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The Brian Lehrer Show

Can a Host Country Make Money on the Olympics or World Cup?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The economist Andrew Zimbalist looks at the billions of dollars countries like China & Brazil have spent hosting world sports competitions, and who pays, and who profits.

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The Takeaway

The Legacy of the 2014 World Cup

Monday, July 14, 2014

The 2014 World Cup was memorable in more ways than one. Now that it's all over, it's time to take a breath and take stock of the tournament. Here to discuss the 2014 World Cup and its legacy is George Vecsey, contributing sports columnist at our partner The New York Times.

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Soundcheck

The 2014 World Cup: Some Final Thoughts

Monday, July 14, 2014

This World Cup had it all: A huge haul of goals, but also stunning goalkeeping, stout defense, lots of late drama, overachieving minnows and mighty giants brought low. Soundcheck host John Schaefer says it was also the year soccer/football ascended into the hearts of more Americans than ever.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: An Escalating Conflict, The World Cup's Legacy, and A New Look at Hemingway

Monday, July 14, 2014

1. Tensions Between Israel & Hamas Escalate | 2. Benghazi, Citigroup, and The DOJ's Curious Timing | 3. Why Is It So Hard to Test for Lyme Disease? | 4. The Legacy of the 2014 World Cup | 5. Hemingway's Grandson Restores Never-Seen Elements to "The Sun Also Rises"

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The World Cup Final: Who Will Rule The World?

Friday, July 11, 2014

With the World Cup final coming up on Sunday, Soundcheck host, and Germany supporter, John Schaefer, runs through the match up of titans, and tries to guess who the Brazilians will root for: the German team that destroyed them earlier this week, or their arch-rivals, Argentina.

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Brazil's World Cup Defeat: A National Trauma?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Brazil suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Germany earlier this week. The loss is being compared to the infamous 1950’s defeat of Brazil by Uruguay in the final match of the World Cup. Dario Campos was 20 years old when Brazil and Uruguay played in 1950, and he's part of the last generation to have witnessed both games.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: U.S. Intelligence Official Kicked Out of Germany, Brazil's Loss Sets In, and United Nations says Central American Children are Refugees

Friday, July 11, 2014

United Nations: Central American Children are Refugees | U.S. Intelligence Official Kicked Out of Germany | Listener Responses: The Childhood Event You Would Make a Movie About | Brazil's World Cup Defeat: A National Trauma?

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Catholic Church Responds to Influx of Child Migrants, Germany Crushes Brazil in World Cup, and the Legacy of Langston Hughes

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

1.Texas Bishop: We Contribute to Child Migrant Crisis | 2. Crystal Miller: 28 Years Old and Battling Breast Cancer | 3. What Germany's Win Means to a Die-Hard Fan | 4. Langston Hughes: In His Own Words

Soundcheck

World Cup Lingo, Explained

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

If you’ve been watching the World Cup on ESPN and/or ABC, then you may have noticed that most of the announcers are British. This is quite a comfort to the growing number of American fans of the English Premier League, where we’ve become used to announcers who are knowledgeable but also sound like they've read a book or two in their time. However, in soccer as in so many other things, England and America are two countries separated by a common tongue. The language of soccer uses familiar words that, in this context, have specific and often unfamiliar meanings. So just in time for the semifinals, Soundcheck host John Schaefer presents a little Soccer-English-To-English glossary.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Two 45-Minute Halves, No Commercials

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

ESPN and Univision have seen ratings spike during the World Cup. Brian Stelter, CNN's senior media correspondent and host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," talks about what the games mean commercially and how the broadcasts make money with few advertisements.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Kurt Vonnegut, Shakespeare, and No Commercial Breaks

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In a fictional 1998 series for WNYC, Kurt Vonnegut traveled to the afterlife to interview recently deceased people. Listen to some highlights from the series. Plus: A New York teacher tenure lawsuit mirrors California’s; how the World Cup makes money with few commercial breaks; a playwright’s tips for navigating this summer’s Shakespeare performances; and balancing New Jersey’s budget.

Soundcheck

World Cup Semifinals: A Clash Of Musical Titans

Monday, July 07, 2014

After this weekend's World Cup action, there are now four teams left for the semi-finals. One of these games pits two countries with estimable musical traditions against each other -- Netherlands and Argentina. The other features two of the world's musical giants -- Germany and Brazil. Soundcheck host John Schaefer explores the match-ups and offers up some musical suggestions.

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The Takeaway

Canada's Winning Contribution to the World Cup: Grass

Monday, July 07, 2014

The last time Canada played in the World Cup they lost every game. But as the semi-finals get underway this week, a little bit of Canada will be on every field.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: lsrael Arrests Suspects in Revenge Killing, Inside an Undersea Lab, and One Woman's Battle with Breast Cancer

Monday, July 07, 2014

1. Under Her Skin: The Breast Cancer Survival Divide Across Racial Lines |  2. Under Her Skin: Meet Lisa Echols | 3. Israel Arrests Suspects in Revenge Killing of Palestinian Teen | 4. Inside the World's Only Undersea Lab

The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Your Favorite Non-USA World Cup Team?

Thursday, July 03, 2014

We break down the strengths and weaknesses of the players and the teams headed to the quarterfinals.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation Ends; America’s Too

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

For two weeks, Soundcheck host John Schaefer went down the rabbit hole that is the World Cup. But as he returns to work, the improbable and courageous run of the U.S. comes to an end as well. Schaefer reflects on the game, Tim Howard's exceptional performance, and what it means for the USMNT's chances going forward.

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The Takeaway

Has American Soccer Finally Won?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Belgium defeated the U.S. Tuesday evening in a heartbreaker, knocking the team out of World Cup competition. But despite the loss, the U.S. may have won something bigger - Americans may finally have fallen in love with soccer.

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The Takeaway

Get Ready to Take on Belgium at The World Cup

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

It is time America. They already own our beer, and now Belgium stands in our way on the road to World Cup victory. Other than Jean-Claude Van Damme what should we know—and more importantly what is there to know—about the land of Walloons?

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Features

The Waffle Wars: Which Side Are You On?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

As the U.S Men’s National team prepares for its match with Belgium later today, a fight has already begun between the two nations...over waffles. Waffle House, an American fast-food franchise, tweeted yesterday morning that they “don’t believe in [Belgian] waffles.” A representative told TMZ that they support a boycott ...

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My World Cup Vacation: U.S. Loss Feels Like A Win

Friday, June 27, 2014

The United States Men's National Team may have lost 1-0 to Germany, but the Americans are still heading to the knockout round of 16, with a little help from Portugal's win over Ghana in the Group of Death. Soundcheck host John Schaefer breaks down what it all means, and suggests a new, cooler, nickname for the USMNT.

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