The start of the legislative year kicks off the political calendar in 2020. And President Bolsonaro has plenty on his plate: pressing reforms, a Supreme Court vacancy, and much intrigue.

Podcast Feb 05, 2020

Explaining Brazil Podcast #94: Bolsonaro, season 2 begins


In the first week of February, senators, representatives, and judges dust off their suits and gowns and head back to work after a long end-of-the-year holiday, and the relentless Brazilian news cycle kicks into gear once again. The government of Jair Bolsonaro now heads into its second year, after a 2019 full of scandal, crisis, and criticism.

This week, we’re looking ahead to what 2020 has in store for us in Brazil’s Legislative and Judiciary branches and their relationship with President Bolsonaro.

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On this episode:

  • Claudio Couto is a political scientist, head of Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Masters program in Public Policy and Administration. He also writes as a columnist for The Brazilian Report. Claudio has conducted research on how Brazilian democracy works – and has written numerous papers on Brazil’s 1988 Constitution.

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Explaining Brazil is made by:

  • Gustavo Ribeiro, editor in chief of The Brazilian Report. He has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de S.Paulo, Médiapart, and Radio France Internationale.
  • Euan Marshall, editing. Euan is a journalist and translator who has lived in São Paulo, Brazil since 2011. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, his work has been published in The Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Independent, among others.
  • Natália Scalzaretto, producing. Natália has worked for companies such as Santander Brasil and Reuters, where she covered news ranging from commodities to technology. Most recently, she worked as an Editor for Trading News, the information division of the TradersClub investor community.

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