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English Language Broadcast - Noches del Botánico: Music in the Garden - 12/07/18

This is the third summer the Noches del Botánico international music festival, with concerts in the Botanical Gardens of Alfonso XIII at Madrid's Complutense University. Today's program offers a sampling of some of the music performed there: Brazilian Caetano Veloso, Americans Gary Clark Jr. and Little Steven, Colombian band Monseiur Periné, and Spain's own Miguel Poveda. Escuchar audio


English Language Broadcast - Human Rights Defenders & People on the Move - 07/07/18

The United Nations has warned that immigration, a human right, is being criminalized. Now, the people defending the rights of migrants are under threat. One such person is activist, researcher and journalist, Helena Moreno, whose case, first before Spanish justice and then Moroccan, has caught the attention of the UN. After a report on Helena Moreno's work and the threats to her, including the possibility of facing a life sentence, we present an article by Amparo González about the...


English language broadcast - Jazz singer Rachelle Bentley - 06/07/18

We welcome to our studios jazz singer Rachelle Bentley. Rachelle is British but lives in Madrid, where she will perform an attractive selection of well-known songs from films this Sunday evening, June 8th, at the Ingenia Jazz & Wine Festival 2018. Rachelle opens this year's fourth edition of the popular festival, and her concert will take place at the Teatro Galileo in the Spanish capital. For more on this talented singer, visit her website at: . Escuchar audio


English language broadcast - Panorama - 04/07/18

Today's program includes a report on the landslide victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico's presidential elections. The leftist former mayor of Mexico City will take office on December 1st. His election represents a sea-change in Mexican politics and has some business leaders there and in the US worried about his pledges to reduce poverty, inequality, violence and corruption. The controversial deal on migrants reached between the German Chancellor and the Interior Minister has...


English language broadcast - Panorama - 28/06/18

Today's program includes a review of Wednesday Spanish press and begins with reports on the Turkish elections which saw President Erdogan enabled to assume unprecedented new powers and on the on-going battles in Yemen as the port of Hodeidah is contested. Escuchar audio


English language broadcast - Panorama - 27/06/18

Today's Panorama includes news in Spain and focuses on the EU's preparations for the coming summit when the member countries will try once again to hammer out a common migration policy. While some countries have rejected the presence of refugees and migrants in their territories, others seek means of "deterring" the arrival of people seeking safety from violence and looking for a better life in Europe. Those European politicians prepared to consider alternative proposals are not in...


English language broadcast - Panorama - 21/06/18

Today's program includes reports on the US's decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, the violence and wars in Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Gaza. From Spain, the entry of the King's brother-in-law in prison on an embezzlement, graft and fraud conviction, and crossing the Atlantic again, the King and Queen's visit to Washington, where meeting with President Bush, the historic ties between the two countries were stressed. Escuchar audio


English language broadcast - Panorama - 20/06/18

Today's program includes reports on the fighting in Syria, where 52 pro-government soldiers are said to have been killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition - the Pentagon denies it -, the presidential elections in Colombia with a record turnout, and the arrival of migrants in Spain, including the 630 people aboard the Aquarius, a rescue ship denied port in Italy and Malta. The issue of displaced peoples through war, violence and persecution remains at the center of the global debate...


English language broadcast - The Cube Project: Ian Schiffer - 15/06/18

Article 13 on the list of 30 human rights gathered in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims the right to movement and residence, to leave any country and to return to one's own. This is just one of the rights systematically denied so many of the people who today flee war, terror, famine and poverty and seek safety and better lives in Europe. American Ian Schiffer brought to a Madrid secondary school a project developed in Sweden, aimed at engaging students in...


English language broadcast - Panorama - 14/06/18

Today's program includes reports on the Summit in Singapore between the US and North Korean leaders, on the fighting in Yemen and the assault on the port city of Hodeida, as well as the Spanish government's decisión to accept the 629 migrants neither Italy nor Malta would receive, and more. Escuchar audio


English language broadcast - Panorama - 12/06/18

Today's program looks at the recent meeting of the G-7 most industrialized nations and the rift between the United States and its historical allies, the EU and Canada in particular, over the tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum imports, based on the Trump administration's allegations of "national defense." We then focus on the latest crisis on the Mediterranean, where the new, anti-immigration Interior Ministry in Italy and the Maltese governments refused to allow a ship with 629 rescued...


