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Brazil and Nicaragua

Candace Piette argues that disrespect and disillusion still scar daily life for ordinary Brazilians; Alex Renton tracks the fungus ravaging Central America's coffee crop

Two stories on everyday plagues in Latin America. The world's eyes are on Brazil as it gears up for the World Cup - but increasingly finding the country's preparations wanting. Candace Piette argues the construction chaos is a sign of something deeper: lasting social habits of disrespect for the vulnerable, which still scar daily life for ordinary Brazilians. In Nicaragua, self-confessed caffeine addict Alex Renton tracks the roya or coffee rust fungus which ravaging Central America's arabica crop - and weighs up the likely consequences for growers, harvesters and lovers of the beloved bean.
Presenter: Pascale Harter
Producer: Polly Hope
Photo: A man protests the eviction of protesters from the former Indigenous Museum, next to the Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 22, 2013. The museum was to be pulled down to construct a parking lot for the upcoming Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup. (CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

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