Russell Lewis http://wesa.fm en The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal http://wesa.fm/post/one-american-field-todays-world-cup-semifinal The United States will have a presence at today's semifinal World Cup match between Brazil and Germany. It won't be the U.S. National Team on the field, but American referee Mark Geiger. FIFA selected Geiger to be on the officiating crew of the high-stakes match. It's the first time a U.S. referee has been used this late in a World Cup.<p>Earlier, Geiger made history when he officiated the knockout game between France and Nigeria on June 30. Before that, American referees had never been used beyond group play of the World Cup. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 32234 at http://wesa.fm The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal U.S.-Belgium Match Could Be A Game Of Goalkeepers http://wesa.fm/post/us-belgium-match-could-be-game-goalkeepers Win or go home. Do or die. Lose and you're done. Choose your sports cliche, and for the United States team, it's true. The U.S. takes on Belgium at 4 p.m. EDT today in Salvador, Brazil. It's the Americans' first game in the knockout stage. The victor moves on to the quarterfinals, and the loser books a flight home.<p>The scrappy U.S. team made it out of the "Group of Death" by beating World Cup nemesis Ghana, tying a tough Portugal team and losing to world No. 2-ranked Germany. Belgium, by contrast, had a far easier schedule in round-robin play. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:06:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 31875 at http://wesa.fm U.S.-Belgium Match Could Be A Game Of Goalkeepers Weather, History Muddy The Field For U.S.-Germany Showdown http://wesa.fm/post/weather-history-muddy-field-us-germany-showdown It's do or die (or tie) time for the United States today in the World Cup.<p>The U.S. team plays its final game in group play against world No. 2-ranked Germany at noon EDT in the Brazilian seaside city of Recife. The stakes couldn't be higher, and the intrigue is all here, folks.<p>Beat or tie Germany and the U.S. advances in the World Cup. If the U.S. loses, it still has a chance to move on — but the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/23/324908127/doing-the-math-how-the-u-s-can-advance-in-the-world-cup">scenarios</a> get messy, as Eyder Peralta outlined. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:36:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 31616 at http://wesa.fm Weather, History Muddy The Field For U.S.-Germany Showdown A World Cup Surprise: Arias In The Heart Of The Amazon http://wesa.fm/post/world-cup-surprise-arias-heart-amazon Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Of all the Brazilian cities staging games at the World Cup, none is more exotic than Manaus. It's nestled in the heart of the Amazon jungle. You can only get there by plane or boat - an unlikely place to host soccer games. And there's something else in Manaus that's unexpected - a centuries-old theater and opera house. NPR's Russell Lewis took a break from soccer and paid a visit.<p>RUSSELL LEWIS, BYLINE: The first thing you notice about the Teatro Amazonas is how lovely it is. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 31576 at http://wesa.fm U.S. Vs. Portugal: 'Now Is The Moment' To Show American Mettle http://wesa.fm/post/us-vs-portugal-now-moment-show-american-mettle The World Cup round of 16 in Brazil is taking shape.<p>Already in: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Netherlands. The big question: Will the United States join that distinguished list today?<p>The U.S. soccer team has a tough matchup against Portugal. Win, and the Americans are in. Lose or tie, and the road gets a lot tougher with next Thursday's game against Germany.<p>The U.S. is playing in the so-called "Group of Death" paired with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Germany is No. 2 in the world. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:27:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 31351 at http://wesa.fm U.S. Vs. Portugal: 'Now Is The Moment' To Show American Mettle In Brazil, Predictions Of Doom And Gloom Give Way To Minor Annoyances http://wesa.fm/post/brazil-predictions-doom-and-gloom-give-way-minor-annoyances Brazil's World Cup preparation endured some heavy criticism leading up to the games. Stadiums were still under construction, Internet connections were sketchy and transportation faced major challenges. A week into the tournament, NPR's Russell Lewis has traveled to three airports and three cities so far. He talks to Melissa Block about what has worked and what remains a challenge. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 31170 at http://wesa.fm With Win Over Ghana, U.S. Is Off On The Right Foot In Brazil http://wesa.fm/post/win-over-ghana-us-right-foot-brazil On Monday night, the U.S. soccer team accomplished a feat it failed to achieve in the past two World Cups: beat Ghana. With a 2-1 victory, the Americans position themselves well for the games to come. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:20:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 31044 at http://wesa.fm U.S. To Face Ghana As 'Group Of Death' Play Begins http://wesa.fm/post/us-face-ghana-group-death-play-begins It's day five of the World Cup in Brazil. But it's the most important day for the U.S. men's soccer team — it's game day.<p>Tonight at 6 p.m. ET, the U.S. opens World Cup play squaring off against Ghana in the seaside city of Natal. The tiny African country is not particularly a soccer powerhouse. But Ghana has vexed the U.S. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 30997 at http://wesa.fm U.S. To Face Ghana As 'Group Of Death' Play Begins Scott Carpenter, Second US Astronaut To Orbit Earth, Dies http://wesa.fm/post/scott-carpenter-second-us-astronaut-orbit-earth-dies Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>One of America's first astronauts has died. Scott Carpenter was part of the original Project Mercury team and he was the second American to orbit the Earth. Carpenter died this morning in Denver after complications from a stroke. He was 88 years old. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 17973 at http://wesa.fm Minor Leaguer Takes Mature Strides To Become Better http://wesa.fm/post/minor-leaguer-takes-mature-strides-become-better Tyler Saladino is one of thousands of minor league baseball players hoping to make it to the major leagues. He plays in Alabama for the Birmingham Barons, the AA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Last year, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/14/154929453/a-minor-leaguers-life-bats-games-and-a-nickname%20">NPR profiled Saladino</a>. But since then, maybe things have changed for the 23-year-old infielder.<p>One of the biggest changes this year is where the Barons and Saladino play. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:27:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 11250 at http://wesa.fm Minor Leaguer Takes Mature Strides To Become Better Old Newspapers Shed New Light On Emmett Till Murder http://wesa.fm/post/archival-find-could-shed-new-light-emmett-till-murder New details about one of Mississippi's most infamous murders are coming to light — more than a half-century later. The death of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy who allegedly whistled at a white woman, helped spark the civil rights movement.<p>Till lived in Chicago, and was visiting his relatives in the Mississippi Delta when he was murdered. His body was mutilated and dumped into a river. The accused were the woman's husband and her half-brother, and their trial drew reporters from both the white and black press.<p>Researchers have long studied the court proceedings. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:39:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 7058 at http://wesa.fm Old Newspapers Shed New Light On Emmett Till Murder In Alaska's Iditarod Sled Race, Vets Are A Dog's Best Friend http://wesa.fm/post/alaskas-iditarod-sled-race-vets-are-dogs-best-friend In Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, the "Last Great Race on Earth" begins.<p>Sixty-seven sled dog teams will start the 998-mile Iditarod race across the barren, frigid and unforgiving land. In this year's competition, there are a handful of first-time racers — but those aren't the only rookies.<p>One is veterinarian Greg Reppas, whose job is to ensure the dogs are healthy throughout the race.<p>Days before the race, Reppas squats in a snowdrift in Wasilla and checks out Leo, one of the 16 dogs on this team that will start the Iditarod. Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:05:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 1890 at http://wesa.fm In Alaska's Iditarod Sled Race, Vets Are A Dog's Best Friend