¿Qué? podcast, S03E6: Spain’s ‘stolen babies’ network and R&D challenges

This week we discuss the death of Doctor Vela, the first person to go to trial in relation with irregular adoptions during the Franco era, and ask why the Spanish research sector is lagging behind those of other countries

This week on our ¿Qué? podcast we look at Spain’s Franco-era “stolen babies” scandal, relating to a network of nuns and doctors who took newborns from poor families or single mothers and gave them to wealthy parents who were unable to conceive.

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We also consider the state of research and innovation in Spain, a conversation that takes in the state of academia and the modernity of the country in general.

¿Qué? is a podcast that tries to explain to an English-speaking audience the curious, the under-reported and sometimes simply bizarre news stories that are often in the headlines in Spain.

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