30 Years of Spain’s National Football Team. An emotional rollercoaster

Or soccer team, if you prefer. Spain’s Selección has seen it all. Up until 2008 they were the perennial underachievers of world football. Then came the dynasty, the fall, and the rersurgence. Today they play a very different game and are in top form again. Listen and learn how both the team and our perspective of their performance have changed rather radically over the past 30 years.

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Spanish History 101, A stab at Democracy. 1868-1874

This is a six-year period is known as the Sexenio Democrático, and it was a frenetic stretch of more changes than most countries would ever want to experience, only to end up practically the same as when they started. Normally our episodes cover longer periods, but this is so intense, so packed full of activity, we couldn’t, nor wouldn’t, do it any other way! Listen and enjoy!

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Proyecto Islero: The story behind Spain’s nuclear weapons plan

In the 1960s, the Spanish government under Francisco Franco carried out an initiative to build the bomb and a nuclear arsenal. Why? Did it succeed? Why or why not? Listen and learn more.

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The San Isidro Bullfights 2024

Every year for about a month, the most important bullfighting tournament in the world takes place in Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring. There was an event almost every day. This year the arena filled to the brim almost every day, but the bullfights themselves were generally subpar, compared to last year. We went to one and happened to be there fir the best day. Listen and learn more. WARNING: This podcast is about bullfighting, which is a subject that some people may find upsetting.

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(Las Ventas)

Let’s Open a Bottle: Godello White Wines

Up until recently, the Godello white grape variety was generally unknown in most parts of Spain, let alone the rest of the world. These wines are made in the northwest of the Spain, but the most celebrated versions come a small region in Galicia called Valdeorras. You can also find Godellos from Bierzo and Monterrei. In the last couple of years, their popularity has soared in cities like Madrid. Listen and learn more.

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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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