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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