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English language broadcast - The day after tomorrow: Bernardo Gutiérrez I - 20/03/18

15-M, the movement that errupted on May 15, 2011, was the beginning. Then came the "tides", then Podemos, and the "confluences" - Ahora Madrid, Barcelona en Comú, Compromís, En Marea and other political victories in regional and municipal elections of 2015. Journalist and author Bernardo Gutiérrez talks with me about his new book, Pasado Mañana, Viaje a la España del cambio - The Day after Tomorrow, Journey to the Spain of Change and explains the impact of "hacktivism", municipalism, and a...


English language broadcast - Pianist Emanuele Ferrari - 16/03/18

Musicologist, professor and performer Emanuele Ferrari came to Madrid last month as part of the Italian Institute of Madrid's music series -Suono Italiano 2018. What makes Ferrari's concerts so unique is that he breaks down the piece he plays, in this case, Liszt's Il sogno d'amore: a paraphrase of Rigoletto by Giuseppi Verdi, making each part comprehensible to the audience. Then, after his illustrated lecture, note by note, he performs the piece whole and uninterrupted. Escuchar audio


English language broadcast - The UN, world hunger & war - 15/03/18

Today's program features a profile of and interview with David Beardsley, the executive director of the United Nations World Food Program. David Beardsley was in Madrid last week and talked about how wars have become a driving force behind hunger and in turn the migrations of desperate people in need. Escuchar audio


English language broadcast - NBSW - Consent - 10/03/18

Playwright Nina Raine discusses Consent, her latest drama now opening at Spain’s National Theatre - the Centro Dramático Nacional in Madrid. The play explores the question of rape and the legal treatment of sexual violence and was first performed at the UK’s National Theatre in London. It’s staging in Madrid coincides with International Women’s Day and has clear echoes with elements reflected in the #MeToo movement. Escuchar audio


English language broadcast - Panorama - 07/03/18

In Germany, another grand coalition allows Angela Merkel and her party to govern along with the Social Democrats, while in Italy voters punish the parties that once governed, favoring the 5-Star movement and the Northern League. The French Foreign Minister visits Tehran to discuss trade agreements made possible since the signing of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran while the US and Israel pressure to drop or rewrite the deal. Israeli Prime Minister visits Washington, as a former Chief of Staff...


English language broadcast - J.S. Bach for guitar: 'Emotion' - 06/03/18

Today's program features the transcriptions by Spanish guitarist María Esther Guzmán of Bach's Sonata for solo violin, number 2, in A minor, which she performs on her álbum "Emoción". Guzmán joins fellow guitarist Takeshi Tezuka for the duet Gabriel Fauré's Pavana, opus 50. Escuchar audio


English Language Broadcast - Spanish Guitar: Baroque to Contemporary - 02/03/18

Today's program features pieces by 18th century composer Santiago de Murcia, by Francisco Tarrega, Spain's outstanding Romantic composer for guitar, and the 20th century composers Manuel Ponce from Mexico and Ángel Barrios. Escuchar audio


English language broadcast - Panorama: Spain - 28/02/18

Two international events hosted in Spain, World Mobile Congress in Barcelona and the Contemporary Art Fair, ARCO, in Madrid opened this past week to expose unresolved tensions in Spanish society. In the first case, the reception of the Spanish Monarchy by the majority of Catalans, pro-independence or not, following the King's October 3rd televised address. In the second, the removal of the work "Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain" at the request of the authorities, further illuminated...


English language broadcast - Spanish composer Salvador Bacarisse - 27/02/18

In today's program we play the Concertino in A minor, op. 72 by Salvador Bacarisse, performed by guitarist Narciso Yepes and the RTVE Symphony Orchestra. Bacarisse was born and studied in Madrid; a committed anti-fascist, he fled Spain at the end of the Civil War and spent the rest of his life in exile in France. There, after great hardships, he finally got a job: working at the Spanish language broadcast of the French national radio's world service. Escuchar audio


English language broadcast - Guns, death penalty & sister Helen Prejean - 23/02/18

Today's program features a conversation with Helen Prejean, the nun who has dedicated her life to working with death row inmates in the United States. It was on her work and the book she wrote about it, that the award winning film Dead Man Walking was based. So too, the opera of the same name that played this past month at Madrid's Teatro Real. Before getting to Sister Helen Prejean's comments on the death penalty, we look at some figures on capital punishment world wide, and report on the...


