The first in a New York Times’ series about global obesity looks at the place of processed foods in Brazil.
Tomorrow Belongs to God
LaMia Flight 2933, carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense football club to the 2016 Copa Sudamericana in Colombia, crashed as it approached the airport. Only six passengers survived, including three players. This is their story, in their words. (Also available in Portuguese.)
The Fallacy of the Olympics
Hosting the Olympics too often spells doom for the host country.
The Men Vying for the Emerald That’s Worth Millions… or Nothing
For her story in Wired, Elizabeth Weil fell down a rabbit hole of conspiracy, arson, faked kidnapping, bankruptcy, and lawsuits that swirls around the 752-pound Bahia Emerald.
The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Ruins Lives
Meet the schemers, investors, and dreamers who were bewitched by a big green rock that might not actually be worth anything.
Netflix Wants the World to Binge-Watch
“The answer may reside in Brazil. It’s here, in the shadows of Globo, that Netflix has been creating, revising, and perfecting the first draft of its international playbook.” Over the past few years, the streaming service has grown to prominence in Brazil, setting the stage for expansion into more than 100 other countries.
The Reporter at the Ayahuasca Tea Ceremony
In a piece for the Financial Times John Paul Rathbone wrote about the murder of Glauco Villas Boas, one of Brazil’s best-known cartoonists. Glauco was a leader of the Céu de Maria church, one of the many churches in Brazil that treat hallucinogenic ayahuasca tea as a sacrament. The young man charged with murdering Glauco had partaken in the religious rituals […]
In 2009, Brazil introduced “one of the boldest experiments in policing ever witnessed in the democratic world”—the Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP—to rid its poorest neighborhoods from the grip of drug traffickers and violent militias before the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics: ‘Everybody in Rio knew – every taxi driver, every senator, every […]