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photoFans call soccer "the beautiful game," a sport that's a perfect metaphor for life. But American soccer fan and self-described "maven," Franklin Foer, thinks the sport is even bigger than that.

Soccer, Foer argues, illuminates everything, from globalization to nationalism to sentimentality to the American culture wars.

Click the "Listen" link to hear Franklin Foer talk about how soccer explains the world.


Franklin Foer, staff writer at The New Republic, author of "How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization."

This program aired on July 1, 2004.

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