English language broadcast - A life to be honored: Josefina Samper - 22/02/18

Josefina Samper created the Democratic Women's Movement in 1965 and led the wives and families of Spain's political prisoners into action to improve the conditions of jails under the Franco regime. Together with her husband, founder of the labor union Comisiones Obreras, Marcelino Camacho, Josefina Samper provided an example of resistence during the last and violent years of the dictatorship. Last week, at the age of 90, Josefina Samper died. Today's tribute recovers interviews she gave our...


English language broadcast - NBSW - The good immigrant - 21/02/18

In this Edition of North by South West we meet two British writers who, from very different perspectives and at different times, have highlighted the dysfunction of their countries. Nikesh Shukla, editor of a collection of essays by black and Asian writers discusses what it means to be a person of colour in Britain today. We also speak to Ben Okri, the best selling author of the Booker Prize winning novel The Famished Road. Escuchar audio


English language broadcast - Military Spending & Alliances - 17/02/18

NATO defense ministers met in Brussels this past week and spoke mostly about money. 15 of the Atlantic Alliance members say they will be ready to dedicate 2 percent of their nation's GDP to defense spending. Neither Spain nor Germany are in that group. Further strain could be felt between the United States and its European partners as the EU seeks to coordinate its own defense and in particular to spend its fattened military budget on European made armaments. Escuchar audio


English language broadcast - Panorama - 14/02/18

Today's program includes an update on the situation in Catalonia, where, with leading pro-independence politicians either in jail or fled to Belgium, the regional parliament has yet to elect a new President after the December 21st elections. The war in Syria has seen a recent violent upsurge with increased engagement from Israel, whose F-16 was shot down after a raid in Syria, and from Turkey, whose military incursion seeks to destroy the US-backed YPG Syrian Kurdish militia. The US, for its...


English language broadcast - NBSW - A life in crime - 09/02/18

In this Edition of North by South West we travel to the town of Segovia some 80 kilometres from Madrid to meet writer, artist and Performer Jay Bernard. Jay’s work explores concepts of gender, sexuality, and diversity from a multidiscplinary, critical and what they call a “queer” perspective. More on that later. As a poet, Jay Bernard’s work has been recognised with various awards and they have performed it in such emblematic venues in the UK as Buckingham Palace, the British Library and...


English language broadcast - Teatro Real: 'Dead Man Walking' - 08/02/18

The opera Dead Man Walking by American composer Jake Haggie is having its Spanish premiere at Madrid's Teatro Real. Haggie's first opera, written in 2000 and like the 1995 film of the same name, is based on the memoir of Sister Helen Prejean, a leading death-penalty abolitionist. She and the composer were in Madrid for the opening and at the press conference where they and the performers and musical and stage directors spoke of the impact of the work on audiences and especially on...


English Language Broadcast - Panorama: Syria Update - 07/02/18

Today's program focuses on recent developments in the war in Syria, including the statement by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlining policy and explaining why the country plans to maintain forces in Syria into the indefinite future. The arming and backing of the Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, by the US and its announced expansión prompted Turkey to launch an air and ground attack. Turkey, a NATO partner, considers the Syrian Kurds allies of the banned PKK Kurdish group in...


English Language Broadcast - Anna Moreno & the Moratalaz Happening(s) - 06/02/18

Catalan artista Anna Moreno tells Justin Coe about the reenactment she organized this past June of a happening that took place in the summer of 1970 in the Madrid barrio of Moratalaz. In Franco's Spain such an event--with hippie garb and spirit and live blues music by American bluesman Taj Mahal--was not at all acceptable, and as soon as they got wind of it the authorities sent in the police and closed the happening down. There is almost no documentation of the event's occurrence, but many...


English Language Broadcast - Constancia de la Mora: A Spanish Woman in Love and War - 03/02/18

Constancia de la Mora was a voice for the Spanish Republic abroad; her compelling 1939 autobiography published in the US (In Place of Splendor) follows a life that begins in shallow privilege and grows into a humane and feminist commitment reflecting Spaiin's own evolution into the Second Republic. And yet, instead of remaining a heroine of the Republic, Constancia de la Mora's memory somehow faded: Professor Soledad Fox Maura of Williams College has recovered that memory, filled in many...


English language broadcast - About Ahed Tamimi - 31/01/18

Charlotte Kates, lawyer, activist and international coordinator of Samidoun, the iPalestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, talks about Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian girl whose image has been seen around the world slapping an Israeli soldier on her property in the village of Nabi Saleh. Today this girl activist is in prison awaiting trial at an Israeli military court. It is her 17th birthday. Escuchar audio


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