Bryan McCann, professor of history at Georgetown University, discusses his most recent book, "The Throes of Democracy: Brazil since 1989," Brazil's soft-power diplomacy, and the upcoming presidential elections.

Prof. McCann teaches courses on colonial and modern Latin America, particularly Brazil, and advanced topical courses on popular music in Cuba and Brazil and the history of Latin American populism.

Professor McCann has published works on the history of radio, popular music, politics and journalism in Brazil. He is currently researching a book on the neighborhood association movement that reshaped urban space and politics in Rio de Janeiro in the second half of the 20th century.

Listen to the full interview with Bryan McCann. (mp3)