Catherine Osborn is a print and radio journalist based in Rio de Janeiro. She has reported and produced for The World and National Public Radio, and her writing has appeared on the sites Next City and Culinary Backstreets.
Catherine is a native of Austin, Texas, where she was raised without a television and spent lots of time listening to NPR member station KUT, eventually interning in their newsroom. She has a degree in Latin American Studies from Yale.
Brazilian sailor Isabel Swan just found out she's a torch bearer for the Olympics in Rio this summer. She's also been heading up efforts to clean up Guanabara Bay's polluted waters ahead of the Games.
Forty percent of Brazil's homes lack access to any kind of sewer system. Public health workers are afraid to go to crime-ridden neighborhoods. Activists in the country's poorest areas say both investment and mindsets have to change to tackle a public health crisis.
Parents of children with microcephaly in Brazil are now finding each other via the social media platform WhatsApp. Brazilians doctors and scientists also credit the platform for helping them quickly understand the scope of the burgeoning epidemic of birth defects.
The themes seen in Brazil's carnival this year: corruption and specifically the image of one man, Newton Ishii.
Rio de Janeiro is a week away from its annual Carnival celebration and just months away from hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics. Now it finds itself battling the spread of a the Zika virus and calming the throngs who are expected to come to Rio.
One woman in Rio de Janeiro has personally discovered how much harder and more expensive it is to access an abortion in Brazil now than it was when she was younger. And she says that's a concern for Brazil's democracy.
Community policing was supposed to pacify Rio de Janeiro's slums before the 2016 Olympics. It hasn't worked out that way in many favelas, and it may be because Rio police are still operating using a "war on drugs" mentality.
One year ahead of the 2016 Summer Games, Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay remains a polluted mess and a serious health hazard for Olympic athletes who are due to compete there. But one biologist in Rio, who says this pollution is a "disruption of the force," isn't giving up on efforts to clean up the bay.
The US is moving toward lowering its prison population. Brazil may go in the opposite direction. Its Congress is considering lowering the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16. That would send thousands of adolescents to a dangerous adult prison system with 200,000 too many inmates.
The unprecedented water crisis in South America's largest city is leading citizens to change everything, from how they use water to how they engage with politics. But while the government is taking action, residents say it's not nearly enough.