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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

This American woman is 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

Among Brazilians, there's not that much excitement about the World Cup

Monday, June 09, 2014

During past World Cups, the atmosphere in Brazil has been festive and people were obsessed with whether the Brazilian team could win it all. But this year, in the midst of social unrest and protests, an increasing number of Brazilians doesn't really care what happens on the field.

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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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PRI's The World

When England's soccer team arrives in Manaus, they'll find a city that is both foreign and familiar

Monday, June 09, 2014

Manaus, Brazil, will host several opening round games in the upcoming World Cup. The city is in the middle of the Amazon, and the local river is rising. But soccer fans who venture to town will still find all the familiar aspects of city life.

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PRI's The World

Meet Isidoro, our four-legged Brazilian World Cup predictor

Monday, June 09, 2014

Four years ago, Paul the Octopus became a celebrity by successfully predicting the outcome of Germany's World Cup matches. This year, The World is upping the ante, with Isidoro, the Brazilian ocelot.

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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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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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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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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 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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