Brazil’s international profile may be rising, but it continues to face serious domestic challenges: This year the country became the world's sixth-largest economy, but ranked only 84th on the UN Human Development Index — below countries like Libya and Venezuela. So has Brazil really has arrived?
The story of a Brazilian man who died after performing the role of Judas in the Passion of the Christ inspired writer Ian Belknap to think about this story as a performance piece gone inspirationally wrong.
Governor Pat Quinn met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday to discuss Illinois's exports to South America. Today, Eight Forty-Eight catches up with the Governor to talk about that meeting. We'll also ask the Governor about rising gas prices and the future of video gaming law in Illinois.
On this week's Global Notes, Jerome and Tony Sarabia listen to cuts from Brazilian artist Gal Costa's latest labum, Recanto. A veteran of Brazil's Tropicalismo music scene, Costa records songs in Portuguese, Spanish and English.