Misha Glenny inside Rio's favelas' poverty and drug cartels
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is just one of the sunny sides of life that may come to mind when you think of the city. There are the beautiful beaches and iconic cityscape... and the music, of course.
But Rio de Janeiro -- which will play host to the Olympic Games next summer -- also has a darker underside.
More than 1000 separate slums dot the hills around Rio... often side-by-side with some of the city's most opulent homes. Known as "favelas," they are densely packed, noisy, and teeming with organized crime.
For his latest book, the crime writer Misha Glenny, went deep into one of Brazil's largest favelas. He brings us the story of one its drug lords, Antonio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, a man also known as Nem in his book, "Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio".
Misha Glenny joined Friday host Matt Galloway in our Toronto studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Leif Zapf-Gilje.
"Rap Das Armas," from the favelas of Rio
Much of Brazilian Funk, as its known, that is played inside the favelas reflects the rampant crime there. The song "Rap Das Armas," for example, was banned from the Brazilian airwaves when it was first released in the 1990s because it glorified the criminal life. But it went on to become a dance hit in Europe after being remixed.