English language broadcast - Panorama & Sacred Music in Madrid - 09/06/18

Today's program includes an up-date on the new Spanish government, the appointment of 17 new ministers, 11 of them women, and some of the initial reactions from the opposition. After that, comes a report on the recent concert performed at a Madrid church by the Yale Schola Cantorum, conducted by David Hill, who explains the program and the choir's Spanish tour. The cantata the choir sings is "Path of Miracles" by contemporary British composer Joby Talbot and is dedicated to the Christian...


English Language Broadcast - Panorama - 06/06/18

Today's program reports on the war in Yemen where growing military pressure on the Red Sea Port of Hodeidah threatens to unleash a humanitarian disaster beyond what the Yemeni people are already suffering. The United States and France as well as the UK are the leading backers of the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels who currently hold the port, as well as the capital Sanaa. Other reports include the killing of two more Palestinians by Israeli forces, the first, a 21 year old...


English Language Broadcast - Panorama Spain - 05/06/18

Spain has a new government after Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez won a vote of no-confidence against now former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday. Sánchez filed the motion against the government one day after a court had found the governing Popular Party liable to a nearly 250 thousand euro fine as the beneficiary of a contracts for kickbacks corruption scheme and sentenced its former treasurer Luis Barcenas to 33 years in jail. The no-confidence vote won with the support of...


English language broadcast - Assange & Spain - 01/06/18

Notes on a relationship. Julian Assange, journalist and co-founder of Wikileaks, and Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor who exposed the massive global surveillance carried out by the United States with the help of the UK and other allies, have been identified as the most wanted criminals by the world's greatest power. And its allies readily assist the US in its pursuit of these men. Today's program looks at some of the ways Spain has participated in the efforts to silence and capture...


English language broadcast - Panorama - 23/05/18

In today's edition we look at some of the elections that have taken place around the world and the potential governments to emerge from them. The coalition formed by the League and the Five Star Movement in Italy has alarmed markets and the European Unión, but most Italians approve their accord. The elections in Venezuela were called a "sham" weeks before they ever took place by Maduro's opponents and their backers, the US and Spain among others. In Iraq, a coalition for social justice,...


English language broadcast - Panorama: Spain - 22/05/18

Today's program includes reports on the situation in Catalonia and in the province of Cádiz, where residents are protesting the lack of work and predominance of drug trafficking. It also includes a review of Monday's Spanish newspapers, as well as music from Marwan and Camarón de la Isla. Escuchar audio


English language broadcast - Panorama - 16/05/18

Today's program reports on the Catalan Parliament's election of Quim Torra to head the next government. Since the snap elections in December, called by the Spanish government after it imposed direct rule over the región of Catalonia, no regional government has been formed. Until now. Perhaps. The second half of the program reports on the killings of at least 60 Palestinians by Israeli soldiers during Monday's demonstrations at the Gaza border at the same time that the United States moved...


English Language Broadcast - Josep Caballé-Domenech: Zarzuela & Much More - 12/05/18

We are joined in the studio today by the musical director and conductor, Josep Caballé-Domenech, who talks about the Zarzuela La tabernera del puerto, by Pablo Sorozábal, which was to run to 12 performances but because of a strike was reduced to two at Madrid's Teatro de la Zarzuela. Josep Caballé-Domenech also tells us about his on-going work at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and his new position at the Bogotá Philharmonic, a huge enterprise based on "el sistema" developed in Venezuela...


English Language broadcast - Teatro Real & Joan Matabosch - 10/05/18

This 2017-2018 season, Madrid's Teatro Real Opera house is commemorating its bicentennial and the 20th anniversary of its re-opening. The programming, as has been the case for several years now, includes both Spanish premiers of 20th century and contemporary works as well as classic opera favorites. We talk with the Teatro Real's remarkable Artistic Director, Joan Matabosch, who has brought both innovation and revived gems to Madrid. Escuchar audio