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Celebrating the Immigrant World Cup

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

On Monday we heard about how the U.S. will try to make its way in Brazil. Now, fans from anywhere else call in to talk about their team, their country, their style of play -- and how you'll be cheering on from NYC.

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Brazil Furious Over Ad Showing Christ The Redeemer In An Italian Jersey

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Brazil's Catholic Church has threatened a lawsuit against Italian state broadcaster RAI, which has since withdrawn the ad with the famous statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro dressed in "Azzurri" blue.

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How Brazil Saved The World Cup In The Aftermath Of World War II

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Germany invaded Poland in 1939, and the world's biggest sporting event was almost relegated to the second division of history. That's when Brazil stepped up.

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Morning Edition

Soccer Fans Eager To Get World Cup Action Underway

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Despite strikes and protests, fans are converging on Brazil in advance of the World Cup. The soccer tournament starts on Thursday. People from all over the world are getting into the soccer spirit.

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Morning Edition

Go Ahead, Host A Giant Sports Spectacular. But It Will Cost You

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford compares FIFA, the organization that puts on soccer's World Cup, with the International Olympic Committee — and finds both lacking.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

When Stars Align: Wynton Marsalis, Political Upsets and “Starchitects”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter, composer and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Susan Olson, Woodlawn Cemetery’s historian, celebrate the jazz greats – including Miles Davis and Duke Ellington – who are buried near each other in their own distinguished corner of the cemetery. Plus: a call for local architects, not high-profile “starchitects;” analysis of Eric Cantor's stunning defeat; Diane Ravitch on the ruling on teacher tenure in California; Pope Francis calls for peace and holds a prayer meeting with the heads of Israel and Palestine; and immigrant soccer fans plug the national teams from their home countries.

All Things Considered

German-Born U.S. Soccer Coach Flusters Fans With Charm And Menace

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

German-born coach Jurgen Klinsmann is leading the U.S. soccer team into the World Cup this week. Sam Borden recently profiled Klinsmann for The New York Times, and Borden explains how the European-American hybrid may help the team advance.

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Soundcheck

Comedian And 'WTF' Host Marc Maron Picks Three; Soccer-Themed Songs; Kan Wakan Plays Live

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In this episode: Comedian Marc Maron is the host of the hugely popular podcast WTF, and star of the IFC series, Maron. Maron talks about music snobbery, his growing vinyl collection, and his passion for blues guitar riffs -- plus, he shares a few of his favorite songs as part Soundcheck's Pick Three series.

Then: New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey discusses his new book, Eight World Cups, detailing his memories of covering the world's largest sporting event, and shares playlist of three favorite soccer-themed songs.

And: Los Angeles band Kan Wakan creates lush, cinematic soundscapes and fills them with the smoky vocals of a chanteuse. The band plays songs from its full-length debutMoving On, in the Soundcheck studio.

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PRI's The World

The World Cup trophy may be small compared to its peers, but its aura can't be beat

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The World Cup trophy looks amazing on television. Light dances off it. And that's what FIFA thought it would do when they saw the original design in 1971, made by a man in Milan, Italy.

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All Things Considered

The Name(s) Of The Game: The Trials Of The World Cup Announcer

Monday, June 09, 2014

When the World Cup kicks off Thursday in Brazil, viewers can expect to hear the familiar voice of play-by-play commentator Ian Darke. Darke shares how he manages to identify hundreds of players.

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The Takeaway

Meet Team USA's World Cup Coach

Monday, June 09, 2014

The coach of the U.S. World Cup soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, is better known in Europe than in the country he now calls home. He recently sat down the BBC's Peter Bowes to discuss his own legacy as an athlete and his vision for the US team.

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The Takeaway

N.C.A.A. Trial Takes on Future of College Athletics

Monday, June 09, 2014

The trial begins today in the case of Ed O’Bannon vs. the N.C.A.A., a legal dispute that may have longstanding implications for the lucrative world of division I college sports.

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Morning Edition

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Braces For World Cup Challenges

Monday, June 09, 2014

The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil. The U.S. team has its first match against Ghana the following week, the start of the so called "group of death."

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PRI's The World

'Female Warriors' are battling for equality on the soccer fields of Brazil

Monday, June 09, 2014

When Caitlin Fisher went down to play professional soccer in Brazil she encountered two different games, one for men and one for women. She co-founded the Guerreiras Project, advocating for equality on the soccer fields of Brazil.

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Rhythms Of Pernambuco

Monday, June 09, 2014

Soundcheck continues an occasional series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. John Schaefer speaks with Scott Kettner, percussionist and leader of Brazil-meets-Bourbon-Street ensemble Nation Beat, about the sounds of Pernambuco in the northeast of the country.

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PRI's The World

What's Marco Werman doing in a goal?

Monday, June 09, 2014

What happens when you stick Marco Werman between the kids of Valeo Sports Center in Massachusetts and a soccer goal?

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The Takeaway

Protests Erupt in Brazil Ahead of World Cup

Monday, June 09, 2014

Later this week, the World Cup kicks off in Brazil. But the long-term economic impact of the game on Brazil still appears limited, and critics say money spent in preparing for the games should’ve been put towards more vital public services like education, and health care.

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Soundcheck

Soundcheck Guide To Brazilian Pernambuco; Kishi Bashi Plays Live; Girl Talk And Freeway Collab

Monday, June 09, 2014

In this episode: With the World Cup starting in Brazil this week, Soundcheck takes a listen to various styles of music coming out of the country's northeast. Scott Kettner, percussionist and leader of the Bourbon Street-meets-Brazil band Nation Beat, presents a "Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Pernambuco."

Then: The looping violinist and singer Kishi Bashi has played with Regina Spektor and the band Of Montreal -- and won over fans with his own gorgeously layered and catchy songs. Hear him performs songs from his smart and effervescent new album, Lighght, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: The mash-up artist Girl Talk recently collaborated with the rapper Freeway for an experimental mixtape, Broken Ankles. The self-described “Pennsylvania Dream Team” talks about how the project made each of them re-think their respective styles.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

World Cup Team USA Preview: The Klinsmann Style

Monday, June 09, 2014

Learn everything you need to know about Team USA as the squad prepares for the World Cup in Brazil. Matthew Futterman, senior special writer at the Wall Street Journal, talks about the evolution of the US men's soccer team's personnel and style of play under its relatively new coach, the German-born Jurgen Klinsmann.

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PRI's The World

1200 miles later, four guys and a dog complete their walk to Brazil for the World Cup

Monday, June 09, 2014

Earlier this year, we profiled three crazy Englishmen who set out on a trip to walk more than a thousand miles to the World Cup in Brazil. At the time, no one knew it would turn into a story about a dog.

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