The Land of Desire: French History and Culture

49 EpisodesProduced by Diana Stegall

Weird, wacky and wonderful stories from French history

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47. The History of the Bánh Mì

March 28th, 2019

37:10

“A symphony of a sandwich”

Anthony Bourdain Important News: The Land of Desire is now streaming on Spotify!

Get hungry, y’all. This week we’re taking a look at the darker side of French history by exploring the …

46. Choupette, The Most Glamorous Cat In The World

February 21st, 2019

21:30

“Choupette is a rich girl.”

Karl Lagerfeld Important News: The Land of Desire is now streaming on Spotify!

Dear listeners, I had an entirely different episode lined up for this week, notes prepared, outline …

45. The Mysterious Life of Jeanne Calment

January 17th, 2019

44:19

“I had to wait 110 years to become famous… I intend to enjoy it as long as possible.” – Jeanne Calment

Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks so much for your patience while this podcast host enjoyed a trip to Japan, a 30th …

44. Napoleon’s Tiniest Campaign, Part 2

November 22nd, 2018

28:51

“From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Before we all gorge ourselves on turkey and stuffing, it’s time for the …

43. Napoleon’s Tiniest Campaign

October 4th, 2018

32:35

“From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

This week we’re going to explore a little-known footnote of history: …

42. The History of Champagne

August 16th, 2018

44:50

“I only drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad.”  – Lily Bollinger

The Land of Desire turns 2 years old! We’re celebrating with – what …

41. Julia Child, Part 3

July 12th, 2018

32:09

“With enough butter, anything is good.” – Julia Child, The French Chef

Yes, you’re seeing things correctly: not one, but TWO new episodes in a …

40. Julia Child, Part 2

July 12th, 2018

40:07

“The big job now rests on your shoulders.” – book editor to Julia Child

Hello again, everyone! I know it’s been awhile, and in this episode I’ll …

39. Julia Child, Part 1

March 1st, 2018

37:20

In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” – Julia Child

Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Land of Desire. The first …

38. A Tour de France – Brittany

January 1st, 2018

13:46

“Where are you, best of the salt sea?” – Middle French poem, 14th century

Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Land of Desire. Thanks for your patience while I spent some quality time with family at Thanksgiving and …

37. A Tour de France – Bordeaux

December 21st, 2017

23:17

“Good wine is a necessity of life for me.” – Thomas Jefferson

Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Land of Desire. Thanks for your patience while I spent some quality time with family at Thanksgiving and celebrating my …

36. A Tour de France – Toulouse

December 14th, 2017

40:02

“Cassoulet is not a recipe; it’s an argument among villages.” – Andre Daguin

Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Land of Desire. Thanks for your …

35. A Tour de France – Marseille

November 9th, 2017

24:51

“It is always an event at Marseilles for a ship to come into port.” – Alexandre Dumas

Hello everyone! This week we’ll continue our new miniseries: our very own Tour de France. What kind of France exists outside the …

34. A Tour de France – Lyon

October 26th, 2017

25:37

“You never see anyone in the countryside.” – Jacquou le Croquant

Hello everyone! This week we’ll continue our new miniseries: our very own Tour de France. What kind of France exists outside the boundaries of Paris? …

33. A Tour de France – Montgeron

October 12th, 2017

27:43

“We shall see much, but learn very little.” – Jean Ognier

Hello everyone! After a much needed vacation, I’m excited to return with a brand new miniseries: our very own Tour de France. What kind of France exists …

32. Le Code du Travail

September 14th, 2017

22:36

“We have never retreated from anything, ever.” – Stéphane Sirot, labor historian

Hello everyone! This week’s episode is a bit timelier than usual – …

31. Le Train Bleu

August 31st, 2017

30:20

“A line of railway tracks, like a zipper, speeding open to the south, to Marseille, to Nice and the Côte d’Azur” – Sylvia Plath, 1956

Hello everyone! This week’s episode is a bit late, as a certain podcast host’s …

30. The History Of The Picnic

August 10th, 2017

17:03

“A Moveable Feast.” – Ernest Hemingway

We have a new milestone! This week, The Land of Desire will reach a quarter of a million downloads – …

29. The Caves of Lascaux

July 27th, 2017

21:31

“We are locked in history and they were not.” – Werner Herzog

We’re back! Thank you to everyone who participated in The Land of Desire’s anniversary celebrations. Extra thanks to those of you who shared my series on …

28. Bon Anniversaire!

July 13th, 2017

21:35

“Bienvenue and welcome to The Land of Desire.” – me, 7/14/2016

WE DID IT! This Friday, The Land of Desire officially turns one year old! I’m …

27. We’ll Always Have Paris – Paris Syndrome

June 29th, 2017

23:53

“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” – Yogi Berra

This week, we’ll wrap up our series “We’ll Always Have Paris” focusing on the history of tourism in France. Paris is in many ways a city constructed by and …

26. We’ll Always Have Paris – A Visit from Hitler

June 8th, 2017

33:13

“Everyone in Paris once.” – German military catchphrase

This week, we’ll continue our series “We’ll Always Have Paris” focusing on the history of tourism in France. Tuesday was D-Day, so let’s take a look at an …

