Portuguese 699

Spring 2022

The current selection of podcasts is the creative result of the research and production in Portuguese language developed by the Portuguese 699 students during the Spring 2022 semester. These podcasts are focused on exploring different dimensions of the Portuguese language and topics related to the Portuguese speaking countries.

Group Members: Belinda Dorn, Livia Klechefski, Luca Dollenbacher

Fall 2021

The current podcasts are the creative work resulting from the research and production in Portuguese language developed by the Portuguese 699 students (Independent Study) students during the Fall 2021 semester. These podcasts are focused on the different dimensions of the Portuguese language and literature, and the Lusophone World’s societies and cultures. The texts will be available at O Canto do Mar 6, Spring 2022.


O Rap de Dom João VI (Dom João VI´s rap)

Description: Dom João – King John VI of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarves – was the guy who moved the capital of the Portuguese empire to Rio de Janeiro for a while.  (Napoleon’s armies were invading Portugal.)  Dom João has gotten a bad rap from some.  He has been portrayed, notably in the 1995 movie “Carlota Joaquina, Princesa do Brazil,” as indecisive, lazy, and gluttonous, always keeping a piece of fried chicken in his pocket.  But many think that bad rap is a bum rap.  Here Dom João, through his avatar Len “D’João Léo” Leverson, pleads his case:  with his own rap!  You think you’ve got problems?  Dom João has worse!

Group Members: Leonard Leverson

Meditação com Ilhas, de Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (Meditation wih Islands, by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen)

Description: My podcast features a guided meditation near the sea combined with poems from award winning Portuguese poet and writer, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (1919-2004). It offers a way for us to calm our minds and reconnect with our hearts.

Group Members: Belinda Dorn

Influências Africanas no Traje de Carnaval (African Influences on Carnival Costume)

Description: A personal look at the African influences on Brazilian Carnival costume showing a different perspective about one of the most popular cultures in the world.

Group Members: John Aponte

Explorando os Sistemas de Saúde: Portugal, Brasil e Angola (Exploring the Health Systems: Portugal, Brazil, and Angola)

Description: In this podcast, I discuss the health systems of three Lusophone countries: Portugal, Brazil, and Angola. First, I provide a brief overview of each. After, I discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each system.

Group Members: Maia Diedrich

Pequeno mas Poderoso (Small but Powerful)

Description: A personal glance through Portugal as a small territory and its expansion through the world during the Age of Discovery.

Group Members: Tomás Jerónimo

O transporte público em Portugal e nos Estados Unidos (Public transportation in Portugal, and United States)

Description: This podcast describes the differences between transportation systems in Lisbon and in the United States. Ultimately, it breaks down the characteristics of public transportation and car dependency in both countries.

Group Members: Livia Klechefski