of the book and it was kind of a way of keeping it there and at the same time removing it. And I just thought it was something that was fun. It’s just something that I’ve always kind of done. At one point there was actually an entire draft of it where I put all of my notes in the columns so you could actually read the whole process.

KING: And you wrote about people you don’t like, things you don’t like.

CULKIN: It’s — yes there’s a lot of lists and (3)
things like that. So yes, there’s a list of people I like the least or things that are important or people who are dead, or you know things to do before I die, and all that kind of stuff. It’s really, really fun. I think it’s a really fun read. It’s the kind of book that you can pick up in the middle and read it backwards or forwards…

KING: That’s right.

CULKIN: … or anything like that. Yes.

KING: Are you doing any signings?

CULKIN: Yes. I did a signing in New York earlier this week. I’m doing one tomorrow in Torrance and another one at The Grove on Saturday…

KING: Oh, that’s a nice place.

CULKIN: … here in L.A., yes, so. That will be interesting. It was a really interesting (4)
in New York. It was a really kind of great group of people you had…

KING: Are you now an author?

CULKIN: I don’t even know. I don’t even know how to define myself. I’m a person who writes. It’s something I enjoy, and hopefully people enjoy it as well.

≡参考答案:≡

memoir 回忆录,自传
block things out 挡住……
silly 愚蠢的
turnout 参与、出席人数
lit agent = literature agent 个人理解是类似出版商之类的代理,没找到一个合适的解释,大家可以查查看
signing 签名,此处是签名售书

28 超女原型-美国偶像评委Simon细说偶像是如何诞生的

参考文本:
S. COWELL: I came over with the other Simon (1)
from the show to try and sell it to America even before we put it out in the U.K.
KING: It was your baby?

S. COWELL: It was mine and Simon’s baby, yes, and we were sure that it could be a hit in America and we offered it to a number of networks and we got kicked out of every meeting. So, I never expected it funny enough to be on American TV. Then we put it on in the U.K. and it was a big hit and then Rupert Murdoch’s daughter Elizabeth called her dad and said, “Look, I think this show is going to be a hit.” The FOX Network were already kind of interested and the show was sold and I was asked to be on the show. And, first of all, I said yes and then I thought, oh, I don’t want to go through this again. I’ve done it once in England. Let somebody else do it. And then I was eventually talked into it.

KING: Is there now still a British show?

S. COWELL: Not called Idol. We put another show on, another (2)
show called “The X-Factor” which I do with Sharon Osbourne. We put that on two years ago.

KING: So you fly (3)
?

S. COWELL: Yes, yes (4)
.

KING: Are you the same kind of character on “The X-Factor”?

S. COWELL: Yes, pretty much so but I’ve got Sharon on my right this time.

KING: Why does it work?

S. COWELL: God I wish I knew. Do you know I don’t know actually, it’s — it’s…

KING: When you tried to sell it in America obviously you had faith in it.

S. COWELL: I sold it initially or tried to sell it initially as the great American dream, which is somebody who could be a cocktail waitress one minute, within 16 weeks could become the most famous person in America. But I mean to answer your question why does it work I think the audition shows are probably the most important reason why it works and it is a very, very politically incorrect show and I think a lot of TV executives at the moment are being too PC.

But, you know, the kind of people I hang out with in bars and restaurants are not PC at all and I think that applies to most of America, most of the U.K. So, it stands out, the show.

≡参考答案:≡

involved
talent
back and forth
PC=politically correct, when you say someone is PC, you mean they are extremely careful not to offend or upset any group of people in society who have a disadvantage. 有不歧视的意思
hang out :go or stay in someplace with no reason just spend a lot of time there.
stand out= very noticeable

29 真相之外的世界——当母亲杀死父亲
参考文本:
EDDIE THOMPSON: Well the daughters are doing as well as can be expected. They have — most of the moments are very good, very positive. They seem to be happy but they have some very dark moments as well.(翻译长句)
KING: And they’re how old?

THOMPSON: One, six and eight.

KING: So the 8-year-old and the 6-year-old would be very (1)
of what’s happened?

THOMPSON: Yes and they’re extremely bright. They’re bright children. They’re (2)
. They’re intuitive(adj.直觉的) and they’re very sensitive individuals as well but I would also suggest they’re very happy children too.

KING: What do they say though about the mother accused of killing their father?

THOMPSON: Well, I don’t know if that question has been (3)
to them. I know they attended…

KING: It has to have some reaction.

THOMPSON: Yes. They did attend their father’s funeral which was quite difficult and was there for the visitation that night before but it’s got to be difficult. You know one of the things we’re trying to do is make sure these girls get counseling(n.(对个人,社会以及心理等问题的)咨询服务) as quickly as possible, as (4)
as possible, and for as long as needed.

KING: They are living with?

THOMPSON: Dan and Diana Winkler, (5)
grandparents.

KING: The parents of the victim?

THOMPSON: Yes.

