Lourdes Garcia-Navarro http://ktep.org en Advocates Keep Focus On Issues Outside World Cup Stadiums http://ktep.org/post/advocacy-groups-focus-what-happened-outside-world-cup-stadiums Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>We've been hearing a lot about what's been happening on the field in Brazil during this World Cup, but advocacy groups say what's been happening outside of the stadiums has been worrisome. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Sao Paulo reports on what the World Cup has really cost Brazil.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: What happened in Belo Horizente on the field far overshadowed what took off of it. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:00:33 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 44461 at http://ktep.org The Conundrum Of The Cup-Deprived: Brazilians Wonder Who To Root For http://ktep.org/post/conundrum-cup-deprived-brazilians-wonder-who-root Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Yesterday, in the streets of Argentina - jubilation.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CROWD CHEERING)<p>BLOCK: The sound of joyful crowds after Argentina defeated the Netherlands in the World Cup semifinals. They'll play Germany in the final match on Sunday. So joy in Argentina but in Brazil now, an uncomfortable choice - the host country is out of the World Cup and Brazilians have to decide which team to back in the final. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 44427 at http://ktep.org Brazilians Lick Wounds After World Cup Loss To Germany http://ktep.org/post/bar-patron-blames-brazils-government-world-cup-loss Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>I'm Renee Montagne. Brazilians are waking up this morning hoping it was all just a bad dream. In the World Cup semi-final yesterday, the host country was clobbered by Germany 7-1. Brazil invested a lot in making the tournament a success. And its citizens were left to look on in anguish as their team went down in a loss of historic proportions. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 44286 at http://ktep.org The Collective Anguish Of The Brazilian Defeat http://ktep.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 44276 at http://ktep.org For Brazilians, Game-Day Rituals Lead To Sense Of Community http://ktep.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 44206 at http://ktep.org Graffiti Artist Sprays Brazil's Turmoil Across Its City Walls http://ktep.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 44047 at http://ktep.org Graffiti Artist Sprays Brazil's Turmoil Across Its City Walls Argentinian World Cup Fans Plant Their Flag In Brazil http://ktep.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 43836 at http://ktep.org Rivalry: Spanish Speakers Flood Portuguese-Speaking Brazil http://ktep.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 09:21:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 43782 at http://ktep.org Once Bitten, Twice Decried: Uruguay Outraged By Suarez Punishment http://ktep.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 20:30:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 43593 at http://ktep.org In Brazil, The Home Team's Not The Only Team To Root For http://ktep.org/post/brazil-home-teams-not-only-team-root One might think Brazilians are rooting only for Brazil. But South America's largest country is much the U.S., in that it is a nation composed of many immigrant groups. <em>All Things Considered</em> watches World Cup games with Brazilians of both Japanese and Italian descent, to see who Brazilians root for when they don't root for Brazil. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 43506 at http://ktep.org Revived Mariel Port Attracts Investment From Brazil http://ktep.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 43374 at http://ktep.org Off The Pitch, Brazilians Mark A More Political Clash http://ktep.org/post/pitch-brazilians-mark-more-political-clash One year from million-strong protest marches in Brazil, Brazilians are marking the anniversary with more demonstrations. There are fewer protesters than a year ago, when Brazilians expressed their anger over World Cup costs and the government's neglect of housing, health, transportation and employment issues at home. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 43025 at http://ktep.org Troubles Put Aside, Brazilians Embrace World Cup http://ktep.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 42903 at http://ktep.org Can A Female Politician Be Insulted Without It Being Sexist? http://ktep.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 42628 at http://ktep.org Can A Female Politician Be Insulted Without It Being Sexist? World Cup's First Day Marred By Protests http://ktep.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 42604 at http://ktep.org Brazilians Greet The World Cup Kickoff With Protests And Tear Gas http://ktep.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 42566 at http://ktep.org Brazil Furious Over Ad Showing Christ The Redeemer In An Italian Jersey http://ktep.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 42469 at http://ktep.org Brazil Furious Over Ad Showing Christ The Redeemer In An Italian Jersey Soccer Fans Eager To Get World Cup Action Underway http://ktep.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 42439 at http://ktep.org With 2 Days Till Kickoff, World Cup Host City Is Stricken By Strike http://ktep.