Lourdes Garcia-Navarro http://wkms.org en Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading http://wkms.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 39450 at http://wkms.org Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading World Cup Woes Loom For One Brazilian City http://wkms.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 21:05:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 39052 at http://wkms.org From Recife, Brazil, 3 Rhythms Get The Carnival Party Started http://wkms.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 38983 at http://wkms.org From Recife, Brazil, 3 Rhythms Get The Carnival Party Started Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws http://wkms.org/post/brazils-social-media-boom-sparks-calls-new-privacy-laws The use of social media is exploding in Brazil. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 37729 at http://wkms.org Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws Ex-Brazilian President Kubitschek Was Murdered, Commission Says http://wkms.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 37235 at http://wkms.org Swarming Thieves Wreak Havoc On Famed Rio Beaches http://wkms.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 36918 at http://wkms.org Swarming Thieves Wreak Havoc On Famed Rio Beaches Brazil's Restrictions On Abortion May Get More Restrictive http://wkms.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 36102 at http://wkms.org Brazil's Restrictions On Abortion May Get More Restrictive Brazil's President Postpones U.S. Visit Over Spying Concerns http://wkms.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 34958 at http://wkms.org As Economy Cools, Brazilians Find Themselves Trapped In Debt http://wkms.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 20:37:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 34941 at http://wkms.org As Economy Cools, Brazilians Find Themselves Trapped In Debt Brazilian Believers Of Hidden Religion Step Out Of Shadows http://wkms.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 34914 at http://wkms.org Brazilian Believers Of Hidden Religion Step Out Of Shadows