KING: All right, Steve Farese and Leslie Ballin, they’re both with us in Memphis, they’re the co-attorneys. First, Steve, is this a pro bono case?
(提示:Pro Bono To work for the good of the public rather than for a profit or income.
For example, working “Pro Bono” means you work without charging a fee. )

STEVEN FARESE, ATTORNEY FOR MARY WINKLER: It is, Larry.

KING: And you’re doing this why?

FARESE: Well, because we have been blessed to have successful practices. We represent people in need. Not everyone can pay for services and this was one of those special cases that we wanted to help somebody that was truly in need.

KING: Leslie, what is the current demeanor(n.行为,风度) of your client?

LESLIE BALLIN, ATTORNEY FOR MARY WINKLER: She is still lost. I think she’s adjusting to her surroundings, that is the McNary County Jail but she’s doing as good as we can expect her to do given the circumstances that she finds herself in.

≡参考答案:≡

1:aware,engaged,posed, thorough,paternal
2:a pro bono(免费服务) case:公益案件

3:他们大多数时候表现都很好,积极乐观,但也有非常沮丧的时候。

30 曲棍球队涉嫌强奸,美国名校杜克名誉扫地
参考文本:
JESSE LONGORIA, PRESIDENT, DUKE UNIVERSITY STUDENT GOVERNMENT: I think there’s probably two overriding(adj. 最重要的;高于一切的) (1)
which everybody will agree with.
And that’s, one, that sexual (2)
in any form or fashion is (INAUDIBLE) and has no place in society. And, second, that we all just want the truth to come out and give the officials the appropriate room to find out the truth.

KING: Do you think the media coverage(解释短语~) has been fair?(提示:coverage:The extent or degree to which something is observed, analyzed, and reported: complete news coverage of the election.)

LONGORIA: It’s definitely created a circus atmosphere. I mean it’s not every day you walk out of your dorm room and you have about seven satellite trucks. But, again, they’re trying to cover the story as accurately as possible I hope.

KING: What do you think the (3)
is on the reputation of one of the great schools in the world Duke?

LONGORIA: I think that might be a little premature(adj. 未成熟的, 太早的, 早熟的). I think how we act at this difficult time will really define that reputation.(翻译句子~) But I really think in the coming weeks you’ll see what that effect will be.

KING: Are you concerned, forget sexual assault, let’s say it didn’t occur, are you concerned of strippers going to teen parties?

LONGORIA: Obviously there are some (4)
issues that have been raised and can’t be refuted(vt. 驳倒, 反驳) obviously and shouldn’t be and we as a community have to step back and try to identify how we can really understand where we go from here when these events do happen.

KING: Do you know any players on the team?

LONGORIA: I’m good friends with a few of the players and all manner of action has been positive. As for the larger lacrosse(n. 长曲棍球) team, I’m not that close to them other than watching a few games.

KING: The ones that you are friendly with what do they tell you?

LONGORIA: Basically they’re just stepping back and still just trying to let the facts come out. I really — they don’t really want to talk much about the case because obviously they’re friends and they want to put that to the side until we learn more about the truth.

KING: Duke has come away in this sport. What’s the reaction of the sport on the campus is it popular?

LONGORIA: It’s becoming more popular as it grows in its popularity across the nation. (5)
for some of the larger games are fairly high in the 4,000 or 5,000 range and students have embraced the team before and as they’ve become I think pre-season they were number one so it’s a pretty largely populated sport.

KING: Did you agree with the university’s decision to cancel the season?

LONGORIA: I think that it’s important, as President Broadhead said that now is not the time to be playing games. So, yes, I think it’s important that we step back and give the officials the appropriate room to find the truth because, like I said, that’s what everybody wants to see.

KING: How about the coach’s resignation?

LONGORIA: I’m not close enough to the situation to really understand why or what precipitated(v. 促成) the coach’s resignation but, again, if that allows us to find the truth that’s what everybody wants.

KING: Thanks, Jesse, Jesse Longoria the president of Duke University’s student government.

≡参考答案:≡

1.themes
assault
impact
moral
Attendance
2.media coverage 媒体报道

3.现在谈这个早了点,在这个艰难时期杜克的名誉正是取决于我们的应对。

31. 红地毯通向的是。。。厨房?
参考文本:
KING: Is this nervous for you, Faith?
HILL: Yes, a little bit of stage fright but I’m ready. It’s been six years and a lot of planning has gone into this tour. A lot of people have worked (1)
hard for many, many, many months and it’s time. I’m ready. I do have butterflies. They’re big tonight but I’m ready to go.

MCGRAW: She’s awesome(a.令人敬畏的). She’s awesome.

KING: She sure is. It doesn’t mean, Tim, necessarily because two singers have good voices that they will be a good duet(n.二重奏) or (2)
well together right?

MCGRAW: Well, not necessarily I guess. I guess there’s people that don’t blend well but I think for us, I mean really she’s the only person that I can sing harmony with. I’m not much of a harmony singer, so and I think it’s because I just hear her voice all the time and I know what she sounds like and I know her phrasing and all that thing.

HILL: Yes.

MCGRAW: So I think…

HILL: You hear me yelling at you, Tim, clean the kitchen.

