The Sobremesa Podcast

A weekly English-speaking podcast about Spain

Spanish culture, progressive politics, and society*

*Sorry, No tapas bars or flamenco here

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The Dina Case with Tommy Greene

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”

The New Democratic Memory Law: a Discussion with Tom Wardle

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.

Diada, The National Day of Catalonia: an Interview with Alícia Hernàndez Grande

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.

The National Spanish Identity: an Interview with Professor Sandie Holguin

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”

Where is Juan Carlos?

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?”

Covid, the King and I

No Confidence motions, jealous partners and a naughty King.

Welcome to Sobremesa!

Covid Comeback

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?

The EU Flashes the Cash

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

Who is Fernando Simón?

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?”

When the Posh came to Protest

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”

Coronavirus: A Test For Europe

The European Union will not survive coronavirus unless it evolves. To do that it must break its own rules

Public Health: Who are the workforce behind the management of Spain’s coronavirus crisis?- The Local

Origial post on the 6th April 2020 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”

Lockdown diaries: Alan, writer & former psychiatric nurse (UK) — Naked Madrid

Originally published at on March 25, 2020. It’s ok to be stressed, and it’s normal to be losing it. Most of us are. But we are doing it together. “It’s ok to be stressed, and it’s normal to be losing it. Most of us are. But we are doing it together,” says Alan, who used to beContinue reading “Lockdown diaries: Alan, writer & former psychiatric nurse (UK) — Naked Madrid”

Orwell in Barcelona

George Orwell went to Barcelona in December 1936 to fight fascism.
If you read Homage to Catalonia you may see the Ramblas very different.

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