Weekly Show

Brazil | As the number of covid deaths grows, so does hunger and the billionaire club

Also featured: How women in the clothing industry are fairing and one of Brazil’s oldest cultural traditions

Brasil de Fato | São Paulo |
Journalist Pamela Oliveira hosts our weekly English-language show featuring the latest news and fun facts about Brazil - Screen capture/Brasil de Fato

This week, in What’s Happening in Brazil, we take a look at how the onset of the pandemic has only deepened the chasm between the rich and poor. While millions of Brazilians are going hungry, over the last year, 20 new billionaires have emerged in the country.

In our Culture Talk segment, we introduce you to one of Brazil's oldest musical, dance and cultural traditions: maracatu. Born in the state of Pernambuco, in the country's northeastern region, maracatu is rooted in African culture, and for a long time did not permit women to play the maracatu alfaia, the main drum that drives this ancient beat.

In our Story of the Week, we remain in the state of Pernambuco, this time to take a look at how women in the clothing industry are fairing during the pandemic. With a drastic drop in sales and prices, many of these women are uniting in order to help each other keep their incomes and change labor models, so as to be able to survive with dignity.

Lastly, to wrap things up, in our Brazilianism segment we teach you a delicious local recipe and showcase some quality Brazilian music. Enjoy the show!

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Edited by: Ítalo Piva