Gazpacho

This is one of Spain’s quintessential summertime dishes. Refreshing and restorative, it’s the perfect answer to those draining hot estival days. Its evolution has gone a long way since its origins. It fact, there seems to be little in common. But there is, amnd we’ll take a look at these things as well as the differents aspects of this chilled soup. Listen and enjoy!

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Spanish History 101, EP 37: Isabel II (1833-1868)

We are now looking at the middle of the 19th Century when Spain slowly but fairly steadily begins to evolve into a a constitutional monarchy, where parliament and prime ministers (and not monarchs) determine national and foreign policy. Meanwhile, Queen Isabel II is busy occupying her time with her countless lovers. It’s a very confusing period which hopefully we have been able to simplify somewhat. The end of her reign would spell the end of the House of Bourbon in Spain, but only for a very brief time.

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FILM REVIEW: Hispanoamerica

I’ve never done a film review to date, but this time we decided to look at a recent documentary that has come out featuring Hispanic America and the legacy off Spain on it. It’s the second in a series bent on reversing the infamous Black Legend which has affected Spain for decades. It’s an attractive revisionist story with beautiful filming and stunning revelations about this amazing culture of Latin America. But has it lived up to its expectations? Listen and I’ll let you know.

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The Beata Dolores: the Inquisition’s true last victim

(An inaccurate depiction of the execution, as the nuna Beata Dolores was already dead before being put in the bonfire)

Legend often had it that the last victim of the Inquisition was a teacher named Cayetano Ripoll, but technically that wasn’t true. It was a blind nun from Seville known as the Beata Dolores. In 1781, she earned the dubious honor of being the true final victim. The circumstances were especially tragic. Listen and learn more.

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The Last Victim of the Inquisition! Sort of!

(The Inquisition Tribunal by Goya)

A schoolmaster in Valencia, Spain, named Cayetano Ripoll is often cited as the last reported victim of the Spanish Inquisition when he was hanged in 1826 for heresy. It’s not entirely accurate, but not off-base either. What is unquestionable is that he was a defender of free thinking and paid the ultimate price for it. Listen and learn more.

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Spanish History 101, EP. 36. Fernando VII

The end of the Spanish War of Independence resulted in the departure of Napoleon’s troops and the return of Fernando VII as king, one of the most controversial and despised monarchs in Spanish history for his repudiation of the constitution and his general incompetence. On top of that, Spain’s empire all but disappears. Listen and learn more.

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LET’S OPEN A BOTTLE, ep. 20: More on La Mancha wines

This is the final episode on our look at wines from La Mancha. Today we focus on wines several other minor regions, many of which have been around for generations selling their wine anonymously but today are marketing some excellent wines. They aren’t always easy to find, but they are certainly worth exploring! Listen and learn more.

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 35: The Peninsular War

Goya’s legendary painting “3 de Mayo”

The Napolean and his troops have moved into Spain to head for Portugal, but they’ve decided to stay. Spain, at the time France’s ally, doesn’t take kindly to that, and a war to get rid of invaders breaks out. On paper it should have been a cake-walk for the French, but the tenacious Spanish resistence which relied heavily on guerrilla warfare, would wear the enemy down. The British support would also prove decisive. It would become Napoleon’s Vietnam, or the cause of his personal ulcer, as he would describe it. Listen and learn more!

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Remembering the 11M Madrid Train Bombings

(Image: Paul White)

2024 marks the 20th anniversary of that fateful March 11th when ten packpacks full of explosives went off almost simultaneously in four different commuter trains in Madrid at the height of rush hour. The result was a massacre of unthinkable proportions. 193 people were killed and nearly 2,000 wounded, some maimed permamently. It was a day to remember (and forget) in Spanish history. Listen and learn more. 

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True Crime Update: more on the Morate de Tajuña murder case

(Image: Agencia EFE)

If this story weren’t strange and tragic enough enough as it was, three weeks after the discovery of a heinous triple murder in small town in Spain, a twist in the plot has stunned the nation as the confessed killer loses control again and commits another atrocious crime. This time while in jail. Listen and learn more.

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