Prince Juan and his Stunning Tomb

Juan of Asturias, only son of Isabella and Ferdinand, is an obscure figure in Spanish history who did little more to influence the course of this nation than die. But what a death! He left his world at the age of 19 in 1497, and because of that, Spain would never be the same. The stunningly beautiful tomb is the centerpiece of the church at the magnificent Royal Monastery of Santo Tomás, in Avila, Listen and learn more! Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101 EP. 11 – The Barbarians Come on the Scene

The painting we see in this podcast was the creation of Ulpiano Checa, from Spain, and it is a famous depiction of how the artist envisioned the arrival of the Germanic tribes around the Fall of the Roman Empire. It’s a fanciful image by today’s standards, but it has left an indeleble mark on our collective memory of those events. Spain was, indeed, invaded by several Germanic peoples (the Vandals, Alans and Suebi), and the finally the Visigoths, who would hang around for a few hundred years. This is a period of transition in our series on the History of Spain. Check it out and enjoy. 

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The Boy King and the Massacre

The coat of arms of the city of Avila has the curious image of a young king in a kind of castle/church. As you might be guess, there is a story behind it and one that is as fascinating as it is tragic. And it represents the complexity of the geopolitical situation in Spain during the early 12th century. History? Legend? Both? Listen and enjoy and let us know what you think. 

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History of the Sorteo de Navidad (Spain’s Christmas Lottery)

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Every December 22, much of Spain braces itself for a 3-hour televised event that few people in the the world would associate with this festive season: a chance to make their Yuletide just a little bit cheerier by winning the annual Christmas lottery. This is a tradition that goes back over 200 years, believe it or not, and it is estimated that over 75% of the adult population in Spain plays; and with a total payout of 2.4 billion euros, many consider it the largest in the world. More than a celebration of gambling, it’s a deeply-rooted custom that not even the Spanish Civil War could stop. Learn more about its history in this week’s podcast. Enjoy!

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Spanish History 101 Ep. 5, The Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians in Spain

Phoenicians and their world-famous purple dye

For hundreds of years, cultures and civilizations from the other side of the Mediterranean made contact with the peoples from Spain, mainly the Iberians and Tartessos, and established a commercial relationship with them. They also founded Spain’s oldest cities and made many contributions that would impact Spain down the road, even to this day. Check out this latest podcast and learn more! Enjoy!

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SPANIARDS ON THE TITANIC

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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SPANISH HISTORY 101. Episode 2. Altamira: the Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art

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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Kings and Killers: The Assassination Attempts of Alfonsos XII and XIII

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.

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The Day They Dropped 4 Nuclear Bombs on Spain…by mistake!

Information & Tourism Minister Manuel Fraga and U.S. Ambassador Angier Duke do a little P.R. work to prove the waters nearby the accident are safe for swimming.

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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Is it possible to condense 1 million years of Spanish history into 20 minutes? Let’s give it a try.

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Some people like to get just a general overview of what Spanish history is like so that it’s easier to understand the specifics. Today, I’m going to do just that. Do the impossible; pack 1 million years into twenty minutes. It wasn’t an easy task, but I think we pulled it off! Enjoy and let us know what you think!