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The Sobremesa Podcast
A podcast about contemporary Spain
Category: Society & Culture
Location: Madrid
New episodes every week. The Sobremesa Podcast is about modern-day Spanish society, politics and history, without the stereotypes. Every week we have an update about the ongoing current affairs in Spain. We also have interviews from the world of ...more
New episodes every week. The Sobremesa Podcast is about modern-day Spanish society, politics and history, without the stereotypes. Every week we have an update about the ongoing current affairs in Spain. We also have interviews from the world of politics, history, academia and art. This podcast is for anyone interested in the modern and plural Spain of today.

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by Alan McGuire
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February 05, 2021 09:56 AM PST

Vicente Rubio-Pueyo is a Spanish academic based in New York.

In the second part of my interview with him we discuss Spanish nationalism and the rise of far right party Vox.

January 31, 2021 11:32 AM PST

Vicente Rubio-Pueyo is a Spanish academic based in New York and member of Minim, a municipalist observatory.

He sat down with me to discuss modern day Spanish municipalism and the effect it has had on politics and the cities it governed.

January 21, 2021 03:15 AM PST

In this episode of the Sobremesa podcast I interview Caroline Gray. Here we talk about territorial politics of both the left and right in Spain since the financial crisis.

Caroline Gray is Lecturer in Politics and Spanish. She specialises in the politics of Spain and wider Europe, focusing on territorial politics and party systems. She is the author of Territorial Politics and the Party System in Spain: Continuity and Change since the Financial Crisis (Routledge, 2020).

January 13, 2021 01:39 PM PST

10 years ago in 2011, Spain went through a crisis of representation. Until then, Spain had been praised as exceptional for its peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy in the late 1970’s. Yet with the arrival of economic problems, that soon changed. On an international scale, the world was still struggling in the aftermath of the 2007-8 financial crisis. The Great Recession had begun. In Europe, the Eurozone debt crisis was underway. By 2011, Greece and Ireland had already had their first bailouts and at the beginning of the year Spain’s neighbour Portugal would also request help from the EU as it could not meet the targets it was set. Spain would be next. Struggling with the growing economic crisis, the PSOE government, led by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, would make unpopular reforms to both the labour laws and pension system in late 2010.

In the wake of the Arab Spring, Spain started to mobilise against what a good deal of people felt was an unrepresentative democracy, heavily dominated by the Popular Party and the PSOE. Small groups protesting specific issues from the young who felt they had not future to the elderly fighting pension reforms, these movements would soon start organising together for a more representative and participatory democracy. Come May 15th 2011, a huge protest through the centre of Madrid made up of these groups, would kick start the biggest political changes in the country since the transition. The 15-M movement was born.

In this episode of The Sobremesa Podcast, I talk with Cristina Flesher Fominaya, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Social Movement Studies, co-founder of the open access social movements journal Interface, and author of the book Democracy Reloaded: Inside Spain’s Political Laboratory from 15-M to Podemos. Here we talk about how the 15-M Movement came about, what they were doing in the Sol camp, and how it would change the political landscape that we have come to know today.

December 31, 2020 02:14 AM PST

In this one-off special episode, I discuss brexit with two Brits that live in Spain. One voted leave and the other voted remain. Here is why.

Richard Thompson lives in Sant Joan in Mallorca. He is a business owner and local town councillor with Assemblea per Sant Joan. We talk about voting remain and the stereotypes of Brits in Spain.

Timothy Appleton has lived in Madrid for 15 years. He is a lecturer in the Camilo José Cela University, editor of the magazine #lacanemancipa and author of the book “Escupir en la iglesia: un sí de izquierdas al Brexit”, (“Spitting in church: a left-wing yes to Brexit”) Here we talk about his book and why he would still vote leave.

Happy New Year!!

December 23, 2020 05:09 AM PST

Here I got to interview author and former Financial Times Spain correspondent
Tobias Buck.
We talk about corruption, austerity, Rajoy, Podemos and Catalonia.

At the end of the episode I also talk about my plans for the podcast in 2021.

Merry Christmas from all at The Sobremesa Podcast!

December 16, 2020 08:48 AM PST

In this two part episode I spoke with Danny and Jim from the Anarchist Book Club Podcast.

We go all the way from the meaning of anarchism, its founding in Spain and further in this very exciting episode.

I learnt loads talking with both the guys. Please make sure you take a listen to their podcast and if you want to know more you can buy their books.

December 16, 2020 08:42 AM PST

In this two part episode I spoke with Danny and Jim from the Anarchist Book Club Podcast.

We go all the way from the meaning of anarchism, its founding in Spain and further in this very exciting episode.

I learnt loads talking with both the guys. Please make sure you take a listen to their podcast and if you want to know more you can buy their books.

December 09, 2020 12:24 PM PST

"Spain’s Left Is Winning the Battle for Welfare — But Not the War on Neoliberalism"

This is the name of Eoghan and Tommy's new article available at jacobin.com. Here we discuss their take on Spain's first budget since Rajoy.

We discuss where Podemos is making gains and where the PSOE and EU are too. I hope you find this interesting take on the budget helpful. Please head on over and read their article for the full story.

November 27, 2020 10:40 AM PST

CROSSOVER TIME!!

The Sobremesa Podcast has teamed up with the When in Spain podcast. Paul Burge has been running his podcast for the last 2 years and covers a whole range of things related to Spain. From pueblos to Hemmingway, it is all in there.
Here I interviewed Paul about tourism and the image of Spain, both from the outside and the image of the country that Spaniards have. If you want to hear Paul interview me about the EU covid fund and the future of Spanish politics, head on over to the When in Spain podcast to hear it.

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