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ESPN and Univision are Filing Takedown Notices for Vines of Soccer Goals

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The U.S. has World Cup fever (pending the results of today’s game) and ESPN and Univision probably couldn’t be more thrilled, at least as long as you aren’t watching any goals online.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: U.S. Loss Feels Like A Win

Friday, June 27, 2014

The United States Men's National Team may have lost 1-0 to Germany, but the Americans are still heading to the knockout round of 16, with a little help from Portugal's win over Ghana in the Group of Death. Soundcheck host John Schaefer breaks down what it all means, and suggests a new, cooler, nickname for the USMNT.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pre-Gaming the US's Big World Cup Match

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Live from Rio, Fernando Rodriguez-Vila, co-host of "The Soccer Gods" on Fusion, joins us to preview the U.S.-Germany match, which starts at noon, and some of the other emerging story lines as the World Cup moves to the knockout stage.

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WNYC News

U.S. Soccer Fails Upward

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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With a loss to Germany, the U.S. Men's National Team moves on to the Round of 16. Their next game will be Tuesday against Belgium. We help you get ready.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: A Little Messi Magic Goes A Long Way

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Just when you might have been thinking, "Wow, you must need to be a real jerk to be a top soccer player," along comes Lionel Messi to show everyone how it should be done. All he does is score goals. Soundcheck's John Schaefer weighs in on the Argentina star and his two goals in yesterday's World Cup action.

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My World Cup Vacation: Soccer's Supervillain Bites Again

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Big day in the World Cup yesterday, as yet another highly regarded former champion was sent home (that would be Italy) and another surprise package (Greece) earned a ticket to the next dance. But no one wants to talk about any of that right now. Soundcheck's John Schaefer is all agog that Uruguay's star forward, Luis Suarez, has apparently bitten an opponent.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: You Can't Watch 'Em All

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer has watched practically every minute of this year's World Cup. Now, with two games running simultaneously, he has to choose which one will get his attention.

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The Takeaway

Women's World Cup Champ Has Lessons for the Men's Team

Monday, June 23, 2014

Christie Rampone is one of the very few people who knows firsthand the thrill of winning the World Cup. In addition to being a 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, she’s a three-time gold medalist, having won championship titles in Athens, Beijing, and London. 

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: Keep Calm And Carry On, A Draw Is Just Fine

Monday, June 23, 2014

For Soundcheck host John Schaefer and practically everyone else watching the World Cup this weekend, Sunday was all about U.S.A. and Portugal. Yes, we're all disappointed that Portugal leveled the score on the last play of the game. But Schaefer says, "remember, this is the Group of Death," and he's confident the Americans will still move on to the next round.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: A New Favorite Team

Friday, June 20, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer may have the week off, but that hasn't stopped him from watching practically every minute of this year's World Cup from the cozy confines of his couch. Here's his latest missive about Costa Rica's win over Italy, France's win over the Swiss, and an M83 song that may convince you to travel.

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had To See Online This Week

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This week in “Thanks, Internet” — floppy disk drive jams, MS Paint World Cup recaps, OK Go makes another masterpiece, farewell to funnies, and the most important six seconds of Summer 2014.

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WNYC News

In Basketball Country, Soccer is Gaining Traction with Homeless and Low-Income Kids

Thursday, June 19, 2014

In East New York, Brooklyn, basketball is king. But one group is hoping to teach children from low income and homeless families another meaning for the word "dribble."

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Studio 360

A Constellation of Soccer Balls

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mandy Barker asked people to send her photographs of soccer balls they found washed up on their local beaches. She ended up with images of 769 balls from 144 shores in 41 countries and islands around the world. She's transformed them into galaxies floating in space.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: Germany Ices Ronaldo, German-Americans Bolster Team USA

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

More commentary from host John Schaefer, as he takes the week off to watch the World Cup.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: Musings On Croatia, The Dutch, And Wayne Rooney

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Host John Schaefer takes the week off to watch the World Cup, and sends back these thoughts from his TV viewing spot in Park Slope. 

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The Takeaway

NYC Immigrant on Team USA World Cup Rivalry

Monday, June 16, 2014

The rivalry between the U.S. and Ghana will be reignited again when these two teams face off tonight at the World Cup. Some fans like Ghanaian immigrant and New Yorker Robert Asare-Akoto, have been left feeling divided.

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Soundcheck

Hate The Official World Cup Anthem? Try These Instead

Friday, June 13, 2014

The official song of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is called “We Are One,” by Cuban-American rapper Pitbull, featuring Jennifer Lopez and the Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte. And if you're not into it, worry not. We have alternatives.

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Soundcheck

The Best Unofficial Anthems Of The 2014 World Cup; Why 'Shout' Wasn't A Hit; Curtis Harding Plays Live

Friday, June 13, 2014

In this episode: Yes, the Pitbull-Jennifer Lopez-Claudia Leitte song "We Are One" is the official anthem of this year's World Cup. But that hasn't stopped plenty of other musicians from putting forth their own songs inspired by the tournament. Soundcheck host John Schaefer and Mark Wheat of Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current take a listen to some of the more... interesting... results. 

And: Once in a while, Soundcheck inquires into the origins of an unlikely chart success with the series That Was A Hit?!? Today, the format gets turned on its head as pop chart columnist Chris Molanphy explains why the classic song “Shout” by the Isley Brothers never cracked the Top 40. 

And: Curtis Harding got his start singing backup for CeeLo Green. Now, the Atlanta-based singer has a debut album that's made up of what he calls "slop'n'soul." Whatever it is, it sounds good. He plays some of it live for us in the Soundcheck studio

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What's Behind the Protests in Brazil Ahead of the World Cup

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The World Cup gets underway today, but protests have continued across Brazil this week.  Vincent Bevins, a special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, explains why Brazilians are so dissatisfied and what the protests mean for the country’s presidential election and the 2016 Olympics. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Meet the Man Who Built and Bilked American Soccer

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Chuck Blazer is largely responsible for turning American soccer into an athletic and economic powerhouse. And he's shared in Major League Soccer's success -- he's made more than $21 million dollars from the sport. Ken Bensinger, a staff writer at Buzzfeed, talks about the role Blazer played in soccer’s rise in America and allegations about his business practices. His article is Mr. Ten Percent

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