MCGRAW: Yes, right. I can match her volume.

KING: Faith, did it always work the two of you sing well together?

HILL: Yes. It’s always been (3)
from the first, the first time that we performed together on stage, which was spontaneous combustion(自燃).

MCGRAW: 1996, a long time ago.

HILL: Appropriately named. We fell in love on that tour and sang together night after night and it was just beautiful.

KING: How did you two meet?

MCGRAW: The first time we met was a radio (4)
in Nashville where every year, you know, all the radio stations come down and artists perform. And they have a thing called like the New Faces Show. And I think this was probably in ’95, ’94-’95, and Faith and I both did the New Faces Show. And we just met briefly backstage and that was the first time we met, so it wasn’t really a meeting.

And then, we did a show together like an outdoor festival show together after we had planned to do the tour and we just, we met there and then we started the tour probably about four months after that.

KING: Was the chemistry instant, Faith?(短语解释)

(提示:chemistry:Mutual attraction or sympathy; rapport: The chemistry was good between the partners. )

HILL: It was instant, definitely.

MCGRAW: It was for me.

HILL: It was for both of us.

MCGRAW: I think I chased her for a while.

HILL: Something that, you know, trying to be a grown up and smart and we both do the same thing for a living and that’s, you know, the cards are kind of all stacked against us in that way.

KING: Yes.

HILL: But that definitely I have to say it went — that fear went away when I got to know Tim and his desire for a family and a foundation like we grew — both of us grew up with. Tim is from Louisiana. I’m from Mississippi. And, the foundation of family and the life that(5)
around family when I realized that that was the most important thing for him as well there was no question in my mind at all because that’s where it all begins for me too.

MCGRAW: I think also that for us too we both had successful careers and we were — when we got married we were 29, so it wasn’t like we hadn’t lived life and been through a lot of things in our life and had grown up a little bit anyway. So, I think it was great timing for us and it was time for us to settle down and have a family and we knew we were right for each other.(翻译长句)

≡参考答案:≡1) Incredibly, blend,magic,seminar,revolves
2) 此处为男女间的”来电”。你们当时立刻就来电了吗?(学到了~以后说两人相爱就不用老是用,love, have a crush on sb.这些了~~~)

3) 我觉得当时时机很好,正是我们该安顿下来拥有家庭的时候,我们都把对方视为绝配。

32 英女王魅力远大于其子查尔斯?

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KING: Robert Lacey, the queen is now 80 years old. Is she going to live forever? Is Charles ever going to be king?
ROBERT LACEY, BIOGRAPHER: Is she going to live forever? Well, we hope so because not all of us are happy about the (1)
of Charles becoming king. I’m not one of those. I think he’s going to make a very good king.

But, I think she’s going to go on until the end. She took an oath(短语解释并造句) at the beginning of her reign, before the beginning of her reign, in fact, when she came of age that she would serve her country for the rest of her life.

She’s a very religious woman. I think she’ll stick to it and I think there’s every chance that we’ll be celebrating birthdays like this for another 20 years, certainly I hope so.

KING: Dickie Arbiter, how do the people in Britain (2)
a queen? For example, what makes a good head of state?

DICKIE ARBITER: That’s a very difficult one to answer because the queen doesn’t have any powers. She reigns but she doesn’t rule. The ruling is done by the government of the day(当时的).(翻译句子)

I think the popularity of the queen can be gauged(测量) really by what we saw on Friday and your CNN viewers around the world saw the coverage from Windsor, probably about 20,000 people turned out into a very small area to see the queen on a (3)
, on a day when she turned 80.

She stopped and talked to crowds. She took flowers from children and got a rapturous(欢天喜地的) welcome all the way down on her (3), which lasted about 50 minutes.

And, opinion polls have suggested, done by various television networks that over 55 percent still want her to stay on the throne and not to retire or even to abdicate(退位), which is not in our constitution anyway. So, I think, you know, generally the consensus is that she is a very popular lady and she is the monarchy.

KING: She also, Patrick, is she not a very (4)
queen? She appears to be in extraordinary health.

PATRICK JEPHSON, AUTHOR: Well, a lot of people seem to think, Larry that the queen is getting younger. She certainly seems to be in extremely good health. We all hope she remains that way for a long, long time to come.

But just to add to something Dickie said there, I think one of the other reasons that she has been such a successful head of state is that we don’t really know what the queen thinks about anything very much.

She has managed to be reticent(沉默寡言的) on almost every major issue of the day. That enables her loyal (5)
to have their own opinions without thinking that in any way that they’re in conflict with hers.

And, while just by remaining on the throne, she’s a great symbol of continuity, which has been an enormous benefit to our constitution during turbulent(动荡不安的) times in the past. The fact that we don’t know what she thinks about great issues of the day is also strangely comforting and it certainly works in a head of state.
参考答案:≡

1)Prospect,measure,walkabout(徒步旅行),robust,subjects(国民)
2)take an oath 宣誓,发誓

2)She reigns but she doesn’t rule. The ruling is done by the government of the day(当时的).女王统而不治。当局负责支配主导。

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