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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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After A Bad Bike Crash, Lessons In Limits And Love

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

In a guest commentary, Tell Me More producer and road cyclist Amy Ta says she didn't believe in limits until she pushed her body too far.

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NFL Players Association Still Not Satisfied By Concussion Settlement

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A federal judge gave preliminary approval to a concussion settlement involving thousands of former NFL players. Host Michel Martin learns more about what it could mean for players and the game.

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Flop Life: What If We All Acted Like We Were In The World Cup?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A new parody video depicts people gently bumping into one another in normal settings such as cafes and groceries — but with calamitous results.

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Defending Tour De France Champ Froome Quits Race

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

After falling twice in treacherous conditions on today's stage of the bicycle race, Chris Froome is forced to abandon his quest to repeat last year's victory.

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Brazil Reels From Thrashing That Bounced It From World Cup

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

To say Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany stunned the host country would risk giving the impression that its fans aren't feeling intense pain at this defeat.

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Morning Edition

Brazil Wakes Up To Find Tuesday's Nightmare Was Not A Dream

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Host country Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in epic fashion: Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 during the semifinal match. Brazilians are wondering how their beloved team could be so pulverized.

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Morning Edition

Brazilians Lick Wounds After World Cup Loss To Germany

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Brazil is out of soccer's championship series, suffering its worst defeat ever in a World Cup game. Brazil lost to Germany 7-1, and the reaction was one of stunned disbelief.

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Morning Edition

A Golf Prodigy Grows Up, And Goes All The Way To The Top

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Child actors are infamous for burning out young. Not so for child athletes, says commentator Frank Deford. Michelle Wie, the 24-year-old golfer, may now be the best-known golfer in the world.

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All Things Considered

The Collective Anguish Of The Brazilian Defeat

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro watched Brazil's World Cup semifinal against Germany in a bar in Sao Paulo. She speaks to Robert Siegel about the game and the devastation it sowed among Brazilian fans.

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All Things Considered

In One-Sided Semifinal, Germany Hands Brazil A Devastating Loss

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Germany poured seven goals on Brazil in the World Cup semifinal. The home team had faced a steep challenge, playing without two key players, one injured and one suspended.

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Germany Gives Brazil Das Boot With 7-1 Win, Enters World Cup Final

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Brazil, without striker Neymar, was in shambles. Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos scored two goals each for Germany, and Miroslav Klose became the highest goal scorer in World Cup history.

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PRI's The World

Before Messi and Maradona, there was Di Stefano

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Argentine soccer superstar Alfredo Di Stefano also known as the 'Blond Arrow' passed away on Monday at 88-years-old.

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PRI's The World

That great-looking grass at the World Cup was imported from Canada

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

At the World Cup in Brazil, the pitches have been taking a beating. Imagine how your back yard would look after all that foot traffic and slide tackling. But Brazil has a secret — hardy, perennial ryegrass seed from Manitoba, Canada.

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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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On The Media

Man Hired to Defend Racial Slur Resigns After Racist Tweets

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Two weeks ago, The Washington Redskins hired liberal blogger Ben Tribbett to help defend their name, which Native American groups have been petitioning them to change. 

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The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Referee Mark Geiger is making history with his selection as the fourth official in the game between Brazil and Germany. It's the first time a U.S. referee has been used this late in a World Cup.

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Morning Edition

For Brazilians, Game-Day Rituals Lead To Sense Of Community

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Brazil faces off with Germany on Tuesday in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Deep into the tournament now, Brazilian fans have developed a clockwork game-day routine they hope continues.

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Morning Edition

Brazil Faces Germany Without 2 Of Its Best Players

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Star player Neymar is out with a back injury. The team will also be without star defender Thiago Silva, who was penalized earlier in the tournament. So how does the host team go on against Germany?

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