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State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union: Contested

Friday, June 20, 2014

In this episode of State Of The Re:Union, host Al Letson explores the role of sports in the lives of young people.

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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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All Things Considered

Even If Their Team Loses, Japanese Fans Still Sweep The World Cup

Thursday, June 19, 2014

It's common to hear of soccer hooligans taunting players and fighting in the stands. In Japan, it's a different story: Soccer fans there have a tradition of cleaning up the stadium after matches.

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All Things Considered

Off The Pitch, Brazilians Mark A More Political Clash

Thursday, June 19, 2014

One year from million-strong protest marches in Brazil, Brazilians are marking the anniversary with more demonstrations. There are fewer protesters than a year ago, when Brazilians expressed their anger over World Cup costs and the government's neglect of housing, health, transportation and employment issues at home.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: The King Is Dead

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer takes the week off from his music duties to binge-watch the World Cup, and has these thoughts on two teams reaching the end of the World Cup runs: defending champs Spain, and Australia.

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Fumbled Patent: Is It Just A Matter Of Business?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The U.S. Patent Office said the name of Washington's pro football team is "disparaging to Native Americans," cancelling its trademark registration. Gabriel Feldman explains more about the decision.

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Two Flags, A Shelf Of Books, One Beautiful Game

Thursday, June 19, 2014

As Colombia's national team prepares to take the field again in the 2014 World Cup, critic (and proud Colombian-American) Juan Vidal muses on soccer, literature and national identity.

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Dodgers' Ace Kershaw Notches His First No-Hitter

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The no-hitters just keep coming for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In less than a month, the team's pitchers have thrown two games without giving up a hit.

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Morning Edition

Spaniards Can't Hide Disappointment In World Cup Elimination

Thursday, June 19, 2014

In a major upset, the world's champion soccer team, Spain, lost to Chile 2-0, and has been eliminated from the World Cup tournament. It was one of the worst performances for a reigning world champion.

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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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Defending Champ Spain Knocked Out Of World Cup

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Spain, a tournament favorite, lost 2-0 to outsiders Chile in group play of the soccer tournament Wednesday. Chile now advances to the next stage, along with the Netherlands, who beat Australia 3-2.

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All Things Considered

A World Cup Stunner: Spain Fails To Defend Its Crown

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

With an upset by Chile Wednesday, defending World Cup champion Spain has been eliminated from this year's tournament.

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All Things Considered

In Brazil, Predictions Of Doom And Gloom Give Way To Minor Annoyances

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Brazil's World Cup preparation endured some heavy criticism leading up to the games. Stadiums were still under construction, Internet connections were sketchy and transportation faced major challenges. A week into the tournament, NPR's Russell Lewis has traveled to three airports and three cities so far. He talks to Melissa Block about what has worked and what remains a challenge.

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All Things Considered

On The Mound For The Yankees: $155 Million Well Spent

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Baseball's most notable offseason signing is currently the best pitcher in the league. Masahiro Tanaka, signed by the New York Yankees for $155 million, is dominating the sport. Jonah Keri of Grantland.com talks to Robert Siegel about Tanaka's amazing start.

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All Things Considered

Ruling On Redskins' Trademarks Carries Symbolic Weight

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled trademark registrations by the Washington Redskins football team, ruling that the team's name is "disparaging" to Native Americans.

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Is The World Cup Commentary Racist?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

While most of the World Cup attention is on the field, Felix Sanchez of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, says broadcasters' racist commentary should be getting more attention.

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What Does Body Ink Say About NBA Players' Pain And Personalities?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

According to Ethan Swan's blog 'NBA Tattoos,' 55 percent of basketball players in the league are tattooed. Swan shares what he's learned about the athletes from tracking their body ink.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: Mexico's Brilliant Keeper And Soccer's Biggest Hair Scores For Belgium

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer takes the week off from his music duties to binge-watch the World Cup, and has these thoughts on Brazil and Mexico's dramatic draw, and Belgium's late win from yesterday's action.

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WNYC News

Washington Redskins' Trademark Registrations Cancelled

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled in a case brought by five Native Americans. The decision does not require the football team to change its name; the team confirms it will pursue an appeal.

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Morning Edition

Troubles Put Aside, Brazilians Embrace World Cup

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In World Cup action Tuesday, Brazil and Mexico played to a draw. Despite the dashed hopes of the home team, Brazilians are feeling more buoyant generally about hosting soccer's biggest tournament.

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