62. Celebration and Controversy at the 2022 World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world. The 2022 Men’s World Cup was held in Qatar and 32 countries competed, with Argentina emerging as the winner. We trace the history of the World Cup from its kick-off in 1930 in Uruguay to its 22nd tournament in Qatar and hear about Smart Balls, a folding stadium, a thrilling finale, and allegations of bribery and corruption. Sports writer Evan Ream shares his perspectives as he returns from a World Cup that was surrounded by controversy from the get-go. We then travel to Qatar, where its citizens are a minority, robot jockeys race camels, and the sea meets the desert.

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