Taking Stock In Rio 6 Months After The Olympics

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This Feb. 2, 2017 shows Maracana stadium with a dry field in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Stadium operators, the Rio state government, and Olympic organizers have fought over $1 million in unpaid electricity bills and management of the venue. (Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

Venues are falling apart and abandoned in Rio, six months after the end of the 2016 Summer Olympics. A story in USA Today this week says the Olympic Village is a ghost town. It’s a budgetary blow for a city and county already struggling against financial problems.

Here & Now‘s Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr) speaks with sports analyst Mike Pesca (@pescami), host of the daily podcast The Gist, about the implications for Brazil and for the future of the Olympics in other cities.

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