In this episode of the Sobremesa podcast, I chat with journalist and political researcher Jorge Tamames about the history and current state of populism in the USA and Spain. Jorge’s book ‘For The People: Left Populism in Spain and the US’ concentrates on left wing populism in both countries. Here he explains the conditions thatContinue reading “Left Populism in Spain and the USA with Jorge Tamames”
This week the Sobremesa Podcast talks with Sophie Gonick from New York University about her up and coming book: Dispossession and Dissent. We talk about how she documented the birth of the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH) (Platform for People Affected by Mortgages), and she also explains the housing crisis that went withContinue reading “The History of the Housing Crisis and the birth of the PAH movement with Sophie Gonick”
In this episode of the Sobremesa Podcast, I talk to an old friend about an ongoing problem. Doctors in Spain are threatening to strike from the 28th of October over a new law passed by the government. This law is to help increase the number of staff. So, what is the problem? Find out hereContinue reading “Doctor, Doctor give me some news… 19/10/2020”
An Interview with Giles Tremlett: The International Brigades. Fascism, Freedom, and the Spanish Civil War.
This week saw the end of the political jousting between the central government and the Madrid regional government. This reached a climax on Friday with Madrid being under a state of alarm. Further court developments this week threaten to eat away at the coalition government’s sense of legitimacy. This forms part of a larger ongoingContinue reading “The Dina Case with Tommy Greene”
Madrid has been placed in (partial) lockdown once again. In this episode I explore how this come about in two very different interviews. Firstly, I speak with Sara Soto, Secretary of the Young Socialists of Vallecas. Here we talk about the response to lockdown on the 18th September and the effects it has had overContinue reading “Back in Lockdown: Interviews with Sara Soto and Simon Hunter”
This week Eoghan Gilmartin joins me. As a political journalist based in Madrid, he has been covering the stories as they have unfolded. Here we talk about the more immediate stories of the day, such as the management of the virus in Madrid and the future for Spanish politics. Later, we then explore how thisContinue reading “Pandemic Politics: an Interview with Eoghan Gilmartin”
In 2007, the Spanish government passed the historical memory law to address issues from the country’s past. Since then the law has been starved of funding and criticised as not going far enough regarding victims’ rights.
The new coalition government has put forward a new law named the Democratic Memory. This law will look at exhumations of mass graves, education, prosecutions, the removal of honors and medals that go against democracy and the Valley of the Fallen.
Tom Wardle joined me to discuss the proposals.
In this special edition of Sobremesa, I interview researcher and Phd candidate Alícia Hernàndez Grande.
Here she explains the history behind the independence movement, and Diada, the national day of Catalonia. She also shares her observations from the 2017 referendum and where the Catalan identity comes from.
In this episode I interview Professor Sandie Holguin about the regional identities in Spain and how they interact with the national identity. We also discuss the EU and how it forms a part of the political scene in Spanish politics today.
In this episode I interview cultural and intellectual historian Professor Sandie Holguin, where we talk about the historical construction of the national Spanish identity. She is also the author of Flamenco Nation: The Construction of the Spanish National Identity. You can get a copy of the book here or on Amazon. At the beginning ofContinue reading “The National Spanish Identity: an Interview with Professor Sandie Holguin”
This week’s episode falls on the anniversary of Federico Garcia Lorca’s murder by the fascist forces during the Spanish Civil war. I took this opportunity to change the podcasts format this week to interview Tom Wardle, a researcher and historian who is currently completing his PhD on historical memory activism here in Spain. Take aContinue reading “Spain’s Memory Wars: an Interview with Tom Wardle”
Where is Juan Carlos? This is the question on everybody’s lips. In this episode I talk to Spanish Historian Tom Wardle about Juan Carlos the first and his role in the Spanish Transition. I also look at some previous referendums that have been held in Spain, and what the current state of affairs might meanContinue reading “Where is Juan Carlos?”
No Confidence motions, jealous partners and a naughty King.
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Cases are up but so is testing, and each region is doing its own thing with track and trace, some better than others. Taking a look at the whole picture is worth it to get an idea of where the country stands, but treating it as one big problem is probably not the answer. What do you think the government will do next?
In this episode I look at how the historic deal came to be and how it might affect the politics in Spain. I also talk about the junior doctors strike and Fernando Simon going surfing? #Sobremesa
Sobremesa Podcast Episode 2: Regional Elections, a King and some Doctors
This week, I put out a tweet asking if would people be interested in this sort podcast? And someone said yes, but just don’t make another podcast. So, what I’d like people to do is tweet on the hashtag #SOBREMESA and then I will read out the tweets next week. I think someone that hasn’tContinue reading “Who is Fernando Simón?”
With the State of Alarm ending and tourists returning to Spain, there seems to be a feeling of worry in the air for some, and for others not so much. How do you feel?
Both Vox and Podemos continue to attack each other whilst the rest of Spain try to get on with life
Protests and political dramas are a sign of what is to come for Spain post-Covid 19
The latest spectacles to replace an everlasting stream chat shows on Spanish television are protests. These protests are taking place in one of Europe’s richest neighbourhoods. The Salamanca district in the centre of Madrid. Throughout the week various numbers of Spaniards have taken to the neighbourhood’s streets during the allotted exercise time, but they haveContinue reading “When the Posh came to Protest”
Regional politics in a time of pandemic
The European Union will not survive coronavirus unless it evolves. To do that it must break its own rules
Find out why madrileños celebrate this day and how it forms part of the city’s rebellious nature.
Mayor of Barcelona demands “Free our children” as regional and ideological tensions in Spain rise with an extension of the coronavirus quarantine.
Spain is set to ramp up economic measures for the poorest in society to help battle against the pressures of coronavirus.
Will 8M be the end of Spain’s Coalition Government?
Origial post on the 6th April 2020 https://www.thelocal.es/20200406/public-health-who-are-the-workforce-behind-the-management-of-spains-coronavirus-crisis Photo: AFP As Covid-19 continues to make its way around the globe everyone on social media seems to have suddenly become a public health specialist. Admirable as this maybe, there are people who are experts in this field. Public health doctors are trained doctors that specialise in the investigationContinue reading “Public Health: Who are the workforce behind the management of Spain’s coronavirus crisis?- The Local”
If not having a functioning government in 2019 wasn’t enough drama for the Spanish population, then the introduction of Covid-19 would make up for it. Spanish society has revolved around political crisis since the turn of the 20th century. Being a late bloomer when it comes to industrialisation and the growing of a middle class, SpainContinue reading “The History of Spain and Covid-19: Rinse and Repeat”