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  • The host nation's fans expect nothing less than a World Cup championship. Photo by Flickr user Ronnie Macdonald
    June 12, 2014  

    Brazil has one expectation going into this year’s World Cup and that’s to be hoisting the trophy at the end. The world’s most-watched competition began Thursday in Sao Paulo with the Brazilians defeating Croatia 3-1. The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Futterman and ESPN’s Tommy Smyth join Jeffrey Brown to discuss how they think the Americans will fare in their first match. Continue reading

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    June 11, 2014  

    Hopes for Brazil’s burgeoning economy were high when the World Cup was awarded to the country in 2007. But now many Brazilians accuse the World Cup celebrations of draining $15 billion of Brazil’s resources into the international economy. Jeffrey Brown gets insight from sports writer Dave Zirin and Paulo Sotero of the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Continue reading

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    June 11, 2014  

    For many Brazilians, the excitement of hosting the World Cup has been greatly diminished since the day that FIFA awarded the event to the soccer-loving country. As transit workers and others have protested, some argue that the $15 billion spent to host the celebration has diverted spending from health care, education and other public resources. Jeffrey Brown reports on the pushback in Brazil. Continue reading

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    June 9, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, police in Sao Paulo fought with subway workers who went on strike with the World Cup starting in three days. It’s the latest setback in the buildup to the tournament in Brazil, where airports, train lines and roads aren’t finished. Also, in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad granted a wide-ranging amnesty, though it was unclear how many prisoners would be freed. Continue reading

  • June 13, 2008  

    Linguistic, political and economic barriers stand between Brazil’s most popular acts and global recognition. NewsHour special correspondent Simon Marks caps a series of reports from Brazil by looking at the music scene. Continue reading

  • June 9, 2008  

    Brazil is on track to become an economic powerhouse in the 21st century, but gaping social inequalities still plague this country of 187 million. Simon Marks offers the first in a series of reports from Brazil on the country’s economic and political scene. Continue reading