Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Trending Globally: Politics and Policy

Trending Globally is a regular podcast featuring insight on today's critical global challenges. With Brown University scholars, practitioners, and students, the discussions bridge research, politics, and policy.

Episode 84

The Untold Story of Gay Brazilian Revolutionary Herbert Daniel

On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with James Green, a professor of Latin American History and Director of the Brazil Initiative at The Watson Institute. His newest book, 'Exile within Exiles', tells the story of Herbert Daniel, a gay Brazilian revolutionary and activist, who fought for wide-ranging social and political rights in Brazil from the 1960s until his death in 1992.

Episode 83

Making Sense of Brexit

On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with Nick Ziegler, an expert in European politics at the Watson Institute. They discuss how Brexit might affect Britain, Europe, and the world, what exactly is making it so difficult to follow through on, and why the idea of the UK leaving Europe gained such momentum in the first place.

Episode 82

Governing Rio de Janeiro's Favelas

On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with Watson Fellow Nick Barnes about the formal and informal ways Rio de Janeiro’s favelas are governed. Much of his work focuses on Complexo Maré, a district in Rio de Janeiro made up of 16 interconnected favelas. In Complexo Maré, gangs have often done the work of governments, from social welfare programs to public safety. But when Rio was chosen to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, that dynamic began to change.