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English Language Broadcast - Country and rockabilly music from Spain - 12/01/19

We listen to songs from "Each Mile & Every Mile," the new second album of Spanish country-western band Chisum Cattle Co. ( ) and also tunes by the Basque rockabilly band Dinamita pa' los Pollos, who had a number of national hits two decades ago, including the song that end's today's broadcast, "Toro mecánico". Escuchar audio


English Language Broadcast January - Panorama: Spain - 09/01/19

In today's program we take a look at some of the leading stories in Spanish news in 2018. They include the change of government after a no-confidence vote in Parliament removed Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and replaced him with Pedro Sánchez, the on-going crisis in Catalonia, where 12 separatist politicians and civil leaders are in jail awaiting trial for their roles in the banned referéndum and the unilateral declaration of Independence from Spain, the surprising results of the Andalusian...


English Language Broadcast - The Paul Winter Consort celebrates the winter solstice - 22/12/18

We join the Paul Winter Consort in celebrating the winter solstice, which takes place this year at 23:23 CET. Among the tracks we listen to from the Consort's new album dedicated to the winter solstice is the well-known tune "Icarus." For more infomation, visit: Escuchar audio


English Language Broadcast - News and jazz - 20/12/18

Our program begins today with a review of some Spanish news, including the pending trial of the Catalan separatists for their role in the unilateral declaration of independence from Spain following the banned referendum, the Supreme Court decision not to stop the plans to exhume the remains of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, and more. We end on a musical note, with a selection of songs from the 1943 musical film "Stormy Weather," one of the films screened last month during Madrid's...


English Language Broadcast - Panorama - 18/12/18

Today's program includes reports on the continued fighting in Yemen, where the war casualties are six times greater than the number generally reported; the US presence in Syria in the areas by the Turkish border and by the Iraqi border, heightening tension between NATO and other allies; in Europe, social unrest in France, Hungary and Belgium; political paralysis in Britain over Brexit; Spain's surge in military spending, and global militarism in the context of climate change. Escuchar...


English Language Broadcast - Climate Change Conference and 40th anniversary of Spanish Constitution - 15/12/18

We hear the brief speech by one of the younger speakers at the United Nations Climate Change Conference which has just ended in Katowice, Poland. At the conference, held from December 2nd to the 14th, world leaders met to negotiate solutions to the developing and increasingly self-evident climate crisis. And 15-year old climate activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden, who has led school strikes in her country since September to demand that politicians act to stop global warming, said world leaders...


English Language Broadcast - Panorama - 13/12/18

Today's program includes reports on the Strasbourg shooting, the government crisis in Britain over the Brexit deal, the French President's concessions to the "yellow vests" protesters and the wars in Syria and in Yemen. Also, Spain's birthrate continues to drop amidst an aging population, and more. We end with Miguel Poveda singing Lorca. Escuchar audio


English Language Broadcast - Panorama - 11/12/18

Today's program includes reports on the "yellow vests" protests in France, the postponed vote on Brexit in the British parliament, the continuing tensions in Catalonia, the international conferences on Climate Change, Migrations and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The broadcast ends with two versions of the Negro spiritual "Down By the Riverside," first as sung by Mahalia Jackson and then in a dixieland jazz version.​ Escuchar audio


English Language Broadcast - Panorama plus - 08/12/18

Today's program includes reports on the war in Yemen and UN brokered talks in Sweden, the massive social protests in France against the Macron government and their demands, and the speech by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lambasting multilateralism, international organizations and treaties. We end today's broadcast with the eclectic music of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, who were in Spain last month for the sold-out performance that opened the Madrid International Jazz Festival. From...


English Language Broadcast - Caballero Reynaldo plays Frank Zappa - 06/12/18

The eclectic American musician Frank Zappa died 25 years ago this week, and we remember a fascinating artist known especially for his rock music, but who also incorporated other genres, such as jazz, classical and broadway into his work, by listening to cover versions of his songs by Caballero Reynaldo. Caballero Reynaldo--the stage name of Luis González, a fascinating, eclectic and prolific artist in his own right--began paying homage to Frank Zappa back in 1996 with a tribute album...


English Language Broadcast - Panorama - 04/12/18

In today's program: Andrés Manuel López Obrador is sworn in as Mexico's president with promises of a "regeneration", police in France clash with the "yellow vests" demonstrators, global climate talks get underway in Poland. In Spain, the extreme right enters Spanish institutions after winning 12 seats in the Andalusian regional elections; doctors, firefighters and other public sector workers in Catalonia protest spending cuts; a Spanish fishing vessel rescues 12 migrants at sea, and Madrid...


