In recent years, Brazil has flexed its economic muscles and gotten the world's attention. But Brazil has also turned heads by reducing poverty for tens of millions of people. Now the country's new president is on a crusade to eliminate extreme poverty. Much of the government's efforts are centered in the far northeast, which is a traditionally poor area, but also a region with China-like economic growth.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta flew to Afghanistan and Iraq over the weekend. The unannounced visits were his first to those war-zones in his new role. NPR's Rachel Martin is traveling with the secretary and reports on the challenges he faces, and how his experience with the CIA helps — and perhaps hurts him.