I've just come across this 16-minute radio broadcast explaining the creation of the real
-- yes, your Brazilian currency. The broadcast has English and some Portuguese in it, and isn't difficult to understand. Many of the people speaking English are Brazilians, including some of the well-known economists who put together the Plan to move from the cruzeiro
to the real
. Here's the explanation on the website http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-a ... oney?act=1
"A trip to a country where the fiction that is money completely fell apart. And in this same country, through a truly incredible piece of policy making, the government tricked a 150,000,000 people into believing their money had value again. Chana Joffe-Walt reports. (16 minutes)"
By the way, those Brazilians speaking English on the broadcast: they're quite good at it. Their accent doesn't really affect anything because their English usage and grammar is nearly perfect, so the accent (even where it's more noticeable) has no impact on comprehension by a native speaker.
I hope you listen in and enjoy the broadcast as much as I did.