Today’s episode tells the story of three of the ten Spaniards who were on Titanic. It’s a curious tale of luxury, recklessness, deceit, courage, love, tragedy and even a touch of greed, quite possibly. Take a listen and let us know what you think. Hope you enjoy it.
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Episode 2 takes us to the neolithic period and the cave paintings of Altamira in Cantabria. Authentic masterpieces were made back then. Learn about how the cave was discovered, the difficulties they had at first convincing the scientific world, and what makes this site so special in this history of Spain and in Art History. Enjoy!
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The island of La Palma in the Canary Islands has catapulted into the news these days as a result of the recent eruption of one of its volcanoes: Cumbre Vieja. Though most people don’t associate Spain with volcanic activity, the Canaries’ volcanoes have made plenty of statements over the past 500 years, with La Palma leading the pack. In fact it is on the “Isla Bonita” (the nickname for La Palma) that some experts say a massive landslide as a result of a volcanic event could trigger a mega-tsunami that could obliterate places as far away as the entire eastern coast of the United States. And, of course, the social media has eaten this story up with delight! What’s the truth? Listen to this podcast on the hisotry of Spain and volcanoes and let us know what you think. Enjoy!
We start off our story of Spanish history by taking a look at the very earliest periods of human (homonin) activity in Spain, which has become known to us thanks to the findings and discoveries at the Atapuerca Archeological Site in the province of Burgos. Hope you enjoy it.
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Charles I of Spain doesn’t seem to be enjoying himself very much in this picture as he listens to the German singer Barbara Blomberg perform. It looks more like his gout is acting up. Nevertheless, the two would have an affair and a son, John of Austria, one of the most charismatic figures of the 16th Century. Barbara wasn’t his only lover, nor was Charles the only king to have one. In fact, the world of monarchs and mistresses seemed commonplace in most courts over the centuries, even to this day. In today’s podcast we look at how much of that was true, starting with the Ferdinand and Isabella all the way to the last Habsburg king, Charles II.
The photo you see for this podcast just may be the first image in history of a terrorist attack in progress. It happened in Madrid on the very day King Alfonso XIII and his bride Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg got married. They were returning from the church. The vividness of the chaos captured on film makes it one of the most extraordinary pictures ever taken. Listen to the podcast about three assassination attempts that took place during the turbulent days of the turn of the 20th Century. Enjoy.
Palomares was a small fishing community on the coast of Almeria. On the morning of January 17, 1966, a B-52 collided with a refueling plane and disaster struck. Four nuclear bombs plummeted to earth with the small village straight below them. It would take a miracle to prevent them from experiencing first hand a nuclear nightmare. Listen to my latest podcast and learn more.
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This past week, Americans celebrated the 4th of Jult and the 245th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Many factors contributed to the colonists’ unlikely victory over the British, but one of the least known is the role the Spanish played, and, in particular, Bernardo de Gálvez (1746-1786). Gálvez was a tireless and brilliant tactician and strategist, and he led one of the most daring and successful military campaigns of the war. Just what did Gálvez do and how did he impact the war? Enjoy this new podcast from Brian’s Spain Domain and find out more.
This podcast takes us through the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias, the first son of King Philip II (1527-1598), who was originally destined to succeed his father as ruler of the Spanish Empire. But inbreeding, a childhood full of emotional turmoil, mental health issues and a rivalry with his dad would force Philip to imprison his own son and heir, precipitating his death. It’s a story that would make it to stages and opera houses centuries later. Largely forgotten today, Carlos’ life somehow represents the bizarre and complex practices and inner-workings of this powerful 16th-century dynasty. In today’s podcast, we will mention Charles I of Spain, but mainly his son Philip II, and Philip’s son, Carlos. We will also include María Manuela of Portugal (Carlos’ mother), Philip’s second wife, Mary Tudor (Queen Mary of England), third wife, Elizabeth of Valois and a few others. Hope you enjoy it!
3,000 years. Since the days of the Phoenicians, fishermen have been using this unique style known as Almadraba to catch bluefin tuna. Some of the best are caught off the coast of Cadiz. Today’s podcast covers some of the towns and history associated with this fascinating tradition, as well as where to enjoy a little beach weather.