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Brazil hosted a month-long festival of great soccer, and global TV ratings went through the roof. Now it has to cope with the aftermath. The 7-to-1 loss to Germany has shaken the self-confidence of the “great futbol nation,” and could threaten President Rousseff’s chances for re-election. Public resources will be required to host the Summer Olympics in just two years. Will that re-kindle last year’s massive protests against wasteful spending? We’ll look at the impact on Brazil—and on FIFA, soccer’s governing body, where reports of corruption and bribery are not going away.

Also, a proposed ceasefire in the Middle East collapses, and can we design a bullet that never misses?

Banner Image: Germany and Argentina face off in the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup; Credit: Danilo Borges

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Israel Resumes Air Strikes After Proposed Ceasefire Collapses 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Israel stopped air strikes in Gaza for six hours today while Egypt tried to negotiate a ceasefire. But Hamas said it was never consulted, and it never discontinued its rocket fire into Israel. Now Israeli air strikes have been resumed. Sheera Frenkel is a Middle East Correspondent for BuzzFeed.

Guests:
Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeed (@sheeraf)

Brazil’s World Cup Experience: The Take and the Heartache 35 MIN, 34 SEC

In the semi-finals of this year’s World Cup, Brazil lost to Germany by 7 to 1—a major blow to the host country. But Brazil also proved itself capable of staging a world-class event. After hosting a month-long party, Brazil faces a major hangover as it prepares for the Summer Olympics in just two years time. We’ll look at the economic and political consequences of the World Cup for Brazil and FIFA, soccer’s governing body.

Guests:
Paulo Prada, Reuters (@pauloprada)
Alex Bellos, author (@alexbellos)
Barry Ames, Pittsburgh University
Christopher Gaffney, Federal Fluminense University (@geostadia)

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After successful World Cup, spotlight turns to Rio's Olympic woes

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Alex Bellos

High-tech Guided Bullets Are Coming 7 MIN, 35 SEC

Collateral damage has plagued the Pentagon in many ways, creating the goal of “one shot, one kill.” Now it’s released a video that shows how a “dumb bullet” has been transformed into a guided missile.

EXACTO is a Pentagon project that’s been highly classified for the past 6 years. Now, it’s being shown to the public. Mark Thompson covers the military and national security for TIME magazine. He first wrote about the EXACTO in 2009.

Guests:
Mark Thompson, Time magazine (@MarkThompson_DC)

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