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.
Here he explains the conditions that led to the rise in Podemos and Bernie Sanders, and their differences. Later we discuss Podemos inside the government, republicanism, right wing populism and what covid-19 might mean for populism in the future.
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 with it. We later talk about housing policy and why council houses in Spain aren't really a thing
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?
Giles Tremlett joins me on the Sobremesa Podcast to discuss his latest book: The International Brigades. Fascism, Freedom, and the Spanish Civil War.
In this interview we cover how the book came about, the historical context in which the book is set, and the story of the Brigades.
This week saw the end of the political jousting between the central government and the Madrid regional government. This reached a climax on Friday
Further court developments this week threaten to eat away at the coalition government's sense of legitimacy. This forms part of a larger ongoing investigation that has seen the presentation of the deputy PM go from being an aggrieved or injured party to one in which he may now figure as an accused party, following on from the judge's request to open an inquiry into Pablo Iglesias' role within the complex case.
Tommy Greene, a political journalist, joins me to discuss it further.
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 how the response to lockdown on the 18th September and the effects it has had over the past two weeks. We also discuss some of the inequalities that were already in the area but have been made worse by the pandemic.
Following on from this I catch up with Simon Hunter from El Pais in English. Here Simon tells me about the Que podcast; we also discuss the management of the pandemic from several points of view, and lastly we discuss the newest celebrity in Spain: James Rhodes.
This week (28/9/20) 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 go on to explore how this situation has come about, and how the quick politicisation of the pandemic has played out on a national level for both the left and right.
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. 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 and the Valley of the Fallen. It is set to be brought before parliament this week.
Tom Wardle joined me to discuss the proposals.
In a 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.
Before the Interview I share an update on current Spanish affairs