Brazil. It conjures up images of "carnival", the beaches of Rio, "The Girl from Ipanema," and the samba. But a new Brazil is emerging on the world stage. Brazil today is one of the fastest growing players in the global economy, a bio-fuels pioneer on the fast track to energy self-sufficiency, a booming haven for foreign investment, and a test-case for a new approach to governance in Latin America. Can Brazil successfully chart a new path that overcomes the country's grinding poverty, its tide of violent crime, and preserves the country's unique environment? Will the new Brazil continue as a strategic partner for the United States or could it become formidable competitor? How will the rest of the world accommodate Brazil’s seemingly unstoppable growth? In Brazil Rising, veteran public radio journalist David Brown took listeners on a personal journey across the country, exploring Brazil's view of itself, its neighbors and the world.