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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 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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PRI's The World

United States? Italy? England? How do you choose which team to cheer for?

Monday, June 09, 2014

Who do you root for in the upcoming World Cup? The World's soccer editor, William Troop, and Roger Bennett of the soccer podcast Men in Blazers offer suggestions on choosing a team that might be a little off the beaten path.

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All Things Considered

Baseball Has An Elbow Problem: More Pros Getting Ligament Surgery

Sunday, June 08, 2014

As demand on pitchers (and their elbows) mounts, players are getting "Tommy John" surgery at a record pace. Doctors are wondering what — if anything — can be done about the injuries.

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The World Cup Reminds Us That All The World's A Soccer Field

Sunday, June 08, 2014

It doesn't matter if it's Asia or Africa or Central America, kids make a goal out of something, throw out a ball and the game is on.

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Assessing U.S. Chances In The 'Glorious World Cup'

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Soccer kicks off this week with a match between Brazil and Croatia. Authors of The Glorious World Cup, Alan Black and David Henry Sterry, speak to NPR's Rachel Martin about the most-watched sport in the world.

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California Chrome Loses To Tonalist In Belmont, Misses Triple Crown

Saturday, June 07, 2014

A horse with little pedigree and an odd gait, California Chrome was a popular favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown, but ultimately came up short.

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A Horse — And A Horse Story — For The Ages

Saturday, June 07, 2014

California Chrome seems like just the horse to break the drought and win the Triple Crown on Saturday, because so many aspects of his story seem extraordinary.

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N.J. Nets, Devils Owner Gave Millions To Local Causes

Saturday, June 07, 2014

We remember Lewis Katz, who once said, "Life is meant to have as much fun as you can conjure up." Katz made a fortune as a sports team owner and gave millions of it away.

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Belmont Announcer To Retire After 43 Years Of Passionate Calls

Saturday, June 07, 2014

After Saturday's horse race, Tom Durkin will retire as the announcer at Belmont Park. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the man who's called all the races of seven potential Triple Crown winners.

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As California Chrome Tackles Belmont, 'Strategy Is Everything"

Saturday, June 07, 2014

California Chrome will compete for the prestigious Triple Crown at Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Equestrian journalist and Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand previews the race for NPR's Scott Simon.

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Two- And Four-Legged Athletes In The Sports Spotlight

Saturday, June 07, 2014

NPR's Scott Simon and sports correspondent Tom Goldman discuss the prospects for a Triple Crown win at the Belmont Stake and look back at an NBA game played with no air conditioning.

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All Things Considered

A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race

Friday, June 06, 2014

The mile was once an important running competition, but today's races are generally measured in meters. A race that's often called a mile — four laps around a 400-meter track — is just shy of one.

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Features

Where Did All of Tennis' Rivalries Go?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Maria Sharapova’s French Open victory was great for her personal brand, but not all that great for tennis. Big time rivalries have given way to charming players draped in Nike. But one up-and-comer is bursting onto the women’s tour, and she’s not there to make friends.

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All Things Considered

Hopes Ride On California Chrome, As Colt Bears Down On Triple Crown

Friday, June 06, 2014

The third jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown will be run Saturday at the Belmont Stakes. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins Audie Cornish to talk about California Chrome's chance to become the first horse to win all three races since 1978.

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NBA Finals: Did The Heat Take Down Miami?

Friday, June 06, 2014

A faulty air conditioning system spiked temperatures during the first game of the NBA finals, and the San Antonio Spurs took the win. The Barbershop guys talk sports, politics and pop culture.

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World Cup Makes Brazilians Crazy, But Soccer's Not To Blame

Friday, June 06, 2014

While workers scramble to prepare stadiums and airports for visiting fans, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro says many Brazilians are angry and frustrated.

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In San Antonio, Spurs Beat The Heat Twice In One Game

Friday, June 06, 2014

The air conditioning in San Antonio's arena broke down, leaving the host Spurs and the Miami Heat sweating in 90-degree temperatures as the NBA Finals began.

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Morning Edition

OTB Parlors Criticize Hike In Horse Racing Simulcast Rates

Friday, June 06, 2014

Saturday is the Belmont Stakes, the last race in the vaunted Triple Crown series of horse races. But as excitement builds, so does a bitter feud in the business of horse racing.

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PRI's The World

Ever heard of Crokinole? The 'sport' has a small but passionate following

Friday, June 06, 2014

Crokinole is a Canadian table sport — never call it a board game. While its fans may be dying out, those who still play are passionate.

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