Keeping up with the blog

Me in the Wynwood art district of Miami with Brazilian artist Cranio's work. The Rio Olympics are nearly here and I haven't written anything on the blog. Here's why ....more

Back to the Future: The Fear Fueling Brazil's Crisis

Brazilians don't want history to repeat itself, but no one's coming to the rescue to turn things around. The circus/impeachment vote in Brazil's lower house on April 17. Photo: PRB Nacional/Creative Commons Two dead bodies lay on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, as beachgoers play soccer and walk by, unfazed ....more

What's Dividing Brazilians During the Crisis?

As Brazil's political crisis continues, it's not always easy to find level-headed, middle-of-the-road analysis. So it's useful to find a smart breakdown of the ideological divide with some cold, hard data. It's difficult to get a complete picture on the country's divisions amid a fast-moving and complex situation; this article offers some insight and food for thought ....more

Watching Brazil's Political Crisis from the Sidelines

Several times in the past week, I've sat down to attempt to write about Brazil's political crisis. But it's gotten so complex and so complicated that I'm at a loss. The polarization, divisiveness and anger have hit a level I haven't seen since the 2014 election, and have actually gotten worse ....more

How to Go Viral in Brazil by Going Negative

Brazilians are voracious consumers of online content and power users of social media, so when an article or video really takes off in Brazil, it can become a cultural phenomenon or a national conversation. That happened last week when an American self-help writer penned a bilingual open letter to Brazil, a hotly controversial mike drop of sorts as he returns home after four years in Rio. "Why is Brazil so screwed up?" he writes ....more

Ten Issues to Watch in Brazil in 2016

All eyes are on Brazil this year with the Olympics front and center, followed by the House of Cards-esque impeachment process. But there's a lot more to keep an eye on in 2016. I checked in with several Brazil-based experts - including political scientist Mauricio Santoro, Rio blogger Julia Michaels, and AP journalist Mauricio Savarese - and did research of my own ....more

Where I've Been

Apologies for the long silence, but it's been a busy last few months. I got an internship, finished my Master's program, graduated, and spent three weeks traveling. Now I'm back in New York, job hunting and freelancing ....more

Q&A with Papo Reto's Raull Santiago

Santiago and Papo Reto. Papo Reto, or Straight Talk, is a group of citizen journalists in Rio de Janeiro documenting life in the Complexo do Alemão favela. They were responsible for exposing the circumstances surrounding the death of 10-year-old Eduardo de Jesus, shot and killed by police in April ....more

Why You Should Be Paying Attention to Brazil's Real-Life "House of Cards"

Brazil's political establishment is in crisis as parties grapple for the highest levels of power amid a serious economic downturn. Brasilia is experiencing its own version of "House of Cards," a situation that could potentially have ramifications in Latin America and even globally. In this real-life drama with new twists seemingly every week, President Dilma Rousseff is trying to stay in office as the opposition pushes for impeachment ....more

Five Reasons Why "Narcos" Is A Game-Changer

Netflix's "Narcos" has a lot of people talking. Starring the magnificent Brazilian actor Wagner Moura and co-produced and partially directed by Brazilian José Padilha, the show focuses on Colombia but carries an indelible Brazilian imprint. There have been a variety of complaints about the show, but I think it's a great watch and an important jumping-off point for shows and movies about Latin America for a global audience ....more