How much does the place where we live say about us? How much does our neighborhood determine what we will do or what we will think? These are the first questions that the journalist Eva Lamarca asks herself in “Mystery in La Moraleja”, the new podcast that she has made together with Álvaro de Cózar. This sound investigation that can be heard on Spotify, carried out by the creators of other successful podcasts such as "XRey", places the listener in La Moraleja, the richest neighborhood in Spain, to solve a mystery: Who is the neighbor who voted to Podemos in the regional elections of 2021?
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In the Madrid elections that were held on May 4 last year, the table of census section 35 of the municipality of Alcobendas, which corresponds to the highest income in the urbanization, received a single ballot for Podemos. In that section, which they call "the moral of La Moraleja", 555 people could vote, including the richest in the entire country, those who live on plots of up to 10,000 square meters for prices that can reach 16 million of euros. In these sectors the conservative parties are expected to win, and That's how it went. The PP got 366 votes (81%), Vox 58 (13%) and Ciudadanos 10 (2%). The PSOE garnered 6, Más Madrid 4 and United We Can 1. A single vote and a single voter, a fact worthy of being investigated as if it were a police novel. "The wonder of this mystery is that it is something unique, that is, we have only one person, in a community different from him," says De Cózar.
the unspeakable sin
A year after the elections, Eva Lamarca enters the urbanization to look for an answer. There she will meet neighbors and "suspects" who will guide her in the search for her. Among the characters in this kind of detective novel are Juan Ussia, great-grandson of the Count of Gaitanes, the founder of the urbanization; the architect Juan Antonio García Obregón, son of Luis García, the builder who bought the land from the Family of the Count of Los Gaitanes; and Eduardo Andradas, the Podemos councilor in Alcobendas, who as a child had lived with the children of a family from La Moraleja for which his mother worked. The journalist will follow the clues that lead her to solve the mystery of this "unspeakable sin", as one of the characters says humorously.
It is impossible for the PSOE to win in the moral, because they are wealthy people, very capitalist and vote whenever they are national key. He has never won and he never will.
Juan Ussia, great-grandson of the Count of Gaitanes
Between the statements of the neighbors and the stories of those who know the neighborhood closely, but do not live in it, the keys to the vote of the wealthiest people in Spain and the prejudices towards the rest of the parties and voters slip in. “It is impossible for the PSOE to win in La Moraleja, because they are wealthy people, very capitalist and vote whenever they are national key. He has never won and he never will," says Ussia. Although Lamarca found other opinions. “I am convinced that there are many people on the left here. I have friends who vote for the left,” says Rocío Gómez Acebo, a relative of the nephews of King Juan Carlos, who worked as a real estate agent. However, when Lamarca asks her about the parties, the woman admits that she does not know anyone who votes for Podemos because "he is very extreme in his ideals." María José Urraca, a businesswoman with whom Lamarca also meets, believes that she has some friend from the left, but as she confesses to the journalist between laughs, at that moment she does not fall.
"The residents of La Moraleja have opened up a lot and have confessed many things," says Lamarca, who thoroughly interviewed the characters in this story. Because, as De Cózar admits, this podcast is a story and the mystery of the voter, just an excuse, a narrative premise "to talk about a neighborhood that is normally inaccessible." And although the authors were not looking for a "very brainy" conclusion, they have found one: "Thick-line stereotypes do not capture complexity."
The two journalists have entered the world of stereotypes and prejudices, and have tried to break with them, "they are necessary to position themselves, the problem is the weight we give to those clichés to make decisions", says De Cózar, which explains that in “Mystery in La Moraleja” it shows “the cliché about the Podemos voter himself or about the rich, cataloging them all in the same place and then you see through the podcast that each one has a personal story that is not They have nothing to do with each other." The characters are "accusing" each other based on stereotypes that are being dismantled.
Little to do with “Xrey”
“It's alright now, isn't it? If it were up to you, you had us doing the whole story of the Bourbons”, Eva lets out with a laugh. The two creators explain that the only link with the previous podcast is the interest in narration and in making a story. It is not a report or a report or a study. It is a very different format. "The idea is to do different things with stories that we like," explains De Cózar. "I think we didn't expect to have such a good time," admits Lamarca, who points out that "it's not a political podcast, it's for having fun." The journalist defines it as "the summer novel to take you to the beach in a podcast".
Another big change has been humor and mystery, which have served as a common thread and have allowed journalists to delve into a place and a subject that can be complicated in those spheres because it seemed like a "game". “From the way in which they answered you, they entered the code of the game”, says Lamarca, “what if it's me?”, she answered. The journalist assures that the residents of the neighborhood have been completely open, "they have made it very easy for us". Except for one of the characters, who preferred not to speak.
The journalists have a favorite: “The athlete (whose name they do not reveal) is the most interesting because he has a story that many people do not know. Probably, they only associate it with something that happened many years ago, with some play or at a certain moment”, begins De Cózar. Lamarca continues "then that vision we have of athletes, that all of them are a bit on the right." But in the end, he surprised them both with his story, which they explain will be known as the story progresses.
The first two chapters, "Sacrilege" and "Privileges", are already available on Spotify and every Tuesday, users will be able to listen to a new installment.