Lourdes Garcia-Navarro http://kbia.org en Emicida: 'People Sample What Is Nearest To Them' http://kbia.org/post/emicida-people-sample-what-nearest-them <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdvYAjQYdIs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvQLw8XRBKQ</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 51313 at http://kbia.org Emicida: 'People Sample What Is Nearest To Them' How Bad Is Brazil's Crime? Watch This Mugging On Live TV http://kbia.org/post/live-brazilian-tv-woman-talking-about-crime-gets-attacked <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPNXPbaGfjo</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:47:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 51108 at http://kbia.org How Bad Is Brazil's Crime? Watch This Mugging On Live TV A Few More Thoughts On Sexism In Latin America http://kbia.org/post/few-more-thoughts-sexism-latin-america <em>Editor's Note: NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, who has worked extensively in the Latin America and the Middle East, recently compared the sexism she found in both places. You can read her original essay <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/03/11/289058115/which-place-is-more-sexist-the-middle-east-or-latin-america" target="_blank">here</a>. It sparked a strong response from readers, and we asked her to address a number of those issues.</em><p>A man throws acid on a woman's face. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 50453 at http://kbia.org A Few More Thoughts On Sexism In Latin America Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading http://kbia.org/post/short-dollars-venezuela-tries-halt-black-market-trading The Venezuelan capital, Caracas, can be one of the most expensive cities in the world — or one of the cheapest. It all depends on how you exchange your dollars.<p>At a fast food restaurant in the city recently, a pretty tasty plate of chicken and rice cost me 160 bolivars. At the official exchange rate set by the government, that works out to a little more than $25; at the black market rate, it's just $2.<p>Needless to say, most anyone who can change money on the black market in Venezuela does so.<p>As one person told me: "For people like me [who are] paid in dollars ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 50151 at http://kbia.org Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading Opposition Fails To Maintain Momentum In Venezuela http://kbia.org/post/opposition-fails-maintain-momentum-venezuela Venezuela has cracked down on student protests, leaving 29 people dead. The main square in Caracas, where protesters were based, has been dismantled. The opposition is divided over what to do next. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 49915 at http://kbia.org Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers http://kbia.org/post/venezuela-turmoil-lack-flour-milk-and-diapers Alvaro Villarueda starts his morning the same way every day — putting in a call to his friend who has a friend who works at a Caracas, Venezuela, supermarket.<p>Today, he's looking for sugar, and he's asking his friend if he knows if any shipments have arrived. As he talks on the phone, his wife Lisbeth Nello, is in the kitchen.<p>There are 10 mouths to feed every day in this family — five of them children. The two youngest are still in diapers.<p>"The things that are the scarcest are actually what we need the most," Nello says. "Flour, cooking oil, butter, milk, diapers. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:57:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 49697 at http://kbia.org Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers Which Place Is More Sexist: The Middle East Or Latin America? http://kbia.org/post/which-place-more-sexist-middle-east-or-latin-america A semi-naked woman in a sequined Carnival costume. A veiled woman with only her eyes showing in a <em>niqab</em>. Two stereotypes of two vastly different regions — Latin America and the Middle East.<p>On the surface, these two images couldn't be more diametrically opposed. What could the two have in common, right? What a woman wears — or what she doesn't wear, in Brazil's case — is often interpreted as a sign of her emancipation. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 49683 at http://kbia.org Which Place Is More Sexist: The Middle East Or Latin America? World Cup Woes Loom For One Brazilian City http://kbia.org/post/world-cup-woes-loom-one-brazilian-city Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>The World Cup, soccer's biggest tournament, is just a few months off. It's a massive undertaking for the host country, Brazil, with huge construction projects attached. One of the 12 host cities, the city of Cuiaba, launched a fantastically ambitious infrastructure plan. It features over 30 projects. But it's been plagued by delays and lots of doubts about whether things will be ready. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 49071 at http://kbia.org From Recife, Brazil, 3 Rhythms Get The Carnival Party Started http://kbia.org/post/recife-3-rhythms-get-carnival-party-started <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOjtXpl77_E</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 48914 at http://kbia.org From Recife, Brazil, 3 Rhythms Get The Carnival Party Started As Brazil Gears Up For Olympics, Some Poor Families Get Moved Out http://kbia.org/post/brazil-gears-olympics-some-poor-families-get-moved-out Jeane Tomas scraped all her money together to build a house where she could raise her son. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:25:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 48816 at http://kbia.org As Brazil Gears Up For Olympics, Some Poor Families Get Moved Out Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop http://kbia.org/post/drought-could-drain-more-brazils-coffee-crop Brazil, a country usually known for its rainforests, has been facing a severe drought in its breadbasket region, leaving people in the cities without water and farmers in the countryside with dying crops. