Lauren Frayer

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Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Once status symbols for newly minted millionaires, horses are now the voiceless victims in Spain's economic crash. Two sisters are adopting horses that might otherwise end up in the food supply.


When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Most often, when married business owners divorce, both relationships sour. But that's not always the case. Some couples have figured out a way to make their companies succeed even after they've split.


In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Buy a cup of coffee, and the vendor enters your receipt in a national lottery. The prize? A new Audi each week. It's a way struggling Portugal hopes to battle the black market and boost tax revenue.


Promise Of Jobs Lures Construction Onto Famous Spanish Beach

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Valdevaqueros is one of Spain's last unspoiled beaches, but it's slated to disappear soon under a wave of development. The development promises to create jobs, but is more construction what Spain needs now?


U.S. Position On Crimea Music To Spain's Ears

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spanish leaders say they're in the same situation as Ukraine. Spain's northeast region of Catalonia wants to break away from Madrid and plans to hold a referendum in November. The Spanish government says it is unconstitutional and refuses to recognize the result.


Hi Ho Spaniard! An Iberian Desert With Spaghetti Western Roots

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Some of Hollywood's most popular Westerns were filmed in Spain's Tabernas Desert. Today those sets are used in Western-style theme parks for bank heists, shoot-outs and saloon shows.


Spain's Robin Hood Mayor Fights For 'Communist Utopia'

Saturday, March 08, 2014

The mayor of a small Spanish town cleaned out supermarkets to give food to the hungry and draw attention to their economic plight. But now he's facing a potential jail stint.


Anti-Abortion Push Has Spain Debating Definition Of 'Progress'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Parliament is likely to approve a near-total ban on abortion, which has been legal in Spain since 1985. Some proponents argue change has come too quickly, breaking down traditional Spanish values.


Help-Wanted Ad Shows Depths Of Spain's Unemployment Problem

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Having trouble wrapping your head around southern Europe's staggering unemployment problem? This week, Ikea advertised for 400 jobs in a new megastore on Spain's Mediterranean coast. It got more than 20,000 online applicants in 48 hours, before the retailer's computer servers crashed.


Spain Inches Into Recovery But Spaniards Don't Feel It

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Europe's fourth-largest economy is out of the red. The Bank of Spain says the Spanish economy grew 0.1 percent in the third quarter of this year, marking an end to the longest economic slump in Spain's democratic history. Spain's recovery is critical to the economic health of Europe overall. It's bigger than all the bailed-out economies — Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus — combined. But unemployment in the country still tops 26 percent, and it could be a while before Spaniards feel the fruits of that recovery.


Olympic Committee To Announce 2020 Summer Games Host

Friday, September 06, 2013

Saturday in Argentina, the International Olympic Committee will announce the host of the 2020 Summer Games. The committee is choosing from among Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. The contenders all have strong selling points, but each also has serious issues clouding its bid.


A Farm-To-Table Delicacy From Spain: Roasted Baby Pig

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Cochinillo asado has appeared in literature throughout history, from Cervantes to Hemingway. The prized piglets featured in the dish are slaughtered after about a month, when they still weigh less than 10 pounds.


Following Spain's Roast Suckling Pig From Farm To Table

Friday, August 30, 2013

From Puerto Rico to Cuba to the Philippines, roast suckling pig is a national dish — but its origins are in the ancient Spanish kingdom of Castile. Vegetarians, stop reading here: Cochinillo asado is a weeks-old piglet, cooked whole in a clay dish over an oak wood fire. The Spanish delicacy has made appearances throughout literary history, from Cervantes to Hemingway. The dish is legendary at Ernest Hemingway's favorite restaurant in Madrid.


Beachgoers In Spain Face Invasion Of Jellyfish

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Known for its sparkling turquoise waters and white sand, Spain's Mediterranean beaches are developing a new reputation — for a growing number of jellyfish. Scientists blame overfishing and, possibly, climate change for the spike in stinging invertebrates.


Tensions Flare Over Rock Of Gibraltar

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Once again, Spain and Britain are at odds over a tiny limestone peninsula at Europe's southern tip — Gibraltar. It's physically attached to Spain but has been a British territory for 300 years. Now some Spaniards want it back.


Spanish Prime Minister Gets Grilled Over Bribery Claims

Friday, August 02, 2013

Spain's prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, faced a grilling in parliament Thursday over allegations that he accepted bribes for years. His party's former treasurer — now behind bars — says he personally handed the prime minister envelopes stuffed with cash. Rajoy denies it, saying his party leaders did accept payments, but that they were legal — for bonuses and reimbursement of expenses. Opposition leaders are still calling on Rajoy to resign, and many Spaniards are angry.


Memorial Service Honors Victims Of Spanish Train Crash

Monday, July 29, 2013

There was a memorial service in Spain on Monday to remember the victims of the country's worst rail disaster in decades. Seventy-nine people died when a train derailed in northwest Spain last Wednesday night.


The Spanish Aristocrat Who Works For North Korea

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A Spaniard born to privilege, Alejandro Cao de Benos is now a staunch defender of North Korea, where he lives half the year and works to promote its ideology.


Opera Singer Becomes (Soprano) Voice Of Protest In Portugal

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Anti-austerity protesters throw Molotov cocktails in Greece and blockade parliament in Spain. The Portuguese are a bit more mellow. Ana Maria Pinto shot to fame for drowning out the country's president in song. She's now a regular at street protests, leading choirs of ordinary people venting their anger.


Call Centers Call On Multilingual Portuguese

Monday, July 08, 2013

Thanks to a long history of migration, many Portuguese speak many different languages, and that's a big draw for European call centers. It's one of the few bright spots in Portugal's bleak economy.