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Brazil Has Been Singing About Soccer For 100 Years

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

All this week, Soundcheck has been looking at the music of Brazil, the host of the 2014 World Cup. The tournament begins tomorrow, but Brazil has been singing about soccer for almost 100 years. Host John Schaefer discusses a few of those classics.

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The Takeaway

5 Tips to Be a Real World Cup Soccer Fan

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

We're just a day away from the start of the 2014 World Cup. Before we flood our local bars this year to root on the U.S. soccer team, we have some pro tips from a real, British soccer fan.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Brazil 2014: Political tensions surround World Cup

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Brazil 2014: Political tensions surround World Cup

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Soundcheck

Jenny Lewis Plays Live; The Spirit Of 1976; Brazilian Soccer Songs

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In this episode: Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis rose to prominence as the vocalist for the guitar pop band Rilo Kiley. Her latest solo album, The Voyager, was six years in the making, and features production work from Beck and Ryan Adams, among others. Hear Lewis and her band play a few new songs and an old classic, live in the Soundcheck studio.

Plus: Host John Schaefer shares a couple of Brazilian songs written specifically about soccer, a.k.a. "the beautiful game," as part of our lead-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  

And: Veteran music journalist David Browne recently released an e-book detailing why 1976 was “the year the counter-culture became the culture.” Featuring appearances by Steve Jobs, Jimmy Carter, Rocky, Saturday Night Live, and Boston (the band), Browne argues that it was a watershed year in music history.

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FT Big Read

World Cup Brazil 2014: pitch battle

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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The Takeaway

Meet Team USA's World Cup Coach

Monday, June 09, 2014

The coach of the U.S. World Cup soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, is better known in Europe than in the country he now calls home. He recently sat down the BBC's Peter Bowes to discuss his own legacy as an athlete and his vision for the US team.

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The Takeaway

Protests Erupt in Brazil Ahead of World Cup

Monday, June 09, 2014

Later this week, the World Cup kicks off in Brazil. But the long-term economic impact of the game on Brazil still appears limited, and critics say money spent in preparing for the games should’ve been put towards more vital public services like education, and health care.

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Soundcheck

Soundcheck Guide To Brazilian Pernambuco; Kishi Bashi Plays Live; Girl Talk And Freeway Collab

Monday, June 09, 2014

In this episode: With the World Cup starting in Brazil this week, Soundcheck takes a listen to various styles of music coming out of the country's northeast. Scott Kettner, percussionist and leader of the Bourbon Street-meets-Brazil band Nation Beat, presents a "Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Pernambuco."

Then: The looping violinist and singer Kishi Bashi has played with Regina Spektor and the band Of Montreal -- and won over fans with his own gorgeously layered and catchy songs. Hear him performs songs from his smart and effervescent new album, Lighght, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: The mash-up artist Girl Talk recently collaborated with the rapper Freeway for an experimental mixtape, Broken Ankles. The self-described “Pennsylvania Dream Team” talks about how the project made each of them re-think their respective styles.

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Rhythms Of Pernambuco

Monday, June 09, 2014

Soundcheck continues an occasional series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. John Schaefer speaks with Scott Kettner, percussionist and leader of Brazil-meets-Bourbon-Street ensemble Nation Beat, about the sounds of Pernambuco in the northeast of the country.

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The Takeaway

Here's Your 2014 World Cup Primer

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We're less than three weeks out from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ahead of the world's most watch tournament, The Takeaway explains which teams to watch, who the stars will be, and whether or not Team USA has a shot at success.

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The Takeaway

How the World Cup is Transforming Brazil

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dave Zirin's new book "Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy" examines how the World Cup has transformed Rio de Janiero.

 

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WNYC News

Seventy Years of Street Life in Latin America

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A new exhibit presents works by photographers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela taken between 1944 and 2013.

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Amazonian Pop

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Soundcheck begins an occasional series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. John Schaefer speaks with Marlon Bishop, editor of a new book about Brazilian music, about a resurgence of pop music from Brazil's northern state of Pará.

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WNYC News

Minimalism Originated Here? Maybe Not.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Jewish Museum is highlighting early examples of the genre Africa, Asia the Middle East and Latin America, many rarely seen before in the United States.

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New Sounds

Highlights from 2014 NY Guitar Festival Marathon

Thursday, January 30, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to highlights from the 2014 New York Guitar Festival Marathon concert, recorded at and by Merkin Hall.  The program was full of music from both North and South America, and took place on January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King Day.)   Listen to California guitarist Connie Sheu, playing music from Canada, along with Jorge Caballero playing music by American composer John Major.  There’s also music from Uruguay & Brazil performed by the Uruguayan and Brazilian duo, Duo Siqueira-Lima.  Plus, hear music from New York Guitar Festival co-curator William Kanengiser, and still more Brazilian guitar music from the Brasil Guitar Duo. 

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Soundcheck

Hear: Badi Assad, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Badi Assad is considered one of the greatest guitarists in Brazil and for her latest album, Between Love and Luck, she was inspired by a new addition to the family: her baby daughter. Hear her perform a solo acoustic set in the Soundcheck studio.

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On Being

Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser — The Mystery We Are [remix]

Thursday, January 02, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 02, 2014

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The Takeaway

Will Brazil Be Ready for the World Cup?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Brazil has faced a myriad of problems in preparing for the World Cup. Hoping to raise revenue for city infrastructure for the World Cup, the Brazilian government raised taxes on bus and train fares last summer, triggering massive protests in Rio and across the country. New construction has also proved problematic. Bruce Douglas, a Brazil-based freelance journalist, examines the country's preparation for the 2014 World Cup and beyond.

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New Sounds

Mystics and the Mediterranean

Saturday, November 09, 2013

For this New Sounds, we’ll sample liberally from the latest recording from Moroccan-born singer Amina Alaoui, called “Arco Iris.”  It’s a pan-Mediterranean blend of flamenco music from Spain, fado music from Portugal, Arab-Andalusian music and Brazilian choro, linked by jazz and a night in Tunisia.

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