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The President of FIFA says this week's corruption charges bring "shame and humiliation" to football. But he's not stepping aside despite calls for a change in leadership. With such deep roots in culture and with billions at stake, can the world's most beautiful game be cleaned up? Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at how the world is reacting to soccer's corruption scandal.

Also, the FCC wants to expand Internet access for the poor. On today's Talking Point, animals so smart they can beat young children at computer games ­­ but agriculture treats them like pigs.

Photo: Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani (L), Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov (R) and FIFA President Sepp Blatter hold a copy of the World Cup after the announcements that Russia and Qatar are going to be host nations for the FIFA World Cup 2018 and 2022 respectively, in Zurich December 2, 2010. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

Producers:
Evan George
Benjamin Gottlieb
Sasa Woodruff
Andrea Brody

FCC Wants to Expand Internet Access for the Poor 5 MIN, 51 SEC

The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans today to overhaul a $1.7 billion federal program that subsidizes phone service for low income Americans in order to increase access to high-speed Internet. Last year about 12 million people benefitted from this 30-year-old subsidy. Now the FCC wants to expand it to include broadband, as we hear from Brian Fung who writes about technology and tech policy for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Brian Fung, Washington Post (@b_fung)

Fraud and Corruption in the World's Most Beautiful Game 32 MIN, 52 SEC

Today European officials and some soccer executives called for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down. Blatter agreed that corruption charges have brought "shame" on the sport, but insists he's just the man to help reform the organization --­­ despite the fact he's been at the top for decades. Yesterday, the US Department of Justice charged 14 of the sport's top executives with accepting millions of dollars in bribes over the years. The sweeping bribery investigation will expand to look at the award of the 2010 World Cup to South Africa. Swiss officials launched a separate criminal investigation into FIFA's awarding of both the 2022 Qatar and the 2018 Russia World Cups. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin is accusing the United States of illegally persecuting people. Can the US reform a business as complex and global as the world's most beautiful game?

Guests:
Bryan Graham, Guardian (@BryanAGraham)
Nathaniel Vinton, New York Daily News (@DownhillWriter)
Stefan Szymanski, University of Michigan (@sszy)
James Dorsey, Nanyang Technological University (@mideastsoccer)

More:
Guardian on Blatter's denying responsibility, rebuffs plea to resign
Vinton on informant Chuck Blazer, key player in FIFA arrests scandal
Vinton on IRS being after Blazer over millions in unpaid taxes
Szymanski on whether a criminal case is the way to clean up FIFA
Dorsey on Qatar, FIFA exposure of political corruption and corporate sponsor rethink
Dorsey's 'The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer'

Money and Soccer

Stefan Szymanski

The Emotional Intelligence of Your Bacon 10 MIN, 4 SEC

They stink. They're force-fed drugs that are creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria and, a lot of the time they don't even taste that good. But it's not their fault. In fact, according to Barry Estabrook's new book, Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Quest for Sustainable Meat, pigs are so smart they can work the thermostats in their pens and beat young children at computer games. So should we eat them? Estabrook has spent a lot of time investigating the question.

Guests:
Barry Estabrook, food writer and author (@barry_estabrook)

Pig Tales

Barry Estabrook

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