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 5
In the final chapter of Lionel Messi's journey, we catch up to the present. What would it mean for him to win? In the end, can you ever really come home?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loved the last cup!
This Season, The Last Cup, really misses the mark
This Season, The Last Cup, really misses the mark for me, it’s a disappointment since I’ve really enjoyed the previous seasons