Today's Takeaways: The Trials of War, The Sounds of Brazil, and a Test of Conservatism

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

A young boy plays football at sunset on June 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Clive Rose/Getty)

1. Is Iraq Still America's Problem? | 2. Sebastian Junger on Sgt. Bergdahl, His Latest Film, and the Trials of War | 3. A Brazilian Soundtrack for the World Cup | 4. The Cult Following & Tribalism of CrossFit

Is Iraq Still America's Problem?

Just hours after militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took control of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul—Iraq's second largest city—members of the Al Qaeda offshoot advanced to Tikrit, the birthplace of Saddam Hussein.

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What We're Fighting for in Afghanistan

It’s the nation’s war — our soldiers are just following orders. But they have a duty to protect each other, says filmmaker Sebastian Junger, which is what makes the alleged desertion of Sgt. Bergdahl so troubling.

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A Brazilian Soundtrack for the World Cup

Brazil is a musical paradise as well as a football powerhouse. A few days before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, John Schaefer gives The Takeaway's John Hockenberry details on the best soundtrack for this year's World Cup.

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Is America Becoming More Conservative?

In a major upset on Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election to an unknown Tea Party challenger. It raises the question: What is the political direction of America? Are we in fact becoming more conservative as elections like these might suggest?

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The Cult Following & Tribalism of CrossFit

In 2005, there were only 13 CrossFit gyms across the country. Today, there are more than 9,000. But CrossFit is not just a fitness trend, it’s a philosophy too. What's behind this fitness craze?

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