Topics

As promised in the intro podcast episode, here is a list of potential topics for episodes (or series of episodes if the topic is big enough). I’ve been compiling a list over the past month or so as I’ve been writing and otherwise getting things set up for the podcast, so it’s fairly long. However, by no means is it exhaustive. Brazil is culturally diverse and has 500 years of recorded history plus thousands of years of pre-history, to say nothing of the aspects of the wider world that involve or affect Brazil.

So, please comment to let us know which of these you’re most interested in or to suggest more.

Don’t worry too much about the categories I created. They’re very loose and many items surely could be put in more than one. Pigeon-holing topics just seemed better than dropping a giant, unorganized list on you.

-Cary

 
PRE/EARLY-COLONIAL PORTUGUAL/EUROPE:
Spain vs Portugal & Treaty of Tordesilhas
History of Portugal

RELIGION:
Afro-Brazilian religions (Candomblé, Umbanda, Xangô, etc)
Catholicism in Brazil
Evangelism in Brazil
Spiritism
Islam in Brazil

CURRENT EVENTS:
How Brazil got the World Cup and Olympics
2013 and subsequent protests
Mensalão (big vote buying scandal of 2005)

GENERAL CULTURE & SOCIAL:
Popular myths about Brazil
Cuisine
Mythology and Folklore
Lost cities of the Amazon
Portuguese language (history, dialects/creoles, current state, maybe a few useful phrases)
Carnival
Samba
MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra), the Landless Peoples Moviment
Modern day Brazilian Politics

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES:
Isolated Indigenous Peoples
Early Catholic missionaries & indigenous rights and conversion
Cândido Rondon, SPI (SPI was the departments in charge, Rodon was its founder)
Figueiredo Report, and FUNAI (FUNAI is the current Indian affairs department, created after the Figueiredo Report brought down SPI)
Xingu Reserve & the Villas-Bôas brothers (Xingu is the largest Indian reserve in Brazil)
Archaeology in the Amazon
Non-Amazon tribes

SLAVERY:
History of Slavery in Brazil
Malê Revolt
The Abolition of Slavery

HISTORICAL SOCIAL/POLITICAL EVENTS:
Colonial rivalries with Spain, Holland & France
Portuguese Court moving to Brazil
Brazilian Independence & Founding of the Empire
End of the Empire
The Cabanagem War
Cisplatine War
Platine War
Uruguayan War
Ragamuffin War
War of the Triple Alliance
Brazil in WWI
Brazil in WWII
The Carandiru Penitentiary massacre

GEOGRAPHIC:
Biomes: Amazon Rainforest, Pampas, Cerrado, Caatinga, Mata Atlântica, Patanal
History of various cities: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, etc.
Regions & states
Southern Brazil & Gaúcho culture (States of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina & Paraná; listed separately because it’s where I live 😉 )

PEOPLE:
Fernando Henrique Cardosa
Machado de Assis
Pelé
Oscar Niemeyer
Eike Batista

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