Category Archives: Notes in Spanish Gold Audio

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.22 – Huertos de Altura


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This week we explore the urge to grow fruit and vegetables in the city, and the amazing effects of horticulture in prison…

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.21 – Golpe de Estado


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Today we talk to Marina’s dad, Roberto, about one of the most significant events in recent Spanish history, 23F, the attempted coup by the military on February 23rd, 1981.

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.20 – Hablando Con Flor


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Marina talks to Flor, our Chilean friend, about the differences between life in Spain, Chile, and Germany, and interesting differences between Spanish from Chile and Spain.

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.19 – Las Doulas


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Ben and Marina discuss the important but little-known role of the doula, and introduce a couple of great ‘trabalenguas’ in the analysis section!

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.18 – El Cole


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Ben and Marina relive joyous, and somewhat painful, moments from school, and examine how the education systems differed between Spain and the UK… Do leave us a comment about today’s audio!

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.17 – El Poder de los Padres


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We look at just how much power parents still have over their children in Spain, long after they have left home…

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.16 – Mousse de Humo


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We look at how Spain’s cuisine, or a fantasy version of it, is conquering the world!

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.15 – Rebeldes


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The Spanish are a bunch or rebellious law-breakers! Marina defends her nation!

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.14 – Turismo de Salud


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Ben and Marina discuss health tourism in Spain, and why it is annoying Spanish doctors so much!

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.13 – Comida Para Todos


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How are we going to feed 9 Billion people in 2050? We look at the main problems, and possible solutions.

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.12 – Amor y La Galaxia


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Ben’s sister finds love, despite it being more likely to find aliens in our galaxy, and online dating flourishes in Spain.

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.11 – Alta Velocidad


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Marina is rightly proud of her nations high-speed train network. It’s so good that Obama wants to copy it!

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.10 – Quemaduras


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A burned hand leads to a trip to ‘Urgencias’, plus we discuss private and public healthcare in Spain, the joys of Spanish hospital food, and whether or not the Spanish are illness-obsessed!

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.9 – Zona Azules


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We discuss the world’s Blue Zones, where a very high life expectancy is the norm, and the formula we might try to follow to live just as long ourselves (and why we often fail in the west).

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.8 – 80 Osos


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This week Ben and Marina talk about the animal kingdom – pet fashions in Spain, endangered (and dangerous!) species in the Iberian Peninsular, and more useful animal phrases.

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.7 – Adios A Los Toros


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As the Catalans debate banning bullfighting, and Spain looks set for a full smoking ban in public places, we ask, will Spain still be Spain when the dust settles?

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.6 – Jugar Con Fuego


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Adolescents sailing around the world, kids playing with fire, driving cars, and carrying pocket knives… can these things really be a good idea?

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.5 – los Ceros


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Ben and Marina look at some of the most important developments from 2000 to 2010.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.4 – Spanglish


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Marina and Ben discuss bilingual children, code-switching, and the real Spanglish. ¿Qué opinión tienes del spanglish?

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.3 – ¿Ayuda la Autoayuda?


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Ben and Marina discuss a study that suggests self-help doesn’t work, the rise of the self-help industry, and how we too have benefited from forms of self-help in our own lives.

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.2 – Ventanas Rotas


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In this episode, Ben and Marina discuss the terrible pickpocketing crime wave in Madrid and Barcelona, and how broken windows theory might be applied to reducing the problem.

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.1 – El Mundo En Tu Bolsillo


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In this first episode, Ben and Marina discuss hot air-balloons, smart-phone applications, and how technology is changing our need to commit anything to memory.

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Ben y Marina
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