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Mexico Loves Morrissey! But Why?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

John Schaefer explores the roots of an unlikely passion: the widespread popularity of the erstwhile Smiths frontman among Mexicans and Latinos.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Glenn Close & John Lithgow, Robbie Rogers, Joel Klein

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Leonard Lopate Show's three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them. 
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Robbie Rogers, The First Openly Gay Player in a Major North American Professional Sports League

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Robbie Rogers believed that coming out as a gay professional soccer player would ruin his career. He did it anyway. 

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Radio Rookies

Eyes Off the Goal: When Sports Rule and School Suffers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WNYC
Fresh grass. Freedom. Success. That was the sensation Edward Munoz experienced every time he walked onto a soccer field. But in school, he felt like he wasn’t meant to be there.

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Soundcheck

Robert Plant's Journey To 'Ceaseless' Joy

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The rock icon discusses his new record, Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar, and reflects on half a century of musical journeys — and a little bit of soccer.

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PRI's The World

The man who made soccer scores sound like music dies at 78

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Each weekend for four decades, soccer fans in the United Kingdom tuned into the radio to listen for the latest scores. What they heard was the voice of John Alexander Gordon, who could made music out of the numbers. Gordon died this week at age 78.

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PRI's The World

Female soccer players launch a turf war over next year's Women's World Cup

Friday, August 08, 2014

Some of the best female soccer players in the world say playing next year's Women's World Cup in Canada on artificial grass fields is both dangerous and discriminatory — and that FIFA would never ask the men to do the same.

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The Takeaway

The Legacy of the 2014 World Cup

Monday, July 14, 2014

The 2014 World Cup was memorable in more ways than one. Now that it's all over, it's time to take a breath and take stock of the tournament. Here to discuss the 2014 World Cup and its legacy is George Vecsey, contributing sports columnist at our partner The New York Times.

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Soundcheck

The 2014 World Cup: Some Final Thoughts

Monday, July 14, 2014

This World Cup had it all: A huge haul of goals, but also stunning goalkeeping, stout defense, lots of late drama, overachieving minnows and mighty giants brought low. Soundcheck host John Schaefer says it was also the year soccer/football ascended into the hearts of more Americans than ever.

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BackStory

Ping-Pong Diplomacy

Friday, July 11, 2014

With the American History Guys

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Soundcheck

The World Cup Final: Who Will Rule The World?

Friday, July 11, 2014

With the World Cup final coming up on Sunday, Soundcheck host, and Germany supporter, John Schaefer, runs through the match up of titans, and tries to guess who the Brazilians will root for: the German team that destroyed them earlier this week, or their arch-rivals, Argentina.

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The Takeaway

Brazil's World Cup Defeat: A National Trauma?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Brazil suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Germany earlier this week. The loss is being compared to the infamous 1950’s defeat of Brazil by Uruguay in the final match of the World Cup. Dario Campos was 20 years old when Brazil and Uruguay played in 1950, and he's part of the last generation to have witnessed both games.

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The Takeaway

Was the World Cup Worth It for Brazil?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Yesterday was a tough day for Brazil. Team Brazil lost to Germany 1-7 in The World Cup semi-finals. After such a defeat, and such expenditures, was the World Cup worth it for Brazil?

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Soundcheck

World Cup Lingo, Explained

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

If you’ve been watching the World Cup on ESPN and/or ABC, then you may have noticed that most of the announcers are British. This is quite a comfort to the growing number of American fans of the English Premier League, where we’ve become used to announcers who are knowledgeable but also sound like they've read a book or two in their time. However, in soccer as in so many other things, England and America are two countries separated by a common tongue. The language of soccer uses familiar words that, in this context, have specific and often unfamiliar meanings. So just in time for the semifinals, Soundcheck host John Schaefer presents a little Soccer-English-To-English glossary.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Two 45-Minute Halves, No Commercials

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

ESPN and Univision have seen ratings spike during the World Cup. Brian Stelter, CNN's senior media correspondent and host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," talks about what the games mean commercially and how the broadcasts make money with few advertisements.

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Soundcheck

World Cup Semifinals: A Clash Of Musical Titans

Monday, July 07, 2014

After this weekend's World Cup action, there are now four teams left for the semi-finals. One of these games pits two countries with estimable musical traditions against each other -- Netherlands and Argentina. The other features two of the world's musical giants -- Germany and Brazil. Soundcheck host John Schaefer explores the match-ups and offers up some musical suggestions.

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WNYC News

Heads Up! Former U.S. Soccer Player Says Headers Are Bad for Kids

Thursday, July 03, 2014

WNYC

The U.S. may be out of the World Cup, but a former soccer pro is calling attention to concussion risks for kids.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

You Should Root for Costa Rica Now That the U.S. Is Out of the World Cup

Thursday, July 03, 2014

There's plenty of room on the bandwagon. You might even be able to get shotgun.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation Ends; America’s Too

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

For two weeks, Soundcheck host John Schaefer went down the rabbit hole that is the World Cup. But as he returns to work, the improbable and courageous run of the U.S. comes to an end as well. Schaefer reflects on the game, Tim Howard's exceptional performance, and what it means for the USMNT's chances going forward.

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WNYC News

Listen to Team USA Lose its Chance at the World Cup

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

It's the sound of heartbreak.

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