FILM REVIEW: Hispanoamerica

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FILM REVIEW: Hispanoamerica
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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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Spanish History 101, EP. 36. Fernando VII

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Spanish History 101, EP. 36. Fernando VII
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The end of the Spanish War of Independence resulted in the departure of Napoleon’s troops and the return of Fernando VII as king, one of the most controversial and despised monarchs in Spanish history for his repudiation of the constitution and his general incompetence. On top of that, Spain’s empire all but disappears. Listen and learn more.

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LET’S OPEN A BOTTLE, ep. 20: More on La Mancha wines

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LET’S OPEN A BOTTLE, ep. 20: More on La Mancha wines
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This is the final episode on our look at wines from La Mancha. Today we focus on wines several other minor regions, many of which have been around for generations selling their wine anonymously but today are marketing some excellent wines. They aren’t always easy to find, but they are certainly worth exploring! Listen and learn more.

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LET’S OPEN A BOTTLE, ep. 20: More on La Mancha wines

This is the final episode on our look at wines from La Mancha. Today we focus on wines several other minor regions, many of which have been around for generations selling their wine anonymously but today are marketing some excellent wines. They aren’t always easy to find, but they are certainly worth exploring! Listen and learn more.

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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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Spanish Traditions: Feast of the Holy Innocents

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Spanish Traditions: Feast of the Holy Innocents
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December 28, Feast of the Innocent Saints, is a day in the Christmas calendar that commemorates the massacre of the all children under two in Bethlehem by order of Herod. The aim was to ensure that the future king of the Jews, Jesus, was eliminated. It failed, but it was a tragedy all the same. Today in Spain and in many parts of the Spanish-speaking world, it’s a day for practical jokes, much like our April Fool’s Day. Listen and find out more. Enjoy

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The Spanish Origins of the Dollar

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The Spanish Origins of the Dollar
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The dollar is an unquestionable symbol of the United States, its economy and even money itself. Still the most influential global currency around, this unit of money gets its roots from another currency which, in its day, was the most important in the world and is considered by many to be the first true global medium of exchange: the Spanish peso, or the Spanish dollar, also known as the piece of eight.  Listen and learn more about how the U.S. dollar was heavily influenced by this amazing silver coin. Enjoy!

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Let’s Open a Bottle 16: A tribute to Garnacha

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Let's Open a Bottle 16: A tribute to Garnacha
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The traditional grape variety Garnacha rarely got the recognition it deserved until recently when regions such as D.O. Campo de Borja and Calatayud (both in Aragon) started making quality and making the difference. Long known for their run-of-the-mill red wine sold in bulk to other countries, these two regions are now at the forefront of a new wave of Spanish red wine featuring an often overlooked grape variety. Garnacha made from old vines now stands on its own two feet and the world is taking note. Listen and enjoy. 

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Let’s Open a Bottle 16: A tribute to Garnacha

The traditional grape variety Garnacha rarely got the recognition it deserved until recently when regions such as D.O. Campo de Borja and Calatayud (both in Aragon) started making quality and making the difference. Long known for their run-of-the-mill red wine sold in bulk to other countries, these two regions are now at the forefront of a new wave of Spanish red wine featuring an often overlooked grape variety. Garnacha made from old vines now stands on its own two feet and the world is taking note. Listen and enjoy. 

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Spanish History 101, Ep. 30: The War of Spanish Succession

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Spanish History 101, Ep. 30: The War of Spanish Succession
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The death of King Carlos II in 1700 left Spain without an heir, but Carlos’ chosen successor, the Frenchman Philip of Anjou, would find taking control of the country a tougher challenge than he originally expected, as geopolitics, dynastic ambitions and the interests of the different kingdoms and regions of Spain got in the way. As well as a handful of nations who got involved to ensure no one would tilt the balance of power in Western Europe too much in anyone’s favor. Philip (or Felipe V) would creat the Crown of Spain and centralize much of the administrative sectors of the country, much to several regions’ frustration. The unification of Spain was now pretty much complete. Listen and enjoy.

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