Past Seven Seas
Hosted by Jorge Lopez Llorente
Mondays 17:00 - 18:00
A weekly journey abroad, to a different country each week, exploring foreign culture through ~mysterious~ historical anecdotes, legends, literature and music from each place.
Destination: the USA. We explore North and South, Baltimore and Mississippi, linked to the stormy lives of writer Edgar Allan Poe and legendary Delta bluesman Robert Johnson respectively. Hold on tight to delve into their tormented but magical art and life, their inexplicable deaths and their great cultural legacy. There will be dark Romantic poetry and some crackling Delta blues... (And even some tricks by the Devil...)
Destination: Japan. This time, let's travel to feudal Japan, in the 18th century. Have you ever heard of 'bushido' or 'seppuku'? Discover that and more about actual samurai history, including its best tale of revenge, blood and honour, with problematic morals, which has become a national myth in Japanese culture. Also featuring the best Japanese pop, techno and special traditional music as well as snippets of poetry (haikus plus other lesser known forms).
Destination: Russia. The Tsar's downfall by 1917, political storms, mystical sects, cheeky sex intrigues, a blurry murder plot... What character would get into all this? Discover the mysterious life and murder of Rasputin, at the end of Tsarist Russia, with all the crazy myths it has left. Also, for more cheerful legends, let's look into Russian fairy tales and Slavic mythology. With hit rock/pop songs by Kino, Mumiy Troll (+the Russian police choir!).
Destination: France, specifically Paris. There, at the capital of 19th century art, two authors won literary fame: Jules Verne and Arthur Rimbaud. Be bewitched by the craziest details from Verne's science-fiction prophecies (more precise and rare than you think!) to Rimbaud's life and art, of fatal love, of beauty, of mad Decadence. Featuring unique music by Debussy and Saint-Saëns + modern chansons and hip hop.
//Shorter epsiode due to technical problems when broadcast live//
Destination: Ancient Egypt. Rediscover two memorable queens among male Pharaohs: Cleopatra and Hatshepsut. Do we really know Cleopatra, eternal poster-girl? Let's trace her myth and history, from her many political conspiracies, wars and fatal love affairs to her legacy in films, literature, etc. And why was Hatshepsut so important, but then forgotten? Egyptian mythology's messy gods also feature!
Destination: Germany, especially Bavaria, in the 19th century. Get ready for Ludwig II, the Mad King or Fairy-Tale King of Bavaria, fan of music and fairy-like castles, with his odd behaviour and his stranger death, full of conspiracies... He also supported Richard Wagner, one of the best Romantic composers, so we'll look at Wagner's passionate operas and stormy life. Also featuring German rock by Scorpions. And a surprise!! *NEW FEATURE*: 'World of Words', in which you'll discover untranslatable unique words from each country's language (here, German).
Destination: Mexico. Juan Rulfo is our focus, a haunted author of modern Mexican literature and García Márquez's idol. GUEST INTERVIEW: Dr María del Pilar Blanco, academic in Spanish-American literature at Oxford, tells us more about Mexican spiritualism and Rulfo's ghostly novel 'Pedro Páramo'. We'll also trace the Day of the Dead's origins, from Aztec myth to today's folkloric symbols, along with stories of Aztec gods' naughty tricks. With top Mexican pop+rock by Maná, Paulina Rubio, Caifanes and more.
Destination: Spain. (Your host's home country... *wink wink*) We end this season travelling to magical Spain, south and north, with haunting myths and history. In the south, discover Al-Andalus, Spain's Islamic medieval period, of beautiful cultural/artistic legacy, including the Alhambra palace in Granada, which hides historical secrets and legends... In the north, meet perverse spirits and witches from Galician, Asturian and Basque folklore. And what really happened with the Inquisition's witch-hunt in Navarra? With great Spanish tunes: guitar, Chambao, Tino Casal's glam rock