Let’s Open a Bottle: Wines from Madrid

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Let’s Open a Bottle: Wines from Madrid
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It may seem counterintuitive to think that the region of Madrid, with its massive capital and built-up bedroom communities, would in anyway be a place for bodegas to make wine, but the reality is quite the opposite. Wine-producing has been going on here for centuries, and after overcoming a rough streak in the middle of the 20th Century, the winemakers of D.O. Vinos de Madrid are enjoying a renaissance.  Listen and enjoy!

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Let’s Open a Bottle: Wines from Madrid

Store featuring wines from Madrid in the Mercado de las Ventas

It may seem counterintuitive to think that the region of Madrid, with its massive capital and built-up bedroom communities, would in anyway be a place for bodegas to make wine, but the reality is quite the opposite. Wine-producing has been going on here for centuries, and after overcoming a rough streak in the middle of the 20th Century, the winemakers of D.O. Vinos de Madrid are enjoying a renaissance.  Listen and enjoy!

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The Almudena: Why is Nov. 9th a holiday in Madrid?

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The Almudena: Why is Nov. 9th a holiday in Madrid?
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November 9th is a holiday in Madrid and it’s in honor of the Virgin Mary of the Almudena, one of the two patrons of the city. It’s a very old tradition and a very old figure in the history of the city. Listen and learn where we get the name from and some of things that people do on this day. Enjoy!

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What’s happened to the caña?

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What’s happened to the caña?
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Spain’s iconic mini glass of beer, the caña, an outright classic when out and about for tapas, has become nearly an endangered species. Is it possible? Reports assure it is. What’s the cause behind this cultural crisis? Listen and find out. Enjoy!

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What’s happened to the caña?

Spain’s iconic mini glass of beer, the caña, an outright classic when out and about for tapas, has become nearly an endangered species. Is it possible? Reports assure it is. What’s the cause behind this cultural crisis? Listen and find out. Enjoy!

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Operación Salida: Departure Day

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Operación Salida: Departure Day
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Every year in early August the Spanish take flight from the cities and head for the coast or the mountains or anywhere that takes their minds off their routine lives and the heat. Their aim: summer vacation. And it usually kicks off with “Operación Salida”, or Departure Day. Before the journey was a nightmare, long, treacherous and sometmes deadly. Nowadays, the way it’s done is a lot different, but tradition is tradition, and the roads continue to fill up! Listen and learn more! 

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Operación Salida: Departure Day

Historia de unas vacaciones: cómo se logró el hito que revolucionó la vida  laboral | Sociedad
PHOTO: EXPANSION

Every year in early August the Spanish take flight from the cities and head for the coast or the mountains or anywhere that takes their minds off their routine lives and the heat. Their aim: summer vacation. And it usually kicks off with “Operación Salida”, or Departure Day. Before the journey was a nightmare, long, treacherous and sometmes deadly. Nowadays, the way it’s done is a lot different, but tradition is tradition, and the roads continue to fill up! Listen and learn more! 

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Miguel Ángel Blanco: the day we stopped being afraid of ETA

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Miguel Ángel Blanco: the day we stopped being afraid of ETA
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This week marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Miguel Ángel Blanco, a 29-year-old local councilman who was cruelly killed 1997 by the Basque terrorist group ETA, despite nationwide pleas to spare his life. The senseless murder triggered a response of pain and disgust so great it essentially announced the beginning of the end of ETA as an organization. Listen and learn more about this tragic and yet pivotal moment in Spain’s recent history. 

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Miguel Ángel Blanco: the day we stopped being afraid of ETA

FOTO: EL DEBATE

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Miguel Ángel Blanco, a 29-year-old local councilman who was cruelly killed 1997 by the Basque terrorist group ETA, despite nationwide pleas to spare his life. The senseless murder triggered a response of pain and disgust so great it essentially announced the beginning of the end of ETA as an organization. Listen and learn more about this tragic and yet pivotal moment in Spain’s recent history. 

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The Day The Beatles Came to Spain

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The Day The Beatles Came to Spain
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At the height of Beatlemania, the Fab Four from Liverpool flew into the heart of Spain, still under the firm grip of a fascist dictatorship, to perform their only concert in Madrid. The date was July 2, 1965. They would play the next day in Barcelona. Greeted with excitement, skepticism and Flamenco dancing, their stint in Spain was a snapshot of Spanish society during the 1960s, as well as an omen that big changes were about to happen to the country in the not so distant future. The concert itself was unremarkable, musically speaking, but just about everything else about the event was extraordinary. And the fact that it even happened at all was nothing short of a miracle. Listen and leran more. Enjoy!

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