Explaining Brazil Podcast #27: The destruction of Rio’s National Museum

A massive fire destroyed an estimated 90% of the Rio’s National Museum’s collection and nearly caused the building to collapse. It took firefighters more than six hours to control the flames – as the museum’s fire detectors weren’t working, fire hydrants didn’t have enough water, and the museum couldn’t afford a fire brigade.To discuss the impacts of the fire on the museum’s future and on Brazilian culture in general, I’m joined by Diogo Rodriguez in our São Paulo studio.