Let’s begin our Olympics coverage by covering the most important story of our era. From The New Republic: To understand global inequality, you have to understand Brazil’s inequality.

+ Courtesy of this interactive video series from Google, step inside the unexpected world of Rio’s favelas.

+ ESPN: “Increasingly, medal standings are being altered based on the contents of refrigerators in Lausanne, Switzerland.” Bonnie Ford explains why the finish line is sometimes only the start of the modern Olympic odyssey, where performance-enhancing drug cases can keep medals in flux for years.

+ 100 athletes to watch in Rio. And a photographic look at competitors getting ready for the games.

+ Athletes who trained for a lifetime and are braving the bad conditions and the threat of Zeka have arrived in Rio only to be greeted by this alarming setback: There’s no way to play Pokemon Go.