25. We’ll Always Have Paris – The Ritz Paris Bar

May 25th, 2017

24:25

“I have come to liberate the Ritz.” – Ernest Hemingway

This week, we’ll continue our series “We’ll Always Have Paris” focusing on the history of tourism in France. I don’t know about you, but after all this history, I …

24. We’ll Always Have Paris – Love Locks

May 11th, 2017

23:10

“A public monument is not there just for lovers.” – city official, Paris (2014)

Now that summer’s around the corner, Paris is bracing itself for the annual influx of tourists. With 36 million tourists passing through …

23. Four’s Company – The Scandalous House of Claude Monet

April 25th, 2017

34:13

“No one but myself knows…the trouble I give myself.” – Claude Monet

What are you doing April 26th? If you’re in San Francisco, the answer could be …

22. The Sweet Life of French Bees

April 6th, 2017

21:45

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo

Spring is in the air! After such a spooky, scary episode last month, I’m keeping the newest episode short and, dare I say it, sweet! This week, we take …

21. The Road To Hell – Entering the Catacombs

March 23rd, 2017

22:20

“Où est-elle la mort ? Toujours future ou passée. A peine est-elle présente, que déjà elle n’est plus.” – inscription, Paris catacombs

This week we’re drilling deeeeeeep into the history of Paris, all the way through …

20. The Three Alexandres, Part 4 – The Playwright

March 9th, 2017

27:30

“One has always had a childhood, whatever one becomes.” – Alexandre Dumas fils

This week, we’ll conclude my mini-series about the three men named Alexandre Dumas: Alexandre Dumas the war hero; his son, Alexandre Dumas …

19. The Three Alexandres, Part 3 – The Author

February 23rd, 2017

30:53

“Why do you mention my father?” screamed he; “Why do you mingle a recollection of him with the affairs of today?” – Edmond Dantes, The Count of …

18. The Three Alexandres, Part 2 – The General, continued.

February 2nd, 2017

43:09

“Oh my god! My god! What have I done?” – General Dumas, 1806

This week, I’m continuing my mini-series about the three men named Alexandre Dumas: Alexandre Dumas the war hero; his son, Alexandre Dumas the author; and …

17. The Three Alexandres, Part 1 – The General

January 19th, 2017

33:15

“Men are born and remain free and equal in rights.” – Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, 1789

This week, I’m kicking off a new mini-series about the three men named Alexandre Dumas: Alexandre Dumas …

16. The Noblemen Who Dressed In Rags

January 5th, 2017

22:34

“Secrecy is the soul of the Compagnie.” – La Compagnie statutes

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring …

15. Bûche de Noël (The Yule Log)

December 22nd, 2016

16:09

“The yule-log sparkled keen with frost,
No wing of wind the region swept,
But over all things brooding slept
The quiet sense of something lost.”
– …

14. 100,000!

December 8th, 2016

12:33

“omg.” – me, December 2016

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring all the weird adventures, mysteries …

13. The Dreyfus Affair, Part 6

November 17th, 2016

31:30

“Long live the Republic! Long live the truth!” – Alfred Dreyfus, 1899

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring all the weird adventures, mysteries and surprising …

12. The Dreyfus Affair, Part 5

November 17th, 2016

31:55

“The dawn of justice was rising for me.” – Alfred Dreyfus, 1899

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring all the weird adventures, mysteries and surprising backstories …

11. The Dreyfus Affair, Part 4

November 8th, 2016

38:59

“All men interested – that is, all lovers of truth and justice throughout the world – held their breath, and waited.” – George Barlow, 1898

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to …

10. The Dreyfus Affair, Part 3

November 3rd, 2016

29:40

“My duty is to speak out!” – Emile Zola, J’Accuse!, 1898

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring all …

9. The Dreyfus Affair, Part 2

October 20th, 2016

37:08

“Fear! That is their political means. They engender it, they inoculate it, and, once they’ve frightened a certain class of citizens, they present …

8. The Dreyfus Affair, Part 1

October 20th, 2016

29:58

“Lord, we are a guilty, woeful country.” – National Assembly Prayer, May 1871

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast …

7. A Long Way To Escargot

October 6th, 2016

21:10

“Gourmet /n./ Anyone whom, when you fail to finish something strange or revolting, remarks that it’s an acquired taste and that you’re leaving the …

6. Manet & Morisot & Manet

September 22nd, 2016

27:50

“Her name is Berthe Morisot, and she is a curiosity.” – Le Figaro, 1880

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring all the weird adventures, mysteries and surprising backstories …

BONUS – 10,000!

September 15th, 2016

7:52

“Nobody is ever gonna listen to this.” – me, July 2016

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring all the …

5. Belles of the Belle Epoque

September 8th, 2016

21:43

“No social being is less protected than the young Parisian girl – by laws, regulations, and social customs. – Le Figaro, 1880

Welcome back to The …

4. A Tale of Two Cities (No, Not That One)

August 25th, 2016

29:56
“The old Paris is passing.”

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring all the weird adventures, mysteries …

3. The Olympics

August 11th, 2016

28:28
Faster, higher, stronger.

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring all the weird adventures, mysteries …

2. We Ate A Zoo

July 28th, 2016

23:50
Dinner is served.

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring all the weird adventures, mysteries and …

1. Bastille Day

July 12th, 2016

29:57
Joyeux Quatorze Juillet!

Welcome to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring all the weird adventures, mysteries and …

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