Lauren Frayer

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Spain Keeps 1 Eye On Greece's Debt Issues, The Other On Upcoming Elections

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Not long ago, the Spanish economy was failing, and just like in Greece, an anti-austerity party was on the rise in Spain. Now the picture looks rather different.


The Reason Cervantes Asked To Be Buried Under A Convent

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tests have confirmed the bones under a Madrid convent belong to Spain's most famous writer. He wished to be buried there because the nuns raised money and paid a ransom when he was captive in Africa.


Barcelona's Mom-And-Pop Tapas Bars Take On The Big Tourist Chains

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Off the beaten tourist paths, neighborhood tapas bars are part of Spain's charm. But many are being forced out by rising rents. A tour group hopes to save them by helping travelers find them.


Fans Obsessed With 'Game Of Thrones' Seek Parallels In Spanish Politics

Monday, June 15, 2015

"Winter is coming" to Spain this summer. That's a reference to HBO's Game of Thrones, which is partly filmed there, and a popular slogan for a left-wing, grass-roots political party.


Officials Estimate Nearly Half A Million Migrants Await The Journey To Europe

Monday, June 08, 2015

Nearly 6,000 migrants were rescued after attempting to make it to Europe from North Africa. A British naval officer says there are indications that as many as 500,000 migrants could be waiting in Libya for the means to make the crossing.


A Raft Capsizes; Can Spanish Rescuers Reach Everyone In Time?

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Eleven African migrants were squeezed into a tiny rubber raft attempting to travel the nine miles from Morocco to Spain. NPR's Lauren Frayer joins Spanish rescuers responding to the distress call.


Warmer Weather Triggers More African Migrants To Try To Reach Europe

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Europe is increasing search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean after hundreds of African migrants drowned en route to European shores. We go out on patrol with Spain's maritime rescue service.

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Do Touch The Artwork At Prado's Exhibit For The Blind

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The renowned Spanish museum has made 3-D copies of some of its most iconic works to allow blind people to feel them.


From 'Occupying' A Spanish Bank To City Hall: Barcelona's New Mayor

Monday, May 25, 2015

The status quo took a hit in Spanish elections over the weekend. A major upset came in Barcelona with a win by Ada Colau, a prominent activist who fought evictions during Spain's economic crisis.


A Foot In Africa, A Foot In Europe: Divide Grows Wider In Ceuta

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Spanish city is physically part of Africa. About half of its people are more prosperous Europeans; half are Arabic-speaking Muslims disproportionately living in poverty. That disparity is growing.


No Goooaaal? Spain's Soccer Federation Suspends Season In Row Over Law

Thursday, May 07, 2015

At issue is a new law that allows poorer teams to share TV airtime and revenue more fairly. The law would break the monopoly of the league's two richest teams, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.


Flood Of Desperate Refugees Tests Spaniards' Tolerance

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Arab and African migrants are landing on Spain's coast in a region with a 34 percent unemployment. That's created friction and prompted a debate about how best to help them.


Migrants New To Spain Say Human Traffickers Are The Scariest Part

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Migrants who have made the perilous trip across the Mediterranean say their journeys to Europe were made possible by a network of professional traffickers.


9 Months Pregnant, An African Woman Risks It All And Heads To Europe

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tatiana Kanga was nine months pregnant when she paid a Moroccan smuggler $1,290 so she and her toddler daughter could ride on a rubber boat, 14 harrowing hours from Africa to Europe.


European Leaders Address Migrant Crisis In Mediterranean

Monday, April 20, 2015

European leaders say they have come up with a plan in response to the flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean sea from Africa. If the death toll is confirmed in the latest tragedy Sunday, as many as 1,800 people have died making the perilous crossing to Europe so far this year.


The Fences Where Spain And Africa Meet

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spain has two tiny enclaves in North Africa, separated from Morocco by fences. Both of them are hugely tempting targets for migrants from across Africa who are desperate to reach Europe.


Hundreds Of African Migrants Feared Dead After Boat Capsizes In Mediterranean

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Up to 400 migrants are missing and feared dead after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday. Tens of thousands of migrants have attempted the hazardous journey from Africa to Europe and around 500 have died so far this year.


In A Spanish Enclave, Women Recruit Women To Join ISIS

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The tiny Spanish territory of Ceuta has been the home of an all-female recruiting ring that helped persuade Muslim women to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, according to Spanish authorities.


Questions Remain About Germanwings Co-Pilot's Illness

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The German co-pilot who deliberately flew an Airbus A320 into a mountainside had been deemed too sick to work but ignored the doctor's order. Investigators found the ripped up remains of the orders in searching his home.


Migrants Try To Enter Europe Through Spanish Territory In Africa

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Spanish city of Ceuta on North Africa's coast is surrounded by fences separating Spanish soil from Morocco. That fence is where thousands of migrants try to jump into Spanish territory each year.