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:19:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 48584 at http://kbia.org Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? http://kbia.org/post/olympics-set-transform-rio-better-or-worse Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and there are two starkly different visions of what that will mean for the "marvelous city," as it is known.<p>"I would love to be born in Rio in 2020. The babies that are born here in 2020 will be born in a marvelous city ... because of the games," says Leonardo Gryner, the chief operating officer of Rio's Olympic Organizing Committee.<p>He says the sports arenas are the easy part. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 48292 at http://kbia.org Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? Samba School Murder Exposes The Dark Side Of Rio's Carnival http://kbia.org/post/samba-school-murder-exposes-dark-side-rios-carnival Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a glittering affair that attracts tourists from all over the world. There is, however, a murky and sometimes violent underbelly to the celebrations that recently came under the spotlight after the murder of a top samba school official.<p>One evening last month, Marcello da Cunha Freire was leaving his office in Rio's Vila Isabel neighborhood when a car pulled up next to him.<p>"I was here just beside where it happened," says a witness who doesn't want to give her name for fear of reprisals. "I suddenly heard gunfire. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 48033 at http://kbia.org Samba School Murder Exposes The Dark Side Of Rio's Carnival U.S. Team Trains In Brazil To Prepare For World Cup http://kbia.org/post/us-team-trains-brazil-prepare-world-cup The U.S. World Cup soccer team is in Brazil for 12 days of training and acclimation. The team drew a challenging schedule for the competition and will be playing in the northern cities of Natal and Recife as well as the Amazonian city of Manaus. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:04:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 47143 at http://kbia.org Ahead Of World Cup, Brazil's Delays Have FIFA Concerned http://kbia.org/post/ahead-world-cup-brazils-delays-have-fifa-concerned Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Just six months to go until Brazil hosts soccer's biggest tournament, the World Cup, and for Brazil, it is crunch time. Just yesterday, soccer's governing body, FIFA, issued a stark warning. One of the host cities is now in jeopardy of being dropped because its stadium is hugely delayed. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 46997 at http://kbia.org Even In Snowden-Friendly Brazil, Asylum May Be 'Bridge Too Far' http://kbia.org/post/even-snowden-friendly-brazil-asylum-may-be-bridge-too-far Should they or shouldn't they? That's the question Brazilians are asking themselves after Edward Snowden's "<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/snowdens-open-letter-to-brazil-read-the-text/2013/12/17/9bf1342a-6727-11e3-8b5b-a77187b716a3_story.html" target="_blank">open letter</a>" lauding Brazil's role in protecting privacy rights and alluding to his hand in uncovering spying on their president.<p>"Today, if you carry a cellphone in Sao [Paulo], the NSA can and does keep track of your location," wrote Snowden, 30, who is living in temporary asylum in Russia. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 46345 at http://kbia.org Even In Snowden-Friendly Brazil, Asylum May Be 'Bridge Too Far' Amazon Locavore: Meet The Man Putting Brazilian Food On The Map http://kbia.org/post/amazon-locavore-meet-man-putting-brazilian-food-map He was named one of the most influential people by <em>Time </em>magazine this past year.<p>Now Alex Atala, whose restaurant, D.O.M., is ranked <a href="http://eater.com/archives/2013/04/29/san-pellegrino-worlds-50-best-restaurants-2013.php">among the top 10 in the world</a>, is putting a new kind of Brazilian food on the map.<p>Atala has a graying beard, tattoos and openly jokes about his days as a wild youth experimenting with drugs. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:06:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 46239 at http://kbia.org Amazon Locavore: Meet The Man Putting Brazilian Food On The Map Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws http://kbia.org/post/brazils-social-media-boom-sparks-calls-new-privacy-laws The use of social media is exploding in Brazil. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 46080 at http://kbia.org Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws Brazil's Post Offices Help Deliver Christmas Wishes http://kbia.org/post/brazils-post-offices-help-deliver-christmas-wishes "Dear Father Christmas," the letter reads, "my name is Larissa. I know that you are very busy and that you live a long way away in the North Pole, but I'd like to ask you for a gift because my mother doesn't have enough money to buy what I want."<p>There are piles of similar letters — many decorated with stickers, drawings and hand prints — lying on makeshift tables in the main hall of the post office in downtown Sao Paulo.<p>Another letter, this one from a 10-year-old boy, reads: "My mother died when I was a young baby. I live with my brother and my father. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 45513 at http://kbia.org Brazil's Post Offices Help Deliver Christmas Wishes It's The End Of The Road For VW's Iconic Van http://kbia.org/post/its-end-road-vws-iconic-van The iconic Volkswagen van goes out of production this month in Brazil because of new government-imposed safety requirements. Some of the last of the hippy buses are now rolling off the line. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:56:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 45100 at http://kbia.org Ex-Brazilian President Kubitschek Was Murdered, Commission Says http://kbia.org/post/ex-brazilian-president-kubitschek-was-murdered-commission-says Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>A probe into the death of one of Brazil's most celebrated presidents has determined he was murdered. It was thought that the former leader died in a 1976 car crash but an investigation has found he was assassinated by the military junta that once ruled the country. