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Paname

32 EpisodesProduced by Amber MinogueWebsite

Paname will explore some of the unusual, forgotten or unlikely stories about Paris and the Parisians who lived there. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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32. Chanel No.5

October 2nd, 2021

16:25

Coco Chanel has certainly left her mark on Paris fashion, but did Paris leave its mark on her? Come with me in this episode to find out about the design and the story behind her iconic perfume Chanel No. 5


Sound design …

31. The Statue of Liberty (part 2)

August 30th, 2021

21:53

In part 2 let's find out how the statue was built and what we can find to remeber her by in Paris.


Sound design from the talented Christopher …

30. The Statue of Liberty (part 1)

August 10th, 2021

18:30

In these episodes we are once again on the trail of a statue that is no longer here but for a very different reason to last time. The statue of Liberty, as you probably know, was a gift from the French to the Americans. …

29. Marguerite Durand

July 20th, 2021

13:37

Marguerite Durand, Belle Epoch feminist, journalist, pioneer and animal lover. Famous for having a pet lion called 'Tigre,’ having once said "Feminism owes a lot to my blond hair" and for generally standing up to the …

28. Death & the Statues

July 5th, 2021

28:59

During the Nazi occupation Paris and France, saw the sad demise of many of their bronze statues. In this episode come with me to find out what happens to statues when they die and how to remember something that is no …

27. Charlotte's Skull (Part 2)

June 19th, 2021

16:10

Part 2: find out what happened following the assassination of Marat and the Execution of Charlotte.


Music and mixing from the talented Christopher …

26. Marat's Bathtub (Part 1)

June 8th, 2021

23:41

If you are at all familiar with the French revolution you may have come across the painting by Jacques Louis David called ‘The Death of Marat', one …

25. Danton's Finger

May 22nd, 2021

32:48

In this episode my attention has been captured by a gesture, a  finger - the pointing finger of the sculpture of Danton causing me to wonder why and …

24. Ducks & Dragons

May 8th, 2021

22:49

To end our look at signs that gave their names (sort of) to streets let’s visit  two lovely streets and discover two fabulous stories; Rue des …

23. Zamor

April 24th, 2021

18:41

In this episode we will look at two shop signs. One that is still in place, and one recently removed. ‘Au Negre Joyeux’ and ‘Au Planteur.’ Do …

22. The Headless Woman

April 10th, 2021

18:11

Shop signs in Paris go back to as long as there have been shops; they were colorful, creative and often full of word play. Particularly successful …

21. Poor Saint Julien

October 22nd, 2019

14:11

In this episode discover the story of Poor old Saint Julien and the much overlooked church that bears his name. Once a glorious place of learning it …

20. Richelieu, the salaud?

May 28th, 2019

23:49

This episode has been inspired by the book ‘Rue des Salauds by Oscar Lambert.’  The premise of his book is that many of the streets of Paris the ‘rue’ have been named after important or famous people thought history …

19. The Haunted Chair

February 18th, 2019

16:43

Believe it or not in Paris it is quite possible to become immortal. In fact there are 40 immortals here right at this very moment.  So come with me …

18. The Immortal Clockmaker

August 22nd, 2018

29:56

In this episode as we delve into the urban legend of the Immortal Clockmaker as well as exploring time and timepieces around Paris: from the many curious and often overlooked sundials with their incredible mottos to …

17. The Alchemist Nicolas Flamel

July 8th, 2018

26:57

Who doesn’t like a good story about the mystical world of Alchemists? Certainly JK Rowling does, as did Victor Hugo, both of which make mention of …

16. Love

March 26th, 2018

10:38

In this mini-episode I look at some of the alternatives to the non-tradition of the horrible Love locks which parasite the bridges of Paris and have …

15. The Bloody Barber of Rue des Marmousets

March 20th, 2018

17:52

Growing up in London I was familiar with the story of Sweeney Todd the bloody barber of fleet street who would cut more than your hair before …

14. The Obelisk

March 13th, 2018

13:52

The obelisk, at over 22 meters high, made from rose Granit and weighing in at an estimated 227 tonnes sits proudly in the centre of the Place de …

13. The Flood of 1910

March 6th, 2018

22:13

Paris has avoided destruction time and time again in her long history.  Saint Genevieve got down on her knees and, as if by miracle, Attila and his horde avoided Paris. Vikings came and went, siege, disease and urban …

12. A Whiff of Grapeshot

January 28th, 2018

15:25

Come with me to the Saint Roch church and  have a look at some of the scars left on Paris. These particular ones date all the way back to the …

11. Homme Rouge

December 22nd, 2017

25:24

There is a legend that tells of 'Le Petit Homme Rouge', the Little Red Man that haunted the Tuileries palace for over 300 years, between about 1570 when it was built to 1871 when it was burnt down by the Paris …

10. Saint Médard

November 20th, 2017

22:23

"God is forbidden by order of the King to perform any more miracles in the cemetery of Saint-Médard."

Find out why in this episode.

For pictures & …

9. La Cour des Miracles

October 28th, 2017

8:55

La Cour des Miracles, so named because each night, as if by miracle, the blind would regain their sight, the deaf hear their names being called and …

8. Landru

October 12th, 2017

15:36

In this episode we will be finding out about one of Frances' most famous serial killers, a storybook monster come to life: Henri Desiré Landru, otherwise known as the real Blue Beard. Like his fictive namesake he …

7. La Guillotine

September 26th, 2017

22:04

When the French talk of The Revolution of 1789 they might want us to think ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’ but most of us probably think of the …

6. The Gouffé Affaire

August 17th, 2017

9:14
Following on from the last episode we discover how sometimes the Paris Morgue did indeed help to catch a villein but not as you might expect. The …

5. The Morgue

July 4th, 2017

0:09
Between 1864 and 1907, behind the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Parisians in their thousands would go to visit the public morgue and see the unclaimed …

4. Bertillon

June 22nd, 2017

13:05
Meet Alphones Bertillon, the French Sherlock Holmes. He revolutionised police work and his legacy lives on this very day and yet his stubbornness …

3. Père Lachaise

June 13th, 2017

13:18
Let's take a walk through Paris' most famous cemetery and discover how, even centuries after their death, the tragic love story of Abelard and Heloise changed the fortunes of this cemetery, making it the number one …

2. Bastille

May 31st, 2017

8:44
In this episode we will discover what elephants, giraffes and ancient Egyptian mummies have to do with Bastille and where the prison went. Intro …

1. Paname

May 20th, 2017

18:29
In this episode we will discover the story of 'Paname' and how if Paris made the fortune and reputation of Gustave Eiffel Paname destroyed it. Intro Music ‘La Danse Nostalgique’ by The Owl.
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