Stories from Nina Porzucki
When I was a kid my favorite record was a collection of sounds of the city: sirens, cooing pigeons, jack hammers, bicycle bells, dogs barking, horns honking, etc. I would play this record, much to the sheer agony of my parents, ad nauseum, making up a story for each sound. I like to think that was the first hint of a career in public radio. I joined The World's newsroom in 2013 after working as an independent producer/reporter. Prior to that I had a penchant for joining corps; first the Peace Corps in Romania and then traveling around the U.S. in an Airstream trailer as a facilitator for StoryCorps. When I'm not enlisting in yet another corps, you may find me baking pie, eating pie, and pretty much thinking about pie.
Brazil lost big during Tuesday's World Cup semifinal against Germany. It's only a game — but for Brazilians it took on much greater meaning, both personal and political.
The Argentine soccer superstar Alfredo Di Stefano also known as the 'Blond Arrow' passed away on Monday at 88-years-old.
Conflict & Justice
Ukrainian forces scored major tactical victories this weekend against pro-Russian rebels. Ukraine's military appears to be gaining the upper hand against the separatists, according to a BBC reporter, who suspects the end result of the conflict will be a more nationalist and anti-Russian Ukraine.
Arts, Culture & Media
Arpita Kumar's latest short film, "My Dear Americans," is a riveting take on how a Sikh immigrant couple celebrate the most American holiday of the year.
Native Spanish speaker Fernando Palomo does English language TV commentary for ESPN. He offers US viewers instant analysis that draws on his soccer-obsessed Latin American background.