English Language Broadcast - Brian O'Mahony sings the blues with Mr. Shingles - 01/12/18

Justin Coe talks to Brian O'Mahony, frontman of the new Barcelona-based blues band Mr. Shingles, about the group's very solid debut album, "Green in Blue," whose twelve tracks include three original songs. Brian sings and plays harp and guitar on the album, accompanied by Dara Luskin on bass, Stéphane Jaïs on keyboards, and Xavi Tomàs on drums, and this swinging blues quartet is joined by guest musicians Pedro Vera on tenor sax and Lenin Jiménez Paiva on percussion. For more on Brian and his...


English Language Broadcast - Report on Ukraine (I) - 29/11/18

Today's program includes news on the tensión at the Kerch Strait between the Azov and the Black Seas where Russia recently seized three Ukrainian military vessels saying they were carrying out dangerous maneuvers and ignoring warning shots. The Ukrainian President Poroshenko has called on the West to expand sanctions against Russia and has imposed martial law in much of Ukraine. That's followed by reports on the history of relations between NATO and Russia, with Ukraine at the center,...


English Language Broadcast - Panorama - 27/11/18

In today's program you can hear reports on the on-going tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the progress of the signed "Brexit" deal, the humanitarian crisis at the Mexico-US border and more, as well as a review of Monday's Spanish newspapers. That's followed by music selected and presented by Justin Coe, from the CD entitled "Mandolin Blues Accoustic Party". Escuchar audio


English Language Broadcast - Bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke - 24/11/18

American jazz fusion bass guitar player Stanley Clarke was in Madrid recently for a concert at the Teatro Nuevo Apolo. We hear excerpts from the live interview broadcast on Radio 3 on "Discópolis," the program of our colleague José Miguel López, and we listen to tracks from three albums: Clarke's fourth solo reléase, "School Days" (1976), "Rite of Strings" (1995), released by Clarke together with Al Dimeola and Jean Luc Ponty, and the very recent album "The Message," released in 2018 by The...


English Language Broadcast - Media miscellany & Music - 22/11/18

Today's program begins with a miscellany of items from the web, regarding Israeli-Palestinian relations, a banned documentary on the Israeli-lobby in the US, President Trump on Saudi Arabia, and more. Then: American jazz singer Stacey Kent was in the Spanish capital recently where she gave a sold-out concert at the Madrid International Jazz Festival, and we end today's broadcast with two tracks from her 2017 album "I Know I Dream: The Orchestral Sessions." With music by Stacey Kent's musical...


English Language Broadcast - Panorama - 20/11/18

Today's program looks a some of the current events in the world over the past week, including the challenges facing British Prime Minister Theresa May as she defends the preliminary "Brexit" accords with the European Union, a few effects of the Khashoggi murder on the war in Yemen, more Pentagon reports on the US military spending, sealed "charges" against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and more. Escuchar audio


English Language Broadcast - Panorama & Jazz in Madrid - 15/11/18

Today's program takes a look at a few news ítems of the week, the British Prime Minister's defense of the draft Brexit deal which has yet to be approved in London or Brussels, the resignation of Israel's defense minister over a ceasefire after two days of rocket fire and intense bombardment in the Gaza Strip, the wild fires in California and the Spanish government's proposed "Climate change and Energy Transition" bill, featuring measures that would bring Spain in compliance with the...


English Language Broadcast - Panorama - 13/11/18

Today's program includes news of continued violence in Somalia, the war in Afghanistan, and the fighting in Yemen and Syria, as well as more deaths in the Gaza Strip. We also report on the United States' new military mission in Syria, which analysts note would, if implemented, prolong the seven-year, war, while hawks in the administration see it as a means of engaging Iran in direct military conflict. We end the program with music by the Art Ensemble of Chicago, currently performing in...


English Language Broadcast - Art Ensemble of Chicago opens Madrid Jazz Festival - 10/11/18

Madrid's annual International Jazz Festival got underway this past Tuesday, November 6th, with a sold-out concert at the Fernán Gómez Cultural Center by the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago. Today's program focusses on the Spanish capital's comprehensive festival that this year offers more than a hundred concerts, films, presentations, master classes and other events to jazz aficionados during the month of November. The music heard on the program is from the Art Ensemble of Chicago's first...