Brazil's Boom; Chile's Miners

We go south to look at Brazil on the rise, and the miners trapped in Chile.

Left: People celebrate in downtown Sao Paulo (AP); Right: Relatives of trapped miners wave Chilean flags, Aug. 24, 2010. (AP)

For the longest time, Brazil meant big, beautiful backwater. Coffee, cane, bikinis, Amazon. Dictators. Third World. 

But that is so over. Brazil now has boomed up the global economic ladder. Oil power. Alternative energy power. Industrial power. Plus, all that farmland. And bikinis. And the Olympics in 2016. 

In some ways, it’s challenging the U.S. We look at its rise and challenges. Plus, we check in on the miners locked deep underground in Chile. 

-Tom Ashbrook


Larry Rohter, former South American bureau chief for the New York Times.  His new book is “Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed.”

Matt Craze, reporter for Bloomberg news. He’s in Santiago covering the ordeal of the trapped miners.

Tony Oppegard, mining safety lawyer and former Mine Safety and Health Administration official.

Mary Roach, author of “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.”

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