Lourdes Garcia-Navarro http://wrvo.org en Out Of Tragedy, A New Brazilian Presidential Contender Emerges http://wrvo.org/post/out-tragedy-new-brazilian-presidential-contender-emerges <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Out+Of+Tragedy%2C+A+New+Brazilian+Presidential+Contender+Emerges&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTc3MDEzMjAzMzEyMDA3Njc1Nw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Brazil, a new presidential candidate is up and in the race. Her name is Marina Silva and polls show her possibly beating the incumbent. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 60780 at http://wrvo.org Once An Object Of Reverence, Brazilian Soccer's A Punchline http://wrvo.org/post/once-object-reverence-brazilian-footballs-punchline It's been over a month since the World Cup ended in Brazil, but the shame of the country's blowout loss remains. Once, Brazilians were welcomed in other countries with talk of Brazil's soccer dominance; now, everyone merely speaks of their historic defeat against Germany. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 60631 at http://wrvo.org Brazil Mourns, After Presidential Candidate Dies In Plane Crash http://wrvo.org/post/brazil-mourns-after-presidential-candidate-dies-plane-crash <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Brazil+Mourns%2C+After+Presidential+Candidate+Dies+In+Plane+Crash&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExMDI3NjQ1MDEzNjMwMjk0NzlhYzMyZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>A Brazilian presidential candidate was killed today. His plane went down as he was traveling to a campaign event. 49-year-old Eduardo Campos was running third in the polls. The election is October fifth. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 60371 at http://wrvo.org Letter From Beyond The Grave: A Tale Of Love, Murder And Brazilian Law http://wrvo.org/post/letter-beyond-grave-tale-love-murder-and-brazilian-law The story of Lenira de Oliveira and her dead lover's letter is a tale of Brazil. It's a story of love, jealousy, forgiveness, life after death and the criminal court system. And it's true — though it sounds like fiction.<p>It sounds, in particular, like the work of the late Gabriel Garcia-Marquez.<p>The novelist once said that the inspiration for his books came from daily life in his region. "Surrealism runs through the streets," <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1973/01/the-yellow-trolley-car-in-barcelona-and-other-visions/360848/">he said</a>. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 60175 at http://wrvo.org Letter From Beyond The Grave: A Tale Of Love, Murder And Brazilian Law Undocumented Drivers Wary Of License Program http://wrvo.org/post/undocumented-drivers-wary-license-program <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Undocumented+Drivers+Wary+Of+License+Program&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTc3MDEzMjAzMzEyMDA3Njc1Nw004)"/></div><p> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 60164 at http://wrvo.org As Evangelical Clout Grows, Brazil May Face New Culture Wars http://wrvo.org/post/evangelical-clout-grows-brazil-may-face-new-culture-wars Everaldo Dias Pereira — known to his flock as Pastor Everaldo — shakes the hands of potential voters at a shopping mall in a suburb of Sao Paulo in Brazil.<p>As he wishes them the peace of the Lord, a group of supporters shout out: "Enough of corruption, enough of people who don't know the word of God. We want Pastor Everaldo."<p>The pastor is running for president, and even though it is unlikely he will win — polls show he only has 3 percent of the vote — his socially conservative message resonates among many of the evangelical faithful.<p>"Our proposal is clear," he says. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 59805 at http://wrvo.org As Evangelical Clout Grows, Brazil May Face New Culture Wars The Collective Anguish Of The Brazilian Defeat http://wrvo.org/post/collective-anguish-brazilian-defeat Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And now on to Sao Paulo, where NPR South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro caught the game at a bar. And, Lourdes, I assume there is collective anguish, albeit very loud anguish right now. What's the mood?<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: Well, I think people are drowning their sorrows in this bar. And I think anguish is absolutely the right word. I think you could also use the word despair, shock, horror. People have told me this surpassed even the worst imaginings of their most pessimistic friends. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 58569 at http://wrvo.org For Brazilians, Game-Day Rituals Lead To Sense Of Community http://wrvo.org/post/brazilians-game-day-rituals-lead-sense-community Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Brazil faces Germany today in the semi-finals of the World Cup.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Deep into the tournament, Brazilian fans have developed a game day routine.<p>INSKEEP: So we present to you now, with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Sao Paulo, Brazil's World Cup ritual in four acts.<p>MONTAGNE: Act one - getting to the game.<p>GARCIA-NAVARRO: I am in a car right now doing what pretty much every single other Brazilian is doing, which is trying to get to where they're going to see the latest Brazil game. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 58502 at http://wrvo.org Graffiti Artist Sprays Brazil's Turmoil Across Its City Walls http://wrvo.org/post/graffiti-artist-sprays-brazils-turmoil-across-its-city-walls Brazilian street artist Paulo Ito has captured the spirit of the World Cup with two controversial images: One depicts a starving Brazilian boy with nothing but a soccer ball to eat; the other depicts even protesters watching the games on television. They both speak to viewers worldwide about the costs of staging the mega event. Ito explains what inspired his work and what's happening in Brazil. