Brazil is in the midst of a major health crisis. Covid-19 deaths have reached record highs as intensive care units have run out of capacity.
President Jair Bolsonaro has come under intense criticism for his handling of the pandemic, having consistently opposed widespread lockdowns.
Against this backdrop, Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known as Lula, has relaunched himself on to the political scene after the country’s supreme court annulled his corruption convictions.
On this episode of the World Review podcast, Jeremy Cliffe and Emily Tamkin are joined by the Brazilian philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger, who served as minister of strategic affairs in the Lula administration, to discuss whether the former president can unseat the populist incumbent, and what the future might look like for Brazil.
In his cover story for the New Statesman, Roberto Mangabeira Unger argues that having left the EU, the United Kingdom must embark on a national programme of self-renewal.
Nick Burns explores how Lula da Silva has shaken Jair Bolsonaro’s grip on Brazil.
How to listen to the World Review podcast
1. In your browser
You can use the player above to listen in your browser right now. The World Review podcast publishes weekly, on Fridays. All episodes are published to newstatesman.com/podcasts on the day of release.
2. In a podcast app
World Review is available on all major podcast apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast, Google Podcasts, and more. Search ‘World Review’ in your favourite podcast app, and subscribe or follow to make sure you receive episodes as soon as they publish. While you’re there, please leave a review for the podcast – it helps others find the show, which in turn makes it possible for us to keep making it.
3. On your smart speaker
If you have an Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod smart speaker, ask it to “play the latest episode of World Review”. The same command also works with virtual assistants on mobile devices.