Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 11:13 am
On June 11 â€” one day before the World Cup started â€” two policemen picked up three black teenagers in Rio de Janeiro. The three hadn't committed any crime â€” but they did have a history of petty offenses.
The officers drove them up to the wooded hills above the city. One was shot in the head and killed. One was shot in the leg and the back and left for dead. Another escaped.
Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 5:29 pm
As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.
Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:17 am
A soft, breezy summer record, Tudo befits Bebel Gilberto's status as a member of Brazilian musical royalty. The daughter of JoĂŁo Gilberto and singer MiĂşcha, as well as the niece of the legendary Chico Buarque, she crafts a work that's light but never boring.
This is the Brazil where samba, bossa nova and Musica Popular Brasileira meet hip-hop, rock, jazz and electronica. Underneath all the contemporary mash ups is the DNA that makes Brazilian music some of the most vibrant on the planet: Interlocking rhythms that go right to the hips; melodies that never seem to veer into the somber minor keys; and drums of all shapes and sizes.
Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 9:19 am
Caetano Veloso has been making music for over 40 years, and he's among the best known singers in his native Brazil. Banning Eyre says that Veloso's new album, Abracaco, is one of the most engaging in his epic career.
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The gangâ€™s all here again in â€śRio 2,â€ť a bright animated musical thatâ€™s sure to please the kids in the audience, and likely to at least hold the interest of the grownups. Jesse Eisenberg is back as the neurotic Blu, a suburban spixâ€™s macaw now living in Rio de Janeiro along with his wife, Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and three kids. When a television report tips Jewel off that their family might not be the only blue spixâ€™s macaws left on earth, the crew flies into the heart of the Amazon to find the rest of their family, and meet up with Bluâ€™s former caretakers Linda and Tulio.
It's Carnival this weekend in Brazil. While it costs hundreds of dollars just to get a bad seat in Rio de Janeiro, the northern city of Recife hosts the most unique and varied celebration in the country, with two million people expected to attend.