Lourdes Garcia-Navarro http://wcbe.org en The Collective Anguish Of The Brazilian Defeat http://wcbe.org/post/collective-anguish-brazilian-defeat Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And now on to Sao Paulo, where NPR South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro caught the game at a bar. And, Lourdes, I assume there is collective anguish, albeit very loud anguish right now. What's the mood?<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: Well, I think people are drowning their sorrows in this bar. And I think anguish is absolutely the right word. I think you could also use the word despair, shock, horror. People have told me this surpassed even the worst imaginings of their most pessimistic friends. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 59118 at http://wcbe.org For Brazilians, Game-Day Rituals Lead To Sense Of Community http://wcbe.org/post/brazilians-game-day-rituals-lead-sense-community Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Brazil faces Germany today in the semi-finals of the World Cup.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Deep into the tournament, Brazilian fans have developed a game day routine.<p>INSKEEP: So we present to you now, with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Sao Paulo, Brazil's World Cup ritual in four acts.<p>MONTAGNE: Act one - getting to the game.<p>GARCIA-NAVARRO: I am in a car right now doing what pretty much every single other Brazilian is doing, which is trying to get to where they're going to see the latest Brazil game. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 59046 at http://wcbe.org Graffiti Artist Sprays Brazil's Turmoil Across Its City Walls http://wcbe.org/post/graffiti-artist-sprays-brazils-turmoil-across-its-city-walls Brazilian street artist Paulo Ito has captured the spirit of the World Cup with two controversial images: One depicts a starving Brazilian boy with nothing but a soccer ball to eat; the other depicts even protesters watching the games on television. They both speak to viewers worldwide about the costs of staging the mega event. Ito explains what inspired his work and what's happening in Brazil. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 58920 at http://wcbe.org Graffiti Artist Sprays Brazil's Turmoil Across Its City Walls Argentinian World Cup Fans Plant Their Flag In Brazil http://wcbe.org/post/argentinian-world-cup-fans-plant-their-flag-brazil Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And now some World Cup news that is not about the U.S. team. Argentina played Switzerland today. The South American country won, scoring a goal in overtime. Argentina's fans were out in force in Sao Paulo, where the two teams faced off. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro says supporters of Brazil's greatest rival are getting a lot of attention in the host country.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: They planted their blue and white flag on Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach, claiming it as their territory. They've had fist fights with police. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 58735 at http://wcbe.org Rivalry: Spanish Speakers Flood Portuguese-Speaking Brazil http://wcbe.org/post/rivalry-spanish-speakers-flood-portuguese-speaking-brazil Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>All right, we're introducing you to a new word today. It's Portunol. It's a language - well, sort of. It's a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese and it is how many Spanish-speaking fans at the World Cup are communicating with their Portuguese-speaking, Brazilian cousins. The results are not always pretty. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro has this reporter's notebook on South America's great language divide.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: At this World Cup, the soccer has been amazing. The parties have been epic. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:24:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 58762 at http://wcbe.org Once Bitten, Twice Decried: Uruguay Outraged By Suarez Punishment http://wcbe.org/post/once-bitten-twice-decried-uruguay-outraged-suarez-punishment Luis Suarez's sponsors are dropping him, his future at his team Liverpool is in doubt and his 2014 World Cup is over. FIFA dealt the Uruguayan soccer player an unusually harsh sentence for biting his opponent, and his home country is outraged. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 58549 at http://wcbe.org Revived Mariel Port Attracts Investment From Brazil http://wcbe.org/post/revived-mariel-port-attracts-investment-brazil Brazil is pouring nearly a billion dollars into Cuba's Mariel port. Brazil, via Cuba, will practically have its own port near U.S. shores — so it's a major geostrategic move. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:32:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 58371 at http://wcbe.org Troubles Put Aside, Brazilians Embrace World Cup http://wcbe.org/post/troubles-put-aside-brazilians-embrace-world-cup Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>We now turn to Brazil and the World Cup. Yesterday, the host country played Mexico, and it was a disappointing performance for home-team fans. It was a draw. Neither side scored. Still, Brazilians are feeling more positive about the World Cup. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Sao Paulo.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: Watching the World Cup is better in a group, and Brazilians are no exception. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57950 at http://wcbe.org How Do You Win A World Cup Game Without Even Playing? Ask A Fan http://wcbe.org/post/how-do-you-win-world-cup-game-without-even-playing-ask-fan Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: And now a story of superstitions on this Friday the 13, especially for those who have paraskevidekatriophobia - in World Cup action today, Mexico beat Cameroon one nill. The Netherlands beat the defending champions Spain 5 to 1. Yesterday, Brazil won it's match against Croatia 3 to 1. Everybody wants their team to win, and there are many rituals that fans say they use to make that happen. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:10:36 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57839 at http://wcbe.org Can A Female Politician Be Insulted Without It Being Sexist? http://wcbe.org/post/can-female-politician-be-insulted-without-it-being-sexist The talk on the streets of Brazil is the host country's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/12/321417607/brazil-wins-world-cup-opener-against-croatia-3-1">resounding victory over Croatia</a> on the World Cup pitch. But online, debate is raging over whether or not chants directed against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff at the stadium where she was attending yesterday's match were sexist.<p>After the opening ceremony, fans briefly started jeering "Hey, Dilma, go f*** yourself in the a**! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro & Paula Moura 57701 at http://wcbe.org Can A Female Politician Be Insulted Without It Being Sexist? World Cup's First Day Marred By Protests http://wcbe.org/post/world-cups-first-day-marred-protests Riot police in Sao Paulo used tear gas and stun grenades against protesters angry over Brazil's attention to the World Cup over the needs of its people. The violence came before the first game began. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57676 at http://wcbe.org Brazilians Greet The World Cup Kickoff With Protests And Tear Gas http://wcbe.org/post/brazilians-greet-world-cup-kickoff-protests-and-tear-gas In Brazil, thousands of protesters clashed with police just hours before the World Cup opening ceremony. The streets of Sao Paolo were filled with tear gas and concussion grenades. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57644 at http://wcbe.org Brazil Furious Over Ad Showing Christ The Redeemer In An Italian Jersey http://wcbe.org/post/brazil-furious-over-ad-showing-christ-redeemer-italian-jersey It's the most iconic image of Brazil: the Christ the Redeemer statue, perched atop Rio de Janiero, looking down with his arms spread wide in love and understanding.<p>Now imagine the towering figure wearing a soccer jersey — and not even Brazil's.<p>Controversy has broken out over an Italian TV advertisement for the World Cup that shows the sculpture draped in the blue jersey of the Azzurri, or Italy's national team, and featuring the slogan "Brazil awaits us."<p>Brazil's Catholic Church, which owns the rights to the image, called its use "disrespectful." It has threatened a lawsuit against It Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57566 at http://wcbe.org Brazil Furious Over Ad Showing Christ The Redeemer In An Italian Jersey Soccer Fans Eager To Get World Cup Action Underway http://wcbe.org/post/soccer-fans-eager-get-world-cup-action-underway <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Soccer+Fans+Eager+To+Get+World+Cup+Action+Underway&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Ahead of the World Cup, the host country, Brazil, has seen labor strikes, protests, construction delays at stadiums, but tomorrow the games begin. Brazilians hope they can put all the problems behind them. They just want to get the party started. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57536 at http://wcbe.org With 2 Days Till Kickoff, World Cup Host City Is Stricken By Strike http://wcbe.org/post/2-days-till-kickoff-world-cup-host-city-stricken-strike The World Cup kicks off in two days, and fans are pouring into Brazil. But in Sao Paulo, the site of the opening game, metro workers are striking over pay, fueling fierce clashes. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57509 at http://wcbe.org Scientist Touts Exoskeleton That Could Offer A Chance To Walk Again http://wcbe.org/post/scientist-touts-exoskeleton-could-offer-chance-walk-again Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This Thursday, the eyes of the world will be on Brazil during the World Cup's opening ceremony. And there'll be a remarkable moment during that event. From São Paulo, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: On Thursday, a man who is paralyzed will showcase to the whole world what a combination of science, a willing government and dreams can achieve. The person, and who he is is being kept a tightly guarded secret, has a high spinal cord injury that left him unable to move from the waist down. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:42:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57391 at http://wcbe.org Striking Train Workers Add To Brazil's World Cup Woes http://wcbe.org/post/striking-train-workers-adds-brazils-world-cup-woes First came the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/21/us-brazil-worldcup-strikes-idUSBREA4K0PC20140521">bus strike</a>. Then came the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/jun/06/world-cup-2014-teachers-protest-rio-de-janeiro-video">teachers</a>. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:25:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57335 at http://wcbe.org Striking Train Workers Add To Brazil's World Cup Woes As Brazil Barrels Toward World Cup, Brazilians Aren't Feeling It http://wcbe.org/post/brazil-barrels-toward-world-cup-brazilians-arent-feeling-it The stadium where the opening game of the World Cup will be played is a gleaming monument to the world's favorite sport, soccer. The Corinthians Arena — named after one of Brazil's most famous teams, which will take it over — has been built from scratch and boasts a massive LCD screen and state-of-the-art facilities.<p>Last weekend, it was full of fans watching the last test match before the World Cup begins. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57234 at http://wcbe.org As Brazil Barrels Toward World Cup, Brazilians Aren't Feeling It As World Cup Approaches, Brazilians Aren't Exactly Thrilled http://wcbe.org/post/world-cup-approaches-brazilians-arent-exactly-thrilled Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Just nine days to go before the World Cup soccer tournament begins in Brazil. And a poll released today by the Pew Research Center shows that the mood among Brazilians is grim. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57158 at http://wcbe.org Ready, Set, Spray! Brazil Battles Dengue Ahead Of The World Cup http://wcbe.org/post/ready-set-spray-brazil-battles-dengue-ahead-world-cup In Sao Paulo's poor north zone, in the neighborhood of Tucuruvi, teams of city workers knock on doors, warning people to take pets and small children out of the area.<p>Quickly after, men in hazmat suits with metal cylinders strapped to their backs start spraying the street, and some of the interiors of the homes, with powerful pesticides. Thu, 29 May 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 56920 at http://wcbe.org Ready, Set, Spray! Brazil Battles Dengue Ahead Of The World Cup