Brazil on Fire

In the lead-up to the high-stakes national elections on Oct. 2, Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox takes listeners on a journey to understand Brazil’s turn toward fascism under President Jair Bolsonaro—and how the US helped push it along—in this special podcast series.

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Brazil on Fire Episode 6: Amazon up in Smoke

Brazil’s war against Indigenous peoples is as old as Brazil itself, but Bolsonaro’s administration has sought to accelerate the destruction of the Amazon and its peoples.


Recent episodes

Brazil on Fire Episode 5: Ghosts of the Past

Brazil’s military dictatorship was a dark time in the country’s history. Hundreds were killed. Thousands jailed and tortured. And it is an era that President Jair Bolsonaro remembers with nostalgia.

Brazil on Fire Episode 4: Nazis on your Street

Bolsonaro’s presidency emboldened fascists to proclaim their beliefs from the streets to the halls of power, but Nazis have a long historical presence in Brazil reaching back to the early days of European fascism.

Brazil on Fire Episode 2: Free Lula

Six months before the 2018 Brazilian election, a judge jailed frontrunner Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on corruption charges in what many considered a sham trial set up by the United States. The result was a clear path for Bolsonaro to take the presidency.

Brazil on Fire Episode 1: Violence and the Culture War

Bolsonaro’s rise to the presidency was marked by a wave of political violence perpetrated by his followers. Here’s how the hallmarks of the culture war, manufactured in the United States, came to define a virulent right-wing movement in Brazil that paved the way for Bolsonaro’s ascendance.

Brazil on Fire: Democracy and Dictatorship

Journalist Michael Fox takes a bird’s-eye view of the Bolsonaro administration, and what lies ahead for Brazil’s next presidential election.

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