Philip Reeves appears in the following:
Friday, April 07, 2017
Venezuelans are fleeing their nation in droves, which is having a big impact on their South American neighbors. Pacaraima in Brazil was a remote rural community whose residents slept with their doors unlocked. Now the mayor has declared a state of emergency, saying it's become a Wild West frontier town, awash with crime and social problems.
Sunday, April 02, 2017
The crisis in Venezuela is getting worse. It's driving people across the border in search of food, medicine and money. We meet a former social worker who turned to prostitution to support her family.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Recent deadly violence at an Amazon prison is fueling concern over the vast powers wielded within the country's penal system by armed drug gangs, and the dangers faced by young men in prison awaiting trial or for minor offenses. A veteran convict tells NPR about life behind bars.
Monday, March 20, 2017
The country's federal police say that health officials were bribed to ignore outdated and adulterated meat. The European Commission has suspended imports from companies implicated in the allegations.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Workers across Brazil staged demonstrations over the government's plan to cap pension benefits and raise the retirement age. The protests disrupted traffic and public transportation nationwide.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, is seeing strikes and protests amid rising crime and Brazil's worst recession. "We're asking God Almighty that this comes to an end," says a resident.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Friday marks the start of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. We set out to discover if Brazil's tradition of wild street parties and lavish costume parades is actually a form of collective therapy.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Amid the parties and celebrations of Rio de Janeiro's carnival lie the political satire and protest. To see this, you just need to look at the costumes.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
More than 2 million people dance and drink, day and night, for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. All that pleasure involves quite a bit of pain. Ask the samba superathletes in 7-inch heels.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Brazilians in a southern state are stockpiling food after a surge of lootings and killings. With the police on strike, army troops are patrolling the streets, and most shops are shut.
Friday, February 03, 2017
The imprisonment of former billionaire Eike Batista on corruption charges is fueling much schadenfreude in Brazil. Social media memes proliferate imagining life behind bars for the famously flamboyant and extravagant entrepreneur.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Fallen commodities magnate Eike Batista has returned to Brazil to face charges. Prosecutors say Batista, once one of the world's richest people, was a player in a $100 million laundering/bribery ring.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
The soccer team of Chapeco, Brazil lost most of its members in an air crash last year. The team recently returned to the field for the first time in an emotional moment for the game's fans.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Judge Teori Zavascki was a pivotal player in the huge Petrobras corruption scandal involving politicians and business executives. The government has called for three days of national mourning.
Monday, January 16, 2017
If you like to travel and need a unique gift, try Manaus international airport, which is in the middle of the Amazon Rain Forest. It has what may be the world's only airport fish shop.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
This week's prison riot in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus was shocking for its brutality — nearly 60 inmates were killed — many beheaded. Prison violence is not uncommon in Brazil.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
When new to a big, international city, what's the best way to meet people? In Rio de Janeiro, it involves sitting on a low-slung wall.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
New Year's at Rio's Copacabana beach is billed as the world's biggest open-air party. Revelers wear white, and at the stroke of midnight, walk into the ocean and jump over seven waves for good luck.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Brazil ends 2016 reeling from a massive corruption scandal and the impeachment of its president. We consider the shaky footing on which the interim president seeks to lead the country into 2017.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Over the nearly thousand mile journey down the middle of Pakistan, we've been meeting NPR's Philip Reeves' fellow travelers, and learning about their hopes and fears at this stage in history.