The Land of Desire: French History and Culture

The Land of Desire: French History and Culture

65. A Trip to the Spa

“The waters of Vichy…gave me back my strength.” – Madame de Sévigné The darkest days of...

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64. Louis Pasteur and The History of the Vaccine

“I think my hand will tremble,“ – Louis Pasteur Happy New Year! The Land of Desire is BACK with...

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63. Jeanne de Clisson and the Black Fleet

“If I don’t kill a man every now and then, they forget who I am.” – Blackbeard, 18th century...

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62. Surya Bonaly

“Please, try to be fair.” – Surya Bonaly, 1994 World Championships At long last, I get to...

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61. Euro Disney

“My biggest fear is that we’ll be too successful.” – Robert Fitzpatrick, Euro Disney chairman...

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60. The History of Madeleines

“A party without a cake is just a meeting.” – Julia Child It’s our birthday!! Today, The...

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59. Women At War BONUS: The Witness (Rose Valland)

“To those who served to save a little of the beauty of this world.” – epigraph, memoirs of Rose...

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57. Women At War 5: The Survivor I (Marie-José Wilborts)

When we came back, nobody wanted to know. ― Loulou Le Porz, Ravensbruck survivor It’s the two-part...

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58. Women At War 5: The Survivor II (Marie-José Wilborts)

When we came back, nobody wanted to know. ― Loulou Le Porz, Ravensbruck survivor   It’s...

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56. Women At War 4: The Résistante (Jacqueline Marié)

  We are going underground. ? Jacqueline Marié It’s the continuation of my new miniseries on a...

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55. Women At War 3: The Collaborator (Coco Chanel)

  If one took seriously the disclosures that Mademoiselle Chanel allowed herself to make about those black...

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53. Women At War 1: The Exile (Elisabeth Kaufmann)

  “We decided to take only precious items. But what did we have that was precious?” ? Jackie DeCol,...

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52. Luncheon of the Boating Party

  “It is fresh, and free.” ? Paul de Charry, art critic This week, we’re kicking off the fourth...

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51. Our Third Anniversary! Listener Q&A

  “Plaisir partagé, plaisir doublé.” (“Joy shared, joy doubled.”) ? French proverb...

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Reminder: Listener Q&A

The Land of Desire is turning 3! To celebrate, I’m taking questions from listeners, so please submit your...

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50. Notre Dame, Part 3: The Black Death

“Charity is dead.” ? Guy de Chauliac Welcome back to our FIFTIETH EPISODE! Next episode will be our THIRD...

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49. Notre Dame, Part 2

“Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of the ages.” ? Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre...

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48. Notre Dame, Part 1

“Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of the ages.” ? Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame...

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47. The History of the Bánh Mì

“A symphony of a sandwich” Anthony Bourdain Important News: The Land of Desire is now streaming on...

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46. Choupette, The Most Glamorous Cat In The World

“Choupette is a rich girl.” Karl Lagerfeld Important News: The Land of Desire is now streaming on...

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