Spain

Ruta Sepetys is an internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a "crossover" novelist, as her books are read by both teens and adults worldwide.

In her latest work, "The Fountains of Silence," Sepetys shines light into one of history’s darkest corners in a novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence–inspired by the true postwar struggles of Spain.

The Empire State Youth Orchestra, led by new Music Director Carlos Ágreda, opens its November concert celebrating the diversity of the “New World”. The celebration begins with the culture and stories of Spain, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol” (intended by the composer to “glitter with dazzling orchestral color”) and Rossini’s “Overture to the Barber of Seville”. Musically illustrating traditions and dances that traveled together with the Spaniards to the American continent, these pieces showcase a huge and beautiful mixture of cultures. From Spain we move to the Americas, where the orchestra will perform Silvestre Revueltas’ “Sensemayá” and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”, celebrating the beauty and homogeneity of American Diversity.

Carlos Ágreda is the new music director and conductor of the Empire State Youth Orchestra – their big Fall concert is taking place at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday, November 3 at 7:30pm. Today we hear from Carlos Ágreda.

Listener Essay - Summertime In Spain

Jul 29, 2016

In the elegant beach town of San Sebastian, I found myself with a warm late spring afternoon free to take in the city by foot. It was the last Saturday of May and the whole city was alive. It’s as if all one hundred and eighty thousand residents were in the streets dancing, singing and watching dancers and singers. The beaches were packed, one with fotballers and bathers, the other with surfers and kite boarders, and both had pet dogs running wild with the children on the sand.

  In the early seventeenth century, a crippled, graying, almost toothless veteran of Spain's wars against the Ottoman Empire published a book. It was the story of a poor nobleman, his brain addled from reading too many books of chivalry, who deludes himself that he is a knight errant and sets off on hilarious adventures. That book, Don Quixote, went on to sell more copies than any other book beside the Bible, making its author, Miguel de Cervantes, the single most-read author in human history. Cervantes did more than just publish a bestseller, though. He invented a way of writing.

In The Man Who Invented Fiction William Egginton explores Cervantes's life and the world he lived in, showing how his influences converged in his work, and how his work--especially Don Quixote--radically changed the nature of literature and created a new way of viewing the world.

  At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were incalculably high. Even after the American purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Spain still coveted that land and was prepared to employ any means to retain it. With war expected at any moment, Jefferson played a game of strategy, putting on the ground the only Americans he could: a cadre of explorers who finally annexed it through courageous investigation. 

Julie M. Fenster is the author of many works of popular history, including The Case of Abraham Lincoln, Race of the Century, the award-winning Ether Day, and, with Douglas Brinkley, Parish Priest, which was a New York Times bestseller. She also co-wrote the PBS documentary First Freedom, about the founders and religious liberty. Her new book is Jefferson's America: The President, the Purchase, and the Explorers Who Transformed a Nation.

  Richard Rhodes is the Pulitzer Prize–winning and bestselling author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb.

His new book, Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made, tells the remarkable story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it.

2/19/14 Panel

Feb 19, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and commentator and activist, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Ukraine Uprising
Min. Wage Results
Newark Airport
Spanish Siesta Future?
NJ Road Salt

WAMC's David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Mike Spain, associate editor of the Albany Times Union.

Mike Spain
Times Union

WAMC's David Guistina discusses the region's 9/11 remembrance plans and Northway traffic with Mike Spain, associate editor of the Albany Times Union.

 

Sometimes it’s easier to see the problems abroad than it is at home. And that may be true of the Euro zone. As we all know, there have been a series of agreements bailing out Greece on the condition that Greece make very large cuts in its own budget. And it hasn’t worked. Why not? Shouldn’t cutting back have rejuvenated the Greek economy?