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Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer

Date: Feb 22 2006


1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Brannden has a secret. With his wife seated next to him, Brannden leans over, holds her hand, looks deep into her eyes, and says: “Connie, I’m married to two other women.” Brannden’s other wives come onto the stage, and soon the women are fighting and swearing in front of the audience. This is The Jerry Springer Show.

The America you see in the media is chock full of happy-go-lucky people sipping Starbucks lattes and enjoying life. But there is a less pleasant side to American life, and you can catch a glimpse of it on The Jerry Springer Show.


1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.




Dave:  Have you ever watched The Jerry Springer Show?

Didi:  Not a whole one. Probably, parts of one.

Dave:  Yeah. I can only watch parts of them, as well. It gets kind of, I don’t know, it gets under my skin in a way. It, kind of, shows the armpit of society, right?

Didi:  Well, sure, yeah. Yeah, It’s not…limited entertainment.

Dave:  Apparently, he’s becoming really popular in parts of Europe.

Didi:  Mm hm. Really?

Dave:  And he says that, you know, the reason his show is so successful is because he shows the underbelly of American life that Hollywood movies don’t show.

Didi:  Oh, well.

Dave:  There are people who live these, kind of, far out lives.

Didi:  Is he trying to help them, or is he just trying to make money off of them?

Dave:  Well, and that’s a separate question. Of course he’s trying to make money off of them. I don’t think he’s trying to help anybody.

Didi:  Right.



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The Jerry Springer Show is a talk show focused on controversial and often lowbrow topics, such as wives admitting to their husbands that they’ve had affairs; children trying to guess who their fathers are; Ku Klux Klan profiles; and so much more.

You can see clips of the show at this site:

Jerry Springer: Clip of the Day



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