LET’S OPEN A BOTTLE, 19: D.O. Valdepeñas

This is the story of a wine king struggling to keep up with the times. Still one of Spain’s biggest wine producers, this large region from La Mancha has suffered some setbacks over the years and now is faced with trying to turn it around. Listen and learn more. 

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Spanish History 101, ep. 34: Carlos IV and Godoy

Spain has experienced a period of growth and progress under king Carlos III, but his son, Carlos IV, will let that quickly slip away as his ineptitude during a time of major political and social turmoil in Europe, will compromise Spain’s situation. And before we know it, Spain will be occupied by Napoleon Bonaparte. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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The Amazing Madoz Geographic Dictionary

Often just called “El Madoz”, this herculean work edited by Pascual Madoz was comprised of 16 huge volumes that covers, at least in theroy, each and every municipality in Spain and its then overseas possessions. Completed in 1850, it took 16 years to put together, which is not that bad considering the time and the size of this project. We took a look at just one town, a town we were following from a previous podcast, to give you an idea of just what kind of details we learned about a Spanish village from the 1840s. Listen and enjoy!

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A Spanish True Crime Story

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This week we are shifting gears and focusing on a different subject: a recent true crime in Spain. Three elderly family members from a small town outside Madrid were found murdered in their home. They had been beaten to death. The news rocked the community and baffled the nation. It soon came out that for years they had been victims of an internet scam called the military romance con. They were ruined financially, and eventually killed. Listen and learn more about this shocking tragedy

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