Explaining Brazil

The Brazilian Report

The Brazilian Report is an independent media outlet uniquely positioned to offer an insider’s view on current affairs in Brazil.

All Episodes

After much comings and goings, Bolsonaro has found a new party, in an arrangement that will help shape Brazil's political landscape for 2022 and beyond.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Dec 1

19 min 44 sec

This time last year, Brazilian citizens were unsure if they would ever get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Now, the country has immunized 80 percent of its adult population.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Nov 24

19 min 25 sec

Javier Milei is a vaccine skeptic, climate change denier, libertarian economist … and now, one of the biggest political stars in Argentinian politics.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Nov 17

27 min 44 sec

Brazil showed up in the west of Scotland ready to listen and compromise with the international community. But were its commitments enough?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Nov 10

20 min 17 sec

Seen as Chile's answer to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, José Antonio Kast has been consistently rising in polls since early in September. Could he win on November 21?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Nov 4

33 min 5 sec

The writing is on the wall: the government is about to obliterate the federal spending cap. One economist believes it is now time for damage limitation, at best.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Oct 27

20 min 55 sec

Members of the Covid hearings committee disagree on whether to indict President Jair Bolsonaro for genocide against indigenous groups and murder. This episode used the music "Infados" by Kevin MacLeodSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Oct 20

17 min 24 sec

A deal between Brazil and Argentina breathes new life into the Mercosur trade alliance. At least until the next crisis, that is. This episode used the music "Infados" by Kevin MacLeod and "Lurking" by Silent Partner, from the YouTube Audio Library.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Oct 13

23 min 5 sec

Brazil's consumer price index is set to hit the 10-percent mark this week. And historical data shows that high inflation and a poor economic outlook are bad omens for incumbent presidents.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Oct 6

19 min 40 sec

Two major Brazilian HMOs are accused of treating Covid patients as guinea pigs, administering chloroquine and other drugs without their knowledge — and allegedly at the behest of the Bolsonaro government. This episode sampled the song Infados by Kevin MacLeod, from the YouTube Audio Library.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Sep 29

18 min 40 sec

Last week's midterm primaries in Argentina delivered what was arguably the worst electoral defeat Peronism has ever suffered. But the problem goes beyond short-term woes.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Sep 22

41 min 47 sec

The government has delivered very little and has been a source of instability for the Brazilian economy. So what keeps market agents from turning on Bolsonaro?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Sep 15

29 min 9 sec

Bolsonaro is threatening to disregard Supreme Court rulings from now on. So how should the political system react to a president who doesn't want to play by the rules? (This episode was recorded live on Tuesday, Sep 7.)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Sep 8

1 hr

In six days, pro-Bolsonaro supporters will stage demonstrations in multiple cities. The unfolding of Brazil's political crisis depends on how big the turnout will be.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Sep 1

24 min 6 sec

Many fear September 7 could be Brazil's own version of the January 6 U.S. Capitol riots. Given the scenario in Brazil, a similar movement could have much bloodier consequences.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Aug 25

27 min 11 sec

While President Jair Bolsonaro seems to have very little interest in foreign affairs, serving in peacekeeping missions is a badge of honor for the Brazilian military — which holds enormous influence with Bolsonaro.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Aug 18

23 min 45 sec

Brazilian data protection watchdog ANPD, the National Data Protection Authority, is now able to punish companies who mishandle customer data. But many questions around regulators still linger.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Aug 11

20 min 52 sec

With sparse transport infrastructure and precarious health services, getting medical supplies to Brazil's Amazon population is a huge challenge — something laid bare by Brazil's coronavirus vaccination push.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Aug 3

19 min 47 sec

Struggling in the polls, President Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to ignore next year's election results. But is the risk of democratic rupture real? Or is the far-right simply crying coup?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Jul 28

29 min 56 sec

President Bolsonaro has recently been discharged from the hospital. While he was in, however, conflicting reports about his health made the Brazilian public suspicious.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Jul 21

18 min 39 sec

Jair Bolsonaro is using a Supreme Court nomination to rally his base. We explain the effects of his appointment on Brazilian justice and politics.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Jul 14

29 min 40 sec

Governor Eduardo Leite of Rio Grande do Sul came out as gay. But don't expect him to be a Brazilian Harvey Milk. Instead, he might be closer to Pete Buttigieg.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Jul 7

24 min 13 sec

In an ironic twist, the Jair Bolsonaro administration is facing its most severe crisis — not over the vaccines it did not pursue, but over the ones it did.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Jun 30

20 min 3 sec

Detractors of President Jair Bolsonaro are now taking to the streets to pressure him, but doing so means creating massive gatherings that are health hazards in themselves.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Jun 23

19 min 48 sec

In Brazil, the remote work solution was never easy, as the country has an extremely informal economy. This week, we discuss the future of work in Brazil.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Jun 16

23 min 6 sec

Under pressure from President Bolsonaro, the Army refused to punish active general Eduardo Pazuello for taking part in a political demonstration, causing uproar and stoking fears of military interference in the 2022 election.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Jun 9

25 min 24 sec

President Jair Bolsonaro is battling multiple domestic crises — but one dispute across the Atlantic could cost him the support of a valuable ally.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Jun 2

21 min 40 sec

As vaccine rollouts stumble in multiple Brazilian regions, health officials confirm the country's first cases of the Indian variant.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

May 26

16 min 23 sec

Jair Bolsonaro has seen his popularity dip in recent months, now polling behind Lula. But he has an even more immediate concern: the president needs to find a party.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

May 18

26 min 56 sec

The Covid hearings have exposed a laundry list of malfeasance by the Bolsonaro administration during the pandemic. Will that be enough to bring him down, though?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

May 11

22 min 38 sec

When Latin American countries received their first vaccines, they didn't get them from Western powers — but from China and Russia instead. But these deals often came with strings attached. Guests: Flávio da Fonseca (Brazilian Virology Society) and David Fidler (Council on Foreign Relations).Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

May 5

28 min 11 sec

A new exposé shows how one of Brazil's biggest business success stories may have covered a child sexual abuse ring, in a case with eerie parallels to that of notorious American pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Apr 27

19 min 56 sec

The next few weeks are packed with the definition of the 2021 budget, the start of the Covid hearings, and Biden's climate summit.Support the show (https://brazilian.report/store)

Apr 21

21 min 15 sec

Elections in Ecuador and Peru were filled with surprises. Latin America correspondent Lucas Berti breaks down what they mean for the region. // Music in this podcast: Infados by Kevin MacLeod (CC BY 4.0 license), Fall of the Solar King by Twin Musicom (CC BY 4.0 license).Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Apr 14

20 min 57 sec

With coronavirus deaths on the rise, a massive vaccination campaign seems to be Brazil's only way out of the pandemic crisis. President Jair Bolsonaro and São Paulo Governor João Doria are in a race toward the first coronavirus vaccine fully produced in Brazil.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Apr 7

23 min 9 sec

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro carried out a massive cabinet reshuffle on Monday, raising fears that his administration could take an undemocratic turn.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Mar 31

30 min 36 sec

Lula has regained his political rights and is set to face off against Bolsonaro next year. What can we expect from this clash of titans?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Mar 25

18 min 13 sec

The Supreme Court ruled that Sérgio Moro — the former judge who led Op. Car Wash — was biased in his trial of former President Lula. The judicial achievements of the anti-corruption task force are being undone, but what legacy does it leave behind?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Mar 24

31 min 25 sec

President Jair Bolsonaro has changed Health Ministers for the third time since the start of the pandemic. Army General Eduardo Pazuello is out, cardiologist and ally Marcelo Queiroga is in.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Mar 17

17 min 44 sec

Brazil has become something of an open-air laboratory, showing how new variants can develop when left to spread unchecked. Most, if not all states are inching closer to a health collapse, but far-right President Jair Bolsonaro continues to speak out against lockdowns and vaccines.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Mar 10

27 min 4 sec

Mining giants have been let off scot-free from the consequences of environmental disasters. Brazilians are going after them on their own turf.Guest: Pedro Martins, partner at law firm PGMBMSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Mar 3

21 min 21 sec

Markets backed Bolsonaro in 2018 hoping for a libertarian president. Facing a sluggish economy and rising inflation, the president decided to intervene in the economy.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Feb 24

25 min 45 sec

In Latin America, only three countries qualified as “full democracies.” As many as those qualified as “authoritarian regimes.”Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Feb 17

25 min 10 sec

Our podcast is back! This week, how the Brazilian government is using the country's upcoming 5G auction as a bargaining chip to receive more coronavirus vaccines.Support the show (https://brazilian.report/store)

Feb 10

22 min 39 sec

Brazil's "Big Center" were the big winners of this year's municipal elections, despite being regularly demonized by the population. We explain who they are and how they work.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Dec 2020

26 min 29 sec

Just as Brazilians were starting to get used to their so-called new normal, a second wave appears to be on the horizon.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Nov 2020

17 min 20 sec

After weeks of gloating about its fast and efficient vote count  system, Brazil's election authorities were hacked during Sunday's vote, raising cybersecurity fears.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Nov 2020

18 min 12 sec

The U.S. election process took days to confirm a winner. Were it to have taken place in Brazil, the entire vote count would have been wrapped up within a couple of hours.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Nov 2020

10 min 22 sec

Brazil's Central Bank has launched PIX, its new instant payment system. We analyze what changes this brings to the country's financial landscape.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Nov 2020

20 min 41 sec

In a huge majority, Chile voted to scrap its 1980 constitution, the last remaining legacy of the Pinochet dictatorship era.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/brazilianreport)

Oct 2020

20 min 17 sec