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.
Animal welfare law – pets protected, hunting dogs and bullfighting exempted
New animal welfare legislation comes into effect across Spain with increased fines for abuse and new obligations for pet owners, but it hasn’t been without controversy.
An exemption for hunting dogs divided public opinion and the coalition government, while bullfighting continues to enjoy protected legal status as "cultural heritage."
Carlos Sánchez from pro-hunting organization Artemisan Foundation and Brooke Spurling from animal rights group AnimaNaturalis share their thoughts on the new law.
This week's Catalan phrase is 'buscar tres peus al gat'. Literally, 'to look for three feet on the cat', it means to make something unnecessarily complicated.
Presented by Lorcan Doherty with Cillian Shields.
True crime – when life is stranger than fiction
As the real-life case of the murder of a Barcelona police officer is given the Netflix treatment, Filling the Sink looks at true crime stories in Catalonia.
Actors Úrsula Corberó and Quim Gutiérrez from eight-part dramatization 'Burning Body' discuss how they blend fiction and reality.
Anna Punsí, content director at True Crime Factory explains the appeal and success of 'Crims', Catalonia's favorite true crime podcast and TV series.
This week's Catalan phrase is 'la realitat supera la ficció' – 'life is stranger than fiction'.
Presented by Lorcan Doherty with Emma Monrós and Lea Beliaeva.
America’s Cup – Barcelona counts down to sailing’s most prestigious regatta
Not your typical Sunday regatta – think Formula 1 on water – the America's Cup is coming to Barcelona.
Cillian Shields chats to event CEO Grant Dalton of defending champions Emirates Team New Zealand.
Enrico Voltolini and Francesco Bruni from Italy's Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team and Stephan Kandler and Quentin Delapierre from France's Orient Express team tell Emma Monrós how their preparations are going.
Gerard Escaich Folch joins Cillian to sample the atmosphere at the first preliminary regatta in Vilanova i la Geltrú.
This week's Catalan phrase is 'amb bona mar tothom és mariner' – 'in fair seas everyone is a sailor'.
Presented by Lorcan Doherty.
Diada 2023 – Pro-indy movement holds balance of power after Spanish election
Filling the Sink takes the pulse of the political situation ahead of Catalonia’s National Day, La Diada, a big focal point for the independence camp.
Exiled former president Carles Puigdemont and his party Junts hold the balance of power after July's inconclusive general election in Spain – could an amnesty or referendum be on the cards?
Expert analysis from Marc Guinjoan, associate professor at the Open University of Catalonia.
This week's Catalan phrase is 'ser un corcó' – to be a pain in the ass!
Presented by Lorcan Doherty with Gerard Escaich Folch.
One born every minute? – Catalonia’s record low fertility rate
What is behind Catalonia's falling birth rate and is it a cause for concern?
Interviews with Antonio López-Gay from Barcelona's Centre for Demographic Studies and Dr Ximena Justo from Barcelona IVF.
This week's Catalan phrase is 'donar a llum.' Literally 'to give light,' it means to give birth.
Presented by Lorcan Doherty with Emma Monrós and Cillian Shields.
Cycling in Catalonia – Riding hotspot Girona and La Vuelta kicks off from Barcelona
As Catalonia hosts the first four stages of La Vuelta 2023, Filling the Sink visits Girona to discover what makes the area so perfect for cycling.
Cillian Shields chats to Pro Cycling Outlet's Dave Walsh, Eat Sleep Cycle's Lee Comerford, cyclist-cum-coffee shop owner Christian Meier, and Latifa Al-Yassin and Noura Al-Ameeri, two members of the Kuwaiti national team.
This week's Catalan phrase is 'anar a pinyó fix.' Literally 'to go by fixed-gear [bike],' it can be used to describe someone who is inflexible.
Presented by Lorcan Doherty.