The explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in 1898 ultimately led to the Spanish-American War where Spain lost its last remaining territories, including Cuba and Puerto Rico. Click play and listen how this little-known ship changed the course of history.
The bolero is a popular dance & music genre that originated in Spain, it grew and evolved in Cuba, and became known world-wide during the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, a country that fully embraced bolero’s tales of love, heartbreak, betrayals, and longing. Click play to learn more about the origins, evolution, and influences of…
56 years before that famous dinner at Plymouth, the Spanish conquistadores recently settled in Saint Augustine, Florida celebrated a thanksgiving mass followed by a large dinner shared with the natives of the region. Click play to learn all about this Día de Gracias español & the history of the current holiday!
The cerro rico (literally, rich mountain) in Potosi, Bolivia, is a mountain in the Andes famous for being the largest, richest silver mine in the world during the 16th and 17th centuries and which was exploited extensively by Spain to finance their empire and the better part of Europe. Click play to hear more about…
Both Spanish and Guaraní are the official languages of Paraguay which makes this country the only one in the world where a native language is used in every day life across all social and political circles by the majority of the population. Click play to learn more about how the Guaraní language has overcome countless…
The daughter of an immigrant Spanish dancer, Rita Hayworth is better known for her iconic roles in Gilda and Cover Girl during the Golden Age of cinema and as one of the top “pin-up girls” during World War II. Click play to learn more about her Spanish roots and fascinating life!
Halloween and Día de los Muertos seem to have many similarities on the surface, but in reality they are distinctly different and separate celebrations in almost every aspect: from their origins, to their significance, or to their representations and traditions. Click play to learn all about the differences between these special days!
The abanico (hand-held fan) is an accessory with a long, fascinating history and that has become an integral part of Andalusia’s culture, particularly its celebrated flamenco dance. Click play to learn all about el abanico!
The ever-popular and versatile Mexican tortillas are a staple of Mexican life and cuisine, and its recipe and preparation method has been passed down from generation to generation dating all the way back to the year 500 BC. Click play to learn all about this maize-based food and how it got its current name!
Built in the late 1930’s, the cabaret “El Tropicana”, best known for its casino and breathtaking shows full of dazzling costumes, intricate choreographies, and tropical music, continues to be an international icon and Cuban landmark to this very day. Click play to get the full story!
From 1962 to 1978, the Community of Madrid was the set of 2o0 Spaghetti Western films, including the renowned “Dollar Trilogy” that gave rise to this popular genre and made Clint Eastwood an international star. Click play to hear all about Madrid’s own Wild West!