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 20:13:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 42408 at http://ktep.org Scientist Touts Exoskeleton That Could Offer A Chance To Walk Again http://ktep.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 42281 at http://ktep.org Striking Train Workers Add To Brazil's World Cup Woes http://ktep.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 42194 at http://ktep.org Striking Train Workers Add To Brazil's World Cup Woes As Brazil Barrels Toward World Cup, Brazilians Aren't Feeling It http://ktep.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 42062 at http://ktep.org As Brazil Barrels Toward World Cup, Brazilians Aren't Feeling It As World Cup Approaches, Brazilians Aren't Exactly Thrilled http://ktep.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 41973 at http://ktep.org Ready, Set, Spray! Brazil Battles Dengue Ahead Of The World Cup http://ktep.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 20:57:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 41674 at http://ktep.org Ready, Set, Spray! Brazil Battles Dengue Ahead Of The World Cup World Cup Fans Preoccupied With Soccer's Version Of Baseball Cards http://ktep.org/post/world-cup-fans-preoccupied-soccers-version-baseball-cards Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, soccer's World Cup kicks off in Brazil in just about three week's time, which means added excitement for those who collect World Cup stickers. Millions of fans around the globe collect these stickers, much like baseball cards in the United States, and then fans beg, barter or even steal to fill their official albums before the tournament begins. It takes 640 stickers - one for every player, along with team logos and pictures. This is the kind of global story that requires team coverage. We're not kidding. Tue, 27 May 2014 09:32:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 41455 at http://ktep.org As World Cup Looms, Brazilian Cities Paralyzed By Protests http://ktep.org/post/world-cup-looms-brazilian-cities-paralyzed-protests Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH: And I'm Audie Cornish. There are plenty of fireworks in the lead up to the world's largest soccer tournament. The World Cup in Brazil is three weeks away. A lot of American fans are upset about the makeup of the U.S. team, and we'll get to that in a moment, but things are not going according to plan in the host country. Brazil is racked with protests and strikes and there are a lot of issues at play. Fri, 23 May 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 41293 at http://ktep.org For Brazil's Soccer Stars, Careers Often Begin On Makeshift Fields http://ktep.org/post/brazils-soccer-stars-careers-often-begin-makeshift-fields The road to World Cup glory in Brazil doesn't start in fancy soccer clubs or private schoolyards. It often begins in places like this poor neighborhood called Rio Pequeno in Sao Paulo and on a dirt lot, where a group of children are playing soccer.<p>Brazil is hosting the World Cup, which starts in less than a month, and the country is also favored to win. Brazil is already a five-time champion and it has played in every World Cup since the tournament's inception.<p>It's no exaggeration to say that most every young boy in this country dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 40953 at http://ktep.org For Brazil's Soccer Stars, Careers Often Begin On Makeshift Fields Brazilians Use Lead Up To World Cup To Protest Grievances http://ktep.org/post/brazilians-use-lead-world-cup-protest-grievances Protests against June's World Cup — soccer's biggest tournament — swept across host country Brazil on Thursday. Twelve Brazilian cities saw demonstrations as well as many labor strikes. Fri, 16 May 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 40760 at http://ktep.org Meet Uruguay's Pot-Legalizing, VW-Driving, Sandal-Wearing President http://ktep.org/post/meet-uruguays-pot-legalizing-vw-driving-sandal-wearing-president As Uruguay's President Jose Mujica likes to say, his personal story seems like the stuff of fiction.<p>He was a leftist guerrilla who was imprisoned for more than a decade. He's known for driving a 1987 Volkswagen Beetle, wearing sandals to meetings and living in a simple farmhouse on the outskirts of the capital.<p>And more recently, his country became the first in the world to legalize marijuana, from growing to consumption. The country has also legalized gay marriage during his tenure. And while Mujica frequently criticizes U.S. Mon, 12 May 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 40500 at http://ktep.org Meet Uruguay's Pot-Legalizing, VW-Driving, Sandal-Wearing President A Postcard From Rio, Where World Cup Readiness Remains Uncertain http://ktep.org/post/postcard-rio-where-world-cup-readiness-remains-uncertain Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Soccer fans are counting down. Forty-seven days to go until the World Cup in Brazil. The country is in the news again but not for the reasons it might want. In one of the key host cities, Rio de Janeiro, riots broke out in a major tourist area earlier this week. Big questions over the readiness of stadiums and infrastructure also remain. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is our South America correspondent, and she's with us today in our D.C. studios. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 39434 at http://ktep.org