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 58384 at http://wrvo.org Graffiti Artist Sprays Brazil's Turmoil Across Its City Walls Argentinian World Cup Fans Plant Their Flag In Brazil http://wrvo.org/post/argentinian-world-cup-fans-plant-their-flag-brazil Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And now some World Cup news that is not about the U.S. team. Argentina played Switzerland today. The South American country won, scoring a goal in overtime. Argentina's fans were out in force in Sao Paulo, where the two teams faced off. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro says supporters of Brazil's greatest rival are getting a lot of attention in the host country.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: They planted their blue and white flag on Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach, claiming it as their territory. They've had fist fights with police. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 58211 at http://wrvo.org Once Bitten, Twice Decried: Uruguay Outraged By Suarez Punishment http://wrvo.org/post/once-bitten-twice-decried-uruguay-outraged-suarez-punishment Luis Suarez's sponsors are dropping him, his future at his team Liverpool is in doubt and his 2014 World Cup is over. FIFA dealt the Uruguayan soccer player an unusually harsh sentence for biting his opponent, and his home country is outraged. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 58037 at http://wrvo.org Revived Mariel Port Attracts Investment From Brazil http://wrvo.org/post/revived-mariel-port-attracts-investment-brazil Brazil is pouring nearly a billion dollars into Cuba's Mariel port. Brazil, via Cuba, will practically have its own port near U.S. shores — so it's a major geostrategic move. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:32:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57878 at http://wrvo.org Troubles Put Aside, Brazilians Embrace World Cup http://wrvo.org/post/troubles-put-aside-brazilians-embrace-world-cup Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>We now turn to Brazil and the World Cup. Yesterday, the host country played Mexico, and it was a disappointing performance for home-team fans. It was a draw. Neither side scored. Still, Brazilians are feeling more positive about the World Cup. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Sao Paulo.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: Watching the World Cup is better in a group, and Brazilians are no exception. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57500 at http://wrvo.org Can A Female Politician Be Insulted Without It Being Sexist? http://wrvo.org/post/can-female-politician-be-insulted-without-it-being-sexist The talk on the streets of Brazil is the host country's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/12/321417607/brazil-wins-world-cup-opener-against-croatia-3-1">resounding victory over Croatia</a> on the World Cup pitch. But online, debate is raging over whether or not chants directed against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff at the stadium where she was attending yesterday's match were sexist.<p>After the opening ceremony, fans briefly started jeering "Hey, Dilma, go f*** yourself in the a**! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro & Paula Moura 57281 at http://wrvo.org Can A Female Politician Be Insulted Without It Being Sexist? World Cup's First Day Marred By Protests http://wrvo.org/post/world-cups-first-day-marred-protests Riot police in Sao Paulo used tear gas and stun grenades against protesters angry over Brazil's attention to the World Cup over the needs of its people. The violence came before the first game began. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57267 at http://wrvo.org Brazilians Greet The World Cup Kickoff With Protests And Tear Gas http://wrvo.org/post/brazilians-greet-world-cup-kickoff-protests-and-tear-gas In Brazil, thousands of protesters clashed with police just hours before the World Cup opening ceremony. The streets of Sao Paolo were filled with tear gas and concussion grenades. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57241 at http://wrvo.org Brazil Furious Over Ad Showing Christ The Redeemer In An Italian Jersey http://wrvo.org/post/brazil-furious-over-ad-showing-christ-redeemer-italian-jersey It's the most iconic image of Brazil: the Christ the Redeemer statue, perched atop Rio de Janiero, looking down with his arms spread wide in love and understanding.<p>Now imagine the towering figure wearing a soccer jersey — and not even Brazil's.<p>Controversy has broken out over an Italian TV advertisement for the World Cup that shows the sculpture draped in the blue jersey of the Azzurri, or Italy's national team, and featuring the slogan "Brazil awaits us."<p>Brazil's Catholic Church, which owns the rights to the image, called its use "disrespectful." It has threatened a lawsuit against It Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57168 at http://wrvo.org Brazil Furious Over Ad Showing Christ The Redeemer In An Italian Jersey Soccer Fans Eager To Get World Cup Action Underway http://wrvo.org/post/soccer-fans-eager-get-world-cup-action-underway <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Soccer+Fans+Eager+To+Get+World+Cup+Action+Underway&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Ahead of the World Cup, the host country, Brazil, has seen labor strikes, protests, construction delays at stadiums, but tomorrow the games begin. Brazilians hope they can put all the problems behind them. They just want to get the party started. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57143 at http://wrvo.org With 2 Days Till Kickoff, World Cup Host City Is Stricken By Strike http://wrvo.org/post/2-days-till-kickoff-world-cup-host-city-stricken-strike The World Cup kicks off in two days, and fans are pouring into Brazil. But in Sao Paulo, the site of the opening game, metro workers are striking over pay, fueling fierce clashes. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57122 at http://wrvo.org Scientist Touts Exoskeleton That Could Offer A Chance To Walk Again http://wrvo.org/post/scientist-touts-exoskeleton-could-offer-chance-walk-again Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This Thursday, the eyes of the world will be on Brazil during the World Cup's opening ceremony. And there'll be a remarkable moment during that event. From São Paulo, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: On Thursday, a man who is paralyzed will showcase to the whole world what a combination of science, a willing government and dreams can achieve. The person, and who he is is being kept a tightly guarded secret, has a high spinal cord injury that left him unable to move from the waist down. