In a new podcast, Boston’s Brazilian house cleaners share stories ‘swept under the rug’

Heloiza Barbosa in the studio to record a recent episode of the "Faxina" podcast.
Heloiza Barbosa in the studio to record a recent episode of the “Faxina” podcast.Courtesy Faxina Podcast

In the 1990s, Brazil native Heloiza Barbosa was working toward her doctorate in education at Boston University when she took a job as a housekeeper on Martha’s Vineyard. One evening, her employer offered extra hours working a special event. Barbosa arrived to find the guest of honor was Salman Rushdie. “I read his work!” Barbosa told the owner. “Shhhh! Don’t Speak! Work!” was the response. In March 2020, this was the first of many stories featured on the “Faxina” podcast. The show, created and hosted by Barbosa, is focused on the experiences of Boston-area Brazilian house cleaners. Reached via phone at her home in Brookline, Barbosa spoke about the podcast’s origins and its multilingual reach.

Q. What motivated you to start a podcast?

A. About two years ago I was thinking about publishing a collection of short stories I was writing in Portuguese. Beyond the book, I intended to interview a former professor of mine who was a victim of torture during Brazil’s military dictatorship [1964-85]. So when I went to see her in my hometown of Belém, I began to chat with anyone in the street out of a sense of nostalgia. I was shocked by how unaware people were of Brazil’s recent history, especially young people. The youth did not even believe there was ever a military dictatorship. That helped in the election of [Jair] Bolsonaro, a man who once paid homage to a torturer from the military era in the halls of [Brazil’s] congress.

When Bolsonaro was elected I moved away from the book idea. Not everyone in Brazil has access to them; they’re very expensive there. So that’s when I decided to do a podcast because it’s a format with greater reach in Brazil. While initially it was going to be about life under the dictatorship, a conversation with a friend changed that. She’s a house cleaner [the Brazilian Portuguese word for house cleaning as a service is “faxina”], and after hearing her story, I thought: “My God! People need to hear this.” That was when I realized how many great stories there were under my nose. That was how “Faxina” was born, with the goal of telling people stories previously swept under the rug.

Q. What do you think kept these stories hidden before?

A. The reasons vary but often mirror people’s motives for leaving Brazil. Many left to escape poverty. Others fled from domestic violence. Others from homophobia because Brazil is an extremely homophobic and racist country. So, recording these stories truly means bringing them out of the shadows.

When we began making “Faxina,” I had no idea what it would become. I thought we’d only interview people about what it’s like working in the US. But as I heard more stories, I realized that we are sitting on a treasure trove of stories of resilience, stories about overcoming adversity and that give people back some aspect

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‘House Party’ Podcast: Is This the Most Dramatic HGTV Show Ever? Plus, How To Stay in ‘The Fresh Prince’ Mansion

We have to admit we’re kind of relishing the train wreck that is “Windy City Rehab,” HGTV’s embattled reality series about flipping houses in Chicago.

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With so many feel-good home improvement shows out there, we have to admit we’re kind of relishing the train wreck that is “Windy City Rehab,” HGTV’s embattled reality series about flipping houses in Chicago. The show, in its sophomore season, is hosted by designer Alison Victoria and contractor Donovan Eckhardt—who made headlines this summer with their mountain of legal troubles.


The tension between the two in the series’ Season 2 premiere is palpable—and we’re kind of here for it. We do a deep dive on all the drama, and discuss whether the show can survive another season.



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The I-X Center, home to the auto show, garden show and indoor amusement park, is closing: The Wake Up podcast

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has taken down a giant in Cleveland.



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The mammoth I-X Center, the home to annual events such as the auto show, home show and indoor amusement park, is closing its doors for good at the end of the year. As many as 2 million visitors per year attended events at the 2.2-million-square-foot facility. The question now is where will those events go? The coronavirus also is hitting Cuyahoga County’s arts and cultural sector hard, putting the future of some organizations in question. There is some good news: The Big Ten will play a football season after all, beginning Oct. 23.

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‘House Party’ Podcast: A New Voyeuristic Cleaning Trend; Our Honest Review of ‘Get Organized With The Home Edit’


“House Party” is realtor.com®’s official podcast about the overlapping worlds of real estate and pop culture, hosted by Natalie Way and Rachel Stults. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

This week’s episode of “House Party” is all about tidying up. As promised, we discuss Netflix’s buzzy organizing show, “Get Organized With The Home Edit.” Did we love it? Did we hate it? Did it influence us to tackle the clutter in our own homes? Take a listen and hear our no-holds-barred review.


Other topics we discuss this week:

  • People are watching other people clean on YouTube. Huh? Dubbed “motivational cleaning videos,” they’re supposed to inspire you to get off the couch and clean your own home. Is this trend weird or inspiring? We have thoughts.
  • An update on J. Lo and A-Rod‘s Malibu, CA, beach house for sale
  • Tyler Perry‘s latest addition to his Atlanta estate
  • Justin and Hailey Bieber buy a mansion in Beverly Hills, CA—but we have to say, we kind of liked their old place better!
  • Rainn Wilson may have found a buyer for his suburban farm.
  • Plus, this week’s celebrity real estate winner and loser




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