News From NPR http://wvxu.org en Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? http://wvxu.org/post/can-brazil-regain-soccer-glory-beauty-over-brawn Copacabana Beach is supposed to be fun, but it wasn't Saturday night, after the Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third-place game.<p>That loss came on the heels of the 7-1 drubbing by Germany earlier in the week. It's the first time since 1940 that Brazil has lost consecutive home games, prompting calls for change in a country long associated with soccer splendor.<p>Sunday's championship match pits Germany against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:22:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 29141 at http://wvxu.org Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? Palestinians Flee Gaza After Israel Drops Warning Leaflets http://wvxu.org/post/palestinians-flee-gaza-after-israel-drops-warning-leaflets Thousands of people are fleeing a border town in the Gaza Strip after Israel dropped leaflets warning of stepped up attacks on the sixth day of an offensive. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29142 at http://wvxu.org Ebola Invades 'The New York Times' Sunday Crossword http://wvxu.org/post/ebola-invades-new-york-times-sunday-crossword Last Sunday I literally was clueless about a<em> New York Times</em> crossword puzzle clue: "Menace named after an African river." The answer was five letters long. WHAT WERE THEY?!?!<p>I finally did figure out the answer from the crossing words: Ebola. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Marc Silver 29138 at http://wvxu.org Ebola Invades 'The New York Times' Sunday Crossword The Most Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment Ever http://wvxu.org/post/most-astonishing-wave-tracking-experiment-ever I'm standing on a beach and I see, a few hundred yards out, a mound of water heading right at me. It's not a wave, not yet, but a swollen patch of ocean, like the top of a moving beach ball, what sailors call a "swell." As it gets closer, its bottom hits the rising shore below, forcing the water up, then over, sending it tumbling onto the beach, a tongue of foam coming right up to my toes — and that's when I look down, as the wave melts into the sand and I say,<p>"Hi, I'm from New York. But what about you? Where are you from?"<p>Yes, I'm asking a wave to tell me where it was born. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 29139 at http://wvxu.org The Most Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment Ever Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of http://wvxu.org/post/congress-latest-death-match-involves-bank-youve-never-heard It sits in an imposing building just across Lafayette Square from the White House. Yet the Export-Import Bank, which has been offering credit to foreign purchasers of U.S. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 29140 at http://wvxu.org Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of