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:42:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 57030 at http://wrvo.org Striking Train Workers Add To Brazil's World Cup Woes http://wrvo.org/post/striking-train-workers-adds-brazils-world-cup-woes First came the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/21/us-brazil-worldcup-strikes-idUSBREA4K0PC20140521">bus strike</a>. Then came the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/jun/06/world-cup-2014-teachers-protest-rio-de-janeiro-video">teachers</a>. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:20:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 56937 at http://wrvo.org Striking Train Workers Add To Brazil's World Cup Woes As Brazil Barrels Toward World Cup, Brazilians Aren't Feeling It http://wrvo.org/post/brazil-barrels-toward-world-cup-brazilians-arent-feeling-it The stadium where the opening game of the World Cup will be played is a gleaming monument to the world's favorite sport, soccer. The Corinthians Arena — named after one of Brazil's most famous teams, which will take it over — has been built from scratch and boasts a massive LCD screen and state-of-the-art facilities.<p>Last weekend, it was full of fans watching the last test match before the World Cup begins. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 56851 at http://wrvo.org As Brazil Barrels Toward World Cup, Brazilians Aren't Feeling It As World Cup Approaches, Brazilians Aren't Exactly Thrilled http://wrvo.org/post/world-cup-approaches-brazilians-arent-exactly-thrilled Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Just nine days to go before the World Cup soccer tournament begins in Brazil. And a poll released today by the Pew Research Center shows that the mood among Brazilians is grim. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 56775 at http://wrvo.org Ready, Set, Spray! Brazil Battles Dengue Ahead Of The World Cup http://wrvo.org/post/ready-set-spray-brazil-battles-dengue-ahead-world-cup In Sao Paulo's poor north zone, in the neighborhood of Tucuruvi, teams of city workers knock on doors, warning people to take pets and small children out of the area.<p>Quickly after, men in hazmat suits with metal cylinders strapped to their backs start spraying the street, and some of the interiors of the homes, with powerful pesticides. Thu, 29 May 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 56557 at http://wrvo.org Ready, Set, Spray! Brazil Battles Dengue Ahead Of The World Cup For Brazil's Soccer Stars, Careers Often Begin On Makeshift Fields http://wrvo.org/post/brazils-soccer-stars-careers-often-begin-makeshift-fields The road to World Cup glory in Brazil doesn't start in fancy soccer clubs or private schoolyards. It often begins in places like this poor neighborhood called Rio Pequeno in Sao Paulo and on a dirt lot, where a group of children are playing soccer.<p>Brazil is hosting the World Cup, which starts in less than a month, and the country is also favored to win. Brazil is already a five-time champion and it has played in every World Cup since the tournament's inception.<p>It's no exaggeration to say that most every young boy in this country dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 56017 at http://wrvo.org For Brazil's Soccer Stars, Careers Often Begin On Makeshift Fields How Bad Is Brazil's Crime? Watch This Mugging On Live TV http://wrvo.org/post/live-brazilian-tv-woman-talking-about-crime-gets-attacked <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPNXPbaGfjo</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:16:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 54078 at http://wrvo.org How Bad Is Brazil's Crime? Watch This Mugging On Live TV A Few More Thoughts On Sexism In Latin America http://wrvo.org/post/few-more-thoughts-sexism-latin-america <em>Editor's Note: NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, who has worked extensively in the Latin America and the Middle East, recently compared the sexism she found in both places. You can read her original essay <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/03/11/289058115/which-place-is-more-sexist-the-middle-east-or-latin-america" target="_blank">here</a>. It sparked a strong response from readers, and we asked her to address a number of those issues.</em><p>A man throws acid on a woman's face. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 53471 at http://wrvo.org A Few More Thoughts On Sexism In Latin America Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading http://wrvo.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 21:07:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 53197 at http://wrvo.org Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading Opposition Fails To Maintain Momentum In Venezuela http://wrvo.org/post/opposition-fails-maintain-momentum-venezuela Venezuela has cracked down on student protests, leaving 29 people dead. The main square in Caracas, where protesters were based, has been dismantled. The opposition is divided over what to do next. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 52974 at http://wrvo.org Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers http://wrvo.org/post/venezuela-turmoil-lack-flour-milk-and-diapers Alvaro Villarueda starts his morning the same way every day — putting in a call to his friend who has a friend who works at a Caracas, Venezuela, supermarket.<p>Today, he's looking for sugar, and he's asking his friend if he knows if any shipments have arrived. As he talks on the phone, his wife Lisbeth Nello, is in the kitchen.<p>There are 10 mouths to feed every day in this family — five of them children. The two youngest are still in diapers.<p>"The things that are the scarcest are actually what we need the most," Nello says. "Flour, cooking oil, butter, milk, diapers. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:57:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 52777 at http://wrvo.org Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers