Little by little the sink fills up... Every week the Catalan News team explores a different aspect of Catalonia, from news and politics, to society and culture. Whether you live in Catalonia and need some of the current issues explained, or you’re simply curious about what makes this place tick. Either way, Filling the Sink has got you covered. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about this corner of land nestled between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean. As they say in Catalonia, "de mica en mica, s'omple la pica" - little by little, the sink fills up.
Filling the Sink is a podcast from Catalan News.
The wizard, the vampire and the curse – Dark tales from Barcelona's Old Town
Cillian Shields on the medieval wizard Astruc Sacanera. Still talked about 600 years later, he gave his name to a magical street in the city's Gothic Quarter, Carrer d'Estruc.
Maria Jesús Navarro from CultRuta recounts a dark tale of kidnapped children, of blood and bones and the bourgeoisie. Just over one hundred years ago, Catalan society was gripped when a young girl, Teresita Guitart, went missing. It's the story of Enriqueta Martí, The Vampire of Raval.
Scarlett Reiners tells of the curse afflicting one of Barcelona's most iconic buildings, the Liceu. Burned down and bombed over the years, are the many disasters that have befallen the famous opera house the result of upsetting some angry monks?
Presented by Lorcan Doherty.
Music: Vanishing by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4578-vanishingLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
Rapper Hasel jailed and riots on streets – freedom of speech debate spills over
On February 16, the Catalan rapper Pablo Hasel was arrested at the University of Lleida after being sentenced to two years and nine months in jail for two cases of glorifying terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown in his tweets and lyrics.
His arrest has led to widespread protests in cities and towns across Catalonia and Spain, with dozens of arrests and injuries following clashes between demonstrators and police.
Cristina Tomàs White and Natacha Maurin join Lorcan Doherty to discuss Hasel's case, a similar one involving the rapper Valtonyc, and the debate around the boundaries of freedom of expression and Spain's controversial so-called 'gag law.'
Catalan election - winners, losers, and what's next
The Catalan election is over, but how the extremely fragmented results will translate into the next government is up in the air. Episode 15 of Filling the Sink brings you everything you need to know about the election winners, the biggest losers, and what lies ahead.
Held amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the Catalan election turnout dropped to a historic 53%, but the stakes couldn’t be higher for the next parliament. While the Socialists won the most votes, they tied with Esquerra in number of seats, and pro-independence parties combined surpassed 50% of the vote for the first time.
Who will lead the next government? Will this be a turning point for the independence movement? And how to explain the stunning rise of the far right, entering parliament for the first time with 11 seats?
Lorcan Doherty puts these questions to Catalan News deputy editor Guifré Jordan and ACN political reporter Gerard Artigas, and Cristina Tomàs White reports on a nail-biting election night.
Catalonia's booming videogame industry
Barcelona is a global hub for game developers, with Catalonia accounting for more than half of the industry's earnings in Spain.
Anna Guxens, an indie developer on her studio's game – The Pizza Situation – which plays on our worst social media habits. Oscar García Pañella of the University of Barcelona on how gaming principles can be applied in the outside world "to make miserable tasks memorable." Jon Davis, the technical director of one of Catalonia's gaming successes – Socialpoint's Monster Legends – on what drew him to the Barcelona tech scene.
Alan Ruiz Terol joins Lorcan Doherty to reminisce about his past life as a gamer, and discuss the industry's rapid growth and the challenges it faces.
Catalan election – the runners and riders
It's election time. After weeks of uncertainty the courts have confirmed that the Catalan election on February 14 will be going ahead. Episode 13 of Filling the Sink has got everything you need to know about the parties, the polls and the permutations.
Will the independence bloc retain a majority in parliament? Will the far right enter the chamber for the first time? Which party will top the polls and what will the next government look like?
Lorcan Doherty puts the questions to Catalan News deputy editor Guifré Jordan and ACN political reporter Gerard Artigas.
And with only 5.3 million entitled to vote in Catalonia, home to around 6.2 million adults, Cristina Tomàs White asks: Who should have a say in a democracy?
The climate crisis threatening Catalonia
Forest fires, floods, rising temperatures and sea levels: Catalonia is vulnerable to climate change.
One year on from the destruction caused by Storm Gloria, Cristina Tomàs White and Cillian Shields join Lorcan Doherty to examine the consequences that extreme weather events are having.
Cristina travels to the Ebre Delta to see how flooding – most recently from Storm Filomena – is affecting both the fragile ecosystem and people's livelihoods.
Cillian reports on the hidden paradise that has emerged where the River Tordera meets the Mediterranean Sea.