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Brazilians Greet The World Cup Kickoff With Protests And Tear Gas

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In Brazil, thousands of protesters clashed with police just hours before the World Cup opening ceremony. The streets of Sao Paolo were filled with tear gas and concussion grenades.

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All Things Considered

The Ad Campaign to Turn Washington's Team Name To 'The R Word'

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Melissa Block speaks with Chairman Marshall McKay of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. His tribe purchased TV space for an ad criticizing the Washington Redskins name, set to run during the NBA finals.

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The Takeaway

The Cult Following & Tribalism of CrossFit

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In 2005, there were only 13 CrossFit gyms across the country. Today, there are more than 9,000. But CrossFit is not just a fitness trend, it’s a philosophy too. What's behind this fitness craze?

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Indie Music From São Paulo To Rio

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Soundcheck continues its series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. Julia Furlan, Buzzfeed audio editor and São Paulo native, helps us scratch the surface of the Brazilian indie music scene. 

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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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Pakistan May Not Have Made The World Cup Cut, But The Ball Is Another Story

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The people of Pakistan may be far more celebrated for cricket than soccer, but that doesn't deter them from taking great pride that their country manufactured the official 2014 World Cup ball.

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WNYC News

How to Watch the World Cup Like a Brazilian

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Get ready to enfiar o pé na jaca. As the first round gets underway, we turn to two experts for tips on how to experience the World Cup like a Brazilian. Step one: don't be at the office. Step two: grab a caxirola.

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Want Time Off To Watch The World Cup? China Has Just What The Doctor Ordered

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Online stores there are selling fake doctor's notes — even extensive falsified medical records. NPR's Frank Langfitt wanted to see how the process works, so he bought a doctor's note for himself.

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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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Time For Kickoff: World's Attention Focused On World Cup

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Host Brazil faces Croatia today in the first game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But much of the attention in the run-up to the event has been focused on strikes, controversies and unrest.

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The Takeaway

A Brazilian Soundtrack for the World Cup

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Brazil is a musical paradise as well as a football powerhouse. A few days before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, John Schaefer gives The Takeaway's John Hockenberry details on the best soundtrack for this year's World Cup.

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Morning Edition

Uruguay Soccer Legend Left Off World Cup Guest List

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Alcides Ghiggia is normally invited to the opening match of the World Cup but he wasn't this year. He scored the winning goal against Brazil in 1950, the last time Brazil hosted the tournament.

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Morning Edition

One Day, World Cup May Be Out Of This World

Thursday, June 12, 2014

At a news conference on Wednesday, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said, "We shall wonder if one day our game is played on other planets."

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Morning Edition

Chinese Soccer Fans Sick Over World Cup Time Difference

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Need time off from work to watch soccer? If you're in China, problem solved. Online stores can provide fake doctor's notes to get you days of sick leave. In China, the daily openers begin at midnight.

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Morning Edition

Brazil's Team Favored To Win Problem-Ridden World Cup

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The World Cup kicks off in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Thursday with the host country playing Croatia. Fans and organizers hope attention on the games will overtake the numerous problems.

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PRI's The World

Lebanon's hoop stars just wanna play the game — but they can't escape the sectarianism

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Violence in sports is nothing new, but Lebanon takes it in a whole different direction. On-court violence is fueled by politics, religion and a patronage system that has made sectarianism endemic to almost all Lebanese sports, from basketball to ping pong.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Trials of War, The Sounds of Brazil, and a Test of Conservatism

Thursday, June 12, 2014

1. Is Iraq Still America's Problem? | 2. Sebastian Junger on Sgt. Bergdahl, His Latest Film, and the Trials of War | 3. A Brazilian Soundtrack for the World Cup | 4. The Cult Following & Tribalism of CrossFit

PRI's The World

If Mexican boys dominate global youth soccer, why don't they grow up to win the World Cup?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

You would think the Mexicans have a shot at World Cup glory ... that is, if you watch the Mexican boys teams. But the men typically disappoint. PRI's The World reporter Jason Margolis finds disillusioned Mexican fans have several theories why.

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Freakonomics Radio

Why America Doesn’t Love Soccer (Yet)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Every four years, the U.S. takes a look at the World Cup and develops a slight crush. What would it take to really fall in love?

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PRI's The World

For this Brazilian family, watching the national team is better than 'the Beatles, Prince and Michael Jackson playing together'

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Daros family moved to the US 12 years ago. But their hearts are still in Brazil, with the superstars of the Brazilian national soccer team.

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