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Scandal, Inc.

Scandal, Inc.

Date: Jun 09 2006


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Competition. It’s what drives people to work smarter, harder and faster. It separates the winners from the losers, the haves from the have-nots, the ambitious from the lazy. Unfortunately, however, it also causes people to cut corners, to find ways to cheat in order to be more successful.

Since the downturn of the global economy a few years ago, many companies and individuals around the world have been caught in all sorts of scandals ranging from embezzlement to plain lying.

Listen to Dave and Emily talk about corporate scandals.


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Dave:  So, yesterday, the chairman or founder of Hyundai was subpoenaed in South Korea, um, for embezzling money.

Emily:  Really? I hadn’t heard about this.

Dave:  Maybe it’s just the nature of the beast, in terms of corporate…Well, it’s not even corporate America anymore. It’s happening all over the world.

Emily:  Corporate international business.

Dave:  Right. We had in the U.S., the big one was Enron a few years ago, and the two – the CEO and the CFO – have now been convicted.

Emily:  I did hear that a couple days ago.

Dave:  And who else? Who else has been involved in these corporate scandals?

Emily:  I have to go with Martha Stewart.

Dave:  How long did she spend in jail?

Emily:  I can’t remember. I want to say like nine months or something.

Dave:  Was that it? Nine months? Less than a year.



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The big corporate bombshells in the U.S. happened a few years ago. Companies like Enron and Worldcom cooked the books and cost employees and investors billions of dollars. However, such crimes are not limited to U.S. companies. In fact, they are not even limited to companies, as more and more scandals involving universities and other public organizations are coming to light.

In South Korea, the chairman of Hyundai is currently being investigated for embezzlement.

In China, a professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University faked research on computer chips in order to make his department look better.

Last year, a famous researcher at Seoul National University faked research on stem cells. He was also charged with embezzling nearly $3 million dollars from research funds. He was convicted two weeks ago.

These are only a few of the many scandals that have caught public attention over the past few years. Do you think these kind of scandals are the result of intense competition, or just the work of a few bad apples? When it comes to competition, which is the better attitude: Do anything and everything to win!, or Play fair!



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Jin Ju

Jin Ju


Very helpful lesson!

02:59 PM Jan 25 2008 |




i am so strong in inglish langoege


08:38 AM Jan 20 2008 |



What does "I have to go with.." mean?

06:43 PM Dec 14 2007 |




It’s certainly an excellent article! However, I think there’re many mistakes within the whole content even including the exemple sentences of the vocaulary….It’s a pity!! (bad-apples?)

04:25 PM Jun 12 2006 |




What does the “bad apple” mean?

07:11 PM Jun 11 2006 |



I agree with you Rayne, the Real life topic is my favorite one. wish have more that kind classes.

06:35 PM Jun 10 2006 |



seems that “Real Life” classes always turn out to be the best ones

01:41 AM Jun 10 2006 |


Viet Nam

I like this lesson’s content, it’s a topical problem

02:10 AM Jun 09 2006 |

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