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Embedded - an NPR Original longform podcast - journeys alongside the world's biggest headlines, exploring how and why things happen the way they do. From the stories behind police shootings caught on video, to visiting a town ravaged by the opioid epidemic; from the class-and-race dialogues buried inside the World Cup to living alongside NRA evangelists, we take a topic and inhabit it to explore what's been sealed off, undisclosed, or never brought to life - and return with a deeply-reported portrait of why these stories matter.

In The Last Cup, our latest season, we face Lionel Messi - one of the world's most prominent soccer stars. The 2022 World Cup marks his last chance secure the coveted trophy – and a last chance for glory in his home country of Argentina. Hosted by Argentine journalist Jasmine Garsd, The Last Cup is much more than a sports story. It's a tale of immigration and race, of capitalism and class, of belonging and identity. A story for anyone who's ever felt like an outsider in their own home.

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Embedded - an NPR Original longform podcast - journeys alongside the world's biggest headlines, exploring how and why things happen the way they do. From the stories behind police shootings caught on video, to visiting a town ravaged by the opioid epidemic; from the class-and-race dialogues buried inside the World Cup to living alongside NRA evangelists, we take a topic and inhabit it to explore what's been sealed off, undisclosed, or never brought to life - and return with a deeply-reported portrait of why these stories matter.

In The Last Cup, our latest season, we face Lionel Messi - one of the world's most prominent soccer stars. The 2022 World Cup marks his last chance secure the coveted trophy – and a last chance for glory in his home country of Argentina. Hosted by Argentine journalist Jasmine Garsd, The Last Cup is much more than a sports story. It's a tale of immigration and race, of capitalism and class, of belonging and identity. A story for anyone who's ever felt like an outsider in their own home.

    The Last Cup: Part 4

    The Last Cup: Part 4

    Messi gives his all in a tournament where the respect of his country hangs in the balance. Meanwhile, host Jasmine Garsd finds her way home only to face an unexpected loss.

    • 34 min
    The Last Cup: Part 3

    The Last Cup: Part 3

    Messi finds his way into an Argentine national jersey, but something is off. As Maradona's shadow looms, the home crowd begins to wonder if Messi will ever really measure up.

    • 31 min
    The Last Cup: Part 2

    The Last Cup: Part 2

    As Garsd retraces Messi's early career, she examines the consequences of Argentina's devastating econimic crisis of 2001, how it shaped Messi's path, and what it meant to her.

    • 41 min
    The Last Cup: Part 1

    The Last Cup: Part 1

    Lionel Messi always dreamed of winning a World Cup for his home country. But playing with Argentina's national team has proven to be this soccer superman's kryptonite.

    • 9 min
    Changing the Police: The Walk-Out

    Changing the Police: The Walk-Out

    The series concludes: we check back in with John Mueller after his resignation as head of the Yonkers Police Department. And we consider what his departure means for police reform efforts in the city at a time when tensions between police and some members of the community remain high.

    • 24 min
    Changing the Police: To Police or Not To Police

    Changing the Police: To Police or Not To Police

    In Yonkers, as in the rest of the country, a substantial number of police calls involve situations where someone is having a mental health crisis. But are cops the right people to answer those calls? A growing number of cities across the country think the answer might be "No." Some have launched crisis response programs that offer alternatives to the police for non-violent mental health emergencies. But in Yonkers, for now, the police still handle these calls. In this episode, Embedded, along with its series partner, The Marshall Project, looks at what happens when the police are the only option people have. And we ask: when it comes to how much the police "police," is less more?

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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638 Ratings

638 Ratings

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dogged & vital

this really is one of the most piercing reporting enterprises in the usa

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Fave show

Love this show so much!! Also love the “on our watch” series, but that last episode really needs some volume adjustments 😅 it’s really bad...

Sussex Geezer ,

Re-runs, really?

Usually one of my must-listen podcasts, however, posting re-runs when there is such a wealth of engaging new podcast material available is a mistake. I want my news and current affairs listening to be just that - news and current.

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