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 45079 at http://kbia.org What's For Dinner? Try Brazilian http://kbia.org/post/whats-dinner-try-brazilian When you think of the world's great cuisines, Brazilian food doesn't spring to mind. But that is about to change.<p>Outside Brazil, the South American nation is most famous for its barbecue, or <em>churrascaria</em>. But inside the country, a new movement celebrating regional foods is booming. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 44824 at http://kbia.org What's For Dinner? Try Brazilian Swarming Thieves Wreak Havoc On Famed Rio Beaches http://kbia.org/post/swarming-thieves-wreak-havoc-famed-rio-beaches Amanda Maia was visiting Rio de Janeiro for the weekend earlier this month with her mother. It was a sunny day and so they went to Ipanema beach to catch some rays. She says she noticed a few groups of kids.<p>"There were lots of gangs, about 10, 15 children each; they were about 10 or 12 years old," Maia recalls.<p>At first, she says, they were just roaming the streets, checking people out. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:40:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 44446 at http://kbia.org Swarming Thieves Wreak Havoc On Famed Rio Beaches Photos Reveal Harsh Detail Of Brazil's History With Slavery http://kbia.org/post/photos-reveal-harsh-detail-brazils-history-slavery <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRZRa4H8674</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 43612 at http://kbia.org Photos Reveal Harsh Detail Of Brazil's History With Slavery The Billionaire Who Personified Brazil's Boom Goes Bust http://kbia.org/post/billionaire-who-personified-brazils-boom-goes-bust <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb13XkjnRY0</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:24:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 43047 at http://kbia.org The Billionaire Who Personified Brazil's Boom Goes Bust Brazil's Restrictions On Abortion May Get More Restrictive http://kbia.org/post/brazils-restrictions-abortion-may-get-more-restrictive The doctor's office is clean and white and comfortingly bland in an upscale neighborhood of Sao Paulo. We were given the address by a health professional who told us one of the doctors here gives safe abortions in a country where they are illegal.<p>The doctor agrees to speak on condition of anonymity after we prove we are not there to entrap him. He does not admit on tape that he terminates unwanted pregnancies. But he says openly he favors legalizing abortions.<p>"Most women who want an abortion in Brazil can't afford to come to a doctor," he says. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:50:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 42840 at http://kbia.org Brazil's Restrictions On Abortion May Get More Restrictive All Across Brazil, The Art Scene Is Shifting http://kbia.org/post/all-across-brazil-art-scene-shifting Brazil is known for its music and distinctive dances, not necessarily for its paintings or photography. But that is changing. Not only are Brazilian artists now getting big play in major museums around the world, but something new is happening inside Brazil: There's a burgeoning appetite for art.<p>"It's booming. Brazilian art is booming," says Brazilian photographer Claudio Edinger, whose work was being exhibited at a recent photography art fair in Sao Paulo. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:16:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 40870 at http://kbia.org All Across Brazil, The Art Scene Is Shifting Brazil's President Postpones U.S. Visit Over Spying Concerns http://kbia.org/post/brazils-president-postpones-us-visit-over-spying-concerns Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A secret surveillance court has issued a very rare public defense of the U.S. program that collects massive data on phone calls. The court wrote that this program which stores numbers and call times but not content, we're told, does not violate privacy rights.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The American Civil Liberties Union countered that it is folly to trust privacy decisions to a secret court.<p>INSKEEP: The program was made public in leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:27:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 40701 at http://kbia.org As Economy Cools, Brazilians Find Themselves Trapped In Debt http://kbia.org/post/economy-cools-brazilians-find-themselves-trapped-debt It all started out so promisingly. She was young, still in her teens, and she'd landed her first job. As is the custom in Brazil, to get your salary you have to open an account with the bank the company deals with — and with that new account came the woman's first credit card.<p>"The banks say, 'I want to help you,' " she says. "And if you have a credit card, it's a status symbol, you are well-regarded."<p>She switched jobs. That company dealt with another bank — which issued her another credit card. She got a store credit card, too.<p>"They always give you the incentive to spend," she says. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 40678 at http://kbia.org As Economy Cools, Brazilians Find Themselves Trapped In Debt Brazilian Believers Of Hidden Religion Step Out Of Shadows http://kbia.org/post/brazilian-believers-hidden-religion-step-out-shadows Amid chanting and drumming, a crowd gathers in Sao Paulo and waits for the gods to come to them from the spirit world.<p>They are celebrating a sacred festival day in honor of Omulu, a deity of life and death. The women wear white dresses with crinolines, colorful belts and headdresses. The men wear lace, pajama-style suits. They sing and dance in a circle for hours; the room gets warmer, the chanting more intense.<p>Suddenly, they are here: Orixas have possessed the chosen among the faithful. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:05:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 40583 at http://kbia.org Brazilian Believers Of Hidden Religion Step Out Of Shadows