South America http://wnpr.org en Connecticut Tango Festival Brings a Slice of Argentina to the Nutmeg State http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-tango-festival-brings-slice-argentina-nutmeg-state <p><a href="http://www.cttangofest.org/" target="_blank">The Connecticut Tango Festival </a>wraps up this weekend. Since its beginnings in the working class neighborhoods of Buenos Aires in the 1890s, the evocative art form continues to fascinate people around the world.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:22:25 +0000 Ray Hardman 25459 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Tango Festival Brings a Slice of Argentina to the Nutmeg State Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Escalates; LIRR Strike Looms; World Cup Preview http://wnpr.org/post/israelipalestinian-conflict-escalates-lirr-strike-looms-world-cup-preview <p>Once again, violence has escalated in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine. Rockets are now reaching northern Israel and that government is responding with barrages of its own rocket attacks on Palestinian targets.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We talk with a local professor who recently returned from the region and studies this on-going conflict.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25120 at http://wnpr.org Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Escalates; LIRR Strike Looms; World Cup Preview Brazil Reels From Thrashing That Bounced It From World Cup http://wnpr.org/post/brazil-reels-thrashing-bounced-it-world-cup "The worst game I saw in my life" is how one Brazilian fan describes it. Another says it's simply a tragedy. Some angry fans burned Brazil's flag in the street.<p>To say Brazil's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/08/329898310/not-a-misprint-germany-leads-brazil-5-0-at-halftime">7-1 loss to Germany</a> stunned the host country would risk giving the impression that its fans aren't feeling intense pain after this loss. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 24979 at http://wnpr.org Brazil Reels From Thrashing That Bounced It From World Cup World Cup Fever Grips Brazilians Living in Danbury http://wnpr.org/post/world-cup-fever-grips-brazilians-living-danbury <p>On Tuesday, Brazil faces Germany in a World Cup semifinal match. For thousands of Brazilians living in Danbury, the game is a chance to gather, eat barbeque, and cheer on their native team.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:30:47 +0000 Ray Hardman 24915 at http://wnpr.org World Cup Fever Grips Brazilians Living in Danbury Brazil Wins World Cup Opener Against Croatia, 3-1 http://wnpr.org/post/brazil-wins-world-cup-opener-against-croatia-3-1 Brazil stumbled early on, but came back to overpower rival Croatia in the group A preliminary round match in Sao Paulo at the opening of the FIFA World Cup 2014.<p><a href="http://www.cbssports.com/world-cup/eye-on-world-cup/24584686/fifa-world-cup-brazil-vs-croatia-live-blog">CBSSports.com says:</a><p><blockquote><p>"The Brazilians surrendered an early own goal before Neymar answered with a first-half equalizer, and a dive in the box from striker Fred led to the go-ahead goal in the second half on a Neymar penalty kick.<p>"Oscar then added some security in extra time, and Brazil is back on tr Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 23556 at http://wnpr.org Brazil Wins World Cup Opener Against Croatia, 3-1 The New Sounds Of Brazil: Artists To Watch http://wnpr.org/post/new-sounds-brazil-artists-watch <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNXWlDLHLL8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqJGKcrwifI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZV7JOeJviY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8kE6GD0WWE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TJxU7bZpT4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f6MDdCOqow</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt0Y-dgj-TU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-lPSWgSjzY</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:34:05 +0000 Jasmine Garsd 23513 at http://wnpr.org The New Sounds Of Brazil: Artists To Watch Time For Kickoff: World's Attention Focused On World Cup http://wnpr.org/post/time-kickoff-worlds-attention-focused-world-cup <strong><em>Update at 4:31 p.m. ET</em></strong><p>And Brazil does recover, with a goal from star Neymar a few minutes later.<p><strong><em>Update at 4:28 p.m. ET</em></strong><p>The beautiful game is not so beautiful for Brazil in the early moments of the game: Croatia is ahead 1-0 after an own goal by the home team. It's early, though. Plenty of time for Brazil to recover.<p><a href="https://twitter.com/NPRrussell/status/477182243853451265/photo/1">[A tweet from NPR's Russell Lewis in Sao Paulo.]</a><p><strong><em>Update at 10:25 a.m. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:25:00 +0000 editor 23498 at http://wnpr.org Time For Kickoff: World's Attention Focused On World Cup The World Cup Reminds Us That All The World's A Soccer Field http://wnpr.org/post/world-cup-reminds-us-all-worlds-soccer-field The global reach of soccer never ceases to amaze me. I travel all over the world, sometimes to incredibly remote areas. More often than not, when I get there, somebody is kicking around a soccer ball.<p>It doesn't matter if it's Asia or Africa or Central America. Kids make a goal out of a couple of backpacks, throw out a ball and the game is on. The "ball" could be a knotted towel or a tennis ball or a tattered leather shell that's barely holding air.<p>The energy of the game is the same everywhere I go. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 23272 at http://wnpr.org The World Cup Reminds Us That All The World's A Soccer Field Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies http://wnpr.org/post/writer-gabriel-garcia-marquez-who-gave-voice-latin-america-dies Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer.<p>His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:28:58 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 20344 at http://wnpr.org Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies Tense Hours, Then Sighs Of Relief After Huge Quake Off Chile http://wnpr.org/post/tense-hours-then-sighs-relief-after-huge-quake-chile The extent of the damage isn't yet clear and the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/dead-residents-evacuated-quake-strikes-off-chiles-coast/story?id=23154182" target="_blank">six deaths</a> reported so far may be followed by news of other fatalities.<p>But on the morning after a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/01/297945381/massive-quake-off-northern-chile-triggers-tsunami-warning" target="_blank">massive, 8.2 magnitude earthquake</a> off the coast of northern Chile there are sighs of relief there and in neighboring Peru.<p>"At a time when horrific natural disaste Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19444 at http://wnpr.org Tense Hours, Then Sighs Of Relief After Huge Quake Off Chile Argentina's "Dirty War" Provides Backdrop for a New Play http://wnpr.org/post/argentinas-dirty-war-provides-backdrop-new-play <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>A la ronda</em>, a new play opening this weekend at Wesleyan University, calls attention to Argentina's "Dirty War" and the human rights organization Madres de Plaza de Mayo.</p><p>During the so called "dirty war" of the late 70's and early 80's, tens of thousands of Argentineans were systematically abducted and killed, suspected of being an enemy of the military dictatorship.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:37:08 +0000 Ray Hardman 17653 at http://wnpr.org Argentina's "Dirty War" Provides Backdrop for a New Play Concern for the Safety of Venezuelan Opposition Leader With Ties to Yale http://wnpr.org/post/concern-safety-venezuelan-opposition-leader-ties-yale <p>After recent anti-government protests in Venezuela, Amnesty International has<a href="http://worldfellows.yale.edu/opposition-leader-risk" target="_blank"> issued an urgent call for action on behalf of an opposition leader with ties to Yale University</a>.&nbsp;An arrest order has been issued for Carlos Vecchio.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:18:09 +0000 Diane Orson 17652 at http://wnpr.org Concern for the Safety of Venezuelan Opposition Leader With Ties to Yale At Least 15 Killed, Dozens Injured As Venezuelan Protests Swell http://wnpr.org/post/least-15-killed-dozens-injured-venezuelan-protests-swell Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>Huge protests have engulfed Venezuela for several weeks now. The protests started with students and expanded to the middle class. Venezuelans angered by an economy in freefall, high inflation, and soaring rates of crime. At least 15 people have been killed and about 150 injured during the demonstrations.<p>I'm joined now by Josh Goodman. He's the Associated Press bureau chief in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 editor 17547 at http://wnpr.org Negotiations Toward A Global Mercury Treaty Continue In Uruguay http://wnpr.org/post/negotiations-toward-global-mercury-treaty-continue-uruguay <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20120705%20mercury1.mp3</p><p></p><p>Delegates from more than 120 governments around the world gathered in a small seaside town in Uruguay this past week. &nbsp;A Fairfield University Associate Professor was there to observe the continuing negotiations toward a global treaty reducing mercury emissions to the environment.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:53:00 +0000 Diane Orson 7610 at http://wnpr.org Negotiations Toward A Global Mercury Treaty Continue In Uruguay