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It has launched a war and been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Soccer, the internationally revered sport that draws Olympic-sized audiences, has the power to bring out the best and the worst in its fans. Next week, for the first time in its 72-year history, Asia will play host to soccer's World Cup. What impact will it have on South Korea and Japan, two countries with a long history of hostility, who've come together to host the games? We look at the World Cup and the passions and politics it inspires with an author who's written on the sociology of sports, a veteran soccer reporter, and Korean and Japanese experts on international relations. Sara Terry of the Christian Science Monitor guest hosts.
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