South American Cholo: Lowrider Culture in São Paulo

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Why are Brazilians adopting the lowrider subculture of East Los Angeles? A short documentary, South American Cholo, provides an engaging answer.

The Winning Design for Brazil’s New Antarctic Station

Image: Estúdio 41

Estúdio 41, an architectural firm from Curitiba, has won a design competition to rebuild Brazil’s Antarctic Station for polar scientific research.

Dia do Trabalho: International Workers’ Day in Brazil

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May 1st is Dia do Trabalho (Labor Day) in Brazil. In the 1940s, under President Vargas, the holiday became linked to new labor protections and benefits.

Dia de Tiradentes: a Martyr for National Independence

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Dia de Tiradentes is a national holiday honoring a hero of Brazil’s struggle for independence. But who was the real man, and how is he remembered today?

Dia do Índio: A Day of Honor and Indigenous Pride

Photo: © Cristina Mittermeier/iLCP

Dia do Índio celebrates the indigenous people of Brazil and their many contributions to the nation’s culture. It’s a day for reflection and activism.

Curitiba: Sustainable Design in a Modern City

Photo: Otávio Nogueira

A little-known state capital in southern Brazil, Curitiba, is the international model for building a modern city with green and sustainable design.

Tapioca Couscous: a Simple, Sweet Dessert

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Reflecting the diverse heritage of Brazil, tapioca couscous is an African slave recipe that mixes ingredients used by the indigenous people and Europeans.

The Timothy Ferriss 1-Hour Method: Learn a Language Fast

Photo: Loy Machedo

Best-selling author Timothy Ferriss has a unique system to learn any language in 1 hour. I apply his method to explain the basics of Brazilian Portuguese.

Darkened Cities: Thierry Cohen Reveals the Stars over Rio

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Darkened Cities is a photo series which composites major cities, like Rio de Janeiro, with the stars above that, in reality, are veiled by light pollution.

Human Pantone: Angélica Dass Catalogs Every Skin Color

Photo: Angélica Dass

Brazilian artist Angélica Dass has an art project called Humanae, which documents every human skin tone using the PANTONE® Guide as a reference.

Instituto Inhotim: Modern Art in a Natural Paradise

Photo: Odonio Anjos

Nestled in the hills of a tropical forest just an hour southwest of Belo Horizonte, Instituto Inhotim is part modern art museum and part botanical garden.

Tupi Novo Mundo: the New EP by Afrobeat Band Iconili

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Iconili, an afrobeat band from Brazil, call their rhythmic music ‘tropical psychedelia’. Listen here to “Tupi Novo Mundo” — free to download.