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.
São Paulo is facing an unprecedented water crisis that many saw coming, but no one did much to prevent. And with reservoirs hovering near 10% of capacity, many residents are turning to unhealthy stopgaps and worrying about unrest.
Despite over half of Brazilians claiming African descent, black Brazilians face widespread racism — which often manifests itself in violence. For the women of Miss Black Power Brazil, resistance against racism comes from a natural place — their hair.
When Brazilian environmental activist Marina Silva unexpectedly became a presidential candidate after the death of her running mate, she soared in the polls. But after becoming a real threat to incumbent Dilma Rousseff, Silva faces growing skepticism from voters.
During past World Cups, the atmosphere in Brazil has been festive and people were obsessed with whether the Brazilian team could win it all. But this year, in the midst of social unrest and protests, an increasing number of Brazilians doesn't really care what happens on the field.
This year, Rio's Carnival features protests masquerading as street parties. Protesters are upset about how much the country is spending to host the World Cup.
Conflict & Justice
Many issues, including police brutality and government corruption have been raised by the protests over the past two weeks, but the demonstrators have struggled to narrow down their demands and goals.