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Featured: iTunes "Buzzed About", 2016. A Top 20 History Podcast on iTunes. Selected by Bello Collective for "100 Outstanding Audio Stories of 2016." Featured: The Audit - "Far and Wide". - Ahh, France! This year, one percent of the people on Earth will actually pack their bags and visit France. Meanwhile, those of us who aren't so lucky will have eaten a croissant, admired a little black dress, drunk a good bottle of wine, and rewatched Amélie on Netflix yet again. This is where I come in: I’m Diana, a huge history nerd who spends too much time reading about the weird, wacky and wonderful history of France, who wants to share its greatest stories with you! We’re talking about a country that ran out of cows and figured out how to eat zebras. We’re talking about a country which snuck its greatest national treasure away from the Nazis in the back of an ambulance. We’re talking about a country whose great revolution fought for brotherhood, equality, and a national holiday for marshmallows. Join us every two weeks for a new episode!

Featured: iTunes "Buzzed About", 2016. A Top 20 History Podcast on iTunes. Selected by Bello Collective for "100 Outstanding Audio Stories of 2016." Featured: The Audit - "Far and Wide". - Ahh, France! This year, one percent of the people on Earth will actually pack their bags and visit France. Meanwhile, those of us who aren't so lucky will have eaten a croissant, admired a little black dress, drunk a good bottle of wine, and rewatched Amélie on Netflix yet again. This is where I come in: I’m Diana, a huge history nerd who spends too much time reading about the weird, wacky and wonderful history of France, who wants to share its greatest stories with you! We’re talking about a country that ran out of cows and figured out how to eat zebras. We’re talking about a country which snuck its greatest national treasure away from the Nazis in the back of an ambulance. We’re talking about a country whose great revolution fought for brotherhood, equality, and a national holiday for marshmallows. Join us every two weeks for a new episode!
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Featured: iTunes "Buzzed About", 2016. A Top 20 History Podcast on iTunes. Selected by Bello Collective for "100 Outstanding Audio Stories of 2016." Featured: The Audit - "Far and Wide". - Ahh, France! This year, one percent of the people on Earth will actually pack their bags and visit France. Meanwhile, those of us who aren't so lucky will have eaten a croissant, admired a little black dress, drunk a good bottle of wine, and rewatched Amélie on Netflix yet again. This is where I come in: I’m Diana, a huge history nerd who spends too much time reading about the weird, wacky and wonderful history of France, who wants to share its greatest stories with you! We’re talking about a country that ran out of cows and figured out how to eat zebras. We’re talking about a country which snuck its greatest national treasure away from the Nazis in the back of an ambulance. We’re talking about a country whose great revolution fought for brotherhood, equality, and a national holiday for marshmallows. Join us every two weeks for a new episode!

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Episodes

43. Napoleon’s Tiniest Campaign

10/4/2018
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“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: Napoleon Bonaparte’s tiniest war. Now, if you’re like me and hate military history, don’t tune out just yet – the battlefield is small, and the only casualty is – well, I The post 43. Napoleon’s Tiniest Campaign appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:32:34

42. The History of Champagne

8/16/2018
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“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 else? – champagne! Pop, fizz, salut: we’re going deep into the history of the world’s favorite party drink to find out what makes bubbly so special, what makes The post 42. The History of Champagne appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:44:50

41. Julia Child, Part 3

7/12/2018
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“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 single day. Consider this my je suis desolee for the three months’ absence. Picking up right where we left off in episode 2, Julia Child is halfway through her grand cookbook project The post 41. Julia Child, Part 3 appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:32:09

40. Julia Child, Part 2

7/12/2018
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“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 discuss the reason for my long absence. Thank you to everyone who reached out with questions, concerns and care over the past few months. It’s meant so much The post 40. Julia Child, Part 2 appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:40:07

39. Julia Child, Part 1

3/1/2018
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“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 episode of 2018 is finally here! his year, we’re kicking things off with a salute to one of France’s most curious cultural ambassadors – a woman who has helped generations of The post 39. Julia Child, Part 1 appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:37:19

38. A Tour de France – Brittany

12/31/2017
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“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 celebrating my birthday in NYC. This week we’ll continue our miniseries: “A Tour de France”: What kind The post 38. A Tour de France – Brittany appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:13:45

37. A Tour de France – Bordeaux

12/21/2017
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“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 birthday in NYC. This week we’ll continue our miniseries: “A Tour de France”: What kind of France The post 37. A Tour de France – Bordeaux appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:23:16

36. A Tour de France – Toulouse

12/13/2017
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“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 patience while I spent some quality time with family at Thanksgiving and celebrating my birthday in NYC. This week we’ll continue our miniseries: “A Tour de France”: What kind of The post 36. A Tour de France – Toulouse appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:40:01

35. A Tour de France – Marseille

11/8/2017
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“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 boundaries of Paris? What kind of France exists in the middle of the countryside? What does The post 35. A Tour de France – Marseille appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:24:51

34. A Tour de France – Lyon

10/26/2017
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“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? What kind of France exists in the middle of the countryside? What does someone in Paris have in common The post 34. A Tour de France – Lyon appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:25:36

33. A Tour de France – Montgeron

10/12/2017
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“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 outside the boundaries of Paris? What kind of France exists in the middle of the countryside? What The post 33. A Tour de France – Montgeron appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:27:42

32. Le Code du Travail

9/14/2017
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“We have never retreated from anything, ever.” – Stéphane Sirot, labor historian Hello everyone! This week’s episode is a bit timelier than usual – I thought it would be an interesting experiment to dive deeper into some of France’s biggest headlines today. As the French return from their holidays and I prepare to leave for The post 32. Le Code du Travail appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:22:35

31. Le Train Bleu

8/31/2017
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“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 bathtub stopped working, flooded her entire apartment, and delayed things a wee bit. Thanks for your The post 31. Le Train Bleu appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:30:19

30. The History Of The Picnic

8/10/2017
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“A Moveable Feast.” – Ernest Hemingway We have a new milestone! This week, The Land of Desire will reach a quarter of a million downloads – absolutely incroyable. Thank you to everyone who participated in The Land of Desire’s anniversary celebrations, and to those of you who shared my series on how to start a podcast, and The post 30. The History Of The Picnic appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:17:02

29. The Caves of Lascaux

7/27/2017
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“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 how to start a podcast, and those of you who contributed to the show’s Patreon page. This The post 29. The Caves of Lascaux appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:21:30

28. Bon Anniversaire!

7/13/2017
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“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 completely blown away by everything that’s happened in the last year – getting featured on the iTunes Store, getting played on the CBC (twice!), getting to hear from fans all The post 28. Bon Anniversaire! appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:21:35

27. We’ll Always Have Paris – Paris Syndrome

6/29/2017
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“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 for tourism: tourism shapes which landmarks are preserved, which civic resources are available, and whose needs are prioritized. The post 27. We’ll Always Have Paris – Paris Syndrome appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:23:52

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

6/8/2017
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“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 understudied element of the hospitality industry: occupation tourism. What happens when an entire army comes to town? What happens when your conquerors The post 26. We’ll Always Have Paris – A Visit from Hitler appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:33:12

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

5/25/2017
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“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 could use a drink! Luckily, I know just the place. This week, we sneak behind the bar The post 25. We’ll Always Have Paris – The Ritz Paris Bar appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:24:24

24. We’ll Always Have Paris – Love Locks

5/11/2017
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“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 Paris every year, tourism has a profound influence on the capital and the country at large. Tiny trends morph into The post 24. We’ll Always Have Paris – Love Locks appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:23:10